Phoenix Scholar Special Edition: Adult Learners in Online Higher Education

Phoenix Scholar Special Edition: Adult Learners in Online Higher Education

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Deadline for Participation


Phoenix Scholar (Special Edition):

Adult Learners in Online Higher Education

Call for Submissions

Deadline: Feb 8, 2023 (11:59 PM Phoenix Time)


The Phoenix Scholar™ is accepting submissions for the special edition focused on adult learners in online higher education. Online education provides more flexible opportunities for adult learners to continue their education, however, there are still factors challenging them to engage in the educational process and succeed. In this edition, we focus on exploring adult learners’ challenges and innovative approaches to address those challenges. We are interested in contributions that explore innovations to improve online education and better serve adult learners. We welcome manuscripts focusing on the current issues, challenges, and innovations related to adult learner educational success, curricula, teaching and learning strategies, technologies, learning management systems, and institutional supports and policies in online higher education.

Potential submission topics may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Improvement of teaching and learning in online higher education, and corporate training by using appropriate learning theories and innovative tools and teaching methods.
  • Current global trends and issues in adult education, e-learning, and educational technology.
  • Design, development, and implementation of distance education.
  • Innovative teaching and learning strategies.
  • Current remote work skills that need to be taught in educational systems.
  • Alternative credentials such as mini certificates, short burst learning, and badging in higher education and their impacts on the employability of adult learners.  
  • Innovations and best practices to prepare adult learners for the current workplace.
  • Issues and challenges related to adult learners.
  • Innovations and best practices for cultivating career development in practitioner-oriented higher education institutions. 
  • Innovations and best practices to maximize the return to school of those most at risk of not returning due to the pandemic and those who were already out of school prior to the pandemic.
  • The theoretical and historical foundations of innovative technology-based tools and learning strategies.
  • The adoption and integration factors of innovative tools and strategies within various educational settings and with various learners.
  • The institutional barriers and implications of using the innovative approaches and how to overcome the implications.
  • Innovations and best practices to improve reading and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in higher education.
  • Innovations and teaching methods to mitigate education inequality for disadvantaged learners in higher education.
  • Innovations and best practices to develop cross-cultural training and courses. 

The following types of manuscripts are acceptable:

  • Reports of innovative and/or exemplary practice in the field of education.
  • Articles discussing matters of concern to practitioners.
  • Critical reviews of significant literature, materials, and strategies related to the field of education.
  • Summaries of research translated into practical application.

This Special Edition is hosted by the UOPX College of Doctoral Studies’ Center for Educational and Instructional Technology (CEITR).  Submissions from all faculty staff, students, and alumni are encouraged. Phoenix Scholar publication is counted toward fulfilling the requirement for UOPX faculty scholarly activities.

Manuscripts should be submitted via this form.

Deadline: The editorial deadline for consideration is February 8, 2023. The final publication date is March 15, 2023 (Winter Edition). Submit your manuscript by C.O.B. (Close of Business) Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. Submission does not guarantee acceptance and all rejected articles will be notified at the time of publication in March 2023. All materials must be submitted at the SAME time. Piecemeal submissions will NOT be accepted.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi (Special Edition Editor) at

Author Guidelines:

Articles should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, written in a third person authoritative writing voice, in APA style, 7th edition. Please also include a creative newsworthy title of no more than 15 words. Please also include a creative newsworthy title of no more than 15 words and an abstract of 100-150 words. Include a brief bio of each author (up to 100 words) and their relationship to the University of Phoenix or other schools as applicable. 

Submit all pieces using Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced.  

All images in JPG or PNG format (Figures and Tables) must be submitted separately using the same title of the article. Include cutlines (description) of each image at the end of the article itself. Number images appropriately that match cutline.  

If you wish to provide a hyperlink or two relevant to the article, do so at the end of the applicable paragraph and indicate which words should contain the actual link

All accompanying images and figures must be guaranteed royalty-free and be of the highest resolution possible. We suggest a minimum of 8 mega-pixels but prefer 18. All images and figures must be sent separately as a jpeg, jpg, or png, not within the Word document. Email images using the same naming convention as the article, but include the cutline number separated by a hyphen: 1, 2, and 3 at the of the file name, Example:  Smith_LeadershipStylesOf_2-08-23-1.

All in-text links need to be added as comments in the Word document. So, the comment should be over the word the link should be associated.

Limit the use of bold or italics in the text to a max of three. This does not include the reference section.

Each submission must be within a separate Word document.

Single space after each sentence. Do not double space after periods, as this is done automatically in InDesign.

Do not offset new paragraphs or the reference section, all paragraphs and references should sit flush with the margin of the Word document.

Save the article name using the author’s last name, underscore, the first three words of the proposed title, underscore, and the six-digit date of the preceding publication quarterly deadline, for example, Smith_LeadershipStylesOf_02-08-23.

Articles are only accepted under first rights and should not be under consideration from any other publication nor have been previously published (Center chairs and their fellows are exempt from this stipulation if the piece has been published on the UOPX Research Hub). If accepted all materials are copyrighted by Phoenix Scholar™ under first rights. Once published authors may submit such pieces to other publications of their choice.

These guidelines are subject to change at any time.