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Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson E-Mail Website1 Website2 
Guest Editor
International Association for Open and Distance Education, Swedish Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Education, OE4BW, Viktoria University of Wellington, NZ, 222 35 Lund, Sweden
Interests: product innovation; enterprise integration engineering; concurrent engineering; rapid product development
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Special Issue Information


Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, entitled Innovation and Sustainable Development of Seamless Education and Teaching Methods, is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of knowledge on methods, strategies, and technologies to increase the sustainability of the development of the future of education and the new social contract for education by considering global challenges such as globalization, changing demographics, digital transformation, climate change, environment and social pillars of sustainable development.

The response to the pandemic, and to the widespread discontent that preceded it, must be based on a New Social Contract and a New Global Deal for education that creates equal opportunities for all and respects the rights and freedoms of all (UNESCO; 2021). Such a new social contract suggested by UNESCO must build on the general principles underlying human rights—inclusion and equality, cooperation and solidarity, and collective responsibility and interconnectedness—and be guided by the following fundamental principle: guarantee the right to quality education throughout life.

We face the dual challenge of delivering on the unfulfilled promise of ensuring the right to quality education for every child, youth, and adult, and of fully realizing the transformative potential of education as a pathway to a sustainable collective future. To achieve this, there is a need for a new social contract for education that can address inequities while transforming the future. This new social contract must be based on human rights and the principles of non-discrimination, social justice, respect for life, human dignity, and cultural diversity. It must embrace an ethic of care, reciprocity, and solidarity.

Sustainability is also a perfect field for the interdisciplinary and multicultural assessment of complex systems. In light of all this, this Special Issue is intended to provide an opportunity for global researchers from a wide range of fields to develop, discuss, share, and disseminate new ideas within the fields of Innovation and Sustainable Development of Seamless Education and Teaching Methods.

Prof. Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson
Guest Editor

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  • education systems
  • new social contract
  • new normal
  • OER
  • OER recommendation
  • open education
  • open pedagogy
  • sustainability
  • quality
  • teaching methods

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