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Post-pandemic implications for the Science of Learning

Collection editors: Nancy LawProfessor, University of Hong Kong, Tracey Tokuhama-EspinosaHarvard University, Viki HurstManaging Editor, npj Science of Learning, Nature Research

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced all levels of formal education to make use of digital means of learning and teaching due to social distancing needs. npj Science of Learning will publish a special Collection focused on these new efforts and experiences in digital learning, and on the opportunities this has contributed to the learning experiences of students and their teachers.



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Deadline for full submissions is 31 December.

This special Collection invites articles that report on empirical and theoretical explorations of how widespread deployment of digital learning has brought new insights to the theory and practice of formal learning. Articles that explore the advances in digital modes of learning and teaching with conceptual and/or methodological developments in specific areas in the Science of Learning are particularly welcome, such as:

  • Neuroscience for understanding and supporting learning
  • Sociocultural models and issues in digital technology use in education
  • Sociotechnical evolution/ecological models of educational transformations
  • Artificial intelligence and data science for learning intervention and feedback


Some of the many questions that might be addressed by the articles in this issue include:

  • How could the “New Normal” for home-based learning be better after the pandemic?
  • Can the science of learning help foster resilience, compassion, and wellbeing?
  • What is lost (and gained?) when peer learning and collaborative knowledge building go fully online?·         
  • Is there an optimal combination of online learning and site-based co-located learning?
  • How will educational practices, policies and research change due to the pandemic?


The article selection below represents the types of research the journal has already published on this topic. Visit our website to learn more about npj Science of Learning's aims and scope, or to browse all available articles.

To submit your manuscript for consideration at npj Science of Learning as part of this Collection, please follow the steps detailed on this page. Once logged in you can submit your manuscript to a Collection by selecting the appropriate manuscript type and clicking “Continue”. Then when filling out the "Manuscript Information", select the "Post-pandemic implications for the Science of Learning" Collection from the "Subject Terms" tab. Authors should also express their interest in the Collection in their cover letter.

Please direct any queries to Viki Hurst, Managing Editor:




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Collections of original primary research articles are published open access and online only.

All manuscripts submitted to a Collection are assessed according to the standard npj Science of Learning editorial criteria and are subject to all standard journal policies. If accepted for publication, an article processing charge applies (with standard waiver policy).

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