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New Trends in Polytechnic Education: Strategies, Models and Best Practices


Proposal Submission Deadline:  November 1st, 2022
Full Chapter Submission: August 30, 2023

New Trends in Polytechnic Education: Strategies, Models and Best Practices
A book edited by Dr. Youssef Youssef (Humber Institute of Technology)
To be published by Humber Press, Canada



Colleges and universities are in the process of rethinking their teaching and learning models seeking to better serve the new generation of students that are looking for a new set of skills and tools to match the global market needs. On the other hand, technology is leveraging new learning models such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), where top tier universities have been successful in globalizing their courses and helping millions of global citizens to develop new skills.  From critics claiming the demise of the colleges and universities to thinkers describing the evolution of this institution as University 3.0, a knowledge-sharing organization; it is clear that colleges and universities are in need for disruptive innovation to the current teaching and learning models in order to address the challenges posed by these emerging trends. In response to these challenges, higher education institutions have been engaged the debate, and some are proposing a new life learning and applied knowledge approach, by redefining the Polytechnic education model, to better serve the new generation of higher education students. Good examples of this move are organizations that were created to address this issue in the US ( and Canada ( 

Since the first decade of the new millennium, Internet technologies have evolved into what O’Reilly calls Web 2.0 technologies; new ways of using information and sharing knowledge have emerged. The new generation of college and university students has grown digital with new study habits. They use everyday social media and Web technologies (blogs, wikis, YouTube, social networking platforms, etc.) in their socialization, and therefore, they may find/consider that such technologies for e-collaboration and self-learning are the best means/methods to study and learn. They may expect to simply and quickly find the information they need, anytime and anywhere, and expect quick responses from their colleges and universities to adapt to these new needs and help them succeed in a new globalized business world.
On the other hand, there are well-grounded observations from industries around the globe, demanding for fundamental changes in higher education in order to meet their demands in terms of skills and competencies, applied research, entrepreneurship and innovation and social responsibility.

The book will offer a collection of what colleges and universities are doing / can do to adjust to these new expectations and challenges. It will, in particular, discuss the impacts of the new trends on:

• Pedagogical models
• Multiculturalism in higher education
• College and university strategies
• Curricula development
• Partnerships with industries
• Internationalization
• Teaching and learning best practices
• Teacher development and recruitment
• Information and Communication Technologies design and implementation in colleges and universities

The book seeks theoretical and empirical contributions from colleges and universities around the world, especially as a way to see how the digital divide has been addressed while addressing these new issues.

This book is meant for educators, which includes Instructors, Deans, Higher education program designers, as well as software development individuals and firms that are interested in the higher education market.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• New technologies’ impact on college and university curricula’s
• New pedagogical models for a new generation of college and university students
• E-Learning systems and learning disruptive technologies
• Applied learning and research
• New management models for colleges and universities

Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 1, 2014 a proposal on a topic relating to the subject of the book. Kindly include a title and contact information for each contributor (Name, Affiliation, and E-mail) within the file. The editor will provide informal, constructive, and developmental feedback about how to position the chapter for the best fit for the book content.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified within a week about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by Humber Press. For additional information regarding the publisher, visit This publication is anticipated to be released in November 2015.

At your earliest convenience – you are encouraged to send an abstract to the book editors to receive guidance about how best to make the chapter fit the book content.

Proposal Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2021
Full chapter submission:    January 30, 2023
Review Process:     February 1 – May 31, 2023
Review Results to Authors:   June 1, 2023
Revised Chapter Submission:   August 30, 2023
Final Acceptance Notifications:  September 15, 2023
Submission of Final Chapters:  September 30, 2023
Book publication [expected]:   November 2023

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Youssef Youssef
The School of Business
Humber Institute of Technology and Applied Learning
3199 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Room H215
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8V 1K8

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