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Book Publication Announcement – WGU Handbook of Research on Future of Work and Education

Sunil Ramlall (Concordia University Wisconsin), Ted Cross (Western Governors University), and Michelle Love (Western Governors University, USA) are excited to announce the publication of their new handbook, The Handbook of Research on Future of Work and Education: Implications for Curriculum Delivery and Work Design. With 30+ chapters written by thought leaders and researchers from around the globe, they hope this handbook will contribute to the future of higher education in the post-pandemic world. The book is currently available for pre-order.

Future of Work and Education


Higher education has changed significantly over time. In particular, traditional face-to-face degrees are being revamped in a bid to ensure they stay relevant in the 21st century and are now offered online. The transition for many universities to online learning has been painful—only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing many in-person students to join their virtual peers and professors to learn new technologies and techniques to educate. Moreover, work has also changed with little doubt as to the impact of digital communication, remote work, and societal change on the nature of work itself. There are arguments to be made for organizations to become more agile, flexible, entrepreneurial, and creative. As such, work and education are both traversing a path of immense changes, adapting to global trends and consumer preferences.

The Handbook of Research on Future of Work and Education: Implications for Curriculum Delivery and Work Design is a comprehensive reference book that analyzes the realities of higher education today, strategies that ensure the success of academic institutions, and factors that lead to student success. In particular, the book addresses essentials of online learning, strategies to ensure the success of online degrees and courses, effective course development practices, key support mechanisms for students, and ensuring student success in online degree programs. Furthermore, the book addresses the future of work, preferences of employees, and how work can be re-designed to create further employee satisfaction, engagement, and increase productivity. In particular, the book covers insights that ensure that remote employees feel valued, included, and are being provided relevant support to thrive in their roles. Covering topics such as course development, motivating online learners, and virtual environments, this text is essential for academicians, faculty, researchers, and students globally.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment
  • Burnout
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Course Development
  • Employee Engagement
  • Higher Education
  • Mentoring
  • Motivating Online Learners
  • Online Learning
  • Online Teaching
  • Skill Development
  • Transversal Competencies
  • Virtual Collaboration
  • Work-Life Balance