This year, 2024, the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education celebrates its 20th anniversary. It is time to congratulate the journal on its achievements and contributions in the field, but more importantly, it is time to look to the future.
The journal was launched in 2004 at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Since its beginning, the journal has been published digitally, in open access and free of charge for authors. The journal's original title was "Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento (RUSC)", and it published articles in Spanish until 2010, when it started publishing in English as well. In 2016, the journal adopted its current name and opened a new stage, published by Springer. Throughout its 20-year history, the journal has preserved its original principles: an open access and digital journal, supported by the sponsoring organisations, and contributing to disseminating scientific knowledge in educational technology in Higher Education.
Over the last two decades, educational technology in Higher Education has experienced significant changes and advances. There has been a transition from e-learning to digital education, a move from LMS to digital learning environments, the emergence of diverse theories of digital learning, the emergence of MOOCs, OERs and Open Science, a worldwide pandemic that has changed the world of education, and a new and exciting present moment of the AI resurgence applied to education.
ETHE, the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, offers a place for academics and practitioners to share their research and experiences. It has contributed to disseminating educational theories, findings and outcomes, research proposals and experiences in the field of educational technology in Higher Education, not only with the high-quality articles published in the journal but also with our essential presence in social networks and the recent creation of a new space to disseminate the journal’s subjects more informally, the ETHE Blog And we want to celebrate it with actions we will carry out during this year.
As a journal, we are aware of what we have achieved and of the support received from authors, reviewers, editors, publishers and readers, to whom we are incredibly grateful for their continuing recognition. Now, we must look to the future. Once again, with the support of all of us who make this journal possible, we must analyse the significant educational challenges we currently face and formulate proposals, analyses, and research to help us continue improving educational technology in Higher Education. And also, due to our long experience and growth, we can significantly contribute to academic publishing.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support. Stay tuned for the proposals we will present this year to celebrate ETHE’s 20th anniversary!
Josep M. Duart