Post-pandemic Trends

Readership and Research After COVID-19




distance learning, online learning, educational theory, distance communication, distance student experience, teaching presence


Post-pandemic trends can be seen in journals in two ways: readership and research. This editorial looks at both, beginning with a report on the readership statistics of the Journal over the past 12 months, followed by identification of readership preference, with a list of the most frequently accessed items in the Journal in 2022. A steadily higher journal readership has continued after the sudden growth in demand for information in open, flexible, and distance learning during the pandemic. This is followed with a list of papers in this fulsome issue, showing movement away from experiences in the sudden and enforced shift to online and distance learning, to the emerging era of changing perspectives and broader reflections.

Author Biographies

Alison Fields, Infosolutions

Alison is an information scientist and Director of Research at InfoSolutions. She conducts research in health information, and contracts in the education sector. She is a fellow of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and has a Doctorate in Education. Her research areas encompass elearning, online learner support, health information, library services, and continuing professional development. Alison is an executive member of FLANZ and joint Editor of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.

Simon Paul Atkinson, Sijen Education

Simon is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015). He is an independent consultant supporting institutions worldwide in their capacity building around new learning support and delivery forms. He is formerly the Manager of Learning Design Team at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Previous roles have included Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at BPP University (2011-18), Educational Developer at LSE (2010-11), Director of Teaching and Learning at Massey University NZ’s College of Education (2008-2010), Head of Centre for Learning Development at University of Hull (2003-2008) and Project Officer at the Institute for Educational Technology at the OU (2001-2003). Simon holds a PhD in Museum Studies from Leicester University (2019).