Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Call for Papers - Special Issue
Design Science Education

The Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE) invites submissions for a Special Issue titled “Design Science Education” expected to be published in middle 2023.

Design Science (DS) as a research paradigm has largely gained popularity in the Information Systems (IS) discipline. The paradigm has been increasingly applied to design and evaluate novel IS artifacts to address identified problems (Antunes et al., 2021; Hevner et al., 2004; Thuan et al., 2019; vom Brocke et al., 2020). With its capability of problem solving and innovation, DS has the potential to complement the traditional IS curriculum. DS education has emerged as a pedagogical option in undergraduate courses, postgraduate studies, and PhD studies (Goldkuhl et al., 2017; Hevner, 2021; Winter & vom Brocke, 2021).

This special issue intends to gather scholars’ and educators’ perspectives regarding DS education. It seeks to extend Schön’s (1992) remark that “there is a great potential for learning through design” (p. 131), while simultaneously bringing to the fore key characteristics and critical thoughts on DS education. The special issue will focus on how DS has been used to transform teaching and learning practices across diverse domains, educational contexts, and course sizes. Further, it will cover a wide range of aspects related to the use of DS education, such as integration of DS in undergraduate courses, adoption of DS in postgraduate studies and PhD studies, applicability of different DS artefacts in education, pedagogical principles of DS education, DS education frameworks, theoretical approaches, managerial perspectives, and possible curriculum issues, etc.

We invite positioning, theoretical and empirical papers, teaching cases, and practical teaching tips to consolidate the notion of DS education and relevant practices. We welcome submissions of high-quality, innovative, and insightful articles. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Design science in education
  • Effective teaching DS for undergraduates
  • Effective teaching DS for postgraduate and PhD studies
  • Pedagogical models for DS education purposes
  • Integrating DS education in diverse educational contexts
  • Theoretical approaches to DS education
  • Different tools and applications of DS education for instructional use
  • Motivation toward teaching DS education
  • Purpose and nature of DS education
  • Positioning DS education in IS and other curricula
  • Managerial issues of adopting DS in education
  • Impact of DS education on the current learning and teaching processes
  • Evaluations of integrated DS in education for educational purposes

Submission Guidelines

Papers for this special issue are due on July 15, 2022. Prospective authors are welcome to submit an abstract to the Guest Editors for preliminary feedback on the appropriateness of their planned manuscript. Please send your abstracts in Microsoft Word format by email to the corresponding Guest Editor: Nguyen Hoang Thuan at with the subject "JISE Special Issue." Papers should not exceed 8,000 words including all sections, figures, tables, and references. All papers will be blind peer reviewed and are subject to editing for journal style, clarity, organization, and space. Please refer to the JISE submission guidelines for additional information.

Paper submissions will be done via EasyChair: Submission link


  • Antunes, P., Thuan, N. H., & Johnstone, D. (2021). Nature and Purpose of Conceptual Frameworks in Design Science. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 32(2), 3-40.
  • Goldkuhl, G., Ågerfalk, P., & Sjöström, J. (2017). A Design Science Approach to Information Systems Education. In M. A., v. B. J., & H. A. (Eds.), International Conference on Design Science Research in Information System and Technology (pp. 383-397). Springer.
  • Hevner, A., March, S. T., Park, J., & Ram, S. (2004). Design Science in Information Systems Research. MIS Quarterly, 28(1), 75-105.
  • Hevner, A. R. (2021). Pedagogy for Doctoral Seminars in Design Science Research. In Engineering the Transformation of the Enterprise (pp. 185-198). Springer.
  • Schön, D. A. (1992). The Theory of Inquiry: Dewey's Legacy to Education. Curriculum Inquiry, 22(2), 119-139.
  • Thuan, N. H., Drechsler, A., & Antunes, P. (2019). Construction of Design Science Research Questions. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 44, 332-363.
  • vom Brocke, J., Winter, R., Hevner, A., & Maedche, A. (2020). Special Issue Editorial–Accumulation and Evolution of Design Knowledge in Design Science Research: A Journey Through Time and Space. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 21(3), 520-544.
  • Winter, R., & vom Brocke, J. (2021). Teaching Design Science Research. ICIS 2021 Proceedings, 4, Paper 2265.

Guest Editors

  • Nguyen Hoang Thuan, RMIT University Vietnam, Vietnam
  • Mary Tate, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Andreas Drechsler, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Pedro Antunes, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal


  • Abstract proposals: optional
  • Initial submissions due: July 15, 2022
  • Notification to authors: October 15, 2022
  • Revised papers due: December 15, 2022
  • Final decision: February 15, 2023
  • Publication of the issue: September 15, 2023