I am at once thrilled and excited as well as deeply humbled to have been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT). As I step into this role, I am well aware that I have extremely large shoes to fill! I would like to begin my tenure by thanking Prof. Peter Brusilovsky and Prof. Mike Sharples for their outstanding leadership of and service to the journal, and to the field of learning technologies at large. To say that they have made significant contributions to TLT would be an understatement, as both of them have been heavily involved with the journal since its establishment, and they have been instrumental to its success on every measure. Prof. Brusilovsky, in particular, has played a leading role since the outset, first serving as Associate EIC under TLT's founding EIC, Prof. Wolfgang Nejdl, for five years from 2008 to 2012 before being appointed EIC in 2013. Despite being a relatively young journal, TLT has grown rapidly over its 12 years to surpass the vast majority of its competitors on a variety of key metrics and rankings. The journal's trajectory over the last six years has been especially impressive, which is in large part to the credit of Prof. Brusilovsky and Prof. Sharples, as well as the highly dedicated and distinguished team of associate editors who comprise our Editorial Board.