From the inbox on Saturday morning… No K-12 online learning items, but several pedagogical strategy ones that may find interest among my readers (and note that JOLT is open access, so you can see all of these articles).
Dear collegues,Vol. 8, No. 4 of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT at http://jolt.merlot.org/) has been published and is available online. The papers that comprise the issue are listed below.Vol. 9. No. 1 of JOLT will be released in the coming weeks. As you may already know, Vol. 9, No. 2, the June 2013 issue, will be a themed special issue on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The guest editors for that special issue are George Siemens (Athabasca University), Valerie Irvine (University of Victoria), and Jillianne Code (University of Victoria).JOLT VOL. 8, NO. 4 CONTENTSResearch PapersContribution of Learner–Instructor Interaction to Sense of Community in Graduate Online EducationJo L. Shackelford and Marge MaxwellExamining Differences in University Implementation of iTunes URandy K. Yerrick and Joseph A. JohnsonVideo Conferencing Guidelines for Faculty and Students in Graduate Online CoursesCynthia Gautreau, Barbara C. Glaeser, L. Carl Renold, Shariq Ahmed, Joyce Lee, JoAnn Carter-Wells, Mark Worden, E. Douglas Boynton, and Jim SchoolsStudent Perceptions of a Hybrid Discussion FormatYuankun YaoCase StudiesInstructor-Made Videos as a Scaffolding ToolGuohua Pan, Sandipan Sen, David A. Starrett, Curtis J. Bonk, Michael L. Rodgers, Mohan Tikoo, and David V. PowellProactive Intervention Strategies for Improving Online Student Retention in a Malaysian Distance Education InstitutionLai Cheng TungConcept PaperA Three-Step Model for Designing Initial Second Life-Based Foreign Language Learning ActivitiesFeihong Wang, John K. Burton, and Jane FallsPosition Paper“Which Technology Should I Use to Teach Online?”: Online Technology and Communication Course InstructionCarolyn S. Carlson, Philip J. Aust, Barbara S. Gainey, Stephen Jake McNeill, Tamara Powell, and Leonard WittKind regards,