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February 9, 2015

Online Learning – Call For Proposals: Special Issue On K-12 Online Education

Please consider contributing to this special issue…

Call For Proposals: Special Issue On K12 Online Education

Submission deadline: June 30, 2015

Online Learning, the official journal of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online environments. The journal has been published for nearly two decades, and is known to many by its former name, the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN). With the rebranding of Sloan-C to the Online Learning Consortium there has been an interest in broadening the scope of the journal. One of the areas of focus in the journal this year is the field of K12 online learning. This special issue, to be guest edited by Professors Michael Barbour and Anissa Lokey-Vega, is a step in embracing and serving the K-12 community through advancement of new scholarship in this area.

Within the past four years all 50 states and the District of Columbia have developed significant online learning opportunities for K-12 students (Watson, Murin, Vashaw, Gemin, & Rapp, 2013). K-12 online student enrollments in the US have grown from approximately 40,000 to more than four million in a period of fifteen years (Ambient Insights, 2011; Clark, 2001). Similar growth has occurred internationally, particularly in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and several Asian nations (Barbour, 2014). While there is a developing body of research that supports the practice of K-12 online learning, most scholars agree that practice is out-pacing the availability of useful research (Cavanaugh, Barbour, & Clark, 2009; Hill, Wiley, Nelson, & Han, 2004; Rice, 2006).

The focus of this special issue of Online Learning is to present rigorous research specific to the context of K-12 education including systematic inquiry into promising practices, various schooling models, measures of quality, teacher preparation, and teacher professional development.

Examples of potential topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the effective design, delivery, and support of K-12 online learning; building bridges between pre-college and higher education through online education; effective models of blended learning; effective practice in supporting exceptional K-12 learners; longitudinal outcomes for K-12 online learners; studies of teacher preparation and teacher professional development practices, and emerging research methods in K-12 online or blended learning.

Important Dates

Submissions for this special issue are due June 30, 2015 and should be submitted via the Open Journal System for the Online Learning Consortium at http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln. The anticipated publication of the issue is December 1, 2015.

Instructions for Submitting

  • To submit a manuscript please visit the Open Journal System website and create an account/log into your account. Please be sure that your profile’s “author” box is checked.
  • When you have logged into your account, go to the User Home page and select [New Submission]. Please choose the Section entitled: K-12
  • Authors with questions may contact Anissa Lokey-Vega (avega4@kennesaw.edu) or Michael Barbour (mkbarbour@gmail.com) about the special issue. For technical questions regarding manuscript submission contact Beth Meigs (beth.meigs@onlinelearning-c.org)

Call for Reviewers

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for this special edition of the journal, please click on the link below to register for OJS, the journal review system for Online Learning, to apply.

  • Register for OJS
  • Provide contact information and under “Register as”, select “Reviewer: willing to conduct peer review of submissions”. In the space provided, indicate your interest in K12 issues.

References

  • Ambient Insight. (2011). 2011 Learning technology research taxonomy: Research methodology, buyer segmentation, product definitions, and licensing model. Monroe, WA: Author. Retrieved from http://www.ambientinsight.com/Resources/Documents/AmbientInsight_Learning_Technology_Taxonomy.pdf
  • Barbour, M. K. (2014) History of K-12 online and blended instruction worldwide, in R. Ferdig and K. Kennedy (Eds.) Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning, (pp. 25-50). Retrieved from http://press.etc.cmu.edu/files/Handbook-Blended-Learning_Ferdig-Kennedy-etal_web.pdf
  • Cavanaugh, C., Barbour, M. K., & Clark, T. (2009). Research and practice in K-12 online learning: A review of literature. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(1). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/607
  • Clark, T. (2001). Virtual schools: Trends and issues – A study of virtual schools in the United States. San Francisco, CA: Western Regional Educational Laboratories. Retrieved from http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/virtualschools.pdf
  • Hill, J. R., Wiley, D., Nelson, L. M., & Han, S. (2004). Exploring research on Internet-based learning: From infrastructure to interactions. In D. H. Jonassen (Ed.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
  • Rice, K. L. (2006). A comprehensive look at distance education in the K-12 context. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 38(4), 425-448.
  • Watson, J., Murin, A., Vashaw, L., Gemin, R., Rapp, C. (2013). Keeping pace with K-12 online and blended learning: A guide to policy and practice. Evergreen, CO: Evergreen Consulting. Retrieved from http://kpk12.com/

December 17, 2014

Get Published In The OLC Journal: Online Learning

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ONLINE LEARNING
CALL FOR PAPERS
Online Learning (formerly the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks) is soliciting original research that helps promote the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online and blended environments. The goal of the journal is to bridge theory and practice to advance this evolving field.

We invite you to submit high quality manuscripts for blind peer-review on a wide variety of topics including those that investigate how online environments amplify, shape, and constrain teaching and learning.

Why submit?

  1. Advance and promote the field of online education.
  2. Share your cutting edge, original research.
  3. Further your academic career.
You can find Online Learning in these databases: EBSCO, ERIC, H.W. Wilson Company, Cabell Publishing Inc., ERA Online, Ulrichs Web, Index Copernicus. We also support the Directory of Open Access Journals.
Best regards,
Peter
Peter Shea | Editor-in-Chief, Online Learning | Online Learning Consortium
University at Albany, State University of New York
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September 19, 2014

Online Learning: Journal of the Online Learning Consortium General Call for Papers

An interesting rebranding – and I know from interacting with the editors of what was the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks that they were looking for more K-12 focused content (after having a former editor telling me that they didn’t publish K-12 studies).

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Online Learning

(formerly the Journal of Asynchronous 

Learning Networks)

 

General Call for Papers

 

Online Learning (formerly the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks) promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online and blended environments. The goal of the journal is to bridge theory and practice to advance this evolving field.

We invite high quality manuscripts for blind peer-review on a wide variety of topics including those that investigate how online environments amplify, shape, and constrain teaching and learning. We welcome submissions that systematically investigate questions around online interaction, collaboration, individualized instruction, multimedia, adaptive environments, blended learning, issues of learning at scale (in both MOOCs and “traditional” online learning environments); emerging technologies; analysis of large data sets in understanding online educational processes; and effective approaches and interventions that promote online student engagement, persistence, improvement, and success. We also solicit cutting edge research on how new technologies and the practices they enable urge us to reconsider policy and practice in educational settings.

You can find Online Learning in these databases: EBSCO, ERIC, H.W. Wilson Company, Cabell Publishing Inc., ERA Online, Ulrichs Web, Index Copernicus. We also support the Directory of Open Access Journals.

To learn more visit our website at: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/publications/olj_main

 

Best Regards,

Peter Shea

P.S. Join us onsite or virtually in celebrating 20 years of online learning at the 20th Annual Online Learning Consortium International ConferenceOctober 29-31, 2014 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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Peter Shea | Editor-in-Chief, Online Learning
University at Albany, State University of New York

Online Learning Consortium

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June 5, 2014

CFP Open For Special JALN Edition On Military Learners

Yet another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network (JALN) Call for Papers 

Submit a Paper for the Special Edition on Serving those who Serve

 

JALN is currently soliciting papers for a special edition that discuss policies, services, support service models, performance measurements, and strategies to support online learning and student success for Veterans, Active-Duty troops, Reservists, and National Guardsmen, Military Spouses and Family Members. Submissions to this special edition should focus on two distinct types of papers, those that can share data and evaluation research as well as case studies reflecting best practices that offer guidance to administrators, faculty, program directors and staff.

Share your knowledge about effective strategies, tactics and designs used by institutions serving service personnel, veterans, and their families.

Deadlines:

Initial Paper Submission Deadline –  8/15/2014 

Deadline for full final papers – 10/1/2014 

Anticipated Publication Date – December 2014

 

Best Regards,

Peter

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Peter Shea | Editor in Chief | Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks

The Sloan Consortium
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

The Sloan Consortium | P.O. Box 1238 | Newburyport | MA | 01950

May 24, 2014

New Issue Of The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks – 18:1 April 2014

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Volume 18, Issue 1 – April 2014 

New Issue – Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 

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Dear JALN Readers,

The Sloan Consortium and the Editorial Board of JALN are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. In this issue a collection of articles provides much needed insight into the state of online faculty development; comparative dynamics of classroom and online performance; support for student interaction in online environments, and emerging legal issues crucial to online educators and their institutions. Please share this announcement with colleagues and enjoy!

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Introduction
Dr. Peter Shea, Editor in Chief

Faculty Development
A National Study of Training Content and Activities for Faculty Development for Online Teaching
Katrina A. Meyer, University of Memphis
Vicki Murrell, University of Memphis

A Study of Personal Information Management Strategies for Online Faculty
Lorna R. Kearns, University of Pittsburgh
Barbara A. Frey, University of Pittsburgh
Christinger Tomer, University of Pittsburgh
Susan Alman, San Jose State University

An Analysis of the Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of Faculty Development for Online Teaching
Katrina A. Meyer, University of Memphis

Instructional Support of Online Student Interactions
A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Teaching Presence within Online Professional Development
Melinda G. Miller, United States Air Force Academy
Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn, University of Central Florida
Vicky Zygouris-Coe, University of Central Florida

Thematic Analysis of the “Games” Students Play in Asynchronous Learning Environments
Thalia MacMillan, Empire State College
Michele Forte, SUNY Empire State College
Cynthia Grant, Concordia University Chicago

Investigating Asynchronous Online Communication: A Connected Stance Revealed
Susan J Wegmann, Baptist College of Florida
Joyce K. McCauley, Sam Houston State University

Applying a Model of Communicative Influence in Education in Closed Online and Offline Courses
Caleb T. Carr, Illinois State University

Comparisons Between Traditional and Online Environments
How Much “Group” is there in Online Group Work?
Susan Lowes, Ph.D., Institute for Learning Technologies

Comparing Student Performance in Online and Face-to-face Delivery Modalities
Jeffrey L. Helms, Kennesaw State University

Legal Rulings
Round One? Judge Issues Rulings in Long-awaited Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Georgia State University*
Linda K. Enghagen, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Best regards,
Peter Shea

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