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February 27, 2016

Please Spread The Word: OLC Innovate Early Bird Registration Rates End February 29

From yesterday’s inbox…

OLC InnovateHelp Spread the Word: Early Bird Registration Rates End February 29

Watch for the Conference Update email today to see some highlights you can share with your colleagues and friends about the upcoming OLC Innovate Conference. Of special note, Early Bird Registration is still open! Save $100 now through February 29. Spread the word through your social media sites (or create your own spin with the same hashtags) and forward this message along to anyone who may be able to help extend the reach.

Here are some sample tweets:

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  • is coming to #NewOrleans. Will you be there? Register by 2/29 for #EarlyBird rates
  • Perfect combo! Jazz, gumbo & #eLearning in #NewOrleans. Early bird discounts till 2/29 #OLCInnovate
  • Join me in #NOLA for #eLearning sessions, networking, jazz, and Cajun cuisine! Register for #OLCInnovate before 2/29

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February 18, 2016

OLC Institute – Upcoming Online Learning Opportunities

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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Upcoming Online Learning Opportunities


FEBRUARY 22 – 28, 2016

Join Dr. Ann Musgrove for this seven-dayworkshop focused on adapting face-to-face content for the online classroom. You will learn to determine when to use asynchronous or synchronous delivery methods, and you will explore tools for easily converting various types of content into web-appropriate formats.

“As someone new to online education and interested in course development, this workshop provided me with a very nice introduction and foundation in which to explore and continue learning more— truly motivating!”
– Christina M. Celluzzi, PhD, MS Technical Specialist Cellular Therapies AABB



FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Copyright infringement lawsuits against colleges and universities are no longer hypothetical – they are reality. Join Linda Enghagen, Professor in the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst, for this one-day, synchronous workshop to gain a solid understanding of copyright and fair use law. Learn how to avoid copyright infringement through the application of Six Rules for Course Design and find answers to important questions during this live, three-hour session with our expert facilitator.

“I believe every individual must know about the Fair Use law. It’s amazing how much we don’t know as educators and researchers.”
 – Chaya Jain, PhD., Asso. Professor, VSU

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February 3, 2016

University Of Virginia Researchers Need Your Help…

From Monday’s inbox…

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Dear Colleague,

Little is known about how much training virtual instructors receive, the nature of that training and the degree to which it’s successful. This survey begins to address these important questions. We’d like your help in answering them.

We’re a team of educators and professionals from the University of Virginia and Stevens Institute of Technology with broad experience with online learning, and we believe knowledge of the kind of training our colleagues have received will help academics and administrators shape more effective training programs going forward.

The literature on distance learning contains thousands of articles about the transition to online learning. Very few focus on the specific challenges posed by synchronous virtual learning environments. Even fewer investigate the extent, type and quality of training instructors receive before entering a virtual synchronous classroom.

We would appreciate your taking about 15 minutes to complete this survey. Your responses will be confidential and no responses will ever be reported individually. All data will be reported in the aggregate. The University of Virginia’s Institutional Review Board has reviewed this project for the Social Sciences, project #2015-0455-00.

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We thank you for your help. We also think you will find the survey interesting to complete. As an added incentive, at the close of the survey, you will have the option of entering a drawing for four gift cards valued at $50 each. Questions about the project can be addressed to Glenn Kessler, Principal Investigator, at

Sincere thanks,
Glenn Kessler, Ph.D.
University of Virginia

Kathryn F. Wood, Ph.D.
University of Virginia

Michele Lewski, Ph.D.
Stevens Institute of Technology

Jennifer Withrow
Align Virtual Learning Solutions

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January 29, 2016

Attention Authors: Get More Citations to Your Work

From Monday’s inbox…  Good advice for all scholars!!!

Online Learning Consortium  
Help us Spread the Word about OLJ!
Dear Michael,

The editors of OLJ would like to encourage you to promote your article on other research sites. This is perfectly appropriate given that OLJ is an open access journal.

More citations are good for you, the author, as it builds your credibility and name-recognition in the field and certainly helps when you go up for tenure and/or promotion. OLJ benefits, too, as the more your article is cited, the more the journal is recognized as a source of quality research among researchers and practitioners. So we both benefit when your article is widely cited.

Here are some options for promoting your article for you to consider:

If doing this intrigues you and you’d like to learn more about these systems, here is an article that compares ResearchGate,, and other sites: Academic Networks Contest: ResearchGate v

And here is some research that compares articles in to articles not available online: Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to

A paper uploaded to has 41% more citations after one year, 50% more after three years, and 73% more after five years.

One last tip – please also consider creating an account on Google Scholar. You can use this site to monitor citations to your research.


Dr. Katrina Meyers, Associate Editor, Online Learning
Dr. Peter Shea, Editor, Online Learning

P.S. We will also be scheduling a webinar on this topic in the months ahead – stay tuned for more details!

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January 1, 2016

Article Notice: Book Review: Online, Blended, and Distance Education – Building Successful Programs in Schools (Online Learning)

As I mentioned on Monday, I’m posting notice of the articles from the Online Learning 19:5 K-12 Online Learning Research Special Issue.

Book Review: Online, Blended, and Distance Education: Building Successful Programs in Schools

Anne Roycroft, EdD
Fuel Education

Editors: Tom Clark and Michael Barbour. (2015). Online, Blended, and Distance Education: Building Successful Programs in Schools. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. 239 pages. ISBN: 978-1-62036-163-4 (cloth)

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