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June 9, 2017

Online Learning Consortium’s Call for Articles in the Online Learning Journal

Note this call for articles – which includes some focus on K-12 – that may be relevant to readers.

Good Morning,

The Online Learning Journal, formerly the Journal of Asynchronous Learning, wishes to invite the presenters at the 2017 AERA Annual meeting to publish in a special issue devoted to the Online Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group (OTL-SIG).  The Online Learning Journal (OLJ) is the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) scholarly journal providing readers with rigorous peer-reviewed research in a variety of educational contexts from k-12 to higher education in the US and internationally. The journal is currently in the midst of an extended effort to further develop quality and rigor in systematic inquiry in online learning in support of the larger mission of the Online Learning Consortium. OLC is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

About the Special Issue: Topics for the special issue include but are not limited to research on:

  • Strategies for student engagement
  • Virtual or online K-12 schools
  • Community of Inquiry, including Social Presence, Teaching Presence and Cognitive Presence
  • Online Interaction (e.g. Instructor, peer-to-peer)
  • MOOCs
  • Strategies for online discussions
  • Online group work
  • Blended learning and flipped classrooms
  • Integration of tools for online learning environments
  • Retention in online courses and programs
  • Instructor readiness
  • Designing for the online environment
  • Assessment strategies and issues

Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research articles are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Special Issue, please complete the following form: .

  • Then, please submit manuscripts through the Open Journal System (OJS), the OLC journal system. Please select the Special Conference Issue: AERA Online Teaching and Learning SIG within the OJS submission process.
  • Author Guidelines include general APA Style 6th edition except for single-spacing requirement. Papers should be about 6,000-8,000 words. The Guide for Authors can be found here:
  • For detailed assistance with APA style, refer to Purdue Online Writing Lab:
  • Please note that contributors will also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Preliminary Timeline:

  • Intention to submit June 20th
    • send author and contact information, abstract from AERA presentation or updated abstract
  • Invited authors notified June 16-30th
  • Submission of full manuscript through the OLC journal system July 31st
  • Send out manuscripts for review on Aug 1st-4th
  • Return to editors on August 28th
  • Feedback from special issue editors on Sept 8th
  • Revised articles due back to editors by September 25th
  • Send manuscripts for copyediting on October 15 (absolute last day to be included)
  • Special Issue published December 15th (anticipated)


*Final acceptance notifications will not be delivered until after revised manuscripts have been submitted.

Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Jennifer C. Richardson (
Dr. Karen Swan (
Marquetta Strait (

Attachment: OLC Call for Articles from Online Teaching and Learning SIG_2017

June 7, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: June 6, 2017

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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June 6, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 8

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Collaborative for Quality Assurance in Alternative Learning (CQAL) Webinar
June 6, 2017 | 1:00pm ET

As the USDE EQUIP program extends student financial aid benefits to alternative providers, a national discussion about accepting alternative learning experiences and assessing quality in this emerging sector is paramount. Looking through multiple lenses – accreditation, institution, QAE and provider – this session will highlight the collaborative work being done by several key national organizations to address this critical need.

Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape: Headsets, HoloLens, and Higher Ed
5-Part Webinar Series Starts June 7

Join OLC for this webinar series as we explore the rapidly evolving field of virtual, augmented and mixed realities within the context of online, blended and digital learning. Designed to further your knowledge and provide you an understanding of emerging best practices, each webinar will feature a panel of experts on the given topic.


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Instructional Designers: Share Your Experience

OLC is collaborating with Oregon State University Ecampus to collect data for a research project that explores how instructional designers in higher education encounter research in their roles and whether and how they are trained to conduct research. Take the survey

Listen Up!
New TOPcast Podcasts Added

Keeping up with rapidly-emerging online education trends while simultaneously attending to the responsibilities of daily operations is challenging. In a recent episode, join hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson as they offer heuristics to help in leading innovation.

Stay on top of online teaching and learning trends, technologies, best practices and more with OLC Podcasts. Now featurnig EdSurge On Air, as well as TOPcast and Research in Action. Listen now.


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Join the Next #DLNChat
June 13, 2017 | 4:00pm ET

You’re invited to our next #DLNchat conversation, our topic: How might colleges best support faculty to use digital-learning tools in the classroom and/or online? Join me as OLC collaborates with EdSurge, the New Media Consortium, Tyton Partners, and WCET in this online discussion on the future of digital learning.

Get your 140-character keyboard ready and join us at #DLNchat as we continue exploring what’s next in digital learning. 

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2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award
Call for Submissions now open!

The 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award call for submissions is open to accredited U.S.-based applicants in two categories:

● Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
● Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

The submission portal is open until June 30, 2017. Learn more in an informational webinar on June 14.

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November 15-17, 2017 | Orlando, FL

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OLC Accelerate 2017

Make your travel plans now and save! Early bird pricing for OLC Accelerate 2017 is now available for those who register before September 20.

In addition to your conference registration, secure your hotel room now. Our conference rates expire on October 17, but don’t wait to book – our room block always sells out!

OLC Accelerate attendees may purchase Thursday evening Disney tickets. Full details on each option may be found on the conference Travel Page.

Arriving early or staying after the conference?  OLC Accelerate attendees may also purchase special After 3pm entrance Disney Park tickets for the family.

Join the #SummerOfCollaboration!

Even if you can’t attend an upcoming OLC Collaborate event, you can still celebrate the Summer Of Collaboration! It’s simple. Just tweet us a picture or a mention of someone you enjoy collaborating with. Make sure you include their Twitter handle and be sure to use the hashtags #OLCCollaborate and #SummerOfCollaboration.

Congrats to our first winners@MattheaMarquart & @ndachos – enjoy your free OLC Professional Membership!


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Take the OLC Accelerate 2017 Video Challenge

Have you presented at one of our events, like OLC Accelerate, OLC Collaborate or OLC Innovate?

Have you attended an event and had a blast?

Will this be your first OLC event and you just can’t wait?

Help us let the OLC community know how much fun OLC conferences truly are. And just how much you can learn! You could WIN $150 OFF your registration fee for the upcoming OLC Accelerate conference taking place this November in Orlando. Learn more.


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The Summer Of Collaboration!

Online Learning Consortium Opens Call for Submissions for 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award Competition

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OLC Collaborate | Anchorage, AK – Registration open!
August 21-22, 2017

OLC Collaborate | Tucson, AZ – Sign up for updates!
September 29, 2017

OLC Accelerate 2017 | Orlando, FL
November 15-17, 2017


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Upcoming Workshops: Quality Design Framework, Creating Rubrics, and More!

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Upcoming Workshops
Enhance your online teaching skills with OLC workshops.

OLC workshops are a cost-effective way to collaborate with peers and experts via synchronous and asynchronous methods for effective and engaging learning.  We are committed to modeling best practices for online learning in all of our workshops. Toward that end, our workshops will utilize numerous proven instructional strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own online or blended course.

Upcoming Workshops

Fundamentals: Framework for Quality Design
Creating Rubrics | New to Online: Essential Part I, Getting Started
Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 1
Exploring App Smashing
Fundamentals: Framework for Quality Design
LujeanBaab-cir.jpgDr. Lujean Baab serves as the Senior Director for Learning Experience Design, a unit Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies at Virginia Tech. June 26-July 2, 2017

Quality course design is one of the many things that need to be considered in online and blended instructional models. Join facilitator Dr. Lujean Baab in this workshop where you will explore various well-known and well-respected quality frameworks that can help you improve the quality of your online course.

Creating Rubrics | Essentials Part I

Dr. Karen Girton-Snyder is Director of the Instructional Design and Course Development at Lamar University and Higher Education Consultant.

June 28-30, 2017

Join facilitator Dr. Karen Girton-Snyder to discuss and learn how to create and use rubrics to efficiently and consistently evaluate student work. You will learn the qualities that make a rubric successful, while exploring best practices for grading and assessing students in the online environment.  Register >

Dena Coots is the current Director of Distance Education at Alvin Community College in Texas.

July 10- 16, 2017

This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation with the guidance of facilitator, Dena Coots. Register >

Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 1
July 11, 2017

Copyright infringement lawsuits against colleges and universities are no longer hypothetical – they are reality. Numerous universities around the country have been sued for everything from illegally posting articles and book chapters in learning management systems, to improperly streaming video for the purposes of facilitating research and providing access to students with disabilities. Join facilitator Linda Enghagen in this workshop where you will develop a working familiarity with the “transformative use” doctrine and its growing importance to educational fair use and the continuously expanding collection of “Best Practices in Fair Use.”


Linda Enghagen is an attorney and Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Exploring App Smashing
July 24-30, 2017

Join us as we explore some of the most interesting ways App Smashing is being used to increase teaching effectiveness and encourage deeper learning. Facilitator Cathy Arreguin will help you add multiple ideas and App Smashing “recipes” to your instructional toolbox and be ready to implement them in your own teaching. Learn more about the workshop from Rae Pufal, M.Ed. Instructional Technology, Florida Atlantic University in this quick Q&ARegister >


Cathy Arreguin, M.A., has been an educator for 20 years and in higher education since 2007.

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June 3, 2017

30-Day Countdown to Apply for OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award

From Thursday’s inbox…

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The DLIAward 30-day Countdown Begins Today!
Submission Portal Open Until June 30, 2017
Dear Michael,

The countdown begins today. Have you completed your submission for the Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward)? The DLIAward program recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. OLC is calling for submissions from accredited U.S.-based institutions in two categories:

  • Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
  • Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

Learn from our 2016 DLIAward recipients in this short video where they share recommendations to institutions inspired by digital courseware.


Still not sure you want to submit? Join us for an informational webinar on June 14 at 1:00pm ET. The deadline for submissions is 12:00pm ET on June 30, 2017. All applications must be submitted through the online submission portal.

Winners will be announced at the OLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.
Visit the website for full details regarding the award competition. We look forward to reviewing your submissions, celebrating your successes, and identifying top innovators leading the digital learning landscape.
Best Regards,
Nori Barajas, Ed.D.

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Upcoming Webinars With Industry Leaders In Accessibility

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael,

Is your institution doing all it can to be accessible? The following upcoming webinars will help you protect your institution.

These complimentary resources, provided by 3Play Media, feature industry leaders with expertise in accessibility legal requirements and making web content accessible.

WEBINAR: Where Do We Go from Here? Results from 3 National Samples on Web Accessibility

Thursday, June 8th at 2pm ET

Presenting the results from a national sample on web accessibility, Cyndi Rowland and George Joeckel from WebAIM, will share their findings from 3 distinct organizations. How would you think the national network of University Centers of Excellence in Disability would fare? What about the universities that host them? How about their state government sites? Join us to see if your thoughts are in line with the research.  Register now.

WEBINAR: Two Members of the US Access Board on the Section 508 Refresh
Thursday, June 15th at 2pm ET
In this webinar, Bruce Bailey and Timothy Creagan from the U.S. Access Board will review the final revision of Section 508 and Section 255. They will provide a comprehensive analysis of the changes and disclose how they will affect diverse organizations nationwide.  Register now.

WEBINAR: Quick Start to Captioning

Thursday, June 22nd at 2pm ET

Watch this webinar to learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers Section 508 and ADA accessibility compliance, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integration with lecture capture and video platforms.  Register now.

WEBINAR: Accessible Video at Amazon

Thursday, August 10th at 2pm ET

Since its origin in 1994, Amazon has been an industry disrupter, transforming the way people shop and entertain. In this webinar, Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect at Amazon Lab126, will provide an inside look into Amazon’s video accessibility efforts. You’ll learn more about how the company continues to grow their video platform, while keeping accessibility a priority. Register now.

WEBINAR: 2017 Legal Update on Digital Accessibility Cases with Lainey Feingold

Thursday, September 19th at 2pm ET

This webinar will be presented by Lainey Feingold, an internationally recognized disability rights lawyer and pioneer of Structured Negotiation known for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements. In this webinar, Lainey will take us through key cases, government agency activity, settlements, and other developments in the digital accessibility legal landscape since her last 3Play Media webinar in September 2016. Register now.

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