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December 12, 2017

[OLJ] New Online Learning Journal Issue Published

Note the K-12 online learning item below.

Dear Readers:

The latest issue of Online Learning features a special section of high quality papers presented at the American Education Research Association’s (AERA) 2017 Annual Conference.  Founded more than a century ago, AERA is the premier organization for educational research in the United States with more than 25,000 members, 12 divisions and numerous special interest groups.  The Association’s Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning (SIG-OTL) is a multi- disciplinary community of scholars focused on the creation, use, and evaluation of online learning environments.    Through a collaboration between the Online Learning Consortium and AERA this issue highlights 11 papers selected from more than 100 original submissions to the SIG-OTL.

These papers include research on online collaboration from the perspectives of minority students and instructors, how perceptions of communities are influenced by course length and discussion facilitation, and on the relationship between self-reflection and achievement in online K-12 math courses. The issue also contains 6 articles from our regular submission process addressing vital issues related to online learning processes, motivation, satisfaction, and performance.

We invite you to review the issue here

Thanks for your continuing interest in Online Learning,


Peter Shea, PhD
Editor, Online Learning

Online Learning
Vol 21, No 4 (2017)
Table of Contents

Special Conference Issue: AERA Online Teaching and Learning SIG
Karen Swan,     Jennifer Richardson
Online collaborative learning activities: The perspectives of minority
graduate students
Alex Kumi-Yeboah,       James Dogbey,   Guangji Yuan
Care, Communication, Support: Core for Designing Meaningful Online
Collaborative Learning
Heather A. Robinson,    Whitney Kilgore,        Scott J. Warren
Student Actions and Community in Online Courses: The Roles Played By Course
Length and Facilitation Method
Carrie Demmans Epp,     Krystle Phirangee,      Jim Hewitt
Self-Reflection and Math Performance in an Online Learning Environment
Jinnie Choi,    Alyssa Walters, Pat Hoge
Describing K-12 online teachers’ online professional development
opportunities for students with disabilities
Mary Frances Rice
Best Practices Framework for Online Faculty  Professional Development: A
Delphi Study
Sandra Coswatte Mohr,   Kaye Shelton
Examining Distance Learners in Hybrid Synchronous Instruction:  Successes
and Challenges
Enilda Romero-Hall,     Cristiane Rocha Vicentini
Hybrid Education: The Potential of Teaching and Learning with Robot-Mediated
Benjamin William Gleason,       Christine Greenhow
Live Synchronous Web Meetings in Asynchronous Online Courses:
Reconceptualizing Virtual Office Hours
Patrick R. Lowenthal,   Joanna C Dunlap,        Chareen Snelson
Wherefore Art Thou MOOC: Defining Massive Open Online Courses
Stephanie J Blackmon,   Claire H. Major
How Much Does Student Engagement with Videos and Forums in a MOOC Affect
Their Achievement?
Fernanda Cesar Bonafini,        Chungil Chae,   Eunsung Park,   Kathryn Weed Jablokow

Section II
Introduction to Section II
Peter Shea
Student Predisposition to Instructor Feedback and Perceptions of Teaching
Presence Predict Motivation Toward Online Courses
Andrew William Cole,    Christopher Anderson,   Thomas Bunton,  Maura R.
Cherney,        Valerie Cronin Fisher,  Richard Draeger, Jr.,   Michelle
Featherston,    Laura Motel,    Kristine M. Nicolini,   Brittnie Peck,  Mike Allen
A Critical Analysis of Characteristics that Influence the Effect of
Instructor Discussion Interaction on Student Outcomes
Rebecca Simon Hoey
Pre- and inservice teacher satisfaction with online collaborative mentoring
for technology integration: Applying the Kano quality attributes
Helga Dorner,   Swapna Kumar
Correlation between Grades Earned and Time in Online Courses
Lin Carver,     Keya Muhkerjee, Robert Lucio
Navigating Turn-Taking and Conversational Repair in an Online Synchronous
Yvonne Earnshaw
Thematic Patterns in International Blended Learning Literature, Research,
Practices, and Terminology
Kristian J Spring,      Charles R Graham

Online Learning (OLJ)

September 7, 2017

New Issue of Online Learning [OLJ] Published

No K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning items that I could see.

Dear Readers,

We recently published a new issue (21:3) of Online Learning (OLJ).  This
special conference issue contains articles originally presented at the OLC
Accelerate and OLC Innovate annual meetings.  We invite you to review the
issue here:

Thank you to our guest editors, authors, reviewers, and the staff of OLC for
all their contributions and to you for your continuing interest in Online

best regards,

Peter Shea

Peter Shea, PhD
Editor: Online Learning (OLJ)
Associate Provost for Online Education  &
Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice and CCI
University at Albany, State University of New York
ED 114, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

Online Learning
Vol 21, No 3 (2017)
Table of Contents

Introduction: Sept. 2017 Conference Issue
Anthony Picciano

Invited Papers / 2017 OLC Conference Special Issue
Gap Analysis: An Innovative Look at Gateway Courses and Student Retention
Karen Swan,     William Bloemer,        Scott Day
Beyond Being There:  Practices that Establish Presence, Engage Students and
Influence Intellectual Curiosity in a Structured Online Learning Environment
Janice Marie Orcutt,    Laurie P Dringus
Student Perceptions of the Use of Multimedia for Online Course Communication
Laura Portolese,        Julie Bonner
Using Design-Based Research in Higher Education Innovation
Cristi Ford,    Darragh McNally,        Kate Ford
Understanding Faculty Use of the Learning Management System
Jason Rhode,    Stephanie Richter,      Peter Gowen,    Tracy Miller,   Cameron Wills
An Instructor Learning Analytics Implementation Model
Holly McKee
Blended Learning From Design to Evaluation:  International Case Studies of
Evidence-Based Practice
Prof. Norman D. Vaughan,        Aline Reali,    Stefan Stenbom, Marieta Jansen Van
Vuuren, David MacDonald
A Formative Case Evaluation for the Design of an Online Delivery Model
Providing Access to Study Abroad Activities
Wendy Howard,   Gino Perrotte,  Minyoung Lee,   Jenna Frisone
Improving Digital Library Experiences and Support with Online Research
Laura Brewer,   Holly Rick,     Karen A. Grondin

Section II
Introduction to Section II,  Sept. ’17
Peter Shea
Revised Community of Inquiry: Examining Learning Presence in a Blended Mode
of Delivery
Jessica Pool,   Gerda Reitsma,  Dirk Van den Berg
Theories and Frameworks for Online Education:  Seeking an Integrated Model
Anthony G Picciano
Exploring Factors Related to Completion of an Online Undergraduate-Level
Introductory Statistics Course
Whitney Alicia Zimmerman,       Glenn Johnson
An examination of factors that impact the retention of online students at a
for-profit university
Chris Sorensen, Judy Donovan
Exploring Differences in Business Undergraduate Perceptions by Preferred
Classroom Delivery Mode
Gary Blau,      Rob Drennan, Jr.
Compensation Still Matters: Language Learning Strategies in the Third
Millennium ESL Learners
Karim Hajhashemi,       Alireza Shakarami,      Nerina Caltabiano

Online Learning (OLJ)

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

January 17, 2017

Article Notice: “More Confident Going into College”: Lessons Learned from Multiple Stakeholders in a New Blended Learning Initiative

The third – and final – K-12 distance, online and blended learning article from yesterday’s [OLJ] New Online Learning Issue Published entry.

Aimee L. Whiteside, Amy Garrett Dikkers, Somer Lewis



This article examined a blended learning initiative in a large suburban high school in the Midwestern region of the United States. It employed a single-case exploratory design approach to learn about the experience of administrators, teachers, students, and parents. Using Zimmerman’s Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) Theory as a guiding framework, this study explored surveys, face-to-face observation data, interview transcriptions, and focus group transcriptions to learn about different stakeholders’ experiences and their observations about student readiness for blended learning. As a result, the data suggested three major themes, namely how blended learning initiatives can promote autonomy and self-regulation, encourage inquiry and build relationships, and ultimately help students feel ready for college.


Self-regulated learning, blended learning, K-12 education, case study research

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Article Notice: Online Teacher Work to Support Self-Regulation of Learning in Students with Disabilities at a Fully Online State Virtual School

The second K-12 distance, online and blended learning article from yesterday’s [OLJ] New Online Learning Issue Published entry.

Mary Frances Rice, Richard Allen Carter, Jr.



Students with disabilities represent a growing number of learners receiving education in K-12 fully online learning programs. They are, unfortunately, also a large segment of the online learning population who are not experiencing success in these environments. In response, scholars have recommended increasing instruction in self-regulation skills for these students, but whether teachers are able to promote self-regulation as part of their instruction and how they will do so remains unknown. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how practicing teachers provided self-regulation strategies to students with disabilities in a fully online learning environment. In this context, the teachers intended to offer self-regulation strategies to students, but they were largely unable to do so. This work has the potential to influence professional development programs for online teachers in the hopes that students with disabilities will be able to learn self-regulation strategies and ultimately be more successful.


Self-regulation, practicing online teachers, students with disabilities, teacher thinking about strategies, K12 virtual schools, online learning policy

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