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January 21, 2022

New Education Research Reports

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September 15, 2021

September 2021 Issue of From the Vineyard

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This item may be of interest to some members.

Dear MERLOT Community Member,

Attached, please find the September 2021 issue of the MERLOT newsletter “From the Vineyard.”

We are proud to distribute this newsletter three times a year to MERLOT members.

We hope you enjoy it.



Attachment: 9_2021_Vineyard.pdf

May 27, 2021

May 2021 Issue of From the Vineyard

A newsletter from this online learning organization.

Dear MERLOT Community Member,

Attached, please find the May 2021 issue of the MERLOT newsletter “From the Vineyard.”

We are proud to distribute this newsletter three times a year to MERLOT members.

We hope you enjoy it.



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December 3, 2020

Stephen’s Web ~ OLDaily – December 02, 2020 / Professional Development for Online Teaching: A Literature Review

This item came through my inbox yesterday, it was the first item in one of Stephen’s Web ~ OLDaily.

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by Stephen Downes
December 02, 2020

Professional Development for Online Teaching: A Literature Review

Heather learning, Dec 02, 2020


According to this review (22 page PDF) of selected, filtered and codified research papers, “the highest areas of focus within the research questions related to the PD program itself, implementation, instructors, and helping  the instructor design a quality course.” Meanwhile another major thread “examined instructor perceptions, outcomes, and characteristics.” Interestingly, “the PD program itself should be the largest focus of universities seeking to improve professional development at their institutions.” This actually makes sense; if you can’t get professional development right, you probably shouldn’t be advising people on how to do professional development. Additionally, “the type of professional development and  the content within it should rely heavily on the needs of the participants at a given institution.” I say this about learning generally, but somehow get a lot of pushback.

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The details for this article are below.

Heather Leary, Cade Dopp, Chad Turley, Matthew Cheney, Zach Simmons, Charles R. Graham, Riley Hatch


The growth of online learning has created a need for instructors who can competently teach online. This literature review explores the research questions, program recommendations, and future research suggestions related to professional development for online instructors. Articles were selected and coded based on date of publication and the context of the professional development. Results indicate that most research questions focused on (a) professional development programs, (b) instructors, and (c) instructors’ online courses. Most program recommendations focused on (a) professional development programs, (b) context of professional development, and (c) instructors’ activity during professional development. Future recommendations for research topics focused on professional development programs and instructors, while future recommendations for research methods focused on research design and institutional settings. The findings suggest that while professional development for online instructors is important, consistency in both design and delivery is lacking. Future research is needed to provide guidance to programs, instructors, and institutions leading to satisfaction and success for more online students.


Professional development, Teacher development, Instructor development, Teaching online

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October 1, 2020

425+ sessions propel your online learning at OLC Accelerate + Velocity 2020

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OLC Accelerate November 9-18, 2020
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An informal collaborative space that brings our community together to design and implement change work around online, blended and digital learning.

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Hands-on instruction around A/R and V/R in education, humanizing online learning, learning engineering in academic and workplace settings to extend data enable decision-making, UDL and best practices in online pedagogy, and our IELOL Master Class.

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Lightning talks, informal networking, and sessions on topics such as competency-based education, instructional design, servant leadership and crisis management, temperament-inclusive pedagogy, and quality assessment.



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