Get Published! Put your E-Learning Experiences to Work

Concurrent Session 5

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Discover the benefits of being published and sharing your e-learning experiences with a wider audience through online and alternative outlets.  Bring your questions, share your ideas, and explore writing opportunities in this informative and lively discussion.   Contribute to knowledge-sharing in the e-learning community!


Dr. Donna Gardner Liljegren's experiences in higher education have included faculty, administrator, and executive leadership roles. She is currently Dean of AU Online at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. Her experiences in higher education administration have included enrollment, marketing, assessment, curriculum development, faculty development, and teaching experiences with traditional, accelerated, blended, and online programs. She serves as the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) and as the Program Chair for the Great Lakes Region of the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE).
Melissa A. Venable, PhD is a writer and online education advisor at BestColleges where she contributes to web content on topics related to college and career decision-making. In this role she also conducts an annual research initiative reporting online education trends gathered from a variety of stakeholders. Melissa is an adjunct instructor and course designer for Saint Leo University and the University of South Florida. She received her doctorate in instructional technology from the University of South Florida with research interests in distance education and online student support. Melissa is also a certified career coach.

Extended Abstract

Are you interested in writing about your research and professional experiences in e-learning?  Are you aware that many opportunities exist outside of refereed and peer-reviewed journals?  Every professional and community experience provides opportunities for publication, including your participation at OLC Accelerate. For those of you presenting at the conference, consider how the time and preparation you put into your presentation might be the basis for submitting an article.  If you are an attendee,  consider how your experiences at the conference could result in writing a book review, reflective blog post, or publishing an interview. 

In this session, attendees will:

  • Learn about the types of writing and editorial roles you can pursue

  • Identify current opportunities for publication in the e-learning field

  • Find out out to pitch your ideas to a variety of e-learning and online education publications.

  • Explore writing styles and article types (e.g., interviews, reviews, case studies)

  • Gain realistic expectations for the typical process of submission and review

  • Understand the process of transforming a successful conference presentation into a manuscript  

  • Leave the session with a plan for how to get started.

The presenters together have almost 30 years of combined online education experience in roles ranging from instructional design and faculty development to teaching and program management. In addition to their individual forays into blogging, they have published their practical experiences in online education through multiple outlets and currently serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of eLearn Magazine. They will share their tips and lessons learned, and encourage feedback from session attendees.

Everyone working in e-learning can benefit from this session, whether veteran or novice. Bring your questions, share your ideas, and join us for this informative and lively discussion.  Discover how you can contribute to knowledge-sharing in the e-learning community!