OLC Announces New Associate Editors for Online Learning - Journal

The Online Learning Consortium is pleased to announce that three new Associate Editors were recently added to the editorial staff of OLC’s official scholarly publication Online Learning (OLJ).  This announcement comes in the midst of a major effort to enhance the profile of the journal and follows the recent merger of the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) with OLJ.  The three new Associate Editors, Dr. Charles Graham of Brigham Young University, Dr. Jennifer Richardson of Purdue University, and Dr. Shanna Smith-Jaggars of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University bring invaluable perspective and experience to the journal. 

Peter Shea, Editor-in-Chief of OLJ said “The new editors will play a significant role in leading the journal forward as it seeks to serve and advance the community of scholarship in online teaching and learning and we are very pleased to welcome them to the OLC community.”   

Additional details on the new editors follows: 

Dr. Charles R. Graham is a Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University with interest in technology-mediated teaching and learning.  Charles studies the design and evaluation of blended learning environments and the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Charles has authored 50+ articles in over two-dozen journals, many with graduate students who he loves to work with and mentor. He has also published 20+ chapters related to online and blended learning environments in edited books including Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, and the AECT Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology. Charles has co-edited two books on blended learning research: Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs and Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 2.  He has also co-authored a book for teachers and practitioners interested in designing blended learning environments (Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-based Guide) and a book on research methods for young researchers learning to do research in online and blended learning contexts (Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments: New Pedagogical Frontiers). In 2015 Charles became a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium “For outstanding achievement in advancing theory, research and effective practice in online and blended learning.”

Dr. Jennifer C. Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program at Purdue University. Her research focus includes three overlapping research strands: 1) best practices in design for online and distance learning, 2) faculty development for designing and teaching with technology, and 3) the Community of Inquiry (CoI). She has been teaching and conducting research in distance education since the late 1990’s and has received several awards including the AERA SIG Instructional Technology Leadership Award (2009), the Sloan-C Effective Practices in Online Education Award, and more locally the Excellence in Distance Teaching Award at Purdue University. Jennifer publishes regularly in leading journals (Internet and Higher Education, OLC/JALN, ETR&D) and presents at the major conferences in her area. Richardson is also active in the mentoring of graduate students to design and teach online. 

Dr. Shanna Smith Jaggars is currently Assistant Director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and in March 2016 will begin as the founding Director of Student Success Research for the Office of Distance Education and E-Learning at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jaggars has published extensively on online learning, including in journals such as The Journal of Higher Education, Economics of Education Review, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Dr. Jaggars’ other research focuses on developmental education programming and policy, electronic advising and tracking systems, and institutional improvement processes. Her 2015 book from Harvard University Press (co-authored with Thomas Bailey and Davis Jenkins), Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success, distills a wealth of data amassed by CCRC which supports the need for a fundamental redesign of the way two-year colleges operate, stressing the integration of services and instruction – both online and face-to-face – into more clearly structured programs of study that support every student’s goals. 

Learn more about the Online Learning Journal and the Editorial Team.