OLC’s Online Learning Journal Celebrates 20 Years in Publication

OLJ’s international reach and influence will be demonstrated during sessions at this week’s EDEN RW9 Conference in Germany, and at OLC Accelerate, Nov. 16-18, in Orlando.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Oct. 5, 2016) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its scholarly journal, Online Learning (OLJ), which has been publishing important research in online learning for scholars, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers around the world, since 1996.

“For two decades, Online Learning has remained committed to our mission to promote the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online environments,” said Peter Shea, Ph.D., editor in chief, Online Learning Journal. “I wish to thank all who have contributed to this effort and in making OLJ a valued resource across the international online learning community.”

Online Learning’s international reach and influence will be demonstrated during featured sessions at upcoming industry conferences: 9th EDEN Research Workshop (EDEN RW9), Oct. 4-6, in Oldenburg, Germany, and OLC Accelerate (#OLCACCELERATE), Nov. 16-18, in Orlando.

At EDEN RW9, OLC’s Senior Director of Research & Innovation, Jill Buban, Ph.D., will participate on the closing plenary session titled, “Scholarly Journals in Support of Research in Learning.” Dr. Buban joins a distinguished panel of scholarly journal experts, including: Dianne Conrad, Co-Editor of the International Review of Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), Athabasca, University, Canada; Som Naidu, Executive Editor of Distance Education, Monash University, Australia; and Ulrich Bernath, Chief Editor of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL), Ulrich Bernath Foundation of Research in Open and Distance Learning Oldenburg, Germany.

EDEN RW9 attendees can also hear Dr. Buban present during two other conference sessions: Session B2: Connecting in the Online Environment: Student Preferences for Communication with Faculty, and Session E1: Alternative Credentialing in the United States: A Collection of Case Studies.

At OLC Accelerate, OLC’s largest annual conference, taking place in November, the Online Learning Journal will provide the backdrop for a special session titled, “What Do We Know About Online Learning? The Current and Possible Future State of Online Learning Research,” which will be moderated by Doug Lederman, editor-in-chief of Inside Higher Ed.  In recognition of the Online Learning Journal’s 20th anniversary, panelists Dr. Terry Anderson, Dr. Mark Brown, and Dr. Karen Swan will join OLJ Editor-in-Chief Shea in discussing the current landscape of online learning research, highlighting key issues they see as neglected and crying out for further research. Panelists will also provide an overview of the areas of research they are currently involved in, research methods used and how their work may help translate knowledge into practice. 

Online Learning, which has been in publication since 1996, and was previously titled JALN, the Journal of Asynchronous Learning, merged with MERLOT’s Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) in 2015, bringing together the research and editorial resources of two of online learning’s most respected scholarly journals. Read the latest issue online at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/online-learning-journal/.

Details about the OLC Accelerate 2016 conference can be found online at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/olc-accelerate/.


About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/ for more information. 




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