2022 Year in Review: Highlighting Key Research and Trends from the Online Learning Journal (OLJ)

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This session will provide an overview of a special issue of the journal Educational Psychologist dedicated to advancing an interdisciplinary agenda for online learning research at the intersection of educational technology, educational psychology, and the learning sciences. Panelists are authors of papers in the special issue and editors of the Online Learning journal and/or the special issue of Educational Psychologist. This special issue addresses a longstanding gap in online learning research, building bridges between researchers working in various traditions to provide a more comprehensive account of the broad array of factors that shape teaching, learning and assessment in online environments.       


Dr. Peter Shea is a Professor in the School of Education at the University at Albany, State University of New York and also the Online Learning Journal Editor in Chief. His research focuses on the development of communities dedicated to learning in online environments. He has published widely on this topic in journals such as Computers and Education, JALN, Internet and Higher Education, The Journal of Educational Computing Research, Interactive Learning Environments and others. He is past director of the SUNY Learning Network, the online education enterprise of the 64 campus and 400,000 students in the SUNY system. Peter's research has been supported by the US Department of Education and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been co-recipient of three national awards for online learning, faculty development and online programs from EDUCAUSE and the Online Learning Consortium.
Charles R. Graham is a Professor at Brigham Young University who studies technology-mediated teaching and learning, with a focus on the design and evaluation of blended and online learning environments. He also researches the use of technology to enhance traditional teaching and learning. His current research publications can be found online at: https://sites.google.com/site/charlesrgraham/
I am an Professor of Learning, Design and Technology at North Carolina State University at Raleigh. I received my Doctorate and Master's in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. I have a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bharathiyar University, India. Previous to my current position, I taught at University of North Carolina Wilmington for seven years. I also worked on instructional design projects for Shooolini University, Viridis Learning, Maricopa Community College, University of Phoenix, Intel, Cisco Learning Institute, and Arizona State University. I worked as a co-principal investigator on the Digital Visual Literacy NSF grant working with Maricopa Community College District in Arizona. My research focuses on designing and integrating online learning environments (OLE) to improve learner motivation and engagement to achieve effectiveness in learning.

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