ISSN 1092-8235 (online) – ISSN 1939-5256 (print)

General Call for Papers:

Online Learning, the premier journal of the Online Learning Consortium is enhancing its focus with a newly articulated vision, mission, and expanded topics and themes of interest.  Please share this general CFP with interested colleagues.

Our Vision

To be the leading academic journal advancing knowledge of online education research and practice.

Our Mission

Online Learning promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online and blended environments. The goal of the journal is to bridge theory and practice to advance this emerging field.


We invite high quality manuscripts for blind peer-review on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to those that investigate how online environments amplify, shape, and constrain teaching and learning.  We welcome submissions that systematically investigate questions around online interaction, collaboration, individualized instruction, multimedia, adaptive environments, blended learning, issues of learning at scale (in both MOOCs and “traditional” online learning environments); emerging technologies; analysis of large data sets in understanding online educational processes; and effective approaches and interventions that promote online student engagement, persistence, improvement, and success.  We also solicit cutting edge research on how new technologies and the practices they enable urge us to reconsider policy and practice in educational settings.

On behalf of the editorial board we issue a general call for proposals that align with our mission and meet the following criteria:


Two formats of manuscripts are accepted:

  1. We welcome manuscripts that employ systematic investigation using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches.  We also encourage the submission of integrative reviews of empirical research on topics in online education and as well as conceptual reviews.
  2. We also publish practitioner-based “lessons from the field” with reference to evidence brought to bear on significant issues, trends, and controversies.

To submit an article and read complete author guidelines for both research papers and “lessons from the field” please visit the Online Journal System for the journal:
With kind regards on behalf of the editorial board at Online Learning,

Peter Shea
University at Albany, State University of New York
Editor-in-Chief: Online Learning