Call for Articles from AERA SIG Online Teaching and Learning – Special Issue of Online Learning

The deadline to indicate intention to submit to Special Issue is April 26th, 2021.

The Editors of the Online Learning journal wish to invite accepted presenters at the 2021 AERA annual meeting to publish in a special issue devoted to the Online Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group (OTL-SIG). This issue complements OLC’s partnership with the OTL-SIG to create both a presentation (Innovate) and publication opportunity.

Online Learning (OLJ) is the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) scholarly journal providing readers with rigorous peer-reviewed research in a variety of educational contexts from K-12 to higher education in the United States and internationally. By Google Scholar metrics, OLJ is now the top-ranked publication in the field of online learning and is ranked in the top 5% of all open access journals in the field of education. OLC is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best-practice publications, and guidance to educators, online learning professionals, and organizations around the world.

About the Special Issue

Topics for the special issue include but are not limited to research on:

  • Strategies for learner engagement and motivation
  • Instructional innovations in online environments
  • Community of Inquiry (including social, teaching, and cognitive presence) ∙ MOOC design, pedagogies, and perspectives
  • Strategies for learner interactions and collaboration
  • Blended/hybrid learning and flipped classrooms
  • Technology integration in online learning environments
  • Learner achievement, satisfaction, and retention
  • Designing for the online environment
  • Assessment strategies and issues
  • Accessibility and UDL
  • Data analytics in online environments
  • Designing for culturally diverse learners

Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research articles (including systematic reviews) are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

To notify us of your intent to submit, please send your abstract for review to Rhonda Wilson, wilson73@purdue.edu, with the subject line: OL journal

Invited authors will submit full manuscripts through the Open Journal System (OJS), the OLC journal system. When submitting be sure you select the Special Conference Issue: AERA Online Teaching and Learning SIG within the OJS submission process.

Author Guidelines include general APA Style 7th edition except for the single-spacing requirement. Papers should be about 6,000-8,000 words. The Guide for Authors can be found here: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/guide-authors/

For detailed assistance with APA style, refer to Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Please note that contributors will also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Preliminary Timeline:

  • Indicate intention to submit to Special Issue by April 26th
    • Send author and contact information, abstract from AERA presentation or updated abstract to Rhonda Wilson, wilson73@purdue.edu, with the subject line: OL journal
  • Invited authors notified by May 14th
  • Submit full manuscript through the OLC journal system by June 14th
  • Manuscripts sent out for review between June 15-17th
  • Return reviews to editors on July 7th
  • Feedback from special issue editors by July 19th
  • Return revised articles to editors by August 16th
  • Additional revisions as requested (date TBD)
  • Send manuscripts for copyediting on September 13th (absolute last day to be included) ∙ Special Issue published December 2021 (anticipated)

*Final acceptance notifications will not be delivered until after revised manuscripts have been submitted.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jennifer C. Richardson jennrich@purdue.edu
Dr. Karen Swan kswan4@uis.edu


Call for Articles on Advances in Cognitive Presence Special Issue of Online Learning

The deadline to indicate intention to submit to Special Issue is July 12, 2021.

In this special issue, we invite researchers to submit studies on cognitive presence in online and blended learning environments. In the past decade, the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework has gained the most attention from scholars for its capability of capturing the collaborative construction of personally meaningful and shared understanding in the online community of learners (Jan et al. 2019; Park & Shea, 2020; Stenbom 2018). According to Garrison (2017), understanding the dynamics of the collaborative process of learning is the strength of cognitive presence and the CoI framework.

Although the importance of cognitive presence to generate high-level learning in online environments is well documented in literature, researchers suggest that it is the least researched of the three constructs of the CoI framework and little progress has been made in understanding the development of cognitive presence and higher-order thinking and learning effectiveness online (Garrison, 2017; Sadaf, Wu, & Martin, under review). According to Garrison (2017), “much research is needed to fully appreciate the inquiry process (cognitive presence) that occurs in a shared learning environment.” Therefore, there remains a clear need for more conceptual and empirical research to explore processes and strategies that create and sustain conditions necessary to facilitate cognitive presence and higher-order learning in online environments.

This special issue on the topic of cognitive presence will bring together researchers working in this area and, in turn, advance various new perspectives on conceptualizations and processes related to cognitive presence. Bringing researchers together in a single issue will help advance this aspect of the field of online learning, and via an editorial, we can begin to synthesize the current work that is being done and make suggestions for future steps.

Possible Topics: Topics for the special issue include but are not limited to research on:

  • Cognitive presence and the learning sciences
  • Strategies to facilitate cognitive presence
  • Instructional design principles and/or strategies to foster cognitive presence
  • Cognitive presence and learning outcomes–perceived and actual
  • Cognitive presence, learning, and emotion in online and blended learning environments
  • Online student engagement and cognitive presence
  • Cognitive presence and ill-structured problem solving online
  • Motivational factors as predictors of cognitive presence
  • Cognitive presence in different disciplines
  • The relationship of cognitive presence to other forms of presence (e.g. teaching presence)
  • The relationship between interaction and levels of cognitive presence
  • Cognitive presence, shared metacognition, self-and co-regulated learning

Rigorous, cutting-edge qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods research articles and systematic reviews are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

To notify us of your intent to submit, please send your abstract for review to Dr. Ayesha Sadaf, special.issue@onlinelearning-c.org

Invited authors will submit full manuscripts through the Open Journal System (OJS), the OLC journal system. When submitting, be sure you select the section corresponding “Advances in Cognitive Presence Special Issue of Online Learning”.

Author Guidelines include general APA Style 7th edition except for the single-spacing requirement. Papers should be about 6,000-8,000 words. The Guide for Authors can be found here: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/guide-authors/ For detailed assistance with APA style, refer to Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ Please note that contributors will also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Preliminary Timeline:

  • Indicate intention to submit to Special Issue by July 12th (Send author information, contact details, and abstract to Ayesha Sadaf)
  • Invited authors notified by July 26th
  • Submit full manuscript through the OLC journal system by September 20th
  • Manuscripts sent out for review between September 21-23rd
  • Return reviews to editors on October 11th
  • Feedback from special issue editors by October 25rd
  • Return revised articles to editors by November 22th
  • Additional revisions as requested (date TBD)
  • Send manuscripts for copyediting on December 20th (absolute last day to be included)
  • Special Issue published March 2022 (anticipated)

*Final acceptance will not be notified until fully revised manuscripts have been submitted.

Special Issue Guest Editors
Dr. Ayesha Sadaf, asadaf@uncc.edu
Dr. Larisa Olesova, lolesova@gmu.edu
Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes, martic@athabascau.ca
Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski, nostashewski@athabascau.ca
Dr. Peter Shea, pshea@albany.edu

Online Learning, the official journal of the Online Learning Consortium promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online environments. The journal has been published for over 20 years and is known to many by its former name, the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN). 

OLJ is always open to receive submissions.  For more information please contact Sturdy Knight, OLJ’s Managing Editor, at Sturdy.Knight@onlinelearning-c.org