Volume 21, Issue 4 – December 2017

The latest issue of Online Learning features a special section of high
quality papers presented at the American Education Research Association’s
(AERA) 2017 Annual Conference.  Founded more than a century ago, AERA is the
premier organization for educational research in the United States with more
than 25,000 members, 12 divisions and numerous special interest groups.  The
Association’s Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning
(SIG-OTL) is a multi- disciplinary community of scholars focused on the
creation, use, and evaluation of online learning environments.    Through a
collaboration between the Online Learning Consortium and AERA this issue
highlights 11 papers selected from more than 100 original submissions to the

These papers include research on online collaboration from the perspectives
of minority students and instructors, how perceptions of communities are
influenced by course length and discussion facilitation, and on the
relationship between self-reflection and achievement in online K-12 math
courses. The issue also contains 6 articles from our regular submission
process addressing vital issues related to online learning processes,
motivation, satisfaction, and performance.

We invite you to review the issue here: