The Journal of Online Learning Research and Practice (JOLRAP) seeks to explore a variety of emerging topics and questions related to teaching and learning in online and hybrid contexts across fields and discipline areas. The journal publishes articles that focus on aspects related to virtual instruction, technology integration, data, ethics, privacy, leadership, and more.
Current Issue: Volume 7, Number 2 – 2019
Kathleen J. Tate, American Public University System
The APUS OER Conversion Project
Jose A. Rodriguez and Conrad Lotze, American Public University System
By providing free and open access to learning, the Internet continues to be a driving force in changing the educational landscape. In the area of higher education, open educational resources (OERs) provide students with access to no- and low-cost learning. OERs give higher education leaders the opportunity to restructure delivery methods of learning resources and ensure more efficient and targeted practices. In 2017, the American Public University System (APUS) embarked on a major university-wide initiative to restructure all of its undergraduate courses with OERs. Much has been written on the efficacy of OERs in a variety of educational models throughout higher education. Although the research is replete with studies on changing faculty perceptions of OERs, research on the financial efficacy of OERs is still emerging. This paper, focused on APUS’ efforts to adopt OERs, includes discussion of how such conversions relate to APUS’s mission and vision in higher education and the work done by others in this space. Highlighted are the workflow aspects, various processes, involved departments, and preliminary results.
Spectrum Educational Tool: Animated Scenarios for Teacher Preparation
L. Octavia Tripp, Cheryl D. Seals, and Robertson Bassy, Auburn University
Effective Practices in Online Forum Discussions
Craig T. Bogar and J. Louis Spencer, American Public University System
From the Field
3 Questions for an Online Learning Leader
Featuring Vernon Smith, Senior Vice President and Provost, American Public University System
Dr. Vernon Smith has been Provost at American Public University System (APUS) since 2016, with a background in effective quality, assessment, and retention strategies. Prior, Dr. Smith served as the Vice Provost of Distributed Learning and Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific, where he led digital and adult learning initiatives. Previously, Vernon oversaw the successful launch of a new online college: Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's, Los Angeles (now MSMU Online) through MyCollege Foundation, a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded initiative where he served as the founding Chief Academic Officer and Provost. He served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Salado College. Vernon was elected to the Executive Council of WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies), a division of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Dr. Smith received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Brigham Young University, a Master of Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Administration of Higher Education at The University of Arizona.
A Review of the Ultimate Guide to eLearning Infographics
Heidi Lockwood, American Public University System
A review of The Ultimate Guide to eLearning Infographics, a 24- page PDF eBook by eLearning Industry, features an examination of the impact eLearning infographics have on student learning, including tips on how to effectively create and use infographics in online course design.
Media Insight: An Interview about Electronic Course Materials
Andrea Dunn, American Public University System
Associate Vice President of Course Materials at American Public University System, USA
- Volume 7, Number 1 – 2018/2019
- Volume 6, Number 2 – Fall 2017/Winter 2018
- Volume 6, Number 1 – Spring 2017/Summer 2017
- Volume 5, Number 1 – Fall 2016/Winter 2017
- Volume 4, Number 2 – Fall 2015
- Volume 4, Number 1 – Spring 2015
- Volume 3, Number 2 – Fall 2014
- Volume 3, Number 1 – Spring 2014
- Volume 2, Number 2 – Fall 2013
- Volume 2, Number 1 – Spring 2013
- Volume 1, Number 1 – Fall 2012