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eLearn Magazine seeks to be the place where practice informs research and research informs practice. eLearn Magazine engages a broad set of readers to include readers interested in eLearning in higher education, K-12 educators (those interested in k-12 blended and online learning), corporate, government, not-for-profit, and non-profit. eLearn Magazine provides content for these audiences by publishing articles in specific context areas as well as content that is more general such as management, instructional design, emerging technologies, and instructor development. We envision eLearn as one of the primary sources of information on the uses of online learning strategies in a variety of contexts for a variety of audiences.

eLearn Editors - Editorial Board


eLearn Editors

Dr. Simone C.O. Conceição, is co-Editor-in-Chief of eLearn Magazine. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Education. Dr. Conceição received her doctorate in Adult and Distance Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's in Adult and Continuing Leadership Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She teaches courses in the areas of distance education, use of technology with adult learners, instructional design, and principles and foundations of adult learning. Dr. Conceição was born in Brazil and has lived in the United States since 1989. Her diverse background brings an international perspective to the fields of education and training. She has researched and identified many aspects of good practice in online environments. Her research interests include adult learning, distance education, impact of technology on teaching and learning, instructional design, international education, and staff development.

Anita Samuel, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor in the Health Professions Education program at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She received her doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she now teaches courses on distance learning, instructional technology, and organizational change. She has also worked, for more than a decade, in Malaysia serving an international student population. Her current research interests include faculty experiences in online learning, faculty development, online education in health professions, and instructional design.

 

Denise Doig is a Senior Editor at ACM for eLearn, Ubiquity, and XRDS: Crossroads, the student magazine of the ACM,  Denise began her career with the ACM   as the Managing Editor of interactions. She was previously the Managing Editor at trade publisher Outsourcing Today, providing editorial and production support for three titles. She has experience in technical writing and book publicity and marketing. Denise holds a BSE from Princeton University and a certificate from the Columbia University Publishing Course. She also works as a freelance writer and copyeditor. 


Editorial Board

Aras Bozkurt is an academician and researcher at Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty. He received his MA and PhD degrees in Distance Education from Anadolu University.   His current research interests are topics related to digital books, interactive e-books, gamification, game-based learning, research trends in distance education, online social networks, online interaction, online learning spaces, online learning communities, online community formation and online learning. He is also interested in critical theories such as connectivism, rhizomatic learning, heutagogy and emerging research paradigms such as social network analysis, sentiment analysis, and data mining.

Ali Carr-Chellman is the Dean of the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences at the University of Idaho.  She is a graduate of Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology and has written numerous books, articles, and chapters on topics ranging from change, diffusion of innovation, gaming, instructional design, cybercharters and online learning.

 

 

 

David Guralnick holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where his work synthesized concepts from the fields of computer science, instructional design, and cognitive psychology. Over the past 25 years, he has designed, with the team at Kaleidoscope Learning, simulation-based training applications; performance-support systems;, a variety of online courses for corporate, non-profit,  and university audiences; mobile applications; and authoring tools. David is president of New York-based Kaleidoscope Learning; president of the International E-Learning Association (IELA) and founding chair of the International E-Learning Awards program; an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University a regular keynote speaker at international conferences; chair of the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace (ICELW); Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC); and was founding chair of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)'s New York E-learning Special Interest Group.  
 

Amy J. Hilbelink, Ph.D. is an Executive Director of Strategic Partner Initiatives for the Laureate Network Office, a division of Laureate Education, Inc. Amy’s responsibilities include advising and consulting with academic campus partners on innovative approaches to student learning solutions to ensure positive student outcomes. Her work has taken her recently to India where, in addition to her campus work, she has created a development center that will address the online design and development needs of the Asia Pacific, Middle East and South Africa (AMEA) region. Additionally, Amy recently worked with Monash South Africa in the collaborative design and execution of a number of new programs for accreditation approval. Amy served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for South University at Education Management Corporation (EDMC). She held senior roles in the areas of academic strategy and development, as well as curriculum development at Kaplan University where she led teams of course designers and developers.  Amy’s background includes work within traditional and for-profit institutions of higher education.  Interests include online academic quality initiatives, regional and programmatic accreditation, project development, and management. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and her master’s degree in biology and doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Les Howles has more than 30 years of experience in online education, eLearning design, and multimedia learning. He has held multiple positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison including Director of Distance Education Professional Development, team leader for the Learning Solutions group and senior instructional design consultant. Throughout his career, Les has designed and taught numerous online courses and led professional teams to create innovative solutions for education and training. He has worked in diverse industries including higher education, corporate training, government, health care, K-12 and also as an independent training consultant for Howles Associates. He has authored and co-authored several articles for professional publications related to learning and technology. Les holds undergraduate degrees from Saint Edward’s University and State University of New York, Brockport. He earned his graduate degree in Educational Technology from the University of Oregon. Les has been a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences. From 2014 to 2017 he served as the director for the Annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference in Madison, WI.

David Kelly is the executive vice president and executive director of The eLearning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 15 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. David is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.

 

Kevin Kessler, Ed.D. is the Blended Learning Coach for KIPP King Collegiate in CA and is actively involved in the Personalized Learning initiative within the KIPP schools. Kevin has completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with his dissertation on the "strategies used by effective transformational educational leaders to overcome barriers to implementing and sustaining blended learning in public schools". Prior to this, he earned a certification in Secondary Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis to teach Chemistry, Biology, Earth/Space Science, middle school Mathematics, and Science, as well as Special Education/Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Kevin previously served as the assistant director of Polk Acceleration Academy, a blended learning alternative school for grade recovery, as well as serving as principal of an international school in Tokyo, Japan. His current work with online education has provided him the opportunity to compare and contrast the different needs and effectiveness of blended and online learning. With 13 years of experience in the classroom and as an online teacher for Florida Virtual School plus three years in administration, Kevin’s broad range of experiences provide him a unique advantage in understanding the various components of traditional, blended, and online learning environments. Please feel free to contact Kevin directly at KevinKesslerEdD@gmail.com.

Donna Gardner Liljegren, Ed.D. is Dean of Online Enrollment & Continuing Education for AU Online at Aurora University in Illinois. She has held faculty and executive leadership roles in private and for-profit institutions of higher education since 1992 and has been teaching and developing online, hybrid, and flex courses since 1997. Donna earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English and focused her doctoral studies on adult learning and online program assessment. She may be found on Twitter @dliljegren.

 

 

 

B. Jean Mandernach, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Her research focuses on enhancing student learning in the online classroom through innovative instructional and assessment strategies. She explores strategies for integrating efficient online instruction in a manner that maximizes student learning, satisfaction, and engagement. In addition, she has interests in the development of effective faculty evaluation models, perception of online degrees, and faculty workload considerations. Jean received her B.S. in comprehensive psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, an M.S. in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

 

Rena M. Palloff, Ph.D., is lead core faculty in the DSW (Doctorate in Social Work) Program at Capella University and part-time faculty at Fielding Graduate University in the Educational Doctorate (EdD) and Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership in the School of Leadership Studies. She has consulted extensively in health care, academic settings, juvenile justice, and addiction treatment for well over 20 years and has also taught in higher education for the last 20 years, predominantly online. She has written eight books on various aspects of community building in online distance education, three of which have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish, and is considered a pioneer in this area. She has been presenting this work across the United States and internationally since 1994 as well as consulting to academic institutions regarding the development of effective online distance learning programs. She is the 2012 winner of the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. Dr. Palloff received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Keryn Pratt is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago College of Education in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is the Doctoral and Distance Programmes Coordinator, and is also a member of the Centre for Distance Education and Learning Technologies, located within the College of Education. Within the College of Education she teaches graduate students online in the areas of quantitative research methods and ICT in education. Keryn has publications relating to a wide range of issues on the topic of ICT in education. As an active researcher in the area of online education, Keryn is interested in both the tertiary and secondary levels and has been involved with the OtagoNet videoconference cluster since its inception in 2001, conducting research related to virtual schooling.

 

Clark Quinn leads learning system design through Quinnovation, providing strategic solutions to Fortune 500, education, government, and not-for-profit organizations. He earned his Ph.D. in applied cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, and has led the design of mobile, performance support, serious games, online learning, and adaptive learning systems. He's an internationally known speaker and author, with four books and numerous articles and chapters. He has held management positions at Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio, Open Net, and Access CMC, and academic positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center, and San Diego State University's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education.

 

Steven W. Schmidt, Ph.D., is a Professor of Adult Education and the Adult Education Program Coordinator in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. He holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in adult education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Prior to his faculty appointment, he worked in employee training and development at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. In his teaching, research, and consulting work, Dr. Schmidt specializes in online teaching and learning and workplace training and development. He served as president of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education in 2014 (www.aaace.org) and is the author of two books: “Organization and Administration of Adult Education Programs” and “Case Studies and Activities in Adult Education and Human Resource Development”.

 

Ann Taylor, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Distance Learning and Director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University. Ann has worked in the field of distance education since 1991. Having worked in the field for more than two decades, she has had a front row seat as the it has gone from correspondence study and "teleclasses" to the implementation of real-time two-way videoconferencing and ultimately the Web. Ann is responsible for guiding her College’s strategic vision and planning for online learning, overseeing the development and administration of the College's online courses and programs, and ensuring the quality of the College's distance learning initiatives. She works with faculty, administrators, stakeholders, and Institute personnel to plan and implement online courses and programs that are tailored to either the needs of adult professionals worldwide or to the University's campus-based students, or both! Ann serves on numerous University committees that are focused on strategic planning, policies, and procedures related to the University’s distance learning initiatives. While serving as a University administrator, Ann still keeps a hands-on aspect to her work, regularly working with University colleagues to create resources for faculty who teach online and sharing her work as a frequent public speaker. Ann holds a faculty appointment at Penn State as an Associate Teaching Professor and has been an elected, and active, member of the University Faculty Senate since 2007.

Thomas J. Tobin spent five years as the Coordinator of Learning Technologies in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and is now a faculty developer and professional consultant in State College, Pennsylvania. He is an internationally-recognized speaker and author on topics related to quality in distance education, especially copyright, evaluation of teaching practice, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning. Since the advent of online courses in higher education in the late 1990s, Tom’s work has focused on using technology to extend the reach of higher education beyond its traditional audience. He advocates for the educational rights of people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the field of online-course and -program quality, he is best known for his work on administrative-evaluation techniques; his article on “Best Practices for Administrative Evaluation of Online Faculty” (2004) is considered a seminal work in the field, and has been cited in more than 150 publications. Tom serves on the editorial boards of eLearn Magazine, InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, the Journal of Interactive Online Learning, and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. His most recent book is Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (Wiley, 2015) with Jean Mandernach and Ann H. Taylor. He is currently writing Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Re-Framing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, expected from West Virginia University Press in early 2018. His comic book (yes, comic book) on copyright, entitled The Copyright Ninja: Rise of the Ninja was published on May 15, 2017. It teaches college and university faculty members, support staff, and campus leaders about copyright, fair use, licensing, and permissions. Plus, it has ninjas. Tom is also proud to represent the United States on a Spring 2018 Fulbright Scholars core grant, under which he will help Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary to develop its first faculty-development program.

Melissa A, Venable, Ph.D., works at HigherEducation.com where she creates web content on a wide range of topics related to college and career decision-making. In this role she also conducts an annual research project reporting online education trends, and moderates a weekly Twitter chat covering issues in edtech and online teaching. Melissa earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction – instructional technology from the University of South Florida. She is also a certified career coach with a background in higher education career counseling and academic advising. Melissa currently serves as secretary for the National Career Development Association, and teaches online courses in instructional design as an adjunct instructor for Saint Leo University and the University of South Florida. Her areas of expertise include: online education, instructional design, higher education, career development.
 

 

Ellen D. Wagner, Ph.D., is Vice President, Research, Hobsons. She was co-founder of the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework, now a part of Hobsons’ Student Success business, and served as PAR’s strategy officer from its inception to its acquisition by Hobsons. She was Vice-President, Technology, of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and was Executive Director of WICHE’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Ellen is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. As Chief Learning Officer at both Informania, Inc and Viviance new Education, AG, she supervised the developments of corporate education, including online learning, learning management and competency management efforts, featuring the development of the Novell, Inc. certification programs and CBE courses and programs offered by the National Learning Network of Norway and Western Governors University. Before joining the private sector, Ellen was a tenured professor and chair of the Educational Technology program at the University of Northern Colorado, where she held a number of administrative posts, including Director of the Western Institute for Distance Education and Coordinator of Campus Instructional and Research Technologies, Academic Affairs. Ellen’s Ph.D. in learning psychology comes from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her M.S. and B.A. degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Craig Wiggins has worked for the last 15 years as an instructional designer, working primarily to design and develop elearning in the commercial, military, and U.S. federal government contexts. Craig is a moderator for the /r/elearning subreddit, a participant in the /r/instructionaldesign subreddit, and was one-third of the bi-weekly Learning Circles webcast. Craig served as the facilitator for some of the first xAPI Design Cohorts for the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. Craig currently works for E3 Federal Solutions, LLC, for whom he works as an instructional designer at the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) FEDSIM division in Washington, DC. Craig is an elearning jockey, Experience API evangelist, and a recovering brazilophile.