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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 a Teaching, Learning, and Technology consultant with at Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 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, and instructional design


Denise Doig is a Senior Editor at ACM for eLearn, Ubiquity, XRDS: Crossroads, the student magazine of the ACM, and Computers in Entertainment. 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 received his M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Distance Education from Anadolu University.  Bozkurt has experience in teaching to adult learners and K12 students. He also serves as reviewer to several journals in distance education discipline. His current research interests are topics related to digital books, gamification, game based learning, research trends in distance education, social networks, online interaction, online learning spaces, online learning communities 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.


Dr. Alison A. Carr Chellman is currently Dean of the College of Education at the University of Idhao. Dr. Carr-Chellman earned her doctorate at Indiana University, master’s and bachelor’s at Syracuse University. Her focus areas include diffusion of innovations, school change, systems theory, gaming to learn, distance education, cybercharter schools and research methods. She has more than 100 publications ranging from books to chapters to refereed journal articles. She has spoken widely around the issues associated with boys and educational gaming, cybercharters and virtual academies and futuring for public school change. She has consulted with nonprofits and corporations as well as schools on a wide variety of topics and has continued to practice instructional design throughout her career. Hailing from Ohio, Dr. Carr-Chellman attended Ohio State University and focused on elementary education there. She taught kindergarten and third grade before returning to graduate school to focus on powerful ways to change schools. She has a well-known TED talk on the topic of boys and educational gaming


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.  

Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D., is a professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University, and an expert on the convergence of learning, technology, and business operations. Kapp helped start Bloomsburg's online eLearning developer's certificate. As assistant director of the university's Institute for Interactive Technologies , Kapp helps government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations-such as the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, L'OREAL, Kellogg's, Sovereign Bank, and several pharmaceutical firms-leverage learning technologies to increase employee productivity and organizational profitability. He is author of four books including, Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning, and Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration (2010). As the father of two gamers, he also keeps busy with the latest gadgets, games, and gizmos.

David Kelly, the VP of program development for The eLearning Guild, has been an internal learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 10 years. As a leader in local ASTD chapters, he served as a local board member and national adviser. David is active in the learning community, and often speaks at industry conferences and events. In 2011, the eLearning Council voted him one of the 10 most influential eLearning bloggers for his blog at He is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.

Kevin Kessler is a teacher for Florida Virtual School. Kevin received an M.A. in Professional Therapy from Lindenwood University and became provisionally licensed to practice therapy in 2006. 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 12 years of experience in the classroom plus three years in administration and his current position as an online teacher, Kevin’s broad range of experiences provide him a unique advantage in understanding the various components of traditional, blended, and online learning environments. Kevin’s doctoral dissertation research through Florida Southern College is on the strategies used by transformational educational leaders to overcome the barriers to implementing and sustaining blended learning in public schools.

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.

Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA, is Professor of Educational Leadership and ODL (adjunct faculty) with the University of Maryland University College masters’ program in distance education. He also serves as president of HJ Global Associates consulting. Dr. Olcott was the 2013 recipient of the International Council of Distance Education (ICDE) Individual Prize of Excellence for his leadership and contributions to global open and distance education. He was inducted in to the United States Distance Learning Associaton (USDLA) Hall of Fame in May 2014. He currently serves on the ICDE Research and Innovation Task Force.He has published extensively for twenty years in ODL and international education and has consulted with universities, governments, and corporations across the globe. Dr. Olcott also has extensive experience teaching via technology, designing curriculum, and developing assessment tools for online learning. Dr. Olcott’s research interests include language and culture in cross-border higher education, sustainable ODL and OER business models, innovative learning design models for ODL, and leadership and innovation in open and distance learning and open educational resources (OER).

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 a book 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.

John R. Savery is a professor of instructional technology at the University of Akron with teaching and research interests in problem-based learning, rich environments for active learning, online learning and technology in teaching. John is also the Director of Instructional Services and leads campus wide efforts to incorporate best practices in teaching and learning through effective use of technology tools. Originally from Canada, John moved to the US in 1992 to complete a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University.

Ann Taylor is the 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 and began working for the Dutton Institute in 2002. She holds a faculty appointment as a Senior Lecturer and has been an elected, and active, member of the University Faculty Senate since 2007. I n her role as institute director, Ann is responsible for guiding her College’s strategic vision and planning for online learning. 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. Twenty-two years in the field has put Ann in a front row seat as distance education has gone from correspondence study and "teleclasses" to the implementation of real-time two-way videoconferencing and ultimately the Web. Throughout her career, she has helped higher education faculty design, develop, and deliver countless distance education courses, in subjects ranging from traditional English courses to "construction flagging techniques" to graduate courses in sustainable energy solutions.

Melissa A. Venable, Ph.D. is an instructional designer with experience in industry and higher education. She is currently the Education Editor for, which provides resources for online students and instructors. She also hosts #IOLchat weekly on Twitter covering trends and issues in online education. Melissa earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction – instructional technology, and she now teaches online courses at the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University. Her student support background includes career counseling and academic advising.

Craig Wiggins has been helping people create and manage learning experiences for the last 10 years. He is the eLearning Platform Director for CEB, where he manages the creation of meaningful distance learning and performance solutions. Craig holds a B.A. in anthropology and an M.Ed. in curriculum development, and spends a lot of time thinking about how to align usability, accessibility, and proper task analysis. In his natural habitat, he is usually storyboarding on wall-sized whiteboards or pontificating on Google+.

Olaf Zawacki-Richter is a professor of educational technology at the University of Oldenburg (Germany), Center for Lifelong Learning, and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences. Between 2008 and 2010 Olaf hold a professorship in educational technology at the FernUniversity in Hagen, Germany's Open University. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) and the Australian journal Distance Education. Olaf served as invited keynote speaker, chair and reviewer at many international conferences. He is a faculty member in the MBA in Educational Management at Oldenburg University and he is also teaching in the Online Master of Distance Education and E-Learning program, jointly offered by the University of Maryland University College (USA) and Oldenburg University. Together with Terry Anderson, Olaf edited the new book Online Distance Education - Towards a Research Agenda (Open Access) which will be released in Fall 2013 (Athabasca University Press).