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eLearn Magazine is committed to advancing eLearning innovations, applications, and policy ideas that move the global conversation forward.


eLearn Magazine is an open-access, "blind" peer-reviewed publication at the intersection of eLearning research and practice. eLearn is where practice informs research and research informs practice. It provides a space for evidence-based conversations with practical implications for higher education, K-12, corporate, government, and not-for-profit contexts.

eLearn Magazine Editorial Staff

Dr. Simone C.O. Conceição, is Editor-in-Chief of eLearn Magazine. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 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. 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

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. 

eLearn Magazine 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 School of Education & Health Sciences (SEHS) at the University of Dayton. 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.



Davin Carr-Chellman is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Administration in the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton. His research focuses on individual, organizational, and community capacity building, especially within the framework of adult learning and agency. The specific contexts for his investigations include religious organizations, public schools, online education, and doctoral and graduate education. Davin received his Ph.D. from Penn State in Adult Education with a focus on ethical development in community based contexts. His B.A. and M.A. are in philosophy and are also from Penn State. He has 24 years of university level teaching experience and has been recognized as a dedicated educator, earning several teaching awards. He is a recipient of the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Development Assistant Professor of the Year award. Davin is the Chair-elect of the Commission for Professors of Adult Education, is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Adult Learning and serves on the editorial board of the School Community Journal.

Dr. Tonia A. Dousay is a K-20 educator and researcher, encompassing K-12, higher education, and continuing education. She is a Professor of Education and serves as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a Google Certified Innovator with 20 years of distance learning design and education project management experience, Dr. Dousay designs and studies a variety of learning environments and activities with emergent and established technologies, focusing on instructional and multimedia design, creativity & collaboration, learner engagement, and distance learning. Her goal is to help others better design learning to foster interdisciplinary understanding and help learners take control of their own learning experiences..


Dr. Jon Ernstberger is an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor of Mathematics at LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA. He earned his doctorate in Applied Mathematics with a Computational Concentration from NC State University in 2008 and has research interests focused on elearning, pedagogy, student success, and computational applications of mathematics. He has also served at LaGrange College as Director of Online Instruction and as Faculty Chair of Graduate and Adult Programs.


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 a digital education leader and consultant. Amy serves as the Campus President, Pittsburgh / Online at South College where she is responsible for overall online admissions, student support, and program development for a rapidly growing online presence. Previously, she served as the executive director for strategic partner initiatives within the AMEA region for Laureate International Education, Inc. She advised and consulted with academic campus partners on innovative approaches to hybrid, blended, and fully online learning solutions to ensure positive student outcomes. She held senior roles in the areas of academic strategy and development, as well as curriculum development, and 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, project development, and management. Amy obtained her bachelor’s degree from Marshall University, her master’s degree and doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida. 

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.

Suzan Koseoglu is an Academic Developer (Research and Development in Technology Enhanced Learning) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Suzan teaches for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education program, which is designed to enhance the pedagogical practice of teaching staff and PhD students at Goldsmiths. She also works on college-wide projects and initiatives related to pedagogy. Prior to working at Goldsmiths, Suzan taught completely online classes on technology and ethics, youth's use of social media, and online learning communities at the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her doctorate degree in Learning Technologies. Suzan’s most recent research focuses on open online learning, in particular the nature of open scholarship and the interplay of power and pedagogy in hashtag communities.

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.

Angelica (Angel) Pazurek holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies and has over two decades of experience as an educator and learning designer in traditional and online settings in higher education, post-graduate education, and other adult learning contexts. She is currently a senior lecturer and researcher in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota where she teaches undergraduate courses on digital culture and learning, the philosophy of technology, learning with social media, as well as graduate courses on distance education theory, online learning design, and research methodologies for inquiry in educational technology fields. She also developed the undergraduate program in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota and now serves as the faculty advisor for this program. Her research interests include gender equity in educational technology fields, online teaching and learning, learner engagement in online contexts, and the use of social media for connected learning. More generally, her scholarship focuses on interpreting the human-centered nature of living and learning with technology and exploring the learner experience.

Begüm Saçak holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. from Ohio University Patton College of Education with a focus on Instructional Technology. Her research interests include multimodal and new literacies, participatory learning and reading practices, instructional design models, and learning theories. She is currently a practitioner, and she previously worked as an instructional designer at Ohio University, Erikson Institute, and Northwestern University. She is also actively involved in other professional organizations, such as AECT’s Design and Development Division, AECT Mentorship Initiative (one of the founding members), and AERA’s special interest groups, such as Semiotics in Education, Design and Technology, and Constructivist Theory and Research. Currently, she works as a learning advisor for Fidelity Investments.

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.

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 ( 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”.


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.

Dr. Doug Wilson serves as Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies at George Mason University where he provides instruction to graduate students in the Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) Program. Before joining George Mason, Dr. Wilson taught graduate-level instructional design and educational technology courses online in the Higher Education and Learning Technologies program at Texas A&M University, Commerce. His teaching experience also includes more than 10-years of service as a professor of journalism and basic writing at Richland College. Dr. Wilson’s credentials include a PH.D. in Learning, Design, & Technology from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Wilson’s current research interests include augmented and virtual reality, learning experience design, instructional design, and online teaching and learning. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals and conference proceedings. Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Wilson worked more than a decade as a major market television news reporter.