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2018 Special Issue on Technology in eLearning


Prospective authors are invited to submit articles for potential publication in a Special Issue of eLearn Magazine ( focusing on “Instructional Technology to Impact eLearning.”  This Special Issue targets teaching and learning with an emphasis on the value and impact of instructional technology in the online classroom. Recognizing the focus on practical utility, articles should identify a specific instructional technology and explore its role in elearning. The Special Issue will feature original material highlighting critical reflection pieces, case studies, and classroom innovations that utilize instructional technology to enhance the online learning experience. While articles for this Special Issue do NOT need to include original data or research, all articles must be appropriately grounded within relevant literature and justified with theory, evidence, and/or research.


Overview of Topics for the Special Issue

The goal of this Special Issue is to inspire integration of instructional technology to foster elearning effectiveness. As such, topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Technologies to promote interactive content presentation
  • Fostering the quality of feedback with text-expanders
  • Integrating videoconferencing to promote peer collaboration
  • Using push technology to connect online students to the learning management system
  • Use of video to enhance instructor presence
  • Technology to organize online teaching resources
  • Integrating screencasts to demonstrate and encourage active learning
  • Using technology to encourage students to be co-collaborators of instructional content
  • Use of video feedback on student assignments
  • Podcasting in the online classroom
  • Multimodal, asynchronous discussion forums
  • Using technology to manage your online teaching time
  • Technology to personalize online videos
  • Creating and managing feedback banks with technology
  • Technology to enhance student-to-student interaction
  • Using instructional technology to foster student engagement
  • Demonstrating understanding through student-created multimedia

As indicated by the sample topics, the focus of this Special Issue goes beyond generalized best practices to provide concrete advice, strategies and resources to enhance elearning in higher education. All articles should focus on a specific instructional technology and explore its impact, value and potential in the online classroom.



  • Article submission deadline: April 1, 2018


Article Preparation

All articles should be formatted according to ACM Citation and Style Reference formats: and follow these general guidelines:

  • Identify a specific technology and clearly identify the value this technology adds to the elearning experience.
  • Connect recommendations, challenges or solutions to theory, research or data.
  • Provide practical advice, resources, tools and strategies to address the problem.
  • Identify and discuss concrete suggestions for the integration of the targeted instructional technology.

Articles must be written in clear English.

Maximum length of submission is 2000 words or less (excluding references). Articles should be written in a newsletter style (less formal and comprehensive than a traditional journal article) targeting a general audience.  Article submissions must be accompanied by an article title (10 words or less) and a brief article summary (75 words or less).


Article Submission

Please submit your paper here.


Peer Review

All submissions are evaluated by a double-blind, peer-review process. Prior to dissemination to the reviewers, the Editor will conduct a preliminary appraisal for content, substance, and appropriateness for the Special Issue. If the article is clearly inappropriate, the author will be informed and the article returned. Appropriate articles will be sent to two reviewers for blind evaluation.

Articles will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Focus – Does the article focus on a specific instructional technology that fosters effective elearning in higher education?
  • Value – Does the article offer significant value to those involved in online learning in higher education?
  • Relevance – Is the article grounded in relevant scholarly literature, theoretical foundations, or empirical data?
  • Impact – Are the recommendations appropriate, valuable, and supported by evidence?
  • Utility – Does the article offer practical advice for utilizing instructional technology to enhance elearning?
  • Innovation – Is the article innovative, original, or offer novel insights to enhance the use of technology in elearning?
  • Current – Is the article thorough and current?
  • Professional – Is the article professionally written, well-organized, easy to read and free from errors in grammar or spelling?


Contact Information

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Special Issue Editor:

B. Jean Mandernach, PhD; Grand Canyon University (jean.mandernach at