Call for Articles from AERA SIG Online Teaching and Learning

The Editors of the Online Learning journal wish to invite accepted presenters at the 2021 AERA annual meeting to publish in a special issue devoted to the Online Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group (OTL-SIG). This issue complements OLC’s partnership with the OTL-SIG to create both a presentation (Innovate) and publication opportunity

Online Learning (OLJ) is the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) scholarly journal providing readers with rigorous peer-reviewed research in a variety of educational contexts from K-12 to higher education in the United States and internationally. By Google Scholar metrics, OLJ is now the top ranked publication in the field of online learning and is ranked in the top 5% of all open access journals in the field of education. OLC is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications, and guidance to educators, online learning professionals, and organizations around the world.


About the Special Issue: Topics for the special issue include but are not limited to research on:

  • Strategies for learner engagement and motivation
  • Instructional innovations in online environments 
  • Community of Inquiry (including social, teaching, and cognitive presence)
  • MOOC design, pedagogies, and perspectives
  • Strategies for learner interactions and collaboration
  • Blended/hybrid learning and flipped classrooms
  • Technology integration in online learning environments
  • Learner achievement, satisfaction, and retention
  • Designing for the online environment
  • Assessment strategies and issues
  • Accessibility and UDL
  • Data analytics in online environments
  • Designing for culturally-diverse learners

Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research articles (including systematic reviews) are welcome.


Submission Guidelines

To notify us of your intent to submit, please send your abstract for review to Rhonda Wilson,, with the subject line: OL journal


Invited authors will submit full manuscripts through the Open Journal System (OJS), the OLC journal system. When submitting be sure you select the Special Conference Issue: AERA Online Teaching and Learning SIG within the OJS submission process.


Author Guidelines include general APA Style 7th edition except for the single-spacing requirement. Papers should be about 6,000-8,000 words. The Guide for Authors can be found here:


For detailed assistance with APA style, refer to Purdue Online Writing Lab:


Please note that contributors will also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


Preliminary Timeline:

  • Indicate intention to submit to Special Issue by April 26th

 Send author and contact information, abstract from AERA presentation or updated

 abstract to Rhonda Wilson,, with the subject line: OL journal

  • Invited authors notified by May 14th
  • Submit full manuscript through the OLC journal system by June 14th
  • Manuscripts sent out for review between June 15-17th
  • Return reviews to editors on July 7th
  • Feedback from special issue editors by July 19th
  • Return revised articles to editors by August 16th
  • Additional revisions as requested (date TBD)
  • Send manuscripts for copyediting on September 13th (absolute last day to be included)
  • Special Issue published December 2021 (anticipated)


*Final acceptance notifications will not be delivered until after revised manuscripts have been submitted.


Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jennifer C. Richardson jennrich@purdue.eduDr. Karen Swan