Call for Articles from AERA SIG Online Teaching and Learning


Call for Articles from AERA SIG Online Teaching and Learning – Special Issue of Online Learning


The Editors of the Online Learning journal wish to invite accepted presenters at the 2023 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.

Submission Guidelines

To notify us of your intent to submit, please send your abstract for review to Patrick Lowenthal ( 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.

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


Rigorous qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research articles (including systematic reviews), addressing significant problems in online and blended education, are welcome.



Preliminary Timeline

  • Monday, May 8th: Intention to submit to Special Issue, author and contact information, and updated abstract, emailed to Patrick Lowenthal,, with the subject line: OL journal;
  • Monday, May 22nd: Invited authors are notified;
  • Monday, June 12th: Full manuscript submitted through the OLC journal system;
  • Monday, June 19th – July 10th: Manuscripts peer reviewed;
  • Monday, July 24th: Results of the reviews sent to authors;
  • Monday, August 14th: Revised manuscripts submitted to the OLC journal system;
  • Monday, September 4th: Additional revisions as needed;
  • Monday, September 11th: Manuscripts sent for copyediting (absolute last day)
  • Special Issue published December 2023 (anticipated)

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Patrick Lowenthal

Dr. Rob Moore,