Introduction to Section II - Volume 27, Issue 2


  • Peter Shea University at Albany, State University of New York


In addition to the conference papers, the June issue also includes 12 articles from our regular submission process.  Topic include online learner engagement, instructional designers’ experiences, emergency remote instruction among the deaf, data-driven decisions among online faculty, the Community of inquiry in synchronous and asynchronous settings, online credit recovery in k-12 online environments and more.  

Author Biography

Peter Shea, University at Albany, State University of New York

Dr. Peter Shea is a professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the Department of Informatics. His research focuses on the development of communities of learners in higher education online environments. Dr. Shea has a long history of publications on the topic of online learning in journals such as Online Learning, Computers and Education, The Internet and Higher Education, IRRODL, and is co-author of the book, The Successful Distance Learning Student. He directs a program of research on online learning that has attracted significant external funding from organizations such as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the US Department of Education. He is the recipient or co-recipient of four national awards including the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Improvement in Teaching and Learning and awards from the Sloan Consortium for online and faculty development programs. He is a Sloan-C Fellow in research on online learning and a member of their board of directors. Prior to joining the University at Albany, he was Director of the SUNY Learning Network, one of the largest online higher education systems in the United States with annual student enrollments of more than 100,000.


Bernard, R. M., Borokhovski, E., & Tamim, R. M. (2019). The state of research on distance, online, and blended learning from the perspectives of meta-analyses and qualitative systematic reviews. In M. G. Moore, & W. C. Diehl (Eds.), Handbook of Distance Education 4th Edition. Routledge.

Means, B., & Neisler, J. (2021). Teaching and learning in the time of COVID: The student perspective. Online Learning, 25(1), 8–27.

Venkatesh, V., Morris, M. G., Davis, G. B., & Davis, F. D. (2003). User acceptance of information technology: Toward a unified view. MIS Quarterly, 425–478.





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