Monthly Archives: January 2015

Call for Chapters: Creating Teacher Immediacy in Online Learning Environments

Creating Teacher Immediacy in Online Learning Environments published by IGI Global.

The benefits of this publication include:

To create a valuable toolkit for instructional designers, media specialists and subject matter experts to create and sustain effective online learning environments.

To identify strategies for greater personalization of online learning environments with and eye on greater student success.

To support the developers of online programs in the creation of context and culture specific online offerings so that asynchronous online offerings do not become generic and technology-driven but retain their specific culture and character (so that courses offered online and University A differ from courses offered online at University B).

Recommended Topics

  • Instructor Immediacy in Asynchronous Online Environments
  • Effective Communication Strategies Online
  • Instructor Presence Online
  • Instructor Authenticity
  • Immersive Environments and Learning
  • Augmented Reality and Learning
  • STEM Education
  • Professional Development in Instructional Technology
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Problem Based Learning/Project Based Learning
  • Teacher Mentoring in Technology Integration
  • Instructional Improvement through Technology Integration
  • The Future of technology integration
  • Technology integration in education
  • Cyber behavior of the millennial generation


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by March 30, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.




This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.


The full call for chapters can be found here:
Please feel free to reach out to me directly for more information or guidance about the proposal submission process.

Steven D’Agustino, PhD
Director of Online Learning
Fordham University

Call for Chapters: Designing, Developing, and Delivering Online Education to 21st Century Learners

Call for Chapters

Book Title  Designing, Developing, and Delivering Online Education to 21st Century Learners


Vance Vaughn, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Tyler

Gary Miller, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Tyler

Yanira Oliveras­Ortiz, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Tyler

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015

Full Chapters Due: May 30, 2015



For release in the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Book Series.

NCPEA Press Production Editors:  Theodore Creighton and Brad Bizzell

President: James Berry

ISSN Or ISBN: assigned later

NCPEA Press prides itself on providing quality research in the pursuit of knowledge to education professionals as well as those students who will soon be in leadership positions. Their many book publications are invaluable in accomplishing this task.

Online educational leadership (EL) preparation programscontinue to gain popularity. This popularity not only increases the need for quality online programs but from an instructional standpoint prompts the need for resources explaining the strengths and areas of concern—a book such as ours. Students must benefit from the technological advancements our profession has to offer. When students enroll in EL preparation programs, they expect a quality online preparation program but there are inherent needs involved unique to online learning environments. Additionally, institutions that hire thesegraduates must have the courage and faith in our online preparation programs. This book will provide professors of online EL preparation programs a tool in which they can put into the hands of students to maximize students’ learning experiences, and bring those experiences as close to face-to-face as technologically possible.

This edited book will provide a clear picture of online development in EL preparation programs and will demonstrate and characterize online EL preparation in action. In addition, the book will serve as an instructional tool for EL professors to use with their students. The book’s intent is to act as an informational document—an instructional manual with an accompanying student manual that contains online strategies and interactivesessions a professor would use in his or her class. For example, contributors would include a lesson that professors have already designed so that the book can serve as a class instructional tool.



The mission of this book is to provide a better understanding of EL preparation programs, so when online programs are compared to face-to-face, an accurate evaluation is possible. Furthermore, we hope this book be used as an instructional tool to provide well-designed curriculum, instruction, and assessment teaching modules based on data driven instruction producing quality educational leaders for our districts and schools. Otherwise, online programs will continue to be unfairly scrutinized. Perhaps this comprehensive text, the first of its kind, will find its way into every educational leadership professor’s office, in the hands of every education student, and in the hearts and minds of employers who might be considering employing education graduates. It is our contention that school districts have to believe that online programs are preparing the type of leaders they need on their campuses.


Target Audience

Educational leadership professors and their online students will primarily use the book. However, because of its heavy emphasis on online teaching and learning, it could easily become an important resource for other college professors and in a variety of masters and doctoral level programs. The book will focus on educational leadership and the development of online courses in particular the principalship, online learning, current and emerging technologies, and quality design. It is the editors’ hope the book emerges into a global and iconic resource.


Recommended Topics

Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to educational leadership and developing online courses, especially the principalship, online learning, current and emerging technologies, and quality design. In each chapter, examples of instructional design must be included. Consider these topics in an online environment andwrite your chapter accordingly.

•   Reflections from a successful first year professor teaching in an online environment

•   Reflections from an experienced professor teaching in an online environment

•   Reflections from a practicing educational leader who completed an online program

•   Best technology practices: Blackboard and other programs or resources

•   Online lectures vs. interactive lessons

•   Busy work: Chapter reading vs. relevant rigorous assignments

•   Engaging students in meaningful instructional/curricular online conversations

•   Aspiring principals’ action research projects: Catalysts for change

•   Block/thematic structure of program

•   Practicum: Not just a time log – how to make the most from the experience when visiting students is not possible

•   Establishing working relationships with students while working online (bringing the human element into the online environment)

•   Importance of relevant and meaningful feedback to the development of leadership knowledge and skills

•   Developing collaboration skills while working online

•   Developing presentation skills

•   How to develop decision-making skills through online courses

•   How to model or/and teach concepts and content through online courses

•   Tools available for online exams and quizzes (the strengths and challenges of each in comparing and contrasting assessments)

Submission Procedure

Contributors are invited to submit on or before March 1, 2015, a 2­3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission, priorities, structure and format of his/her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 30, 2015 about the status of their proposals and chapter guidelines will be sent accordingly. All submitted chapters are subject to double blind reviews. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

All proposals should be submitted to


This book is scheduled to be published by NCPEA Press. Please visit

This publication is anticipated to be released in January 2016.

Important Dates

•   March 1, 2015: First proposal deadline

•   March 30, 2015: Notification of proposal acceptance

•   May 30, 2015: Full chapter submission

•   June 30, 2015: Review results returned to authors

•   July 31, 2015: Revised chapter submission

•   August 31, 2015: Final acceptance notifications

•   September 30, 2015: Submission of final chapters

•   November 1, 2015: Final deadline



Dr. Vance Vaughn

Associate Professor

The University of Texas at Tyler

Department of Educational Leadership

3900 University Blvd Tyler, TX 75799

(903) 203-5210

Social Networking Platforms for Higher Education

Facebook Group “Groups for Schools” feature today which will allow American colleges to create Group pages accessible only within the school community.
LinkedIn LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking.
Edmodo Edmodo is a social networking site for teachers and students where over 46 million teachers, students, and parents are connecting to collaborate on assignments, discover new resources. Edmodo is a web 2.0 social networking tool for educators to use to communicate with students and parents.
Microsoft OneDrive  A file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. A free management education and business education platform for management and organization of business or education.
Yammer Yammer a private social network collaboration software and business applications that allows the user to connect to the right people, share information across teams and organize around projects.
Celly Celly is a platform for ad-hoc social networks that is accessible via iPhone, Android, Web, SMS text and even email. Networks connect individuals and communities for instant and easy communication.
Jive Jive is a communication and collaboration platform solution for business. Jive enables employees, partners and customers to work together.
Twitter Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure to concepts.
Google+ Communities Google+ is a place to connect with friends and family, and explore interests. Google+ allows the user to share photos, send messages, and stay in touch with the people globally.
Hive Social Hive Social is a specialist Social Media consultancy, that helps businesses and brands find, connect, build and engage with their online audience through Social Media and Digital Marketing.
Enterprise Hive HiveSocial for higher education is an enterprise social software, communication and collaboration platform with embedded game mechanics
Socialtext Socialtext applies Web 2.0 technologies such as enterprise microblogging, enterprise social networking and wikis to the critical challenges facing businesses. Socialtext’s platform allows employees to share expertise, speed workflows, and get their jobs done faster.
Elgg Elgg an open source social networking software that provides individuals and organizations with the components needed to create an online social environment. It offers blogging, microblogging, file sharing, networking, and groups.


This list was curated by Dr. Victoria Cardullo, Assistant Reading Professor, Auburn University and shared on the EDUCAUSE Blended Learning listserv


Call for Entries: 2015 Campus Technology Innovators Awards


Call for Entries: 2015 Campus Technology Innovators Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 CT Innovators Awards.

By Rhea Kelly
Campus Technology Innovators Awards 2015
Campus Technology is looking for innovative colleges and universities that have deployed unique technology solutions to campus challenges.

Nominations are now open for our tenth annual Campus Technology Innovators Awards, recognizing institutions, technology project leaders and vendor partners that have used technology in new ways to support teaching, learning, administration and operations. The deadline for entries is Feb. 17.

Your peers will help decide

Entries will be reviewed by our Innovators Judging Committee of higher ed tech leaders, many of whom are former Campus Technology Innovators award winners. Final winners will be selected by our expert team of editors.

Awardees receive:

1 free registration for Campus Technology 2015 (July 27-30 in Boston)
Conference registration discount for team members
Other special recognition at CT 2015 for vendor partners and project contributors
Opportunity to present a poster or Innovator Tech Talk at CT 2015 — deadlines apply
Profile in Campus Technology magazine and on
For more information, go to the Innovators site.


About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at