Call for Chapters: Balance and Boundaries in Creating Meaningful Relationships in Online Higher Education


Sarah Jarvie, Colorado Christian University, United States
Cara Metz, The University of Arizona Global Campus, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 14, 2023
Full Chapters Due: June 14, 2023
Submission Date: June 14, 2023


As the world of online learning continues to grow, it becomes even more important to learn how to create meaningful connections between the teacher and the learner. By forming meaningful relationships and connections, greater trust can be built. Students who have formed strong relationships report they are more motivated to learn. In addition, not having trust and meaningful relationships between the teacher and learners can lead to decreased learning (McKay & Macomber, 2021). This book will explore ways to foster and build relationships when using virtual learning. Additionally, it will give specific examples and strategies. The term online learning can be viewed as synonymous with terms such as virtual learning and e-learning. There are generally three types of virtual learning environments depending on the nature of the interaction between the teacher and learner: synchronous, where all students meet at the same time, asynchronous, where students would participate in an online classroom in their own time, and hybrid which combines in-person and online (Dung, 2020).


The objective of this book is to help people who are new to or people looking to improve their online classroom relationships. There is currently very little literature, especially books, that talk about online relationship building. It is well documented that relationships impact the learning of students in positive ways, and when students enter into an online world, this need does not go away. As COVID has accelerated the need for quality online instructors, there is a lack of references and resources available to understand the nuances of teaching a class online and building a connection with students. This book will improve the field of higher education by providing a resource for faculty who teach online. It will empower them with information on how to create a classroom of trust, connection, and support. Because many faculty are being pushed into online education without much, if any, training, this book can provide ideas and resources to ease the transition and create a better experience for both the faculty and the students.

Target Audience

This book’s target audience will be cross-departmental higher education faculty, who teach online, want to work online, and graduate-level students who want to teach online or in a hybrid environment.

Recommended Topics

-Introduction to teaching online -The Importance of relationship building -Creating Connections in the online classroom -Assignments that Build Connection -Using relationships to strengthen academic achievement. -Long-term effects of meaningful relationships -How to build connections with students in an online classroom. -The role of the instructor in the online classroom. -Authentic online relationships -Empowering Students through relationship -Maintaining Expectations within the virtual classroom -Using authentic relationships to increase motivation and self-efficacy. -Managing student stress through relationship building -Creating caring connections in the online classroom -Suspending judgment in the online classroom -The role of technology to create relationships -Using technology as a tool for assessment -How to adapt to an online teaching environment -Cultural competency and meaningful online relationships -How to lead clubs, honor societies in a virtual environment. -How to navigate student mental health concerns online -Building strong online engagement -Reaching oral and written cultures through online teaching -The importance of relationships to help students overcome barriers to online learning -Using cohorts to enhance learning online -Creating a collaborative online education environment -Conducting online practica and internships

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 14, 2023, 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 February 28, 2023 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 14, 2023, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. 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, Balance and Boundaries in Creating Meaningful Relationships in Online Higher Education. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


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 2024.

Important Dates

February 14, 2023: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 28, 2023: Notification of Acceptance
June 14, 2023: Full Chapter Submission
August 12, 2023: Review Results Returned
September 23, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification
October 7, 2023: Final Chapter Submission


Sarah Jarvie
Colorado Christian University

Cara Metz
The University of Arizona Global Campus

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