Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World

Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World

February 10, 2020 – February 12, 2020
Brice Hotel
Savannah, Georgia
Proposals are due:  October 14th, 2019

Sponsored by The Online Journal of Distance Learning
Administration and The University of West Georgia

The third annual Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World will focus on issues related to living and learning with technology in ways that add authentic value to our lives and to the world. As we embrace the conveniences of emerging technologies in the classroom and beyond, we will explore ways to employ them with a people-centered approach that includes balance, compassion, healthy living, mindfulness, and relationships. 

Please plan to join us for three days of inquiry and peaceful rejuvenation in a scholarly environment.

The Planning Committee of the Conference on 
Meaningful Living and Learning invites proposals on topics related to: 

·         Reconciling Humanity and Technology in the Classroom

·         Humanistic Instructional Design

·         Work-Life-Learning Balance

·         Health & Wellness in the High-Tech Workplace

·         Minimalism and Simplicity

·         Coaching and Mentoring Distance Learners

·         Sustainable Technology Solutions

·         Social Equity and Educational Access

·         Learning Science

The conference is particularly relevant to online teachers and leaders, instructional designers, psychologists, sociologists and social scientists, communication researchers, nurses and healthcare practitioners/researchers,  librarians and media specialists, and education administrators.

Proposals will include a 30 to 50-word description.  A link to
submittal can be found at the conference website.

See our conference web site at:

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Creating and facilitating effective discussions in online courses

Help me with an upcoming session I have with a group of online educators on creating and facilitating online discussions!

I am interested in what practitioners do to create, facilitate, and assess effective online discussions.

Are you an online educator and/or course designer? If so, do you have a few minutes to share a tip, an example, and/or resource for how you effectively use online discussions?

If so, please complete this short GOOGLE FORM or if you prefer, jump into this GOOGLE DOC.

I will share what I end up with!



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Call for Chapters: Social Media: Influences on Education

Social media is not only used for pedagogical and social purposes, but has also caused educators to lose jobs due to unprofessional postings and, among students, cyberbullying has become a problem. Thus, social media is a multi-faceted tool that can be used in ways both beneficial and detrimental, with many unexplored applications. We invite proposals for chapters on the many ways in which educators are investigating the effects of social media on education, broadly construed. We welcome original empirical or review projects; essays are not acceptable for the scope of this book.

Proposals should be typed and a maximum of 500 words, providing information on the chapter focus (including brief overview of method for empirical submissions).

Authors of accepted proposal will be asked to review one to three manuscripts for the book.

Proposal deadline is October 15, 2019 and proposals should be sent to Marlynn Griffin and Cordelia Zinskie, and

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Call for Presenters – IETA 2020


The IETA is seeking proposals from technologists, educators, subject-matter experts, consultants, and corporate partners to present at our 2020 annual conference “The Future is Clear” to be held at the Boise Centre in Boise, ID, February 3-5, 2020.The IETA strives to deliver pertinent, innovative, and informative content to Idaho educational leaders including administrators, librarians, teachers, technology directors, technology staff, trainers, and instructional coaches. Presentations should be informative and targeted to the anticipated audience or a sub group of the anticipated attendees.

We are looking for a wide variety of content to reach the varied audience of 1000+ expected to attend (educators, leaders, technologists). If you have information, ideas, best practices, or valuable experience to share, we would love to hear from you. Click this link to submit a session proposal.

Submissions will be reviewed by the IETA conference committee. The committee will select proposals to cover a wide range of topics and to ensure that adequate content is available for all audiences anticipated to attend. Selected proposals will be notified of their acceptance.

Presenters receive free conference registration as well as lunch each day.

Session proposals are due September 30th.

Submit a Session Proposal

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Boise State University: High-Quality Online Education Anytime, Anywhere

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Call for Papers: Special issue in Smart Learning Environments Journal: Towards enhancing learning using open educational resources

Thematic Series on Towards Enhancing Learning Using Open Educational Resources

Special issue in Smart Learning Environments Journal: Towards enhancing learning using open educational resources

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Since OER were adopted at the 2012 World OER Congress (Paris declaration), there has been increasing interest worldwide in open education initiatives. Many institutions have started providing open courses for students in countries and institutions worldwide. Learners can access OER from anywhere at anytime. New automatic learning assessment applications are being implemented using Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide smart examinations and learning. Adaptive learning for students is still in its infancy. This special issue will focus on pedagogy, tools, policies and strategies to enhance learning using OER. The topics for this issue are varied and include but are not limited to:

  • Learning pedagogy and assessment in OER;
  • Application of AI in OER;
  • Adaptive learning using OER;
  • Open Licensing;
  • State of the art of OER;
  • Guidelines and frameworks for adoption of OER;
  • Authoring tools for open education;
  • OER and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs);
  • Inclusive OER for students with special needs; and
  • Case studies of using open education in schools/universities

Guest editors:

Dr. Huang Ronghuai, Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Dr. Ahmed Tlili, Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Dr. Mohamed Jemni, Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Tunis, Tunisia

Dr. Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada

For more information:

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Call for Chapter Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019
Virtual and Augmented Reality in English Language Arts Education
Editors: Clarice M. Moran, Ph.D. (Kennesaw State University)
and Mary Rice, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico)

Virtual realities are digital worlds that users can interact with. Augmented realities blend virtual
reality and real life. Virtual reality and augmented reality share a goal of immersing users in
content. For many, virtual reality or augmented reality are terms that conjure images from The
Matrix, where Keanu Reeves’ character Neo works to escape the Agents. Or, they may trigger
memories of the paralyzed soldier, Jake, lying in a pod, interacting virtually with the inhabitants
of Pandora in Avatar. These science fiction explorations imply that inhabiting other worlds with
only our minds is dystopic and are likely to lead to ruin. Contrary to these images, VR/AR
applications support civilization rather than destroying it. For example, VR/AR have been used
successfully in psychological rehabilitation; they have also been adopted as aids for
understanding the human body (Székely & Satava, 1999).

Fortunately, VR/AR are increasing in affordability and availability through mobile apps and
inexpensive devices. While educators in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) fields have a growing reputation for exploring VR/AR’s potential for classroom learning
(Helsel, 1992), uses in English language arts (ELA) classrooms have been limited. Many ELA
teachers simply do not know how to incorporate VR/AR into the curriculum and they are
largely unaware of the potential of VR/AR tools for teaching literary works and supporting
writing instruction.

Objective of the Book
This book explores the use of VR/AR in secondary ELA classrooms. It will be written for
practitioners and other stakeholders who want to improve their understanding of the ways in
which VR/AR can motivate students and enhance the ELA curriculum. We seek chapters that
offer insights on current research and specific uses of VR/AR in its application to ELA.

Target Audience
Professionals and researchers working in the field of ELA education, including teachers, teacher
educators, researchers, librarians, administrators, and school policy stakeholders should want
to read this book. Chapters will provide insights and support those interested in introducing or
enhancing VR/AR platforms in the ELA classroom.

Recommended Topics
* Making curriculum with specific devices in the ELA classroom (e.g., Google Cardboard)
* Choosing and evaluating VR/AR mobile apps in ELA
* Supporting student engagement with ELA subject matter through VR/AR
*Using VR/AR for professional development and/or initial ELA teacher preparation
* Pairing VR/AR with literature experiences
* Supporting reading and writing process through VR/AR experiences
* Designing virtual field trips
*Promoting parent or community involvement in ELA topics with VR/AR
* Defining issues of access and/or connectivity with the use of VR/AR * Problematizing equity and social justice using VR/AR devices or resources
*Locating funding support and/or marshalling advocacy efforts for VR/AR use in ELA
*Pairing VR/AR with other types of online/digital learning in ELA.
* Leveraging VR/AR as support for special populations (e.g., English learners, students with disabilities) in ELA
* Highlighting specific projects, lesson plans, or applications of AR/VR in the ELA classroom, including those that are interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, or transdisciplinary.

Submission Procedure
Teachers, teacher educators, and researchers are invited to submit on or before Dec. 1, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2020, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 30, 2020, 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. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted to and addressed to the editors (listed below).

This book is scheduled to be published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. Lexington Books publishes cutting-edge peer-reviewed monographs in the social sciences and humanities. Written by both emerging and established scholars, Lexington’s award-winning books include single-authored works, edited collections, and interdisciplinary works. See for their wide range of offerings. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Editorial Review Board
Darren Crovitz, Kennesaw State University
Jennifer Dail, Kennesaw State University
Nicole Damico, University of Central Florida
Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University
Ewa McGrail, Georgia State University
Amy Piotrowski, Utah State University
Katie Rybakova, Florida State University
Ryan Rish, University of Buffalo
Katie Rybakova, Florida State University
Lauren Zucker, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ

Important Dates
December 1, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 15, 2020: Invitations for Full Chapter Submissions Sent to Potentials Authors
May 30, 2020: Full Chapter Submissions Due to Editors
July 30, 2020: Review Results Returned to Authors
August 15, 2020: Final Acceptance Notifications to Authors
August 30, 2020: Final Chapter Submissions to Editors

Inquiries can be forwarded to Clarice M. Moran, Ph.D. (Kennesaw State University) – Mary Rice, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico) –

Proposals should be submitted to

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Call for Chapters: Open Access Book on Instructional Design

Instructional Design: An Introduction and Student Guide

Call for Chapters

Edited by Jason K. McDonald and Richard E. West, Brigham Young University

Initial publication: February, 2020

Link to this call:

Aims and Scope

The purpose of this book is to introduce students to the basic skill set and knowledge base used by practicing instructional designers, assisting them to complete a basic instructional design project with minimal assistance. We also anticipate the book will serve as a foundation and resource for students during additional experiences that contribute towards the development of their design knowledge, skills, and designerly identity.

Our target audience is first semester graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates. The context of use will be in an introductory instructional design skills course, with an instructor to support students with additional learning activities. However, we anticipate the book will be additionally useful in F2F, blended, or fully online courses. We are not targeting this book towards self-study learning experiences. Given our audience and goals, conciseness, a lack of jargon, and an emphasis on supporting instructional design practice will be valued above other considerations.

This book will be open access, and thus free to use, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute (see Wiley, 2009), and will be distributed via

For more information

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Call for Chapter Abstracts Researchers at Risk: The Precarious Positions of Scholars Conducting Dangerous Enquiries

Edited by
Deborah L. Mulligan and Patrick Alan Danaher
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

This proposed edited research book is focused on the phenomenon of researchers at risk – that is, the experiences and perceptions of scholars whose topics of research require them to engage with diverse kinds of dangers, uncertainties or vulnerabilities. Sometimes this risk derives from working with variously marginalised individuals and groups, or from being members of such groups themselves; at other times, the risk relates to particular economic or environmental conditions and/or political forces influencing the specific research fields in which they operate. Researchers at risk frequently encounter ethical dilemmas focused on their relationships with the participants and other stakeholders in the research, including when they construct themselves, or are constructed by others, such as activists or lobbyists. Furthermore, they are required to navigate often perilous positions in order to conduct their dangerous enquiries in ways that protect the research participants as well as themselves.
The chapters in this book identify and elaborate a wide range of different types of risk to which contemporary researchers can be subjected. These types include, but are not limited to:
•       Emotional risk
•       Mental risk
•       Personal risk
•       Physical risk
•       Professional risk
•       Reputational risk
•       Spiritual risk
•       Wellbeing risk
for researchers and/or the participants with whom they conduct research.

Across the range of issues traversed in the book, it is planned that the following organising questions will be addressed:
1.      What are the different kinds of risk that contemporary researchers encounter when conducting their research?
2.      Why do some researchers encounter risk, and what are the effects of that risk on their research?
3.      How can researchers engage effectively and ethically with the risks attending their research?
4.      How do researchers at risk navigate the world after completion of their research?
5.      What do researchers’ precarious positions signify about the character, possibilities and limitations of contemporary research?
6.      How can researchers’ dangerous enquiries contribute to reconceptualising and reimagining the work and identities of contemporary scholars?

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are cordially invited as potential chapters for this proposed edited research book. The editors seek submissions that represent a diversity of geographical location, disciplinary focus, and theoretical and methodological approaches, united by a shared focus on the work and identities of researchers at risk, and on the strategies that researchers can enact that engage with, mitigate and subvert that risk. Please email your abstract and a bionote of no more than 125 words for each chapter author to either or

1.      Deborah L. Mulligan has spoken at a number of academic symposiums in South East Queensland and has presented in state-wide webinars. Her primary research interest resides in the field of gerontology. Her PhD investigated the role of contributive needs when addressing older men and suicide ideation. Deborah has a strong interest in community capacity building as a means of transforming the lives of older adults and combating the negative stereotypes surrounding this demographic. She is also interested in the long-term effects of research on the participants and the ethical implications of investigating marginalised groups. Email:

2.      Patrick Alan Danaher is Professor of Educational Research in the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education at the Toowoomba campus of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, where he is also currently Acting Dean of the Graduate Research School. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education and the Arts at Central Queensland University, Australia; and Docent in Social Justice and Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include the education of occupationally mobile communities; education research ethics, methods, politics and theories; and academics’, educators’ and researchers’ work and identities. Email:

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Special Issue Call for Abstracts: Distance Education Across Critical Theoretical Landscapes

The purpose of this special themed issue is to provide a venue for scholars, researchers, instructional designers, and classroom teachers to engage with critical theories and diversity in open, flexible and technology-mediated distance learning environments. To provide the most opportunity for inclusion, we invite submissions that consider a wide variety of technologies, pedagogies, modes and settings (e.g., K-12, higher education, and industry/corporate settings). We encourage submissions that represent the theoretical landscape, and which demonstrate the breadth and depth of theoretical lenses that have been historically underrepresented. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: critical race theory, critical pedagogies, disability studies, feminisms, heutagogy, and LGBTQIA+ studies. Finally, we invite a variety of research paradigms as well as theoretical pieces, meta-analyses, and strategic reviews of the literature.

More information is located online 

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