Research in Online Teaching & Learning

Center for Online Learning, Research & Service at the University of Illinois Springfield

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Research by UIS Faculty in the Latest Issue of e-mentor

Several UIS faculty have research articles appearing in the No. 3 (70) 2017 issue of e-mentor.

  • Layne Morsch, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, published “Student Authored Video Vignettes in Chemistry”
  • Laurel Newman, Associate Professor of Business Administration, and her co-author Deborah Windes, Professor in Business at Trinity Christian College, published “Resisting the Global Campus: Strategic, Political and Cultural Dimensions Undermining Efforts to Build a Virtual Campus”
  • Denise Bockmier-Sommers, Associate Professor of Human Services, Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen, Assistant Professor of Public Health, and Martin Martsch, Associate Professor of Social Work, published “Student Perception of Teacher Empathy, High Regard and Genuineness and the Impact on Student Engagement

e-mentor is an academic journal published by Warsaw School of Economics and Foundation for the Promotion and Accreditation of Economic Education. The issue is available online.

Prof. Chen Presents on Gamifying Courses at OLC Accelerate

UIS Public Health Professor and COLRS Faculty Fellow Cheng-Chia (Brian) Chen recently presented on the topic of “Gamify Courses with Tools Built into Your LMS to Enhance Self-Determined and Active Online Learning” at the 2017 OLC Accelerate Conference.  Prof. Chen has made his gamification handout for the presentation available to all.

The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research

For a limited time, SAGE Knowledge is providing free access to The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research.

Online Learning Efficacy Research Database

Oregon State University has created a searchable, filterable database of online learning efficacy research.  It includes academic studies on the learning outcomes of online and or hybrid education in comparison to face-to-face environments.

Educational Technology & Education Conferences List

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 38th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for January -June 2018. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]

UIS Professor Karen Swan Receives Distinguished Service Award

Karen Swan, the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield, was honored as the recipient of the  2017 Distinguished Service Award by the National University Technology Network (NUTN) on October 12, 2017 at the 35th Annual NUTN Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The award is the highest honor given by the organization.

Swan was selected for the award due to her commitment to higher education and for the work she’s done with online learning.  Swan is recognized as a leading researcher in the nation when it comes to the effectiveness of online teaching and learning.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Keene State College and master’s and doctorate degrees in instructional technology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Founded in 1982, NUTN is a consortium of higher education institutions. It provides a networking and professional development arena for the advancement of online and blended learning. NUTN members represent a widely diverse group of innovative leaders in the advancement of teaching and learning.

Tips to Rock Your Conference Presentation

Jennifer Aldrich’s Blog Post on provides some great tips on preparing for conference presentations.  Highlights include:

  1. Make an outline of your presentation before touching your presentation software.
  2. Once you have an outline, pick graphics to support your points.
  3. Then, open your presentation software and add your slides.
  4. Limit the words on your presentation slides – use large fonts and as few words as possible. Accessibility Tip: describe the images on your slides as you present.
  5. If sharing your presentation slides to a conference site, post a transcript with your slides to make it accessible.
  6. Weave relevant stories into your presentation to leave a lasting impact.
  7. Make your presentation work both online and offline (i.e., download copies of your slides, capture screenshots of online content).
  8. Back up your backup.
  9. Don’t over edit – once it is complete, leave it alone.

Gap Analysis Research by UIS Faculty

UIS faculty Karen Swan, Bill Bloemer, and Scott Day have recently published a peer-reviewed article is entitled Gap Analysis: An Innovative Look at Gateway Courses and Student Retention.  The article “use examples from our work with the analyses of student records to show how one can use student type and point in their academic life to predict success in particular gateway courses.” It was published in the 2017 OLC Conference Special Issue of Online Learning (Vol. 21, No. 3).

Searchable Directory of Selected Online & Distance Learning Journals

Contact North | Contact Nord has developed a useful searchable directory of Selected Journals in Online and Distance Learning.


Educational Technology & Education Conference List

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 37th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June -December 2017. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]

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