Sloan-C JALN Advisory Panels

JALN is one of the most important channels for advancing the quality, scale and breadth of online education. As an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, Sloan-C seeks to fully engage its members in developing content that reflects and directs the growth of educational quality, scale and breadth. To more closely integrate publications with other Sloan-C activities, Sloan-C JALN Advisory Panels may issue calls for papers for special issues of JALN or other publications or projects to advance the field of online and blended education. Each of the five advisory panels focuses on areas related to the quality framework—learning effectiveness, access, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction, and scale. The Advisory Panels are composed of leading researchers, practitioners and administrators.

Learning Effectiveness


Learning effectiveness
ensures that online and blended students are provided with a high quality education with outcomes that meet or exceed institutional, industry, and/or community standards. The Sloan-C JALN advisory panel for learning effectiveness seeks work that explores online and blended learning from a variety of perspectives. Of particular interest are studies that investigate the pedagogical affordances of online environments; evidence-based effective practices and instructional designs, especially those that improve learning outcomes; and theory-based models of online learning and/or research that supports them.

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Access is the value that asserts that all individuals have the opportunity to obtain a quality education. For the Sloan Consortium, the focus of access relates to anytime, anywhere education via online and blended learning. Delivering education in these modes offers opportunities and challenges for learners and for institutions alike. The Sloan-C JALN advisory panel for access seeks research that advances knowledge about access to education for diverse and underserved learning populations, new technologies that enhance access, and policies for the administration of online and blended education that demonstrably increase access.

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Faculty Satisfaction, Development and Support


Faculty satisfaction with online teaching, support services and development opportunities is an essential component of quality. For the Sloan Consortium, the focus on faculty satisfaction, development and support relates to anytime, anywhere education via online and blended learning. Because faculty and learners benefit from development and support services, the Sloan-C JALN advisory panel seeks research related to faculty, including models of faculty development and support that promote effective practice in teaching and learning, methods that improve faculty development and satisfaction, including workload management, and emerging trends that impact faculty.

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Student Engagement, Support and Success


The student experience, including engagement, satisfaction, success and support in online and blended learning, reflects the effectiveness of all aspects of the educational enterprise. The Sloan-C JALN advisory panel seeks research that advances knowledge about critical aspects of the personal online learning experience, theoretical frameworks for student engagement, support and success and research that support or advance such frameworks, innovative technologies, pedagogies, and methods of community building  for diverse demographics, abilities, and environments. 

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Scale is the principle that enables institutions to offer the best educational quality to online and blended learners and to achieve capacity enrollment. While technologies make access possible for millions more learners and while demand for online and blended education grows, fiscal and regulatory requirements pose continuous challenges. The Sloan-C JALN advisory panel for scale seeks research that advances knowledge about cost effective practices and models for successfully scaling programs that will benefit those entering and already engaged in online and blended education; policies, strategies and technologies for scalability efforts within and across institutions; and responses to regulatory requirements and competing fiscal demands. 

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