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Online Resources for Teaching Online

American Center for the Study of Distance Education
The American Center for the Study of Distance Education (ACSDE) was established in 1988, aiming to become a network of scholars who have a common interest in studying, teaching, and doing research in the field of distance education. ACSDE has both a printed and electronic journal and other publications. In addition, DEOS-L (Distance Education Online Symposium) was created as an interactive listserv to facilitate unstructured discussion of interest to educators.

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET)
The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology  is a refereed academic journal publishing research and review articles in educational technology, information and communications technologies for education, online and e-learning, educational design, multimedia, computer assisted learning, and related areas. AJET is published by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). Prior to Volume 20, 2004, AJET was published under the title Australian Journal of Educational Technology.

Copyright Crash Course
Developed by the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries, the Copyright Crash Course Online Tutorial will help you learn about how ownership of copyrighted materials works, what is fair use and when and how to get permission to use someone else's materials. The Tutorial pages include links to pages in the Copyright Crash Course and to copyright law.

Developing an Effective Online Course
This PDF manual is a complement to the online course “Developing an Effective Online Course”. The course and book guide you through the process of developing an online course proposal and completing a module of instruction. Throughout the book there are references to the “Developing an Effective Online Course” website,  There you will find links to additional resources and examples for each chapter.

Distance Education Clearinghouse
The Distance Education Clearinghouse brings together distance education information from Wisconsin, national, and international sources. The Clearinghouse is managed and maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, in cooperation with its partners and other University of Wisconsin institutions. In particular, see the sections on Faculty and Teaching, Instructional Design, and Student Readiness.

E-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology (e-JIST)
The E-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology (e-JIST) is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal housed at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Articles cover theoretical and applied discussion of contemporary issues, review research in particular fields, report on specific research, describe recent technical developments and contribute to debate in a wide range of areas including foundations of instructional science, practice of instructional design in education and training, instructional delivery technologies, management and administration of instructional technology, evaluation of instructional design input, and future developments. e-JIST merged with AJET (Australasian Journal of Educational Technology) in December 2007.

Educational Technology and Society
Educational Technology & Society is a quarterly journal (January, April, July and October), publishing academic articles on the issues affecting the developers of educational systems and educators who implement and manage such systems. Distance Learning articles are very well represented. This is the journal of the International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (subgroup of IEEE Learning Technology Task Force).

Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators
Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators is a joint production of the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory (LAB) at Brown University, the National School Network (NSN), and the Teacher Enhancement Electronic Communications Hall (TEECH).

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever (Chickering and Ehrmann, 1996/2008) 
This article describes how technology tools can be used to advance the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.” There is an addendum from 2008 at the bottom of the page highlighting new ideas and additional readings.

Journal of Interactive Media in Education
JIME is unique in that it brings together articles and asynchronous discussion of those articles within the same web space. The focus is on the theoretical and practical aspects of interactive media in education including the cognitive, social and cultural issues raised by the use of interactive media in education. It aims to be an action research project which explores the changing face of journals, and more broadly, scholarly practice in the age of digital publishing and communication.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.

North Carolina Community College System Virtual Learning Community
The Virtual Learning Community is a collaborative effort of all of North Carolina’s Community Colleges to increase the quality and availability of online learning and support services. Pre-developed courses specifically for the NC Community College curriculum are included for instructors to access.

Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration

The Journal of Distance Learning Administration is a peer-reviewed electronic journal offered free each quarter over the World Wide Web. The Journal publishes articles based on original work of practitioners and researchers with specific focus or implications for the management of distance education programs.

The Pew Learning and Technology Program Newsletter
The Pew Symposia in Learning and Technology conducts an ongoing national conversation about issues related to the intersection of learning and technology that places the discussion in the context of student learning and ways to achieve this learning cost effectively. The goal is to marshal the thinking of acknowledged experts and frame the issues in ways that are useful to the higher education community as it incorporates uses of technology into the academic program. Includes a free electronic newsletter (see the link at the bottom of the page) and monographs on intellectual property issues, quality assurance, and innovations in online learning.

Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C)
The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of online education.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (2000)  
Best practices for electronically offered degree and certificate programs. (PDF)

United States Distance Learning Association
The United States Distance Learning Association is a nonprofit organization formed in 1987. The association's purpose is to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. Information is included for Pre-K through grade 12 education, higher education, home school education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, and telemedicine.

The Usable Learning Blog
Much of the work done in the area of Usability has focused on commercial web applications and sites. Much of the information stemming from that work is helpful and informative. However, E-Learning has its own issues and concerns that are distinct. Includes a bibliography of print articles and web links.

VLearn3D -- Shared virtual spaces for learning 
The VLearn3D Initiative began in December 1998 as part of the Contact Consortium to address the current trends and needs of educators who are developing, adopting and pioneering virtual environments for education. The goal of VLearn 3D is to provide immediate access to people, tools, resources and ideas that can help them make quick progress in this emerging field.

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