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Below are four categories of resources for online teachers. First are a number of journals about online learning and technology in education. Most are peer reviewed. Most can be accessed on the Web. Others are available online through most university libraries (data bases where they are available are listed).

Second, three national organizations are listed. All are widely recognized as important sources of information, instructional material, and networking.

Third is a publicly funded interactive learning resource, with modules created in Flash, designed to assist those interested in knowing more about online learning.

Finally are links to the Sloan Consortium’s comprehensive reports about the state of online learning in the United States, including the 2009 report published this year.


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A study published by EURODL in May 2010 looked at emotional components of human–technology interactions by analyzing effects of an employee e-learning training system. Researchers found that respondents fit into two major groups: one successful and feeling pride in performance; the other less successful and developing shame reactions towards e-learning.

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AJDE (The American Journal of Distance Education)
This is a peer-reviewed journal, with a current research focus of the Web, especially online learning, e-learning, distributed learning, asynchronous learning and blended learning. Articles are available through the following EBSCO data bases: Professional Development Collection and Academic Search Premier.
AJET (Australasian Journal of Educational Technology)
A refereed journal that publishes research and review articles in educational technology, instructional design, educational applications of computer technologies, educational telecommunications and related areas. AJET is published by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). Web access to most articles is delayed three months.
CITE (Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education)
A publication of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). CITE Journal is fomatted to include articles with sound, animated images, and simulation. In addition to articles of general interest, CITE has four special areas of focus: English, mathematics, science and social studies. CITE was established with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Articles are available directly from the CITE website.
EURODL (European Journal of Open and Distance Learning)
EURODL has a refereed section, in addition to non-refereed articles, since it aims to promote the work of both researchers and practitioners. It primarily draws on European sources and authors, with the intent to cover European concerns and experiences at all levels and in all fields of education. EURODL is free directly from its website, as a contribution to the Open Content movement.
First Monday
First Monday is a peer-reviewed journal, openly accessible on the Web through Journals@UIC, a University of Illinois at Chicago project, using Open Journal Systems. Since it is devoted to the Internet in general, articles vary in their relevance to distance education.
Innovations in Education & Teaching International
Articles are available through the IngentaConnect online data base.
ISTE Journals
Leading & Learning with Technology: Practical ideas for using technology in education. Current articles are available online.
JRTE (Journal of Research on Technology in Education): Peer reviewed research journal on educational computing. Articles are available in the following EBSCO data bases, including: Professional Development Collection, Academic Search Premier, and MasterFILE Premier.
JEO (The Journal of Educators Online)
JEO is an online, double-blind, refereed journal those interested in the development, delivery, and management of online courses in the arts, business, education, engineering, medicine, and science. Articles are available directly from the JEO website.
JOLT Journal of Teaching and Learning
The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is a peer-reviewed, online publication addressing the scholarly use of multimedia resources in education. JOLT is published quarterly.
OJDLA (Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration)
OJDLA is a peer reviewed electronic journal offered free each quarter. website provided through the University of West Georgia. Current and previous issues are available directly from the OJDLA website.
THEN (Technology, Humanities, Education, & Narrative)
According to the about page, THEN is a peer-reviewed journal that takes a humanities-based approach to research on technology in education that honors humanities-based traditions, including anthropology, critical theory, ethnography, historical inquiry, narrative analysis, and philosophy. THEN is available directly from its website.


NCAT (National Center for Academic Transformation)
NCAT is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the effective use of information technology to improve student learning outcomes and reduce the cost of higher education. NCAT provides expertise and support to institutions and organizations seeking proven methods for providing more students with the education they need to prosper in today’s economy.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.
(Multimedia Educational Resource for Teaching and Online Learning): A user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed, higher education, online learning materials created by registered members, and a set of faculty development support services. There are sections for 15 disciplines.

Digital Images

Unless otherwise noted, these are free photos. Most can be downloaded in high resolution zipped format.
Wikimedia Commons
Public domain photos, illustrations, and other media.
Flickr Creative Commons photos
Since these are Creative Commons photos, check each photo for sharing restrictions. To search for Creative Commons photos, use the Flikr advanced search and select the appropriate Creative Commons checkboxes.
Dreamstime Free Images and Photos
Limited Royalty Free (RF-LL) photos. Read the Terms of Use and Conditions of Participation for restrictions.

Learning Modules

So You Want to Teach Online?
This is an interactive learning resource developed by the Ohio Board of Regents, with a government PT3 grant, to assist educators in developing virtual online classes and curriculum.


Sloan Consortium reports
Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008 is the sixth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. This year’s study, like those for the previous five years, is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education.
Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning is the fifth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education, based on responses from over 2,500 colleges and universities.
The Horizon Project Reports
2009 Horizon Report (PDF document). According to the project’s home page, “The Horizon Project . . . charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative expression and produces the NMC’s annual Horizon Report. Since the launch of the Horizon Project in March 2002, the NMC has held an ongoing series of conversations and dialogs with hundreds of technology professionals, campus technologists, faculty leaders from colleges and universities, and representatives of leading corporations. . . . Each Horizon Report is released with a Creative Commons License and may be freely replicated and distributed for noncommercial purposes provided that each is distributed only in its entirety.”