*** Call for Expressions of Interest to join the Review Panel for the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) ***
In response to continual increases in the volume of manuscript submissions it receives, the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT at http://jolt.merlot.org/)
is seeking expressions of interest from qualified individuals to join its panel of reviewers.
JOLT is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal whose objectives are to:
- Enable faculty to use technology effectively in online teaching and learning by learning from a community of researchers and scholars;
- Enable academic programs to design and deploy academic technology to optimize online teaching and learning;
- Build a community around the research and scholarly use of multimedia educational resources for online teaching and learning.
JOLT welcomes papers on all aspects of online learning and teaching in higher education. Topics may include, but are not limited to: learning theory and the use of multimedia to improve online learning; instructional design theory and application; online learning and teaching initiatives; use of technology in online education; innovative online learning and teaching practices.
All manuscripts submitted to JOLT are subjected to a prima facie evaluation by the Editor or Associate Editor before they are sent out for peer review. Those that pass this preliminary assessment are assigned to a minimum of two reviewers on the journal's reviewer panel, who are typically each given three weeks to submit their feedback. Every effort is made by the editors to match manuscripts to reviewers based on their areas of interest and expertise. The editors are responsible collating the reviewers' feedback and rendering a final decision on the manuscript in light of the feedback. (Additional reviews may be obtained if necessary, for example, in cases where the reviews received contain conflicting recommendations.) Generally, JOLT strives to advise authors on the disposition of their manuscripts within six to eight weeks of the date of submission.
Individuals interested in serving as reviewers for JOLT are asked to complete the form at the following URL:
Prospective reviewers should possess a higher research degree (e.g., Ph.D.) and/or have a strong publication record in online education, learning technology, or higher education teaching and learning. Previous experience performing reviews for scholarly journals is preferred but not essential. Although remuneration is not offered to reviewers, at any given time those who have completed at least one review in the past year will be acknowledged by having their names listed on the JOLT website.
Any questions relating to JOLT should be directed to the editors, whose contact details appear below.
Mark J. W. Lee (Charles Sturt University and University of New England, Australia)
Keith D. Sisson (University of Memphis, USA)
JOLT Associate Editor
Charles Sturt University
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