Challenges and Opportunities in the Online Education Environment

Voices from the Crowd in Today’s Complex Higher Education Contexts

Edited by:
Jennifer Moss Breen, Creighton University
Leah Georges, Creighton University
Jim Martin, Creighton University

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives in Business Leadership. Editor(s): Jennifer Moss Breen, Creighton University. Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán, Creighton University. Haytham Abduljawad, Knowledge to Power Consulting.

Call for Chapters

Proposal: We seek submissions from authors who have first-hand experience navigating the online learning environment. If accepted for inclusion in this issue, each chapter will include a 2000 – 5000 word story and a 1000 – 2000 word scholarly commentary with accompanying discussion questions. We encourage collaborations with adult learners, students, administrators, full-time and part-time faculty who have experience in the online learning environment. We seek true, authentic reflections and professional stories—what was your lived experience and how did the situation change you or your approach as a learner or teacher? Further, proposals that include educational theory, adult learning theory, higher education theory/models, pedagogical/andragogical theory and interdisciplinary approaches as part of the scholarly commentary are especially appreciated.

If you are interested in submitting a chapter, we ask you to first submit a 300-400 word proposal — a short description of the story you want to tell and a brief scholarly commentary that informs the story. Specifically, initial proposals should include the following:

• Description of the story you want to tell
• Theoretical, empirical or experiential contexts that inform the story and would be discussed in scholarly commentary
• One sample discussion question
• Names, titles and contact information for all authors

Please share this call for proposals with those whom you feel can make a meaningful and unique contribution!

Chapter Submission Guidelines:

Each chapter (3000-7000 words) will include three distinct parts. The first is the story about the topic and the lived experience, perspectives, lessons of the author. The second part includes a scholarly commentary that informs that story. The third part should pose several discussion questions to further the conversation about the topic.

In writing the story section of the chapter, please consider these broad questions:

• What did you learn from your experience? Did you share what you were learning with others? If so, how?
• How did you navigate the system in which you were working? How did you navigate systems you were unfamiliar with?
• What kept you strong, resilient and moving-forward when you faced confusing or difficult situations?
• What surprised you in your experience?
• How can faculty and administrators in higher education to optimize online experiences for both faculty and students?
• What can be done to better to help others (institutions, faculty, and students) thrive in our complex online learning environment?

In writing your scholarly commentary, please consider these broad questions:

• What educational theories, frameworks, constructs, or evidence can be applied to the story you present?
• What do we not yet know, as faculty, administrators, and students, about the pathway forward concerning online learning?
• What new or novel frameworks might scholars or practitioners consider to improve and inform the world of online learning ?

In writing the discussion question section, please consider the following recommendations:

• Include 5-7 questions related to the story and scholarly commentary included in the chapter. Consider what you would like the reader to think more deeply about and how they might consider the topic as it relates to their own lived experiences.
• How would you like the reader to use your thoughts to advance their own teaching and learning or approach to higher education administration?

Tentative Schedule for Publication:
Proposal Submission from Authors: October 30, 2019
Proposal Decisions Received from Editors: November 30, 2019
First Draft Due: February 15, 2020
Second Draft Due: April 30, 2020
Final Draft Due for Production: July 1, 2020

Inquiries or proposals should be sent to the editorial office via email: jennifermossbreen@creighton.edu by October 30, 2019.

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