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Tell the World - Distance Learning Journal Wants Your Story

Tuesday, March 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Michael Simonson, Editor

Do you want to publish? Here is one very convenient option, especially suited to adult educators.

Distance Learning is a professional journal for leaders, practitioners, and decision makers in the fields of distance learning, e-learning, telecommunications, and related areas, with a growing emphasis on telemedicine.

It is a journal with applicable information for those involved with providing instruction of all kinds of learners, of all ages, using telecommunications technologies of all types. Stories are written by practitioners for practitioners with the intent of providing usable information and ideas. Submissions are accepted from anyone with an idea or story related to some aspect of distance education.

Recent issues have presented topics such as:

  • iPads and Kindergarten children
  • The history of the Iowa Communications Network
  • How I trained faculty to use a new course management system
  • The role of the opinion leader at convincing professors to try e-teaching
  • Corporate training at a distance
  • A review of best practices in distance education
  • MOOCs as examples of Educational colonialism
  • E-books, Online books, and Real Books
  • Flipping training sessions using trigger videos

Secrets to teaching adults at a distance.

The list could go on, but generally, articles written for Distance Learning journal present usable ideas, practical experiences, and issues of concern, with a level of scholarly support.

Guidelines of submission are straightforward:


  1. Prepare your manuscripts in Microsoft Word and save it as a .doc file or .docx file.
  2. Single space the entire manuscript. Use 12 point Times New Roman (TNR) font.
  3. Include a cover sheet with the paper’s title and with the names, affiliations and addresses, telephone, email, and fax for all authors.
  4. Submit the paper on a flash drive that is clearly marked. The name of the manuscript file should reference the author. In addition, submit two paper copies. A high resolution .jpg photograph of each author is required. Send the flash drive and paper copies to:

Michael R. Simonson
Distance Learning
Instructional Technology and Distance Education
Nova Southeastern University
Fischler Graduate School of Education
1750 NE 167th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

There are other ways to publish in Distance Learning journal. For example:

  • Book/Blog/Media reviews – 300-500 word critiques of new books, blogs, or other media that deal with distance education
  • Stories – 1000-3000 word papers that tell a story – what happened when, for example.
    A story titled “My Experience as a Distant Learner,” or “How My Child learned in a Virtual School,” or “Living in China and Earning a Masters at a Distance,” or “Success Story of a Physical Therapy doctoral program taught using a blended approach.”
  • Letters to the Editor – short opinion pieces dealing with current issues and events.
  • Briefs – short articles that summarize an idea, approach, or technique, such as “How I use Monday Morning Memos to start my eClass each week.”
  • Guest Editorships – periodically a group of distance educators have a topic they would like to write about and this team takes over an entire issue of the journal.

Distance Learning journal reaches thousands of readers each issue. The editors will work with you and answer any questions about your publishing ideas. Tell the World, Distance Learning journal wants your story!

Also, once logged into the AAACE website as a member, visit the AAACEd It! Webinar Proposal Library to view archived webinars, including two sponsored by the CDLT on topics like scholarly publishing and creating a scholarly agenda at the intersection of technology and adult learning.

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