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Call for Chapters: Cases on Critical and Qualitative Perspectives in Online Higher Education

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Myron Orleans (California State University, Fullerton, USA)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: March 15, 2013
Full Chapters Due: May 15, 2013

Online education is entering the mainstream of higher education having a major impact on current methodologies, fundamentally altering global learning.  There is much recent literature offering research and analysis on best procedures and practices, and some arguments presented in opposition to this trend.  Our book will distinctly identify, describe, and examine actual experiential domains of online program and course production with intensive, balanced, critical qualitative case studies.  Authors will provide in-depth analytical narratives of various types of personally acquired experiences of e-learning.

Overall Objective of the Book

This collection of informal, personalized articles will reflect upon and advance analysis and understanding of the range of issues involved in the process of creating higher education online learning.  Scholars, administrators, support personnel, and other participants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives will offer their most candid and penetrating assessments of what they see and learn in the course of their work.  The case studies will offer critical examinations of the structural and interpersonal realities and routines underlying the creation of online courses, programs, and institutions by presenting personal authorial accounts.  We will develop a collection that will illuminate the many challenges encountered, the resolutions that have been attempted, the variable results achieved, and the many paths of e-learning.

Target Audience
Professionals and researchers working in the field of online higher education, including administrators, developers, instructors, staff, techical support, and students, will find helpful materials that will reinforce and enhance their work.  The book will be relevant to various disciplines, e.g., library science, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences, leadership and management, education, adult education, sociology, computer science, and information technology. The case studies will give audiences a sense of involvement in the bureaucratic struggles, enable them to feel the pressures of competing dictums, and show how authors have coped with the challenges of organizational constraints.  The audience will identify with the various perspectives brought to bear and be better prepared themselves for the task. Professionals in the field will see how their own experiences are validated, expanded, or contradicted.   

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Program design
Course development
MOOC networks
Designing global e-learning
Program administration
Technical Support trust
Improving market performance
Change implementation
Managing learning management systems
Technology enhancement

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 15, 2013, a 500 word case proposal clearly explaining the subject, mission and concerns of his or her proposed case. Authors will be notified by April 15, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent case guidelines. Authors will be expected to adhere to these guidelines. Full cases are to be submitted by May 15, 2013. All submitted cases will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.

Important Dates:
Phase 1:
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2013
Notification by April 15, 2013
Full chapter Submission: May 15, 2013
Phase 2:
Review Process: May 15 – June 30, 2013
Review Results to Authors by July 15, 2013
Phase 3:
Revised Chapter Submission: August 15, 2013
Final Acceptance Notifications: August 30, 2013
Submission of Final Chapters: September 15, 2013


Myron Orleans (Editor)