Call for Chapters: Educational Technology and Resources for Synchronous Learning in Higher Education


Jiyoon Yoon, University of Texas Arlington
Peggy Semingson, University of Texas Arlington

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: March 12, 2018
Full Chapters Due: June 15, 2018
Submission Date: July 15, 2018


The use of synchronous sessions in online teaching is on the rise. In many online courses of post-secondary institutes, students attend webinars, live lectures, and other audio/video sessions built to enhance course content (Parker & Martin, 2010). As more classes move to online, there is a need for research that shows the effectiveness of synchronous sessions in both content mastery and community building.

Synchronous learning can be defined as both instant forms of microblogging such as Twitter, Slack, EdModo, and other real-time backchannels. It is also used within live videoconferencing/webconferencing programs where multi-media such as audio and video in addition to chat and whiteboard, take place. The case studies within this book mostly focus on teaching strategies of how to use synchronous tools effectively for student learning. The benefits of synchronous learning include increased student engagement, interactivity, outreach, access, and networking within the class (Warden, Stanworth, Ren, & Warden, 2013). However, teachers must guide students to how to use synchronous learning tools and become aware of the research trends and opportunitie within online and hybrid courses.


This book will provide practical and research-based knowledge and skills for synchronous teaching across the disciplines of post-secondary institutes. This book provides examples of evidence-based practice in a clear and concise format on research trends and issues related to synchronous learning. In case readers are fairly new to the use of synchronous learning in higher education, the book provides an overview of theoretical reasons and rationale for its inclusion within a variety of teaching contexts. In addition to a strong theoretical overview of the topic and detailed definition of synchronous learning, the reader will be able to develop a more nuanced understanding of the benefits and constraints of synchronous learning. Further, by experiencing practical case studies in different fields, researchers who study digital teaching and learning will be able to add to the literature on the subject and benefit from the findings and methodologies. The impact of this book is that it would be a catalyst to provide research insights on the topic for a wider audience in the field of higher education research in general, and for those who do research on online learning in higher education and education-focused research.
This book will also benefit instructors in higher education who are looking for ways to enhance participation in synchronous sessions and who want to examine different synchronous tools for live communication. As more and more classes go online, knowledge of how these different methods impact content mastery and community development within a course will become increasingly important. This book will provide teachers with knowledge and skills about how to use synchronous tools with their own students.

Target Audience

Researchers and online instructors in higher education and students and administrators in schools will be the target audience and potential users.

The primary target audience would broadly consist of researchers and instructors in higher education who are interested in online learning in various formats (e.g., fully online, blended, hybrid, web-enhanced) and who research and/or teach in online environments. Also, their students and the administrators in schools will require this book as guidance of how to use synchronous teaching and learning.

Additionally, instructional designers and those involved in both formal and informal learning design at the K-12 and higher education arenas will benefit from this book. Those who are in the corporate, military, and government sectors are anticipated to use synchronous learning within online learning and training to find this book to be beneficial.

Recommended Topics

This book will contain practical and research-based knowledge and skills for synchronous teaching across the disciplines of post-secondary institutes (higher education).

Submission Procedure

We seek chapters that focus on the broader area of synchronous learning (e.g., real-time learning). Examples can include conceptual/theoretical, literature reviews, or empirically-focused (original research) studies. All submissions must be original work that is not published elsewhere.
• Send an abstract (250 ~ 500 words) of your proposed chapter including its context, theoretical lens, research findings, and how it adds to the extant literature on synchronous learning; email addresses and CVs for all authors to Jiyoon Yoon ( and Peggy Semingson ( by or before Midnight of March 12, 2018 (Monday).
• Final submitted chapters will be about 25-30 pages in length (double-spaced, 9,000-10,000 words, APA 6th edition format).
• Feel free to inquire about potential projects with the editorial team.


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 2019.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline ------------------------------------------------------- March 12, 2018
Decision on Proposals by Editors ---------------------------------------------------- April 12, 2018
Full Chapter Submission --------------------------------------------------------------- June 15, 2018
Full Submission Deadline ---------------------------------------------------------------July 15, 2018
Review Process by IGI Global Publisher-------------------------------------------- September 15, 2018
Revised Chapter Submission ----------------------------------------------------------October 12, 2018
Final Acceptance Notification to Chapter Authors---------------------------------October 30, 2018
Complete Materials by Editors to IGI Global Publisher--------------------------- January 10, 2019


For more information, the interested contributors can contact Dr. Jiyoon Yoon at and Dr. Peggy Semingson at