Research in Learning Technology, is a peer reviewed, open access journal published by Co-Action Publishing. The focus of the journal is to publish evidence-based articles in the following areas of instructional technology: technology enhanced learning, online learning, distance learning, mobile learning, flexible learning, wearable technologies, simulation, learning environments, learning spaces, pedagogy, open educational practice and social media. Articles include case studies from all levels of academia, as well as professional development. The journal’s website provides details concerning scope and aims of the publication, and outlines the peer review process and guidelines for article submissions. Currently, there is not a publication fee for submissions.
Type of Material:
The open access model makes the material easily accessible for homework assignments, team projects, and individual research. It would also be a valuable resource for professional development.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
• Access evidence-based articles with a focus on instructional technology
• Evaluate different research methods
• Compare and contrast findings from multiple studies
• Identify emerging trends within the field of instructional technology
• Gain an understanding of the publication process for open access journals
Target Student Population:
The target population includes faculty and graduate students in instructional technology programs. It would be helpful in professional development programs.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Users will need basic computers skills to navigate the site and search for specific articles. Also, a basic understanding of education/instructional technology terms would be helpful.
The journal’s editorial and publishing policies are clearly outlined, emphasizing the importance of scholarly studies
The journal includes multiple types of studies focusing on the effective use of instructional technology
The articles are relevant, and discuss current topics
This resource is not self-contained assignment. The instructor will need to define the objectives and requirements for an associated assignment.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The target learner is professional working in the field of educational technology who wants to remain abreast of the current trends impacting the field. The journal articles can be readily integrated into a graduate level course as concept reinforcement and to inform research projects.
The journal requires that the articles be evidence-based, so the material is credible and clearly defined. The open access model makes the material easy to access for assignments. The journal tags articles with key words and includes links to articles with related content. This allows users to conduct efficient and effective research.
The journal is an open access resource, not a defined teaching tool. The instructor will need to create an assignment to integrate the articles into curriculum assignments.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is well designed and easy to navigate.
Users have the option to download articles in a pdf format.
Keywords used in the article are clearly identified, as well as links to related content.
The journal also provides data showing how many times the article was viewed.
The articles are categorized according to current volume, archives, and recent issues. Within each of the three categories are four additional categories: editorials, original recent articles, review articles, and special issue. To search for an article, each category must be opened individually. The journal can not be searched by subject or by using a search term.
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