ION | Illinois Online Network

Call for Papers

The Illinois Online Network (ION) is seeking case studies from faculty members, trainers, and administrators that describe educational experiences and efforts (successes, failures or challenges) in creating relevant and effective learning opportunities in online education (especially in Illinois). Papers should focus on experiences that have enhanced or have the potential of enhancing the educational/training process through online learning or in support of online learning. We encourage articles that take advantage of the electronic format by including hypermedia links to multimedia material both within and outside the article.

Faculty, staff, and administrators are eligible to participate in this program. Five case studies will be selected from among the submissions to be published on the ION Web site, and the authors, their program and their institutions will be highlighted. Papers will be selected by the Illinois Online Network professional staff on the basis of their relevance across disciplines and adaptability to a variety of educational scenarios.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • New teaching/learning strategies
  • Online course/program evaluation
  • Innovative uses of multimedia in teaching
  • Partnerships within or among institutions in support of online learning
  • Student readiness efforts
  • Grant writing for technology
  • Faculty development programs and strategies
  • New online courses in emerging occupations
  • Recruitment and retention of under-represented students with special needs
  • Cross-cultural issues in online learning
  • Accessibility issues for online learning
  • Online student assessment

We hope to make the publication of case studies a regular feature of our Web site with new articles featured every six months, and articles from previous publication cycles made available in a Web archive. The success and viability of this project will ultimately depend on the response and interest expressed by individuals from ION partner institutions.

A case study format should be used with the following suggested components:

  • Abstract – a brief summary of the major points of the study as well as a short list of key words
  • Introduction
    • What did you propose to do?
    • What was your plan?
    • What were your objectives
  • Method
    • Description - How did you do it?
    • What were the challenges and or roadblocks?
    • Were there any surprises?
  • Evaluation
    • How well did you meet your objectives?
    • Did you meet or exceed your expectations?
    • If you didn't succeed, why?
  • Summary and Recommendations
    • Summarize what you learned from this experience.
    • What would you recommend to others who would like to replicate your efforts?
    • What would they need to be prepared for?
    • What needs to be improved?

A $250 honorarium will be awarded to the authors of each case study deemed to meet the current needs of online educators and institutions. In the case of multi-author submissions, the award will be divided equally among the authors.

The articles should be between 2000 and 4000 words and should include an abstract of approximately 100 words.

Submission file format:
Please send all manuscripts via e-mail as attached documents to ION at File attachments should be saved in one of the following file formats: MS Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or HTML. Authors wishing to submit manuscripts using another file format must seek prior approval.

The first page of the manuscript must include the following information:

  • Author’s first and last name
  • Institution
  • E-mail address
  • Biographical statement of 100 to 200 words

Author Notes:
Any financial support or grant associated with the project or study described in the article should be noted prior to the acknowledgments. Acknowledgments or appreciation to individuals for help with the article or material reported should be placed in a note located at the end of the article prior to the references.

Authors will keep their own copyright but will be asked to give ION written permission to publish their articles on the ION Web site.

Handling of Manuscripts:
All manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt via e-mail. Review will be carried out as promptly as possible. A decision for publication or rejection will be made in a timely manner after which time all authors will receive notification as to the status of their manuscript via e-mail. At the time of notification of publication, an author may be asked to make revisions to the manuscript, or the Editor may suggest changes that would be subject to approval by the author.

Terminology and Abbreviations:
Define any word or phrase that cannot be found in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. Define or explain new or highly technical terms. Write out the first use of a term that will be used subsequently in an abbreviated form.

All citations and bibliographical references should strictly follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Style Manual).

Tables and Figures:
All tables and figure graphics must be embedded within the file.