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While mobility is proving to be convenient to online learners, real questions remain that revolve around providing both content knowledge and meaningful learning to students. Educators worldwide are digging deeper to research how to make technology work better for students. This issue provides some insights into research that could offer helpful previews to coming events in the future of online learning.

The papers published in JEO serve as benchmarks of quality scholarly contributions to the fields of eLearning, blended, and mobile learning, and continue across academic disciplines, national and virtual borders. We have continued to receive an exceptional number of manuscript submissions this year resulting in the publication of six papers in this issue that address factors of importance to educators, students, and administrators. The first article addresses classroom flipping from a fresh perspective that can provide new insights into optimizing student involvement and achievement. The second article presents research to help inform academics of the software app, Yammer, that is used frequently in business but not as much in academia; the study findings can provide important insights into the effective usage of this business app in higher education. The third article discusses research on students that are digital natives versus digital immigrants and how each approach scholarship and social networking. The fourth article addresses student learning preferences in online courses and how age, experience and learning activities affect those preferences. The fifth article looks at what contributes beneficially to e-learning profiles for Media and Communication Students. The sixth article examines differences in online course achievement in a study of over 900 students through the lens of identity theory.

This year The Journal of Educators Online will also publish a Special Issue related to leadership in eLearning, teaching digital natives, and social networks as learning spaces. We encourage you to submit manuscripts for the Special Issue and we thank all of our authors and readers for their ongoing support of the Journal of Educators Online.

  • Robert W. Maloy, Ed.D., Sharon A. Edwards, and Allison Evans, Workshops and Writing: Strategies for Flipping a Community Engagement Course looks at classroom flipping to see which factors can optimize student involvement and achievement.
  • Mary Beth Pinto, Ph.D., and examine The Use of Yammer in Higher Education: An Exploratory Study presents a software business app., Yammer, to study whether the app. could facilitate effective communication and collaboration among project teams.
  • Ronald Berman, Ed.D., Deliesha Hassell, M. Ed., Digital Native and Digital Immigrant Use of Scholarly Network for Doctoral Learners offer a study of 988 doctoral students that utilized a doctoral scholarly network to see who were the most frequent users and the reasons for their choices.
  • Thomas A. Simonds, Ed. D., Barbara L. Brock, Ed. D., Relationship Between Age, Experience, and Student Preference for Types of Learning Activities in Online Courses presents a study that poses there could be a significant relationship in this study between student age and student preference for certain types of online learning activities.
  • Michelle A. Stewart-McKoy, Doctoral Candidate, “Digitize Me”: Generating E-Learning Profiles for Media and Communication Students in a Jamaican Tertiary-Level Institution uses identity theory to look at differences in online Communications course achievements of 959 students in Jamaica.
  • Lori Kupczynski, Michelle Brown, Ed.D., The Relationship between Gender and Academic Success Online theprovides another perspective of gender and academic success.

Journal of Educators Online is published at www.thejeo.com in January and July of each year.  If you have a scholarly paper you would like considered for peer review publication, please contact the editor, Ruth Gannon Cook at rgannonc@depaul.edu.  Committed to excellence, the Journal of Educators Online is disseminated online without charge as a contribution to the body of research on topics related to online education and as a useful resource for educators, students, administrators and policy makers in all disciplines.

The Journal of Educators Online, Volume 11, Number 1, January 2014