Vol. 8, No. 4 of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) has been published

Vol. 8, No. 4 of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT at http://jolt.merlot.org/) has been published and is available online. The papers that comprise the issue are listed below.

Vol. 9. No. 1 of JOLT will be released in the coming weeks. As you may already know, Vol. 9, No. 2, the June 2013 issue, will be a themed special issue on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The guest editors for that special issue are George Siemens (Athabasca University), Valerie Irvine (University of Victoria), and Jillianne Code (University of Victoria).

JOLT VOL. 8, NO. 4 CONTENTS

Research Papers

Contribution of Learner–Instructor Interaction to Sense of Community in Graduate Online Education
Jo L. Shackelford and Marge Maxwell

Examining Differences in University Implementation of iTunes U
Randy K. Yerrick and Joseph A. Johnson

Video Conferencing Guidelines for Faculty and Students in Graduate Online Courses
Cynthia Gautreau, Barbara C. Glaeser, L. Carl Renold, Shariq Ahmed, Joyce Lee, JoAnn Carter-Wells, Mark Worden, E. Douglas Boynton, and Jim Schools

Student Perceptions of a Hybrid Discussion Format
Yuankun Yao

Case Studies

Instructor-Made Videos as a Scaffolding Tool
Guohua Pan, Sandipan Sen, David A. Starrett, Curtis J. Bonk, Michael L. Rodgers, Mohan Tikoo, and David V. Powell

Proactive Intervention Strategies for Improving Online Student Retention in a Malaysian Distance Education Institution
Lai Cheng Tung

Concept Paper

A Three-Step Model for Designing Initial Second Life-Based Foreign Language Learning Activities
Feihong Wang, John K. Burton, and Jane Falls

Position Paper

“Which Technology Should I Use to Teach Online?”: Online Technology and Communication Course Instruction
Carolyn S. Carlson, Philip J. Aust, Barbara S. Gainey, Stephen Jake McNeill, Tamara Powell, and Leonard Witt