Abstract: Journal outlets in the field of online and distance learning are exploding. Yet, the first few years as a researcher, faculty member, graduate student, and scholar can be overwhelming. Your first priority might be preparing lecture notes and new courses and then getting a research program initiated with new grants and projects. In response, this session will offer a wealth of suggestions and insights on organizing research teams, revising articles, corresponding with journal editors, and finding and selecting the appropriate dissemination outlet. In effect, this session offers a practical set of advice and insights into the processes and structures of writing that will help establish an academic writing program and lead one to a series of writing successes.
While today writing can be conducted just about anywhere, successful academic writers often find that creating a designated writing space – both physically and digitally – can be helpful in orienting the mind to begin, progress, and ultimately complete an assortment of academic writing projects. In this session, the presenters will journey through stories about their own personal writing spaces, describing key elements of the writer’s desk that contribute to inspiration, motivation, and organization for academic writing. They will also discuss the writing habits and strategies that they typically employ to create highly attuned spaces for writing amongst competing scholarly and personal demands.
They will develop a set of writing goals and plans for publishing.
Become aware of the range of journal in which to publish.
Learn how to avoid predator journals.
Become more confident as a writer.
Get support from a writing and publishing community.
Outline of the session:
Part I: The many faces of scholarly publication -- (Bonk and Zhu) – 5 minutes
(mention the role of digital publications and open resources; find a hook)
How to Find a Writing Routine that Works
The Habits of Highly Productive Writers
Writing Difficulties and Challenges of a Early Career Scholar
Insights and Advice on Getting Published from a New Faculty’s Perspective
99 Second Activity #1: Audience Paired Sharing: discuss 1-2 current writing plans or 1-2 writing dilemmas currently facing.
Part II: THE PROCESS– 20 minutes
• Put forward your best work
(writing that you are particularly proud and passionate about)
• Finding an Outlet that Fits
(where to look for? conduct a journal analysis)
• Types of academic outlets
(i.e., top-tier, second-tier, third-tier, and high readership digital outlets)
• Ways to become involved
(i.e., review articles and conference proposals; create conference symposia)
• Taking on a Publication Opportunity
(get your name out there!; create a blog or a newsletter; edit a special issue of a journal, edit a book)
Part III. THE TOP 15 WRITING TIPS – 20 minutes
10 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Happens
99 Second Activity #2: Top 3 Activity: Best 3 tips learned (must stand up and find someone on the other side of the room).
Part IV: Recap from Zhu and Bonk and Q&A– 15 minutes
99 Second Activity #3: Write down 3 writing goals, plans, or actionable items. Stand and share with audience.
Part V: Redesign your writing space.
This session is targeted at graduate students, supervisors, researchers, early career researchers, and others interested in conducting research and publishing in educational and instructional technology.
Educational technologist Curtis J. Bonk is the author of nearly 400 publications and has given close to 2,000 talks around the world. He is a former software entrepreneur, certified public accountant, corporate controller, and educational psychologist, and currently is an award-winning writer, highly published researcher, an awardee in innovative teaching with technology, and an internationally acclaimed presenter. A professor in the School of Education and at Indiana University (IU). In 2020, he was awarded the IU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology — and in 2021, Curt Bonk received the David H. Jonassen Excellence in Research Award. In April 2022, AERA named him a 2022 AERA Fellow for his exceptional contributions to, and excellence in, education research. Curt can be found at http://curtbonk.com/ and reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meina Zhu is an assistant professor in the Learning Design and Technology program at Wayne State University’s College of Education. With research interests that include online education, MOOCs, self-directed learning, STEM education and learning analytics, she has published extensively such as BJET, IRRODL, DE, OLJ, and the Internet and Higher Education. Meina received her PhD in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University Bloomington. She has taught courses in interactive course design, user experience design for learning, mobile learning, and serious games. She can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.