A special issue: Call for research in personalized learning

by Anissa Lokey-Vega & Stephanee Stephens

More research in personalized learning is needed before specific models are widely adopted.  In efforts to stir and disseminate research in this area, we are inviting you to submit theoretical and/or empirical manuscripts about personalized learning in K-12 environments and teacher education to a special issue of the Journal of Online Learning Research. Initial submissions are due in October, so start writing! For more details and topic suggestions, see the call at https://aace-web-static.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/07/JOLR-Special-Issue-Call-2019.pdf.

The purpose of this special issue of JOLR is to generate empirical and theoretical literature that informs how blended and online instruction support personalized learning in K-12 environments and teacher education.

Possible manuscript Personalized Learning (PL) topics may include*:

  • Assessment in PL Environments

  • Assessment of PL Implementation

  • Best Practices for PL

  • Case Studies of PL

  • Theoretical Conceptualizations of PL

  • Education Skills & Dispositions for PL

  • Educator Preparation for PL

  • Implementation Barriers in PL

  • Models of Teacher Preparation for PL

  • PL featuring Blended Strategies

  • PL in Hybrid Environments

  • PL in Online Schools

  • Quasi-Experimental Studies of PL

  • Readiness Factors for PL

  • Stakeholder Perceptions of PL

  • Teacher Practices in PL Environments

  • Validation Instruments/ Studies

*All submissions must align with the purpose stated above

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit manuscripts directly through the AACE submission link below.


Do not send manuscripts to the Guest Editors. The manuscripts must go through a double blind review process.

Note: Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Authors are encouraged to contact the Guest Editors to propose an idea for submission to ensure the appropriateness of the proposed manuscript for this special issue.

Guest Editors:

Anissa Lokey-Vega: anissa.vega@kennesaw.edu

Stephanee Stephens: stephanee.stephens@kennesaw.edu

Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2019

Targeted Publication Date: Spring 2020

Also, please consider helping shape the research in the field by serving as a reviewer. If interested in reviewing, please reach out to the guest editors.


Boninger, F., Molnar, A., & Saldaña, C.M. (2019). Personalized Learning and the Digital Privatization of Curriculum and Teaching. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved [date] from http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/personalized-learning.

Jobs for the Future & the Council of Chief State School Officers. 2015. Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching. Boston, MA: Jobs for the Future. Accessed on June 17, 2019 at https://ccsso.org/sites/default/files/2017-12/EducatorCompetencies_081015.pdf

About the Authors

Anissa is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University and coordinates the Online Teaching and Personalized Learning teacher certificate programs in the Bagwell College of Education.

Stephanee is a former middle school Spanish Teacher, Coach, and District Administrator who now serves as Director of iTeach, a team focused on personalized K-12 educator coaching.