MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

Welcome to JOLT

The MERLOT community is joining with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC - formerly Sloan-C) to expand scholarly research in the field of online education, with a merger of the Journal Online Learning (formerly JALN) and
the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT).
If you would like to submit a manuscript to OLC or have questions about submitting, all the information can be found at,
In addition, read the press release here

The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that aims to promote scholarship in the use of the Internet and web-based multimedia resources in higher education. The first issue appeared online in July 2005 and included a number of invited papers from various disciplines. The journal is now published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Its objectives are to:

  • Enable faculty to develop effective, evidence-based practices in online learning and teaching by learning from a community of researchers and scholars;
  • Enable academic programs to design and deploy academic technology to optimize online learning and teaching;
  • Build a community around the research and scholarly use of web-based multimedia resources for learning and teaching in higher education.

JOLT welcomes papers on all aspects of online learning and teaching in higher education. Topics may include, but are not limited to: learning theory and the use of multimedia to improve online learning; instructional design theory and its application to online learning; online learning and teaching projects and initiatives; use of emerging web-based tools and technologies in online education; blending of online and face-to-face teaching modes; networked learning using mobile devices; innovative online learning and teaching strategies and practices.

The publisher of JOLT is MERLOT, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor that provides a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff, and students from universities and colleges around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.

JOLT is indexed with and included in a number of prominent international databases, including EBSCO, ProQuest, Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Educational Research Abstracts (ERA), IndexCopernicus, JournalTOCs, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities, Genamics JournalSeek, Open Access Journals Search Engine (OAJSE), Socolar, getCITED, and the ACER Blended Online Learning and Distance Education (BOLDE) research bank.


All papers in JOLT are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike License
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ISSN: 1558-9528
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Last Modified : 11/01/2014