The Journal of Interactive Online Learning (JIOL) focuses on providing a venue for manuscripts, critical essays, and reviews that encompass disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in regards to issues related to higher-level learning outcomes. The Journal of Interactive Online Learning is an online publication of the Virtual Center for Online Learning Research, and a joint effort of The University of Alabama, The University of Idaho, Miami University, and the University of Texas at Tyler. This journal of theory, research, and practice in interactive online learning serving all disciplines aims to: a) Provide a forum for the dissemination of research on interactive online education; b) Disseminate ideas that enhance the practical aspects of interactive online education; c) Further knowledge and understanding of emerging innovations in online education and d) Foster debate about the use and application of online education.
Virtual Center for Online Learning Research (VCOLR). ‘The Virtual Center for Online Learning Research (VCOLR) is a consortium of partners focusing on the research and development of best practices in online education, particularly higher education. VCOLR is most directly concerned with the delivery of improvement of online education coursework over the Internet and determining which practices may be involved in increasing the effectiveness of online learning. Initially funded with a congressional grant under the name National Center for Online Learning Research (NCOLR), the center was jointly housed at the University of Idaho and the University of Alabama. The Journal of Interactive Online Learning (JIOL) was launched in 2002 and has since attracted contributions from a growing number of international scholars. In 2006, NCOLR was renamed VCOLR in order to reflect the growing participation from the national and international community.’