Instructional Technology Journals


American Journal of Distance Education

"AJDE is the internationally recognized journal of research and scholarship in the field of American distance education established with the mission of disseminating information about research and scholarship in the Americas. Distance education describes teaching-learning relationships where the actors are geographically separated and communication between them is through technologies such as audio and video broadcasts, teleconferences and recordings; printed study guides; and multimedia systems. The principal technology of current research interest is the World Wide Web, and subfields of distance education therefore include on-line learning, e-learning, distributed learning, asynchronous learning and blended learning. AJDE offers a solid foundation of valuable research-based knowledge about all aspects of the pedagogy of the field. Peer reviewed articles provide reports on the latest findings in such areas as:

  • building and sustaining effective delivery systems;
  • course design and application of instructional design theories
  • facilitating interaction between students and with instructors;
  • factors influencing student achievement and satisfaction;
  • the changing roles of faculty and changes in institutional culture;
  • administrative and policy issues including cost-effectiveness and copyright."

Educause Quarterly

"EDUCAUSE Quarterly is an online, peer-reviewed, practitioner’s journal for college and university managers and users of information resources—information, technology, and services—published quarterly by EDUCAUSE. Materials related to planning for, developing, managing, evaluating, and using information resources on college and university campuses are welcomed. Submissions are evaluated for suitability by the EQ Editor and EQ Editorial Committee."

Educause Review

"EDUCAUSE Review is the association's award-winning magazine for the higher education IT community. Published bimonthly in print (21,000 distributed copies) and online, the magazine takes a broad look at current developments and trends in information technology, how they may affect the college/university as an institution, and what these mean for higher education and society. In addition to EDUCAUSE members, the magazine's audience consists of presidents/chancellors, senior academic and administrative leaders, non-IT staff, faculty in all disciplines, librarians, and corporate staff/leaders. The magazine has won numerous editorial and design awards including APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, Magnum Opus Awards, Ozzie Awards, and a Tabbies Award, as well as being named Publication of the Year by the Colorado Society of Association Executives."


"Innovate (ISSN 1552-3233) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, online periodical published bimonthly by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University. The journal focuses on the creative use of information technology to enhance education and training in academic, commercial, and governmental settings. Our basic assumption is that innovation in one sector can inform practice in each of the other sectors." This journal is no longer active but does have it's archives posted.

The Internet and Higher Education

"The Internet and Higher Education, a is quarterly journal devoted to addressing contemporary issues and future developments related to online learning, teaching, and administration on the Internet in post-secondary settings. It is a peer-reviewed journal intended to be a vehicle for scholarly presentation and dissemination of contributions, theoretical and applied, significantly addressing innovative deployments of Internet technology in instruction and reporting on research to demonstrate the effects of the Internet and information technology (IT) on instruction in various contexts in higher education.... The scope of the journal is broad in terms of the range of issues and trends to be addressed, for example, innovations or best practices in online teaching, learning, management, and administration. Other issues may include: Internet technology design and use; instructional models in online courses; online course development and instructional design; interaction in online courses; collaborative learning; usability and evaluation of online environments and portals; online communities of practice; institutional policies, standards and assessment; accessibility standards in online instruction; internationalization and cultural aspects of online classrooms; and issues and trends in synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid online learning"


"MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is a peer-reviewed, online publication addressing the scholarly use of multimedia resources in education. JOLT is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. The objectives of JOLT are to:

  • Enable faculty to use technology effectively in teaching and learning by learning from a community of researchers and scholars;
  • Enable academic programs to design and deploy academic technology to optimize teaching and learning;
  • Build a community around the research and scholarly use of multimedia educational resources.

JOLT welcomes papers on all aspects of the use of online multimedia educational resources for learning and teaching. Topics may include, but are not limited to: learning theory and the use of multimedia to improve student learning; instructional design theory and application; online learning and teaching initiatives; use of technology in online education; innovative online learning and teaching practices."

Journal for Asynchronous Learning Networks

"The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. Our mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning. Papers emphasizing results, backed by data are the norm. Occasionally, papers reviewing broad areas are published, including critical reviews of thematic areas. Papers useful to administrators are welcome. Entire issues are published from time-to-time around single topic or disciplinary areas. The Journal adheres to traditional standards of double-blind peer review, and authors are encouraged to provide quantitative data; currently JALN's acceptance rate is 25%. The original objective of the Journal was to establish ALN as a field by publishing articles from authoritative and reliable sources. The Journal is now a major resource for knowledge about online learning."

Journal of Computer Mediated Communication

"The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) is a web-based, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its focus is social science research on computer-mediated communication via the Internet, the World Wide Web, and wireless technologies. Within that general purview, the journal is broadly interdisciplinary, publishing work by scholars in communication, business, education, political science, sociology, media studies, information science, and other disciplines. Acceptable formats for submission include original research articles, meta-analyses of prior research, synthesizing literature surveys, and proposals for special issues."

Journal of Computing in Higher Education

"The Journal of Computing in Higher Education publishes original research, literature reviews, implementation and evaluation studies, theoretical, conceptual, and policy papers that contribute to our understanding of the issues, problems, and research associated with instructional technologies and educational environments. The journal publishes well-documented articles and provides a comprehensive source of information on instructional technology integration. Priority is given to the publication of rigorous, original manuscripts concerning research and integration of instructional technology in higher education. The journal provides perspectives on the research and integration of instructional technology in higher education."

Journal of Educators Online

"Journal of Educators Online (JEO) is an online, double-blind peer reviewed journal for instructors, policy-makers, students, and those interested in the development, delivery, and management of online courses in the Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Sciences.  The areas of pedagogy, content, technical and organizational issues are within the scope of the journal. "

Journal of Information Technology Education

"The mission of the Journal of Information Technology Education is to:

  1. improve IT education around the world by publishing high quality articles on best practices and other topics of use in improving IT education,
  2. expose the reader to a variety of epistemologies and types of articles, including primary, action, and secondary research,
  3. provide those who submit manuscripts for publication with useful, timely feedback by making the review process constructive,
  4. be for the reader the most authoritative journal on IT education, and
  5. acknowledge and embrace the diversity of teaching and learning models in use around the world"

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

"...we consider virtual worlds to be computer-based simulated environment where users interact with other users through graphic or textual representations of themselves utilizing textual chat, voice, video or other forms of communication. The term virtual worlds includes, is similar to, or is synonymous (with extensive qualifications) to the terms of virtual reality, virtual space, datascape, metaverse, virtual environment, massively multiplayer online games (MMOs or MMOGs), massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs), multi-user dungeon, domain or dimension (MUDs), MUD object oriented (MOOs), multi-user shared hack, habitat, holodeck, or hallucination (MUSHs), massively-multiuser online graphical environments, collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) or multi-user virtual environments (MUVES), and immersive virtual environments (IVEs)."

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching

"The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching (ISSN 1052-4800) is a peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences. It answers Ernest Boyer's (1990) call for a forum to present the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Journal provides a scholarly, written forum for discussion by faculty about all areas affecting teaching and learning, and gives faculty the opportunity to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about teaching."

Higher Learning

"Higher Learning is an electronic publication that focuses on technology-based teaching and learning at post-secondary institutions across Canada and the U.S. Geared to professors, administrators, and staff, Higher Learning features practical information in the form of articles, columns, reviews, application stories, case histories, and profiles. The magazine is published 6 times per year, and subscriptions are free. Current and archived issues are also available for download in PDF format. Launched in early 2001, Higher Learning emanates from the same publishers who have been producing TEACH Magazine, a premier K-12 print publication since 1992. Higher Learning is an electronic publication that focuses on technology-based teaching and learning at post-secondary institutions across Canada and the U.S. Geared to professors, administrators, and staff, Higher Learning features practical information in the form of articles, columns, reviews, application stories, case histories, and profiles. The magazine is published 6 times per year, and subscriptions are free. Current and archived issues are also available for download in PDF format. Launched in early 2001, Higher Learning emanates from the same publishers who have been producing TEACH Magazine, a premier K-12 print publication since 1992."

Learning Communities Journal

"A peer-reviewed journal published by and for faculty, faculty developers, and administrators at universities and two- and four-year colleges to share research about, experiences with, and student and faculty learning through learning communities. TheJournal provides a scholarly, written forum for discussion about all areas affecting faculty and student learning communities, and gives community participants the opportunity to share proven, innovative strategies and thoughtful, inspirational insights."

On the Horizon

"On the Horizon is the strategic planning resource for education professionals in the international post secondary and life-long learning arena. An environmental scanning journal, On the Horizon covers corporate universities, e-learning, private for-profit degree granting institutions as well as the traditional university. Areas include the business of education delivery, content and certification, as well as rules and regulations in areas such as institutions and intellectual property. On the Horizon presents a scholarly approach where footnotes and references inform rather than validate. On the Horizon is designed to meet the needs of creative professionals. On the Horizon seeks to inform educators about the challenges that they will face in a changing world and the steps that they can take to meet these challenges. On the Horizon provides an insight into how the changing face of technology is making it possible for educational institutions to form new relationships across geographic and cultural boundaries. On the Horizon is a blend of professional analysis, peer reviewed articles and reviews designed to inform the decision maker as to what may be beyond the current issues but which may impact today's decisions."