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Aims & Scope

The TxDLA Journal of Distance Learning (TxDLA-JDL) is a blind peer-reviewed, open-access, and continuous publication for original manuscripts with emphasis on the body of knowledge in the areas of educational practice in distance learning in either educational institutions or community settings. This ensures the cross-disciplinarian nature of the journal.

The purpose of the TxDLA-JDL is to demonstrate effective research utilizing diverse methodological designs and approaches in educational settings, preschools to graduate schools, as well as community settings, with an emphasis on how learning can be facilitated. This journal provides useful examples for distance learning scholar-practitioners on developing valid studies within local and applied settings. TxDLA-JDL is published by the Texas Distance Learning Association. It is hosted in ScholarWorks by Stephen F. Austin State University.

Manuscripts represent research-based studies: submissions utilize standard research techniques with appropriate analyses utilizing quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods paradigms, as well as action-based research. The submissions are expected to demonstrate rigorous research leading to new findings and understandings in any educational or community setting. Submission topics must relate to distance learning. Research articles, including all references, tables, and figures, should be 3,500-5,000 words and should not exceed 7,000 words. Submissions that significantly exceed this limit will not be accepted for review. Tables and figures are encouraged, and they should be placed within the text, not at the end. By submitting to TxDLA-JDL, the authors agree to the submission of their article to "Turnitin" for the sole purpose of detecting plagiarism.

In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, TxDLA-JDL does not charge submission or any other form of author fees.

The following types of submissions are accepted in the TxDLA-JDL:

  • Research Articles (Peer-Reviewed) - Original findings resulting from quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research, as well as action research, should be submitted for this section. Program evaluations of various distance learning strategies and programs are welcomed. Program evaluations need to be outcomes of quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research. Articles on best practices and useful approaches to challenges encountered by distance learning practitioners should be research-based.
  • Book Reviews - This section will provide a forum for description and critical evaluation of the quality, effectiveness and value of recently published books.

  • Editorial and Commentary - Includes editors’ reflections on a topic or introduction to the current issue.

Publisher
TxDLA-JDL is published by the Texas Distance Learning Association.

Editors
Marie-Anne Mundy, Ph. D. - Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Mickey Slimp, Ed. D. - Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities

Managing Editors
Michelle Durán, Ph. D. - Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Randy McDonald, Ed. D. - Stephen F. Austin State University