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  • 7 Oct 2022 7:33 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    The GSOLE Annual Conference, "Visions and Sites of Online Literacy Education", will be held online and live on February 3, 2023.  

    Click here if you would like to submit a proposal for a presentation at the conference! 

  • 4 Oct 2022 12:35 PM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    The 2022-2023 GSOLE Webinar Series November Event

    2022-2023 Webinar Series Globalising literacies: Fostering engagement and innovation in HyFlex instruction During the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education stakeholders scrambled to develop processes for effective online learning. Some of these processes drew on established practices; many did not. In this webinar, presenters will provide an active forum for faculty, staff, and administrators to reflect on digital practices enacted before, during, and after the pandemic. Throughout, participants will consider what positionalities and factors influence how administrators, faculty, students, and other stakeholders define “digital ethics" and identify the results of the rapid shift to online and hybrid learning in their contexts. Facilitators will then share ethically sound strategies for addressing digital teaching and learning practices, using our work with eportfolios to offer several exemplary cases. REGISTER TODAY:

    Register Here:

  • 30 Sep 2022 10:38 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

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    GSOLE  Call for Volunteers

    WHY volunteer your time with GSOLE? Members decide to volunteer for GSOLE for lots of reasons: establishing a professional network, expanding leadership skills, or building a CV or resume. No matter the personal reasons, GSOLE volunteers are vital to the organization’s mission of providing support and resources for educators and administrators in today’s digital learning environments

    WHO should volunteer? GSOLE welcomes any member interested in one of our open positions, including those who consider themselves non-experts. You’ll find support and collegiality across the organization. If you’ve always wanted to get more involved, now is the time.

    Digital Platforms Manager

    GSOLE is seeking a current member to serve as our Digital Platforms Manager. This is a two-year appointment that can be renewed with approval of the Executive Board. Some experience in setting up accounts services and modifying web pages is expected, but not necessarily in the context of an organization. The position entails about 10 hours of monthly volunteer time:

    • Monitor the <> email account.

    • Lead one or more online committee meetings each month.

    • Manage and maintain organizational accounts on all our digital platforms (especially Wild Apricot, Google Suites, Zoom, and various social media platforms), including setting up access for other volunteers and members.

    • Coordinate technical support for organizational activities taking place on GSOLE’s digital platforms, including preparing or setting up digital platforms for use by GSOLE programs (e.g., conferences, webinars, etc.) and responding to requests for assistance in accessing, using, and participating in GSOLE’s events, resources, and programs.

    • Work with the Digital GSOLE Committee and Lead Content Curator to establish policies and procedures for using and maintaining GSOLE’s operational data (e.g., member records, invoices, etc.), public and administrative web pages, and digital assets (e.g., archives, articles, etc.).

    • Help update and develop the organization’s website by collaborating with the Lead Content Curator, Membership Officer, Communication Officer, and assistant Content Curators, and other officers or committee chairs.

    • Research and recommend the acquisition of new digital technologies to further GSOLE’s overall mission of inclusive online literacy education.

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    OLOR Reader/Reviewers

    GSOLE is seeking Reader/Reviewers for all two of its publications: Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE), and OLOR Reviews. Duties for this role include an estimated 20 hours of service per year:

    • Responding to drafts within one month of submission assignment with a maximum of 3 assignments per year.

    • Providing marginal feedback throughout the submission with specific questions and items for revision.

    • Making recommendations for accepting, rejecting, or accepting with revisions.

    • Communicating with the Editor and/or the Editorial Board as needed.

    • Working with authors to revise as needed.

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email one of the following:

    Copy Editors

    GSOLE is seeking TWO dedicated Copy Editors who will perform copy editing across the three publications. Duties for this role include an estimated 8-10 hours of service per month:

    • Responding to drafts within one month of submission assignment

    • Tracking changes of any copy edits for final approval by authors

    • Applying your knowledge of APA citation, consistent formatting, and paragraph- and sentence-level clarity to in-process manuscripts

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    Content Curators

    GSOLE is seeking TWO Content Curators who will be responsible for adding and updating publication content to the GSOLE website. Duties for this role include an estimated 8-10 hours per month:

    • Posting submissions to the website according to each publication’s guidelines within one month of submission assignment.

    • Creating technically accessible digital content from Word processor documents.

    • Communicating as needed with all stakeholders: editors, authors, other content curators of the GSOLE website.

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    Webinar Committee Members 

    GSOLE is seeking members of the Webinar Committee to help plan and implement the yearly webinar series alongside the current co-chairs. Members of this committee could commit to the following:

    • Writing and disseminating a yearly call for proposals

    • Reviewing and responding to proposals

    • Planning the webinar schedule

    • Promoting webinars across platforms

    • Working with webinar presenters to plan webinar activities

    • Maintaining the webinar website and repository

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    Ad-Hoc Committee for GSOLE Policy Writing/Revising

    GSOLE is seeking to create an ad-hoc committee to review and recommend various policies for our by-laws (see Article IV, Section 2.1 of our by-laws). We’ve grown a lot over the past few years, so this is an important area for the organization as we continue to grow. Members of this committee would commit to the following:

    • Reviewing existing policies and recommending updates

    • Researching and recommending new policies

  • 26 Sep 2022 5:41 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Dear GSOLE Members,

    We are excited to announce this year's webinar series, "Globalizing literacies: Fostering engagement and innovation in HyFlex instruction." In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinars team is welcoming our increasingly hybrid-flexible "new normal" literacies instruction with the following webinar opportunities:

    • Considering digital ethics in post-pandemic pedagogy and curricula: The case of e-portfolios, presented by Kristina Hoeppner, Megan Mize, Sarah Zurhellen, and Kevin Kelly (November 7, 2022, 5:00–6:30 pm ET)
    • Blurring the edges: Using messaging programs to enable and extend class interactions, presented by Stephen David Grover (date/time in February, 2023 TBA)
    • Reflective writing in HyFlex instruction: From gaining self-knowledge and identity to building empathy and a safe learning community, presented by Kitty Burroughs (March 31, 2023, 4:00–5:30 pm ET)
    • Creating flexible learning support for open-access teaching in a digital age, presented by Joanne Baird Giordano and Cassandra Phillips (date/time in May, 2023 TBA)

    Webinars and webinar recordings are free to all GSOLE members. Please be on the lookout for information regarding registration for our first session on November 7, 2022.

    We look forward to seeing you online!

    Best regards,

    The GSOLE Webinar Team

    Jennifer Burke Reifman (

    Caitlin Field (

  • 21 Sep 2022 1:10 PM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    *Due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, the September 30 virtual workshop, "Turning the Page: Notes Towards Mindfulness, Motivation and Meaningful Work at HBCU Writing Centers and Programs", has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 12.*

    GSOLE Colleagues,

    The AWAC Mentoring Committee is excited to announce our first fall virtual workshop, “Turning the Page: Notes Towards Mindfulness, Motivation, and Meaningful Work at HBCU Writing Centers and Programs,” Friday, September 30th at 12 p.m. U.S. Eastern/11 a.m. U.S. Central/ 10 a.m. U.S. Mountain/ 9 a.m. U.S. Pacific, presented by Dr. Kendra Mitchell, Dr. Robert Randolph, Jr., and Amber Lunderman. As part of our affiliation with GSOLE, AWAC welcomes GSOLE members to join us for one of our virtual workshops each year.

    Workshop Overview

    Drawing upon their award-winning 2018 International Writing Center Association keynote address, the presenters will discuss the strategies and techniques they employ in their writing programs to promote mindfulness, motivation, and meaningful work at HBCUs. They are exploring this meaningful work of mindful motivation in the HBCU writing centers as makerspaces. First, they will talk about practical mindfulness techniques that help to decrease anxiety, track intentionality, and promote reflection. Then, they will discuss the intersections of African American Language (AAL) and Edited American English (EAE) to provide students with a sense of agency and motivation. Lastly, they will speak about how writing ecologies, including writing centers, help promote a sense of meaningful work that extends beyond writing assignments.

    For more information and to register, visit the Events page on the AWAC website.

    Speaker Bios

    Kendra Mitchell (she/her), is Director of Composition at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she has taught composition, literature, and historical linguistics. She serves as an Executive Committee member for NCTE and was also appointed to the NCTE Committee for Change, a social justice-driven committee. Her research interests include the intersections of translanguaging, writing center studies, and Black ways of knowing. Dr. Mitchell’s writing center scholarship can be found in the Writing Center Journal, Praxis Journal, and several book collections. Her current scholarship includes mapping geospatial, social, and multimodal circulation of Black identities and culture at/as HBCUs found in her forthcoming co-edited special issue in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Transdisciplinarity @HBCUs: (Re)Writing Black Futures beyond the Margins, and her forthcoming HBCU writing center co-edited collection, Makin’ A Way Outta No Way: HBCUs, Writing Centers, & Antiracism.

    Robert Randolph, Jr., PhD (he/him), is Director of The Writing Center at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. His research and teaching interests include 20th- and 21st-century African American literature and cultural production, socio-cultural foundations of education, and Black feminist and queer rhetorics and pedagogies. His notable publications include “The Queer Poetics of Social Justice: Literacy, Affect(ion), and the Critical Pedagogical Imperative” and “Shifting the Talk: Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Feminism at HBCUs.”

    Amber Lunderman (she/hers) is a Fall 2021 graduate of Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She currently works as a tutor in the FAMU Writing Resource Center and as a Marketing Assistant for Anhinga Press in Tallahassee. During her senior year, Amber was a student editor for FAMU’s literary Journal, CaKe, an experience which inspired her to want to pursue a post-graduate degree in Publishing. She will be attending Rosemont College in spring of 2023 where she will be on a quest to obtain a double degree in Publishing and Creative Writing. Amber is a lover of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and historical fiction.

    Questions? Please contact AWAC Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs Lindsay Clark ( and Amy Cicchino (

  • 20 Sep 2022 4:35 PM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    In this brand new English Journal article (September 2022), Troy Hicks and Kristen Hawley Turner challenge us to actually integrate digital literacy strategies into our online teaching. They point out that simply making digital tools available to learners does not change how they participate in learning. They advocate that we “move beyond translating comfortable pedagogies into online spaces and, instead, focus on developing authentic literacy practices” (p. 86). A great feature of this article is Troy’s and Kristen’s retrospective on previous articles they and others have done on digital literacies. The article includes tangible, detailed examples of how to support learners’ digital literacies in the online settings that have become so familiar to us all.  

    Turner, K. H., & Hicks, T. (2022). Digital literacy (still) can’t wait: Renewing and reframing the conversation. English Journal, 112(1), 86-93

  • 3 Aug 2022 9:50 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Announcing the 2022-2023 GSOLE Professional Development and Certification Offerings

    Global Society of Online Literacy Educators is excited to announce its 2022-2023 professional development offerings! We believe online instructors need time, support, and guidance to teach effectively and confidently in online spaces.

    These month-long asynchronous courses are designed and facilitated by online literacy scholars for online writing educators in secondary writing courses, first-year writing programs, technical writing courses, writing-intensive disciplinary courses, or reading/writing tutoring centers or studios. Each course includes the discussion of OLI theory and scholarship and the development of an OLI artifact that shows your ability to apply the theory in local practice.

    You can take these courses individually as the topics interest you or earn the Basic OLI Certificate by completing all eight courses and an OLI ePortfolio. Learn more registration options on the GSOLE Certification and Professional Development Course webpage

    Want to talk more? Reach out to certification administrators, Dr. Kevin DePew ( and Dr. Amy Cicchino ( or attend our one-hour “Getting Started with GSOLE Certification” webinar

  • 11 Jul 2022 7:46 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    The GSOLE 2022 Online Conference, "Visions and Sites of Online Literacy Education", is now available to view via the Conference Archive page! 

    The GSOLE Conference was held online on January 28, 2022 (#gsole2022).  

    Please follow this link to explore the conference, see presentations and view materials.  (

  • 6 Jul 2022 2:40 PM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    2022–2023 Webinars: Call for Presenters

    The Global Society of Online Literacy Educators, an organization dedicated to supporting hybrid and online teacher-scholars and tutors, invites you to submit proposals for our upcoming Webinar Series:

    Globalising literacies:
    Fostering engagement and innovation in HyFlex instruction.

    GSOLE's webinars are designed to spark conversation, provide professional development, share ideas, and build community. Webinar recordings are made available to GSOLE members in an online archive, and webinar leaders are encouraged to transform their webinar topics into ROLE or OLOR publications. We welcome proposals that include a single webinar leader or a group of 2-3 leaders.

    As students and staff start trickling back to campus, instructors need to consider how to adapt pedagogy to the “new normal.” Students have had a taste of remote and flexible learning, and universities worldwide are adapting to the potential of a global student market. For those students for whom time demands and travel are difficult (if not impossible), online learning will likely become an important way to access higher education.

    Universities are increasingly calling for instructors to engage in hybrid flexible – “HyFlex” – learning, providing synchronous teaching to students who attend both in person and online. While this is an important step to improving students’ ability to attend classes, it requires instructors to understand, plan, and leverage multiple communication points and technological tools. It carries a number of implications for equity, both in terms of students’ access to technological resources and impacts on instructors’ planning time. While we have always invited individuals to discuss hybrid instruction, this year, we would like to focus exclusively on scholarship around practical solutions for HyFlex instruction.

    *Submit your proposal via email to by Friday, July 29th.

    *Deadline for proposals has been extedned to August 19, 2022. 

    These hour-long webinars are designed to bring literacy educators together for conversations about a range of issues, including, but not limited to:

    • Globalization of the face-to-face learning space through technology
    • Innovative use(s) of technology in HyFlex teaching
    • Issues related to equity and access where significant technological variability may exist
    • Transcending barriers between online and face-to-face students in a globalised, synchronous hybrid environment
    • Strengths-based teaching – leveraging the affordances of diversity in a synchronous hybrid environment
    • Writing center pedagogies and HyFlex instruction – globalising writing workshops, discussion groups, and writing consultations
    • Humanizing the digital environment
    • “Practical” HyFlex – approaches for streamlining planning and instruction and engaging all students
    • Hybrid course design that emphasises support for diverse student cohorts (e.g., HyFlex teaching at the intersection of disability studies or linguistic diversity)
    • Inclusive and equity-based methods & methodologies for research on HyFlex instruction

    The 2022–2023 series will include four webinars, tentatively scheduled for November, February, and March, and May. In your proposal, please include the following:

    1. Webinar Title
    2. Webinar Leader(s) name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and a brief bio
    3. The preferred month(s) in which you would like to hold your webinar (e.g. offer a ranked list or indicate if one month(s) is not possible)
    4. A 500-word description that includes: 
    • What topics the webinar will cover
    • Ways in which the webinar will be interactive
    • How this webinar will benefit online literacy educators

    Upon acceptance, you will work with the co-chairs to schedule your webinar. You will meet (virtually) with the co-chairs one month in advance of your webinar, and then again a few days prior to the webinar, to coordinate logistics. The co-chairs will provide technical support and are happy to help you prepare for the webinar. Presenters are also encouraged to to transform webinars into publications for GSOLE’s OLOR or ROLE.

    If you have questions about the proposal process or would like to submit a proposal, please contact us at

  • 22 Jun 2022 10:28 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    The Global Society of Online Literacy Educators is proud to announce new Elected Officers and Board Members.  

    Thank you to all the outgoing Elected Officers and Board Members. Your service to GSOLE has made this organization a leader in Online Literacy Education.  Please accept our humble thanks and gratitude.  

    More details (updated soon) can be found here.(


    Dan Seward - Immediate Past President

    Cat Mahaffey - President

    Amy Cicchino - Vice President

    Meghan Velez - Secretary

    Beatrice Newman - At-Large Board Member

    Wonderful Faison - At-Large Board Member

    Kenna Grove - At-Large Board Member


    Dan Seward - President (new incoming Immediate Past President)

    Cat Mahaffey - Vice President (new incoming President)

    Jennifer Burke Reifman - Secretary

    Pavel Zemliansky - At-Large Board Member

    Meghan Velez - At-Large Board Member (new incoming Secretary)

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