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OLOR Effective Practices

The goal of OLOR Effective Practices is to publish relatively brief and practical pedagogical strategies. Busy online literacy teachers can read an OLOR EP publication and, within a few days, try out a strategy out for themselves.

The OLOR is organized to reflect the principles created by the NCTE Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction committee. To learn more about these principles you can click here. To see listings of OLOR Effective Practices sorted according to the principles, go to the Browse OLOR Effective Practices page.

Recent Additions to OLOR Effective Practices


"New OLOR Publication! 'Supervising Team Projects Effectively in an Online Writing Course" by Theresa M. Evans. OLOR Effective Practices

"New OLOR Publication! 'Using Think-aloud Protocols to Model Metacognitive Reading Strategies" by Charlotte Asmuth. OLOR Effective Practices

Submit for Publication


We encourage potential authors to browse OLOR Effective Practices to see what has already been publish.  Please see some of the pieces already published on the site to get a sense of style, scope, and aim.

OLOR publications are peer reviewed and authors will receive mentoring assistance by the editors. We encourage submissions that make creative use of multimedia, including screen shots and video captures. We like ideas that are fresh and that might provide a new teaching strategy or technique, even for seasoned online writing instructors.

To submit for publication in the OLORplease download and complete THIS FORM.
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OLOR Effective Practices Editorial Board

 Jason Snart, College of DuPage, OLOR Effective Practices Editor

Jason Snart is Professor of English at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and Chair of Literature, Creative Writing, and Film. He teaches composition, creative writing, and literature courses in a variety of modes, including online, hybrid, and face-to-face. His research and publishing focuses primarily on hybrid teaching, learning, and development. His most recent book, Making Hybrids Work: An Institutional Framework for Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education, was published in 2016 by NCTE.

Michael Madson, University of South Carolina

Michael Madson is an assistant professor in the Writing Center and Center for Academic Excellence at the Medical University of South Carolina. His areas of expertise are online teaching, technical and scientific communication, and second language literacies.

Jude Miller, University of Rowan

Jude Miller holds a faculty position in Rowan University's Writing Arts Department, where he primarily teaches FYW and technical and professional writing courses. In 2017 he received Rowan University’s College of Communication and Creative Arts Excellence in Service Award, and in 2019 he received an institutional grant to replace required textbooks in FYW courses with free, online Open Educational Resources. He has created the curriculum for Rowan’s First-Year Writing Program’s online and hybrid courses. His recent conference presentations include the 2019 CCCC OWI Workshop, the 2019 GSOLE conference, and the 2020 OWI Community Symposium. He is also the Membership and Communication Officer for GSOLE. In addition to his work with GSOLE, he serves as the At-Large Member of the CCCC OWI Standing Group, where he primarily coordinates the working groups.

Heidi Skurat Harris, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Heidi Skurat Harris is currently an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Online Writing Instruction. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, specializing in computer-mediated instruction, from Ball State University (BSU). Harris earned an MA in Creative Writing (Ball State), an MA in Writing (Rhetoric and Composition) from Missouri State University (MSU), and a BA in English from College of the Ozarks. She served on Conference on College Composition and Communication's Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction (2013-2016). Harris currently teaches technical writing, creative nonfiction, and rhetorical theory at UALR. Her publications focus primarily on research and theory related to online writing instruction.

OLOR Effective Practices Production Team

Brendan Hawkins, Assistant Content Curator

Brendan Hawkins is a PhD candidate at Florida State University, where he teaches first and second-year composition courses as well as rhetorical history in FSU’s Editing, Writing, and Media major. He also works as an assistant director for the College Composition Program. Brendan’s academic interests span rhetorical genre studies, faculty development (for both onsite and remote instruction), rhetorical histories, and writing program administration.

Dan Seward, GSOLE Lead Content Curator

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