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.
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.
Jen Cunningham, Kent State University
Dr. Jennifer M. Cunningham is an associate professor of English and the Writing Program Coordinator at Kent State University. Currently, she is investigating the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework as it applies to online writing instruction. Along with her research team (Mary K. Stewart, Lyra Hilliard, and Natalie Stillman-Webb), she was awarded a 2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award and has related articles in Composition Forum (2022) and College Composition and Communication (forthcoming). Her independent work has been published in Online Learning and Written Communication.
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.
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.