As co-editor of IJPBL, I am sending out a Fall update for our journal.  There are some really exciting things happening with IJPBL, and I wanted to share those out with our followers, reviewers, and editorial board.

Good morning/afternoon, colleagues and friends!

Welcome back to a new academic year and fall (for most of us).  I hope your work is rewarding and it is going smoothly. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the annual AECT conference in Louisville next month. If you are attending AECT, please stop me in the hallway and say, hello. I would like to tell you thank you for your service in person.

Exciting things are happening, so I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on IJPBL.

New Co-Editor

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Krista Glazewski (glaze@indiana.edu) has been selected as the new Co-Editor of IJPBL.  Krista is an Associate Professor at Indiana University in their Instructional Systems Technology department (http://site.educ.indiana.edu/ProfilePlaceHolder/tabid/6210/Default.aspx?u=glaze ).  Please generously welcome Krista on board!

The slate of candidates for co-editor was extremely well qualified and their expertise deep.  So, this was a difficult decision.  I would also like to thank the current and former editorial board members, who provided feedback to Peg and myself, for helping us reach a decision.

Website Upgrades

If you have not visited http://ijpbl.org recently, I highly encourage you to surf on over.  During early summer, I (Michael) worked with our publisher Purdue Press to update our site and make it more contemporary.  Purdue Press and BePress (Berkeley Electronic Press that runs & supports the publishing system) consider IJPBL to be a model for open access publishing, achieving both rigor and sustainability. So, all of the updates were provided pro bono!  Also, to increase our visibility with your colleagues, peers, and students, consider adding a tagline to your email signature for IJPBL and a link to our new site.

Volume 6, Issue 2 was just published ahead of schedule with four articles and a book review.  If you haven’t had a chance to take a look, then I encourage you to take a look at our newest published research: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/

New Features

Over the next year, we are looking to add two new features to IJPBL.  First, we will be working toward progressive publishing.  So, instead of publishing articles in an issue all at once, we will be experimenting with publishing online first and then gathering the articles together for the published issue.  This will help us take advantage of publishing to the web and open access better, as well as help authors get their works published sooner.  Be on the lookout for articles that are published online first!

Second, we are looking to add a Pedagogy or “In the Trenches” section to IJPBL.  This section would be in addition to the rigorous research we currently publish.  We are working on the guidelines over the next few weeks.  This section will represent more individual accounts of problem-based, project-based, case-based, and inquiry-based implementations.  If you have ideas about how this section may be crafted, then please forward those to me.  Also, if you or colleagues have a possible manuscript idea for this section, please let me know that as well.  We know there are folks who are experimenting with PBLs individually within courses, classes, or schools and may not be conducting rigorous evaluations, but they are learning a lot about what’s working.  We’d like to share those stories in a strategic manner.  I would love to talk with you more about this and how it might fit within our expanded publishing.

2014 Special Issue CFP

As a reminder, we are currently accepting proposals for our 2014 Special Issue on technology-supported PBL in teacher education.  This issue will be edited by Drs. Tom Brush (Indiana University) and John Saye (Auburn University).  You can find all the details by downloading the call for proposals at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/vol6/iss2/7/ .  The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2012.  Please share this with your students and colleagues and across your professional/social networks.

Recruiting Reviewers

We are currently recruiting new reviewers for IJPBL.  Our best method for recruiting reviews is from recommendations by you.  So, I would like to encourage you to recommend two (just 2!) appropriate colleagues visit http://bit.ly/ijpbl-reviewers  and sign up to review.  If everyone does this, then our pool of reviewers would grow substantially.

Here is a sample email that you can edit-copy-paste to invite your colleagues:

On behalf of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, I would like to invite you to become a consulting editor for our journal. We believe your expertise would make an excellent contribution to our journal and offer the type of quality feedback authors deserve. Each consulting editor is invited to review approximately two manuscripts per year, and you are invited to attend our annual meeting held each spring in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. Your name will also be published in our Consulting Reviewers list at the beginning of each issue.

I hope that you will consider joining our reviewers’ board. Please fill out the form below.
http://bit.ly/ijpbl-reviewers

IJPBL continues to grow, and much of this is due to your work.  So, thank you for your continued support.  Of course, if you have questions about anything we’ve described here or comments about how to better improve IJPBL, please email us directly.

Have a great day!

About Michael M Grant

Dr. Michael M. Grant is a passionate professor, researcher, and consultant. He works with faculty members, schools and universities, and districts to integrate technology meaningfully and improve teaching and learning. When 140 characters just won't work, then he blogs here at Viral-Notebook.com. He has a beautiful wife and three equally beautiful daughters, who will change the world.

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