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About the Journal
The CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) invites submissions to Exchanges: The On-line Journal of Teaching and Learning in the CSU. The electronic journal provides a medium for CSU faculty to engage in an exchange of their scholarly and creative work related to teaching and learning in CSU courses and programs. The journal has recently undergone an online conversion from its original print format, appointed a new editorial board, and instituted a peer-review process.
Early last year, ITL Director, Carol Holder, facing restrictions imposed by the print medium, decided to move the ITL newsletter, Exchanges, online to reach more readers and present more timely information. In the printed newsletter, ITL could not publish long articles or include many photographs or illustrations. "I considered the limitations that the cost put on what we could publish," Holder explains, "and I saw the online format as a searchable, more cost-effective, more interactive medium that would allow us to reach a broader readership. Also, with the rapidly expanding interest nationally in the scholarship of teaching, I wanted to provide a better forum to promote and disseminate such work by my CSU colleagues."
Expanding the CSU effort to promote excellence in teaching is at the heart of the ITL mission, and Exchanges is but one ITL strategy for encouraging faculty involvement in improving teaching and learning. ITL also sponsors symposia, conferences, and the annual Teacher-Scholar Summer Institute, a program offering a series of faculty workshops. The new online Exchanges allows ITL to announce these and other events that are important to CSU faculty. In the Calendar of Events and Opportunities, for example, ITL broadcasts timely (and frequently updated) Calls for Papers, Requests For Proposals, conference and workshop notices, systemwide announcements, and ITL-sponsored events.
Unlike the print version, Exchanges online will be able to post last-minute changes to previously announced deadlines and event schedules, thereby providing a more useful, reliable service to faculty. CSU Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit their upcoming events to the
Exchanges calendar by contacting the journal at
Exchanges supports an ongoing conversation about teaching and learning, two foundational values of the CSU system. "With Exchanges," explains David S. Spence, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Co-Chair of the ITL Advisory Board, "We are seeking to foster informed reflection on teaching and learning in the CSU, and to encourage faculty to present their discoveries to their colleagues in order to further this developing field of knowledge." So as to include as many faculty as possible in this dialogue Exchanges articles have a broad appeal to faculty across the range of disciplines, and address both the more common and some emerging teaching and learning concerns in the California State University system.
Exchanges research articles (up to 3,500 words) are subjected to anonymous peer review by CSU faculty selected for their familiarity with the discipline or issue. While peer-reviewed articles anchor the journal, Exchanges also features shorter works (up to 1,500 words) in reports from the classroom, position papers, media reviews, and creative productionsall penned by CSU faculty and juried by members of the nine-member Exchanges Editorial Board, composed of CSU faculty and ITL staff.
This year's board members are Mary Allen (CSU Bakersfield), Nancy Page Fernandez (Cal Poly, Pomona), David Frank (CSU Fresno), Patrick Kenealy (CSU Long Beach), Thomas Nolan (Sonoma State), Sorel Reisman (CSU Fullerton), Alayne Sullivan (CSU San Bernardino), and Carol Holder (ITL). Together, the two review processes strengthen the precision and ensure the quality of CSU-generated scholarship. Faculty will appreciate Exchanges' short editorial review cycle (six to eight weeks in most cases), which is conducted entirely online. In fact, all journal correspondence takes place onlinefrom collecting manuscripts to calling for reviewers, receiving reviews, and communicating editorial decisions to the authors.
ITL invites CSU faculty to submit their teaching- and learning-related articles and creative works at any time to Exchanges, which adds new articles to the website on an ongoing basis. "For the research articles department," explained ITL Director Holder, "we are particularly interested in reports of classroom research (quantitative or qualitative), investigative or experimental work, library research, and other kinds of scholarship on teaching and learning in the CSU."
In the inaugural edition, authors share innovative teaching strategies, such as CSU Hayward Professor Tom Bensky's on-line, in-class quiz system, which he uses to assess student learning in a Physics course. CSU Bakersfield Professor Jeffrey Mason explains his quarter-long role-playing game, through which students learn the real-world concerns of a theater production company. A Gallery essay by San Francisco State University Professor, Arthur Asa Berger reminds faculty to be sensitive to the learner's needs, and to use patience, precision, and creativity in teaching.
In the Viewpoints department, San Francisco State University Professor Jonathan Middlebrook critiques the assessment movement in a sonnet, and CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Lorie Roth's analysis of selected academic novels reveals that teaching is understood to be a private activity. She suggests that we can improve teaching by making it the topic of scholarly discussion. Readers can respond to the articles in an on-line discussion that provides the valuable feedback element of the scholarship process.
For a brochure explaining the departments, submission process, and technical requirements, or if you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact Exchanges at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 951-4752, or visit the Exchanges website.
ITL thanks the editor and publisher of the CSU Fullerton The Senate Forum for the permission to reproduce this article, which originally appeared as "Peer-Reviewed Research Opportunity" in the The Senate Forum XVI (1) Winter 2001.