About This Issue

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This special issue on student engagement concludes EQ’s first year totally online. What an amazing year it has been! The authors and EQ Review Committee members met new challenges, creating and evaluating varied media in addition to text submissions while continuing to deliver the high-quality, practical content you expect of EQ. Many, many thanks to all of them for their hard work and dedication. Once again, their successful efforts have resulted in an immediately useful, entertaining issue, with a focus on building online communities with social media, student engagement in and out of the classroom, and technical tools to support faculty innovation.

The end of the year is also the perfect opportunity to thank the thoughtful columnists who added their voices on topics of interest and importance to the higher education IT community throughout 2009:

In 2010 a new set of columnists will join EQ to cover new topics:

The themes for the 2010 issues of EQ, which align with those for EDUCAUSE Review, have also been decided:

  • The Future of Higher Education
  • Cloud Computing
  • Learning Environments
  • Student Retention

The dates for submissions targeting each issue are available in the online EQ author’s guide, and articles on other topics relevant to readers are welcome at any time — accepted articles will be published in the first available issue following peer review. (Shorter opinion pieces go through editorial review.)

I am happy to talk through ideas with you, whether you are interested in sharing your experience with your colleagues through publishing in EQ or would like to join the EQ Review Committee (which is a one-year commitment). Feel free to contact me at [email protected] to start a conversation. Suggestions for topics or ways to improve EQ are always welcome.

Please also consider also adding your comments, which you can do at the bottom of each article’s web page. Doing so allows you to reach the entire EQ audience immediately with your reactions to the authors’ ideas and suggestions for other resources or further research.

Thank you for your participation in EQ as the journal moved to online publication in 2009. I look forward to our continued collaboration and wish all of you a happy and successful 2010!