Style Guide for Posts to the Center for Engaged Learning Blog

Content

Potential posts to the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) blog can cover a range of topics, including but not limited to: updates on Center projects; snapshots of recent publications related to Center projects; syntheses of research on engaged learning or high-impact educational practices; reflections on recent engaged learning publications; previews of in-process research on high-impact educational practices; showcases of CEL research initiatives; strategies for conducting research on student learning; or other examinations of how to do high-impact practices well, how to scale them to many students, and how students integrate their learning across multiple high-impact experiences.

Posts will be reviewed by the Center’s staff to determine if the potential post is timely, relevant to the Center’s mission, adheres to the following style guidelines, and supports the Center’s goals for its web content. The Center may request revisions and edits before the post is accepted.

Guidelines

Posts should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Posts should be 500-1000 words long. Longer posts may be considered as a two-part series, if the content merits additional space and lends itself to division into two parts.
  • Post titles should be 5-7 words long and descriptive of the post content.
  • Posts should be written in active voice, using clear, concise language and short paragraphs.
  • Sources should be integrated
    • As in-text links when possible, or
    • As parenthetical citations with corresponding entries in a references list. The preferred citation style is APA, modified to include authors’ full first names in the references list entries.
  • Authors should include a relevant image (e.g., a photo of a research site or research team described in the post, an illustrative figure, etc.), when possible. Images should be submitted as separate files (preferably .JPGs), not embedded in the text of the post. Only use Creative Commons images or images that you created or have permission to use, and always credit image authors (e.g. Image Credit: Author Name).
  • Authors should include information for a byline: their name, their institutional affiliation and position, and their preferred email for correspondence about the post

Submission Process

Email your post to Jessie L. Moore (jmoore28@elon.edu) and include “CEL Blog Post” in the subject line. Jessie will confirm receipt, typically within 48 hours, and will notify you of the review decision about the submission, typically within 2 weeks. If a submission is accepted, Jessie also will indicate when the post is scheduled for publication on www.centerforengagedlearning.org.

Reach & Citation

CEL’s website averages over 700 visitors each month, with readers accessing the site from around the globe (over 60 countries and counting). We anticipate that readership will continue to grow as CEL becomes more established.

Blog posts can be cited as follows:

APA

Author’s Last Name, Initials. (Year, Month Day). Blog post title [Web log post]. Retrieved from URL.

Example:

Moore, J. L. (2014, October 14). Fostering institutional and multi-institutional research [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.centerforengagedlearning.org/fostering-institutional-and-multi-institutional-research/

MLA

Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Blog post title.” Web blog post. Center for Engaged Learning. Elon University. Day Month Year of Publication. Web. Day Month Year of Access.

Example:

Felten, Peter. “High quality high-impact practices.” Web blog post. Center for Engaged Learning. Elon University. 30 May 2013. Web. 21 July 2015.