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CHARLES TOWN, WV -

Melissa Layne, director of research methodology for American Public University, part of American Public University System, has been named chief editor of Internet Learning, a peer-reviewed journal produced in conjunction with the Policy Studies Organization.

Layne will work in collaboration with Phil Ice, vice president, research and development; Patricia Campbell, associate vice president and dean of graduate studies; Frank McCluskey, founding editor and scholar in residence; and Fred Stielow, vice president and dean of library and educational materials.

The journal, which recently published its second issue, features papers on all aspects of electronic learning and the challenges and dilemmas it presents. Topics include innovative learning and teaching practices, instructional design and the use of technology and multimedia resources. 

Layne earned her doctorate in reading from Sam Houston University and has a master's in curriculum and instruction from University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Her research agenda includes topics on student retention, adaptive and personalized learning, multi-user virtual environments, self-paced instructional design and implementation, informal learning and quality assurance. 

Her work has been covered in 30 peer-reviewed journal publications, five book chapters and 35 presentations. She also serves on the advisory council for the New Media Consortium and on the editorial board for the journal Internet and Higher Education.

American Public University System offers 87 online degree programs.