IMCL2018 11-12 October 2018, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

IMCL2018 11-12 October 2018, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Rory McGreal
Athabasca University, Canada

Why Open Educational Resources are essential for Mobile learning

The free sharing of open educational resources (OER) can be seen as essential for promoting the creation of content usable on mobile devices or in anyother learning context. OER can be effective in reducing the knowledge divide that separates and partitions societies. Educators worldwide continue to face significant challenges related to providing increased access to high quality learning, while containing or reducing costs. New developments in information technology, especially with tablets, , mobile phones and even different gaming devices, highlight the shortcomings and challenges for the traditional education community, as well as those of more flexible providers, such as open universities. Such developments have the potential to increase access and flexibility in education by rendering it ubiquitous. More recently educators are being forced to focus on the effects of “digital locks” (Technological Protection Measures) and restrictive licences that come with commercial online content and are turning to OER in order to take full advantage of the affordances of new technologies.

The Speaker

Photo of Rory McGrealRory McGreal is the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER) at Athabasca University, Canada. As such he is charged with promoting OER internationally particularly in developing nations in support of UNESCO Strategic Development Goal 4: Education for all. He is also co-Editor of IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) a leading open access scholarly journal. He is the founder of the OER Knowledge Cloud, a repository of research articles on OER. He is also the recipient of several national and international awards for open and distance learning.

Important Dates

25 Jun 2018Submission of:
(i) structured 2-page abstracts (for full papers and short papersfor the main conference
(ii) Special Session proposals
02 Jul 2018Notification of acceptance for abstracts for the main conference
Special Sessions notification and announcement
20 Aug 2018Submission of complete papers for all submission types
09 Sep 2018Notification of acceptance
10 Sep 2018Author registration deadline
17 Sep 2018Camera-ready due
11 Oct 2018IMCL2018 Conference Opening


Konstantinos Apostolou, IMCL2018 Chair
Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos, IMCL General Chair
Michael E. Auer, Steering Committee Chair

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