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