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

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

Rory McGreal
Kaleidoscope Learning & Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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.

David Guralnick
Kaleidoscope Learning & Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

How Mobile Technology Can Change the Way We Think about Education and Training

Advances in mobile technology not only allow people to learn in different locations than in the past, but have the ability to significantly alter the types of learning and skill-related experiences that are possible. New models of learning and performance can take advantage of mobile technology to allow learning experiences to occur anywhere. Further, new technologies such as augmented reality can allow experiences that go far beyond traditional learning. In workplace learning, mobile technologies increase the opportunities for exceptional just-in-time performance support experiences, thus reducing the need for traditional workplace training.

This talk will cover ways in which we can employ mobile technologies to redefine the types of experiences we create for education, training, and performance purposes, along with design principles and processes that can increase the likelihood that new methods are accepted and successful.

The Speaker

Photo of David GuralnickDavid Guralnick holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where his work synthesized concepts from the fields of computer science, instructional design, and cognitive psychology. He has served as an e-learning designer and consultant to companies ranging from multinational and Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences; founder of the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace; Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Advanced Corporate Learning; President of the International E-Learning Association; Chair of the International E-Learning Awards; and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. His work has been featured in Wired magazine, Training magazine (as an Editor's Choice), and the Wall Street Journal, and he is the recipient of numerous e-learning design awards.

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
26 Aug 2018Submission of complete papers for all submission types
09 Sep 2018Notification of acceptance
18 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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