> Hi Janet
> Thanks for posting your call for papers for the special issue on OER
> for the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks on the WikiEducator
> Given the dedicated focus on OER, would the Sloan Consortium consider
> releasing this issue of the Journal under a free content license
> (ideally meeting the requirements of the free culural works
> While JALN is an open access journal -- I see from the copyright
> statement of the journal that all rights are reserved
> Many OER practitioners working in the free culture would not consider
> this to qualify as an open education resource.
> Hoping the JALN will review their licensing for this special issues.
> On May 22, 10:39 am, "jmo...-9rJG2Md651hLMb8EguTFfkB+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org
> <jmo... <at> sloanconsortium.org
> > Please share with colleagues:http://tinyurl.com/jaln-OER
> > The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks invites submission of
> > papers for a special issue focusing on Open Educational Resources
> > (OERs). OERs are learning materials that are made publically available
> > for free to be used, modified, and redistributed in original or
> > modified form.
> > Online education and Open Educational Resources are strongly
> > interconnected developments that have both have been driven by the
> > growth of connectivity and content on the Web. In addition, online
> > education is a natural environment for both creation and use of OERs.
> > The growing collection of OERs provides an extensive and varied source
> > of educational material that has great potential to enrich online
> > education.
> > But OERs are not without issues and challenges. Reward systems for
> > instructors do not usually encourage broad sharing of instructional
> > resources. Finding the right resource, at the right level, and with
> > the right packaging can be difficult. Quality is uneven, and quality
> > control is not well-developed. Intellectual property issues are
> > complex and not always well understood. In spite of these and other
> > issues, the same forces that are carrying online education forward
> > also seem to be creating momentum for OERs and it seems clear that
> > developments in this area have just begun.
> > As the era of social media unfolds, the nature of OERs will change.
> > The notion of an educational resource as static and having a single
> > author seems likely to fade away. In the era of Wikipedia, the notion
> > of large scale collaborative construction and sharing of OERs seems
> > likely rather than far-fetched.
> > This special issue will explore the phenomenon of Open Educational
> > Resources. Papers should present a research study, an analysis, or
> > detailed case study of OERs, including data where possible. Papers
> > might focus on the evolution, present situation, or expected future of
> > OERs including implications for online education where appropriate.
> > Greg Hislop will serve as guest editor for this special issue.
> > Submission Deadline: June 15, 2010. To submit a paper, please review
> > JALN guidelines and submit papers tohttp://jaln.sloanconsortium.org/
> > Greg Hislop of Drexel University and Heidi Ellis of Western New
> > England College will serve as guest co-editors for this special issue.
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