Call for Presentations: PhD Symposium on the Digitalisation of Universities on 12 July

The call for presentations is now open for the PhD Symposium on the “Digitalisation of Universities in the Future” on 12 July 2017. It is part of the Universities of the Future Research Network meeting in Hagen, Germany, 11 – 13 July 2017. The call for presentations is open until 30 April 2017. PhD students are invited to present on their research in areas that relate to the digitalisation of universities. Students will present to a panel of experts in e-learning and receive feedback. Presentations can be done in-person or online. Please take advantage of this opportunity to present your research-in-progress.

For more information, visit the website: http://unifuture.network/2017/03/02/call-presentations-phd-symposium/

Seminar: Future of eLearning

UOC organised a face-to-face and online research seminar on The future of e-learning on 16 September 2016, presented by Dr Terry Anderson. These are my notes from the seminar:

Part A: Future of eLearning

Background

  • There are many predictions of the future of elearning, but we wanted to look at the implications for future learning.
  • Definition: E-learning is a combination of methods, structures and networked electronic tools orchestrated into systems that bring about, or are intended to bring about, learning.
  • E-learning will be in ascendancy in the next decade.
  • For traditional universities moving into e-learning, most of the takers are current students, not distance students.
  • There is growth in investments in elearning.
  • Number of MOOCs have kept increasing, and more are being offered as self-paced.
  • eLearning is not only institutional, almost everything online is an opportunity for learning, either deliberately (Wikipedia, Youtube) or as a side-effect (email, Facebook).
  • Online, almost everyone can be a teacher and a learner.

Reviewing the Edinburgh Scenarios

The Edinburgh Scenarios (Bell & Stewart, 2004)

  • Virtually vanilla – move online, but institutions and pedagogies do not change. Examples: blended learning, LMS, recorded lectures, MOOCs.
  • Back to the future – rejection of elearning, and return to face-to-face. Examples: ban of mobile devices.
  • Web of confidence – expand and enhance opportunities for formal and informal learning. Examples: Wikipedia, Learning analytics
  • U Choose – move beyond schools and universities, focus on own learning. Examples: DIY learning, makerspaces, Youtube, open badges.

Part B: Generations of Distance Education Pedagogy

Three Generations of Distance Education

  • Cognitive-behaviourial (instructivist)
  • Social constructivist
  • Connectivist

The Fourth Generation of Distance Education

  • Learning analytics – traces of learning activity to help teachers and students
  • Collective technologies – the crowd e.g. social media
  • Artificial intelligence – mimic aspects of human learning
  • Disaggregated tools – move away from LMS to multiple tools
  • Mobility and device diversity
  • Internet of Things
  • Virtual and augmented reality – mobile apps
  • 3D printing

Elements and characteristics of the next generation

  • Focussed heavily on the individual learning
  • Distributed: technically, socially and organisationally
  • Crowd-driven and emergent
  • Integrated, just-in-time and authentic
  • Courses will play a less significant role
  • Learning will be divorced from accreditation

Threats from the Future

  • Open vs closed – open access, OERs
  • Loss of mind, the loss of soul – affected by technologies
  • Lack of adoption by formal education

Conclusion

  • Challenging times for open universities – focus on research on teaching and learning within disciplines, not disciplinary research
  • The future will be something like the past – low adoption rates by instructional education
  • Adjacent possibilities of new ideas and technologies always bring unanticipated and emergent opportunities and challenges
  • However, institutions may provide the stability necessary for human scale adaptation to technology induced hyper-change

eLearning and ODL Journal Rankings 2015

The ISI Web of Science JCR (by Thomson Reuters) and SCImago (by SCOPUS) journal rankings for 2015 have recently been released. I have gone through the Education categories and listed the journals that are relevant for research in e-learning and open and distance learning. The list is organised by quartile and each journal shows the impact factor or journal ranking and whether it is an open access journal.

2015 Journal Citation Rankings (Category: Education and Educational Research)

  • Q1: Computers and Education – 2.88
  • Q1: Internet and Higher Education – 2.72
  • Q1: International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning – 2.20
  • Q1: Distance Education – 2.02
  • Q1: Learning, Media and Technology – 1.70
  • Q1: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning – 1.68
  • Q1: British Journal of Educational Technology – 1.63
  • Q2: International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning – 1.24 (Open Access)
  • Q2: Interactive Learning Environments – 1.18
  • Q2: Educational Technology Research and Development – 1.17
  • Q2: IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies – 1.13
  • Q2: Educational Technology and Society – 1.10 (Open Access)
  • Q2: Technology Pedagogy and Education – 0.98
  • Q3: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology – 0.80 (Open Access)
  • Q3: Journal of Educational Computing Research – 0.64
  • Q4: Journal of Computing in Higher Education – 0.50

2015 SCImago Journal Rank (Category: Education)

Quartile 1

  • Internet and Higher Education – 3.56
  • Computers and Education – 3.14
  • Journal of Computer Assisted Learning – 2.39
  • Educational Technology Research and Development – 1.82
  • International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning – 1.64
  • British Journal of Educational Technology – 1.61
  • Learning, Media and Technology – 1.40
  • International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning – 1.35 (Open Access)
  • Australasian Journal of Educational Technology – 1.33 (Open Access)
  • Educational Technology and Society – 1.33 (Open Access)
  • Distance Education – 1.33
  • Research in Learning Technology – 1.32 (Open Access)
  • Technology, Pedagogy and Education – 0.90
  • Interactive Learning Environments – 0.85
  • Journal of Research on Technology in Education – 0.81
  • International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning – 0.80
  • IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies 0.73

Quartile 2

  • Journal of Interactive Online Learning – 0.66 (Open Access)
  • Online Learning – 0.58 (Open Access)
  • Journal of Educational Computing Research – 0.55
  • Journal of Information Technology Education:Research – 0.54 (Open Access)
  • Education and Information Technologies – 0.53 (Open Access)
  • Electronic Journal of e-Learning – 0.52 (Open Access)
  • International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation – 0.45
  • American Journal of Distance Education – 0.40
  • Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology – 0.38 (Open Access)
  • International Journal of Information and Learning Technology – 0.38
  • Journal of Computing in Higher Education – 0.36

Quartile 3

  • Journal of Technology Education – 0.32 (Open Access)
  • Open Learning – 0.32
  • Journal of Educators Online (Open Access) – 0.30
  • International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development – 0.30
  • Knowledge Management and E-Learning – 0.29 (Open Access)
  • International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning – 0.27
  • Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education – 0.26 (Open Access)
  • E-Learning and Digital Media – 0.25
  • International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning – 0.21 (Open Access)
  • Digital Education Review (Open Access) – 0.21
  • International Journal of Learning Technology – 0.20
  • RUSC Universities and Knowledge Society Journal – 0.18 (Open Access)
  • International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education – 0.18

Quartile 4

  • International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments – 0.18
  • Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society – 0.17 (Open Access)
  • Computers in Education Journal – 0.15
  • International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies – 0.15
  • International Journal of Distance Education Technologies – 0.14
  • Ubiquitous Learning – 0.11
  • Interactive Technology and Smart Education – 0.11