Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology & Associate Professor at Royal Roads University

Educational Technology Journals

Posted on April 15th, by George Veletsianos in scholarship. 10 comments

The note below comes from Dr. Ross Perkins and was posted on the IT Forum listserv – Great work Ross!

As some who’ve been on this listserv for a while are aware, I developed and have been maintaining a spreadsheet that lists multiple dozens of educational/instructional technology journals and publications of related fields. This was first done through a simple Google Spreadsheet published to the web, starting seven years ago or so. The interface is now (hopefully) more user-friendly. Among its features: the site is ‘mobile responsive,’ the list can be sorted in a variety of ways, can be searched, and it contains columns the user can toggle on/off. The list now contains 265 titles.

http://www.edtechjournals.org

The purpose of the site is to inform people in the field of educational/instructional technology about which outlets they might use (the list contains both subscription or open journals) to either read or publish scholarship (learn more at “About this Site“)

A huge thanks goes to Mr. Tony Hetrick, a doctoral student and grad assistant in the Boise State University Ed Tech EdD program. Tony is the brains behind the ‘mobile responsive’ interface, and he also developed code for WordPress that connects the site’s MySQL db to a GoogleSheet. Thanks goes to my BSU colleague, Dr. Patrick Lowenthal for his advice about the site and contents, and especially for his vital collaboration on open access journal research (our article is in review). And thanks also goes to Dr. George Veletsianos for leading the development of a parallel spreadsheet of open access journals a few years ago; the OAJs on that list are now integrated into the database.

The site is ever evolving; we would love to get your formative feedback.

Feel free to cross-post on other lists, social media, etc.

Best regards,

- Ross

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Ross A. Perkins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Technology
MS/EdD Program Coordinator
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho, USA

The Defining Characteristics of Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices in Online Education

Posted on April 14th, by George Veletsianos in my research, online learning, scholarship. 8 comments

My amazing colleagues Amy Collier and Jen Ross have been blogging about the chapter they wrote for the second edition of my Emerging Technologies in Distanced Education book, and have thus encouraged me to blog about it :)

First, the good news: Athabasca University Press will be publishing Online Learning: Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices in an open access format.

One of the interesting aspects of editing a book is interacting with chapter authors (15 in this case) and helping to create a coherent narrative. In this case, we were starting with the first edition of the book as a foundation, but more importantly, we were building on the first chapter of the first book in which I defined “emerging technologies.” I’ve clarified in the second book that this collection focuses as much on the emerging practices of online learning/participation (e.g., networked scholarship, open education, learning analytics) as much as it focuses on the technologies that underpin them. Hence the new title.

In the first edition of the book, I argued that emerging technologies are “not yet fully researched” and “not yet fully understood.” Thus, you can quickly begin to see that emerging technologies and emerging practices are intertwined, as, open scholarship for example, or learners’ experiences with automated assessment, are not yet fully research and not yet fully understood.

In the second edition of the book, I revisit this work, and argue that what makes technologies and practices emerging are not specific technologies or practices, but the environments in which a particular technology or practice operate. This definition recognizes that learning, teaching, and scholarship are sociocultural phenomena situated in specific contexts and influenced by the cultures in which they take place. Emerging technologies and practices appear to share four characteristics:

  • Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices are Not Defined by Newness
  • Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices Are Evolving Organisms that Exist in a State of “Coming into Being”
  • Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices Are Not Yet Fully Understood or Researched (what Amy and Jen branded as not-yetness)
  • Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices Have Promising But as Yet Unfulfilled Potential

There’s 8 more great chapters in the book, and I’m looking forward to sending them off to the publisher. More in the coming months!

Mediated learning experiences and activities in MOOCs and open courses

Posted on April 13th, by George Veletsianos in emerging technologies, moocs, my research, online learning, open. 16 comments

At AERA this week, Amy Collier, Emily Schneider, and I will be presenting a paper that makes a series of arguments regarding learner activities and experiences in MOOCs in relation to clickstream-based MOOC research. One of the implications of our work is the following: learners’ participation and experiences in these courses resist binary and monolithic interpretations as they appear to be mediated by a digital-analog continuum as well as a social-individual continuum. In other words, learning and participation in MOOCs are both distributed and individually-socially negotiated. The following visual (which provides some hints on our results) makes this point clearer:

digital-analog-social-individual

* and since the work of peer reviewers often goes unrecognized, let it be known, that this insight was prompted by a comment from one anonymous reviewer. So, whoever you are, thank you for your input.

 

Institutional (strategic) visions for the future

Posted on March 30th, by George Veletsianos in sharing. 16 comments

I am in the process of designing a new course for our new MA degree in higher education administration and leadership and one of the activities I will be asking my students to engage with will be an analysis, evaluation, and critique of institutional visions and strategic plans. I am giving providing them with a list of resources/visions, and am asking them to locate their own as well. Here’s what I have so far:

[Webpage] Learning and Living at Stanford 2025: http://www.stanford2025.com/#intro

[White Paper] Flexible learning: Charting a strategic vision for UBC-Vancouver http://flexible.learning.ubc.ca/files/2014/09/FL-Strategy-September-2014.pdf

[White Paper] University of Saskatchewan Vision 2025: From Spirit to Action: http://www.usask.ca/president/documents/pdf/2013/Vision2025.pdf

[White Paper] Institute-wide taskforce on the future of MIT education: http://web.mit.edu/future-report/TaskForceOnFutureOfMITEducation_PrelimReport.pdf

If your institution has one of these that is shared publicly, could you please share it below?