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IRRODL 10(5) on Openness and the Future of Higher Education

We are pleased to present this very topical issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) on openness. Notions of open scholarship, open access publication, open educational resources, tuition-free institutions, and open source software continue to gain popular, research, and commercial interest. Thus, I was very pleased to receive an email 18 months ago from David Wiley offering to guest edit a special issue of IRRODL on openness.

He and his colleague John Hilton III coordinated a call for proposals and had over 25 responses. From these, 12 were selected for full paper development, and 8 survived peer review and appear as the contents of this issue. Brigette and I would like to thank David and John for their considerable efforts in very actively managing the editorial work involved. I am sure you will join me in congratulating David and John as well as the authors for contributing to this very important and timely special issue. Finally, links are provided to the archived recordings of 5 sessions presented by Athabasca University as part of our Open Access Week celebrations. Enjoy!
Terry Anderson
Editor, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Special Issue: Openness and the Future of Higher Education

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 10(5)

Table of Contents


Openness and the Future of Higher Education HTML PDF EPUB
David Wiley, John Hilton III

Research Articles

Openness, Dynamic Specialization, and the Disaggregated Future of Higher Education HTML PDF EPUB
David Wiley, John Hilton III Article 10.5.1
From Open Content to Open Course Models: Increasing Access and Enabling Global Participation in Higher Education HTML PDF EPUB
Tannis Morgan, Stephen Carey Article 10.5.2
The Impact of Openness on Bridging Educational Digital Divides HTML PDF EPUB
Andy Lane Article 10.5.3
Open Textbook Proof-of-Concept via Connexions HTML PDF EPUB
Judy Baker, Joel Thierstein, Kathi Fletcher, Manpreet Kaur, Jonathan Emmons Article 10.5.4
Peer-To-Peer Recognition of Learning in Open Education HTML PDF EPUB
Jan Philipp Schmidt, Christine Geith, Stian Håklev, Joel Thierstein Article 10.5.5
Open Educational Resources: New Possibilities for Change and Sustainability HTML PDF EPUB
Norm Friesen Article 10.5.6
The Technological Dimension of a Massive Open Online Course: The Case of the CCK08 Course Tools HTML PDF EPUB
Antonio Fini Article 10.5.7
Incentives and Disincentives for the Use of OpenCourseWare HTML PDF EPUB
Anne M. Arendt, Brett E. Shelton Article 10.5.8

Open Access Week

Athabasca University’s Open Access Week Presentations HTML PDF EPUB
Terry Anderson
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1 Comment

  1. Serhat Serhat
    December 15, 2009    

    Excellent selection of articles. Very glad to see a substantial development towards that much needed critical mass particularity for open textbooks.

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