I’m attending the 26th annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning here in Madison. This is my 3rd time at this conference and it is a large, mostly practionaire orientated conference on e-learning. I’m looking forward to Etienne Wenger’s keynote tomorrow and have marked most of the soical media sessions to attend.
This morning’s keynote by Michael Allen, I found to be a bit “ho-hum” – mostly story telling about the past and the way that e-learning needs to be ‘fun’. Nothing to disagree with, just not much new and certainly no research data to back up claims and stories.
Yesterday I chaired a symposium with 3 authors of Distance Education books that have been published as open access resources through Athabasca University press. The symposium covered some of the research and ideas behind open access publishing and then featured an opportunity by each of the 4 authors to talk about the distance education books that they edited. These books are part of the Issues in Distance Education Series that I edit and all can be downloaded as chapters or full text from AUPress.
I was especially pleased to hear George Veletsianos talk about his experiences editing Emerging technologies in Distance Education and his concerns and hopes for publishing in Open Access outlets. He shared with me the story of discussing a list of “acceptable” journals to publish in. The list of journals hadn’t changed in 7 years, thus excluding all of the open access journals that have almost all appeared since that time. Sigh…”
The slides from our presentation are embedded below: