Open Education Book

bookBook Title

“Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs”

Publisher

The book will be published by Springer in 2016 under its Lecture Notes in Educational Technology series (http://www.springer.com/series/11777).

Introduction

This book will focus on the emerging phenomenon of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) within the context of open education movement, and review existing policies, guidelines and initiatives to promote the use of ICT in education through the development and use of open educational resources from the international practices, including implementation and licensing issues. The word limit is between 5000 to 7000 words.

Important Dates

  • June 20, 2015 – Abstract received (according to the structure provided by editors)
  • July 20,  2015 – Feedback on abstract provided
  • November 20,  2015 – Chapter received (in Springer’s author template provided by editors)
  • January 20, 2016 – Review and feedback on chapters
  • February 20, 2016 – Final camera-ready chapters received

Description

The focus on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in recent years has opened up new opportunities to re-think the Open Education movement. At the core of this trend are Open Educational Resources (OERs) which aim to ensure wider access to open licensed available online educational resources for everyone. To promote openness in education and to support the development and availability of OERs, there is a need for national policies and large scale strategic and purposeful initiatives. Nowadays, with the growing interest in free online learning, these initiatives should be repurposed to be inclusive and to promote open access to all available online course content whatever its shape, OERs, OpenCourseWare (OCW) or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). This book will focus on reviewing existing policies, guidelines and initiatives to promote the use of ICT in education through the development and use of open educational resources from the international practices, including implementation and licensing issues. With particular focus on the new trends of MOOC, the book will explore the potential of this emerging paradigm, and its rise and impact on openness in education.

Guidelines for the Extended Abstract:

  • Please submit 3-page extended abstract (no more than 1500 words) by June 20th , 2015 at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=openedubook16.
  • In the extended abstract, please include the following headings in bold. Do not merge or delete or leave any section blank.
    • Suggested Title(s): At least one, but preferably two or three alternative titles for your chapter. Prioritize (rank 1-3) according to preference.
    • Author(s) Details: Name, Affiliation (Institution/Organisation), Contact details {mailing address (including country), email, phone and fax (if any) numbers}
    • Connection with the underlying theme: Connection of your chapter to the underlying theme of the book “Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs”.
    • Proposed Chapter Organization: Kindly create an outline of the content of your chapter with different headings and subheadings, and a brief description of the content under each heading. Please explain the connection between the different elements (headings and subheadings).
    • Contribution of the chapter: New knowledge or information that your chapter will contribute to the underlying theme of the book “Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs”.

Editors

  • Dr. Mohamed Jemni is a Professor of Computer Science and Educational Technologies at the University of Tunis. Currently and since 2013, he is the Director of ICT at Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). He is a Senior member IEEE and member of the Executive board of IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology (www.ieeetclt.org). His research projects involvements during the last 25 years are tools and environments of e-learning, high performance and grid computing and accessibility of ICT to people with disabilities. He published more than 200 papers in international journals and conferences.
  • Dr. Kinshuk holds the NSERC/iCORE/Xerox/Markin Research Chair for Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics, funded by the Federal government of Canada, Provincial government of Alberta, and by national and international industries. He is also Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Associate Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology, at Athabasca University, Canada. Areas of his research interests include learning analytics; learning technologies;, mobile, ubiquitous and location aware learning systems; cognitive profiling; and, interactive technologies.
  • Dr. Koutheair Khribi is a program manager in the ICT department at Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). He is currently leading several projects related to OER, MOOCs, Mobile Applications and Cloud Computing to enhance education in Arab countries. Dr. Khribi is a researcher and IEEE member, his research interests include technology enhanced learning; educational recommender systems; open education; learning analytics; and mobile and ubiquitous computing. He has authored several well-cited e-learning related publications in scientific books, journals, and conferences.

Inquiries

mohamed.jemni@alecso.org.tn

kinshuk@ieee.org

koutheair@alecso.org