Call for Papers – Openness and the Future of Higher Education

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about aspects of openness we’ve discussed less in the past – like accreditation issues. The discussion has been interesting and useful, so John and I have arranged with Terry to do a special issue of IRRODL on the topic of Openness and the Future of Higher Education. Information below. I would HIGHLY encourage you all to send something in…

Call for Papers – Openness and the Future of Higher Education

This Call for Papers is for a theme issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ( entitled: Openness and the Future of Higher Education. The projected publication date is October 2009. The Guest Editors are Dr. David Wiley and John Hilton.

The aim of this Special Issue is to further our understanding of the manner in which the open source, open access, and open education movements are now and will impact higher education organizations, learners, and other stakeholders in the future.

Our intent is to stimulate critical debate, encourage collection and analyses of relevant data, and add to the theoretical foundations used in policy and planning discussions related to openness within institutions of higher education. Special consideration will be given to articles that present analyses and interpretations of empirical data, but rigorous theoretical submissions will also be considered.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Those submissions accepted for publication will be published under Creative Commons license in


* Submission Proposals: January 15, 2009
* Notification of Acceptance: February 15
* Papers Due: May 1
* Peer Reviews Returned: June 30
* Finalized Papers Due: August 1
* Publication Date: October 15


Individual or multiple-authors must first submit an abstract-length proposal of approximately 500-750 words to IRRODL’s Managing Editor, , at [email protected].

Those who have had their abstracts accepted will be formally invited by the Guest Editors to submit a full-length paper of approximately 5000 words. For IRRODL’s submission guidelines, visit:

All full-length papers submitted to IRRODL will be subject to multiple blind peer review. All blind peer reviews will be shared with the authors. While influenced by the outcome of the blind peer reviews, the Guest Editors reserve the right to make final publication decisions.


* Critical perspectives on open education
* Effect of openness on access to educational opportunity
* Evaluation of open educational resources and services
* Issues of affordability and openness
* Issues of quality and localization of open educational resources
* Openness and accreditation
* Openness and future course management systems / personal learning environments
* Open models for awarding credit or degrees
* Open / peer tutoring and advising models
* Open source, open access, or open education policy in higher education
* Open teaching / massively open online courses (“MOOC”)
* Open textbooks
* Social implications of open education
* Structures and patterns of reuse of open educational resources
* Sustainable models of creating and sharing open educational resources
* Unique impact of openness on institutions in developing countries

For more information contact:
David Wiley, PhD
Associate Professor
Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University
Email: [email protected]



The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ( is a peer reviewed, open access e-journal designed to disseminate research, theory, and best practice related to open and distance learning worldwide. IRRODL enjoys strong download activity and because it is fully peer reviewed, reputable, and open access, it is cited broadly.

Detailed information about submission is available on IRRODL’s website at: All submission proposals and full length papers must be emailed to IRRODL’s Managing Editor, Paula Smith, at [email protected].

The copyright of all papers published in IRRODL will be held by Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University. All articles published, however, are licensed under the Creative Commons for re-use and distribution for non-commercial purposes. For details on IRRODL’s Creative Commons license, visit:

For details concerning IRRODL, please contact:

Paula Smith – Manager Canadian Institute for Distance Education
Research (CIDER)
Managing Editor
International Review of Research
in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)
Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University
Peace Hills Trust Tower
1200, 10011 – 109th Street,
Edmonton, CANADA T5J 3S8
Phone: 1.780.421.2536 Fax: 1.780.497.3416
E-mail: [email protected]

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