New Issue of JL4D Explores the Potential of Open Education

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The new issue of COL’s Journal of Learning for Development (JL4D) was published in November 2018 covering a wide range of research, case studies, reports from the field and book reviews focusing on open education in general and open educational practices.

“All the articles in this issue assess the huge potential of the open education movement towards meeting goals for social justice and universal education for all. What is particularly encouraging is that all articles provide important recommendations for the future: the need for continuing professional development of teachers; the essential need for supportive leadership and governance; and a core engagement with principles of social justice” wrote Dr Anne Gaskell in her editorial on “The Open Education Movement: How Can We Realize its Full Potential?”

Among the articles in the issue are two invited papers focusing on the contributions of the OER movement:

  • Reflecting on the Impact of the Open Education Movement by Grainne Conole and Mark Brown
  • A Social Justice Framework for Understanding Open Educational Resources and Practices in the Global South by Cheryl Ann Hodgkinson-Williams and Henry Trotter

The Journal of Learning for Development provides a forum for the publication of research with a focus on innovation in learning, in particular but not exclusively open and distance learning, and its contribution to development. Content includes interventions that change social and/or economic relations, especially in terms of improving equity. JL4D publishes research articles, book reviews and reports from the field from researchers, scholars and practitioners, and seeks to engage a broad audience across that spectrum. It aims to encourage contributors starting their careers, as well as to publish the work of established and senior scholars from the Commonwealth and beyond.

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