Journals on Educational Technology

American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE)
Internationally recognized as the journal of record of research and scholarship in the field of American distance education. Established in 1987 with the mission of promoting research and disseminating information about distance education in the Americas, AJDE explores explores topics about all teaching-learning relationships where the actors are geographically separated, and communication takes place through technologies.

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Journal of ascilite, the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. It aims to promote research and scholarship on the integration of technology in tertiary education, promote effective practice, and inform policy.

Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology
Peer-reviewed journal that welcomes papers on all aspects of educational technology and learning. Topics may include, but are not limited to: learning theory and technology, cognition and technology, instructional design theory and application, online learning, computer applications in education, simulations and gaming, and other aspects of the use of technology in the learning process. Manuscripts may be submitted either in English or in French.

Electronic Journal of e-Learning
Provides perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of e-Learning initiatives

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning – EURODL
publishes the accounts of research, development and teaching for Europe in its most inclusive definition, exploring the potential of electronic publishing. EURODL presents scholarly work and solid information about open, distance and e-learning, education through telematics, multimedia, on-line learning and co-operation.

Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning
Peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles on e-skills for the lifelong learners e.g., beyond traditional and academic schooling and throughout adult life. The journal publishes empirical, conceptual and theoretical papers that make a pedagogical and methodological contribution with the use of ICT and other contemporary technologies into service delivery, business efficiency, entrepreneurship, and education.

International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
Refereed global monthly publication focused on technology assisted teaching and learning at all levels of education and training in traditional, distance and open learning.

International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education
International publication of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). Its aims are to promote and encourage scholarly work in e-learning and distance education and provide a forum for the dissemination of international scholarship.

The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Refereed, open access e-journal that disseminates original research, theory, and best practice in open and distance learning worldwide.

Journal of Interactive Online Learning
Manuscripts, critical essays, and reviews that encompass disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in regards to issues related to higher-level learning outcomes.

Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
Peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that aims to promote scholarship in the use of the Internet and web-based multimedia resources in higher education.

Journal of Educational Technology & Society
Academic articles on the issues affecting the developers of educational systems and educators who implement and manage such systems. The articles should discuss the perspectives of both communities and their relation to each other.

Research in Learning Technology (ALT)
Peer reviewed Open Access journal of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). It aims to raise the profile of research in learning technology, encouraging research that informs good practice and contributes to the development of policy. The journal publishes papers concerning the use of technology in learning and teaching in all sectors of education, as well as in industry.


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Educational Technology Societies and Groups

AECT – Association for Education Communications and Technology
Professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of instruction and a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology.

ALT – Association for Learning Technology
Learning technology is the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment. ALT is the UK’s leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. ALT’s purpose is to ensure that use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying technologies, their capabilities and the situations into which they are placed. ALT does this by improving practice, promoting research, and influencing policy. Read more ›

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Designing e-Learning – Key Choices

The Internet is a global many-to-many communications network impacting billions of people in countless ways. A major aspect of this impact is the availability and delivery of knowledge and education, where the term ‘education’ implies a guided journey through some set of knowledge. Not only does the ‘net provide numerous opportunities to learn, but also opportunities for virtually anyone to teach anything. Education delivered via the Internet is widely known as e-learning.

A number of key dimensions must be considered in the e-learning design process, some of which are described below. For each case there is no single right answer, rather the most appropriate answer for a given context. Read more ›

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UK government sponsored research highlights traditional schooling shortcomings

The What Works? evidence for decision makers report published yesterday by the UK government casts doubt on the effectiveness of many assumptions that form the basis of the traditional school system. Assumptions shown to have little or even negative effect are uniforms, streaming, and repeating a year.

See: BBC article Learning the facts about learning
Download the report

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How do we learn?

New article by Sal Khan on optimal learning:

The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart

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Free mLearning ebook

Get the lowdown on this rapidly evolving means of deploying learning.

This free ebook from The eLearning Guild – 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation – is available at

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Free prototype OER high school lesson

A free prototype high school lesson on the first manned moon landing is available at created from OER and other open resources.

I hope it proves useful to the high school and homeschooling communities. Comments welcomed.

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Open Educational Resources (OER) – What’s out there?

An Introduction to OER and Directory of Major OER Repositories

From information famine to information overload

Over the past decade or two the Internet has transformed our access to knowledge. From being locked in the pages of physical books or the brains of leading experts most of us can access the humongous ocean of information from the comfort of our armchair or anywhere else we please on the latest mobile device.

New content is being created and added far faster than anyone could keep up with. Eg on YouTube alone 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute! []

Despite the ever-increasing usefulness of search tools such as Google the problem of the sheer unstructured volume of what’s there is exacerbated by the issue of reliability. Great as the openness of the Web is for freedom of expression, it also makes it very difficult to assess the quality of any piece of content. Read more ›

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How Open are MOOCs?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and indeed (at present) anyone may enrol in MOOCs and study free of charge at their leisure. However former British Open University Vice-Chancellor John Daniel recently complained that Coursera doesn’t make its materials available under creative commons licensing (The Conversation, 28 June 2103).

It is bizarre to criticize MOOCs for not being open just because creators wish to retain some control over copyright; professors still need to eat and pay bills. Pre-MOOC education from professors of this quality was limited to the privileged few who could afford to take full-time degrees at prestigious institutions. Read more ›

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What Should Education Be?

It’s encouraging to see much active debate on the future of education at this time, such as Sugata Mitra’s Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education (Observer, 15 June 2013). Mitra argues that currently taught skills are no longer relevant to the requirements of the present:

We don’t need to improve schools. We need to reinvent them for our times, our requirements and our future… We need people who can think divergently, across outdated ‘disciplines’, connecting ideas across the entire mass of humanity. We need people who can think like children. Read more ›

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