Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Published quarterly, Open Praxis focuses on scholarly and innovative research in open, distance, and flexible education. It aims to provide a global forum for discussion and collaboration in distance and e-learning, with articles offering the results of research, surveys, discussions of new technologies, and related topics. Each issue is created around an individual theme.
The most current issue, Volume 5, Number 4 (2013), showcases prizewinning papers announced at the 25th ICDE World Conference in Tianjin (China) in October 2013. They include: “Build optional digital textbooks for distance learners,” “Promoting sustainable living in the borderless world through blended learning platforms,” “Open and Distance Education Systems: do they enhance Graduates' Soft Skills? The results from 2009 Universitas Terbuka Tracer Study,” “A Kenyan Cloud School; Massive Open Online & Ongoing Courses for Blended and Lifelong Learning,” “Framework for the Development of OER-based Learning Materials in ODL Environment,” “Designing an Interactive OER Course Development at Athabasca University Based on ODL Principles,” “A New Interactive Method to Distance English Learning in Conceptual Age,” “In their own words: Student stories of seeking learning support,” and “Supporting Learning Through the Use of Self-Reflection Blogs: A study of the experience of blended learning students in the United Arab Emirates.”
The issue before that, whose theme was Learning assessment in open, distance and flexible education, included the articles, “Reflections on assessment in Open Distance Learning (ODL): the case of the University of South Africa (UNISA)” and “Technologies for learner-centered feedback,” as well as the Innovative Practice article, “Mobile technology: implications of its application on learning” and a Software Review of “theCN.com: An Academic-cum-Social Networking Online Platform.”
With its editorial team of scholars from Argentina, Botswana, China, India, and the United States, as well as authors from around the globe, Open Praxis has achieved its goal of creating a “geographically and institutionally balanced” worldwide forum on distance learning.
Recommended for all researchers and practitioners in distance education.