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Peter Goodyear from the University of Sydney wrote Educational design and networked learning: Patterns, pattern languages and design practice. His paper offers a structured direction towards high level goals in "connecting educational values and vision to the details of the tasks, tools and resources we offer our students".
The paper by Mary Peat, Sue Franklin, Marcia Devlin and Margaret Charles, Revisiting the impact of formative assessment opportunities on student learning, draws in part upon work funded by a NextEd ASCILITE Research Grant . In addition to being a model example of a research investigation into a first year biology teaching innovation, their paper is also a fine example of best teaching practice in the use of self assessment resources to improve student learning outcomes.
Deakin University academics Stephen Segrave, Dale Holt and James Farmer wrote The power of the 6 three model for enhancing academic teachers' capacities for effective online teaching and learning. Their model for academic professional development, with its emphasis upon encouraging "excellence in pedagogy online", helps us to extend our visions beyond the immediate urgencies of learning how to use new technologies in our teaching.
Figure 1: Institutional subscription rates 1997-2005 for HERD, DE and AJET
|Data sources: Rates quoted in printed copies of the journals and the publisher's website. Prices include Internet access from an institutional local area network in the cases of HERD and DE (AJET is 'open access', being unrestricted, free to the Internet, three months after publication). An earlier version of Figure 1 was published by Atkinson (2004).|
|HERD||Higher Education Research and Development. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/07294360.asp|
|DE||Distance Education. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01587919.asp|
|AJET||Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/|
We can only speculate on the reasons or justifications for the large annual increases in rates for HERD and DE compared with AJET. The Taylor and Francis Group website  does not offer details, although annual reports are available, the current most recent being 2003  (it contains much interesting information - "Directors' Emoluments", a graph showing the Company's performance compared with the performance of all FTSE 250 Share Index companies, etc; for illustrative comparisons, see Reed Elsevier's annual report for 2003). T&F pay royalties and editorial support funds to societies such as HERDSA and ODLAA, but in general the amounts paid and other details, including numbers of subscriptions, are regarded as "commercial in confidence", and are not revealed to society members or are "for members eyes only" .
Why do we publish an updated Figure 1? Consider the view put forward by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) in Declaring independence (SPARC 2001):
Does your journal meet its primary goal--to serve its community?'Figure 1 helps remind us all, whether as editors, board members, readers or authors, that we cannot focus on journal content alone. Journal business matters do matter, because they impact upon the primary goal of serving our communities.
As an editor or editorial board member of a scientific, technical or medical (STM) journal, you may be relatively unaware of subscription patterns and pricing histories in the journal publishing industry. After all, your primary job is to focus on journal content -- to make sure that the latest and best research is published. And when societies published most research, it was assumed that they were managing and pricing the journals with an eye toward reaching their intended audiences around the world.
But the reality today has changed. Some publishers charge readers too much money for the journals they publish. That has led to broad scale subscription cancellations and narrower dissemination. More and more editorial boards have found that they must become seriously involved in the business aspects of their commercially-published journals if they are to be sure these essential publications remain accessible to their intended communities. (SPARC 2001)
Roger Atkinson and Catherine McLoughlin
AJET Production Editor and AJET Editor
SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) (2001). Declaring independence: A Guide to Creating Community-Controlled Science Journals. Washington, DC: SPARC. http://www.arl.org/sparc/DI/stage1.html
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The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology is a refereed research journal published three times per year jointly by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education and the Australian Society for Educational Technology. Prior to Volume 20, 2004, AJET's title was Australian Journal of Educational Technology. Members of ASET, ASCILITE and ISPI (Vic) receive AJET as a part of their membership benefits.
For details on submission of manuscripts, subscriptions and access to the AJET online archives, please see http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/
For review inquiries, contact the Editor, Associate Professor Catherine McLoughlin, School of Education (ACT), Australian Catholic University, PO Box 256, Dickson ACT 2602, Australia. Email: C.McLoughlin@signadou.acu.edu.au, Tel: +61 2 6209 1100 Fax +61 2 6209 1185. For production matters and subscriptions contact the Production Editor and Business Manager, Dr Roger Atkinson, 5/202 Coode Street, Como WA 6152, Australia. Email: email@example.com, Tel: +61 8 9367 1133.
AJET is managed by an Editorial Board nominated by ASCILITE and ASET. The 2004 Editorial Board comprises:
Catherine McLoughlin (Editor), Australian Catholic UniversityCopyright in individual articles contained in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology and its predecessor title is vested in each of the authors in respect of his or her contributions. Copyright in AJET is vested in ASET (1985-86), AJET Publications (1987-1996), and ASCILITE and ASET (from 1997).
Roger Atkinson (Production Editor)
Trish Andrews, University of Queensland
Carolyn Dowling, Australian Catholic University
Mike Keppell, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong
Mary Jane Mahony, University of Sydney
One appointment pending for ASET
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