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Amanda Davies and Barney Dalgarno from Charles Sturt University authored Learning fire investigation the clean way: The virtual experience. As one reviewer stated, "This paper provides a clear summary of a well designed research project, producing useful findings on the effectiveness of virtual reality technology that could conceivably be extrapolated to similar applications in a number of tertiary education subjects".
Breaking down online teaching: Innovation and resistance was submitted by John Hannon, La Trobe University. One reviewer characterised the paper as '... an interesting and important narrative focussing on innovations that don't work. This is an important topic and there are not enough reports of this kind."
Paul Lam, Shun Leung Lam, John Lam and Carmel McNaught from The Chinese University of Hong Kong wrote Usability and usefulness of eBooks on PPCs: How students' opinions vary over time. One reviewer wished to "... congratulate the researchers for reporting results that do not support the technology being studied - such research is very important to have in the body of knowledge to inform others".
Sharing quality resources for teaching and learning: A peer review model for the ALTC Exchange in Australia was written by an inter-institutional team, Geraldine Lefoe (University of Wollongong), Robyn Philip (Charles Darwin University), Meg O'Reilly (Southern Cross University) and Dominique Parrish (University of Wollongong). Reviewer comments included the noting of "... important implications for practice in terms of its findings regarding new ways of recognising and valuing the scholarly role of peer review of learning and teaching resources".
Denise Wood and Martin Friedel from the University of South Australia were authors of Peer review of online learning and teaching: New technologies, new challenges. Reviewers commented particularly that the paper could "...extend current discourse, offering important points for reflection to practitioners, administrators and policy makers", and that it "... incorporates a high degree of flexibility and encourages a scholarly basis for the peer review process. It adopts a dynamic approach that allows criteria to be modified or new criteria to be added."
30 Nov - 3 Dec 2008 at Deakin University Burwood Campus, Melbourne
Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC is familiar to several generations of educational researchers:
ERIC is searched by over 3 million users each month. We are crawled by Google, and are also provided on the platforms of several major commercial database vendors: Ovid, ProQuest, SilverPlatter, OCLC, and Thomson Dialog. There is no cost to search the ERIC database, and no royalties are received. Furthermore, there is no cost to have publications indexed in ERIC. 
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One of the largest archives of its kind issued by a single publisher, the complete Wiley-Blackwell backfile includes 13.6 million pages spanning three centuries of scientific discovery across 800+ titles. Our content is deep, with coverage extending to Volume 1, Issue 1, including issues dating back to the eighteenth century...
...Articles are presented as full-text PDFs that have been optimized for flexible searching, and enhanced to achieve exceptional print quality.
|Taylor & Francis Group||Discover Past Brilliance: Uncover the Archives||
Taylor & Francis Group has embarked on a project to digitise its backfile collections back to Volume 1 Issue 1 by key subject area.
... allow your library to strengthen its collections of scholarly information available to your researchers, whilst saving valuable shelf space and costs.
Flexible pricing options are available to suit every budget....
|Elsevier||Elsevier Backfiles on ScienceDirect||
Imagine having the ability to search a historical archive of over eight million articles directly from your desktop, back to Volume 1, Issue 1.
This is exactly what the Elsevier Backfiles on ScienceDirect program makes possible.
The Backfiles up to 1994 contain 4.3 million articles. As from 1995 to present day there are an additional four million, a figure that is growing at approximately 300,000 journal articles per year.
60,000 articles, over 120 journals all the way back to Volume 1, Issue 1, direct from your desktop on one unified platform....
With a collection that dates back to the nineteenth century... The extended archive will help to fill collection gaps, reduce shelf space and provide access to articles that have never before been published electronically.... Over recent years we have seen a huge increase in the usage of articles online. This clearly highlights the changes in reader behaviour; content is chiefly accessed online rather than via hardcopy journals.
|CSIRO||(no specific page found)||CSIRO Publishing, the Australian representative in this sample, is a bit of a let down for Table 1 purposes. No illustrative quotations found, though there are 50-60 years of backfiles online for their flagship journals, for example AJAR 1(1), 1950:|
We especially liked Emerald's "Backfiles" page, for its invocation of Sir Winston Churchill, who is quoted, "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see" . An intriguing quotation, but will Sir Winston's insight and Table 1 help us with the initial question about hastening the demise of printed versions of journals? Yes, very large online archives will help to do that, for reasons indicated in Table 1, which includes good marketing phrases, relevant for not only backfiles but also current and future issues. For example, "...directly from your desktop"; "...optimized for flexible searching"; "...saving valuable shelf space and costs"; and "...changes in reader behaviour; content is chiefly accessed online rather than via hardcopy journals."
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|Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability (JTLGE). URL: Pending (at 17 Feb 2009).||Curtin University of Technology|
First issue: Pending. Conference association: TL Forum. Open access, online only.
|The founding of this new journal was announced at Teaching and Learning Forum 2009, Curtin University of Technology, 29-30 Jan. [http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf2009/]. "... a scholarly forum for the dissemination of research and exemplary evidence-based practice in higher education teaching and learning for graduate employability."|
|Journal of Education, Informatics and Cybernetics (JEIC). http://www.journaleic.com/||International Institute of Informatics and Cybernetics. http://www.iiinfocybernetics.com/|
First issue: 1(1), 2009. Conference association: EISTA. Open access, online only.
|"The Article Processing Charge (APC) is 50$ per page for all accepted papers, which is well below the APC range of $500-$3000, per article, of other publishers... (Details with regards to the costs and prices in journal publishing can be found in Waltham, 2005...; see also [11, 12])" Copyright: Assignment not stated.|
|International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education. http://www.academicjournals.org/IJVTE
Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. http://www.academicjournals.org/JEAPS
First issues: Pending - April 2009. Conference or society associations: None stated. Open access, online only.
|"Authors are required to pay a $550 handling fee..."|
Copyright: "...if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher"
First issue: Pending - 2009. Conference or society associations: None stated. Publication frequency: 2 issues per year. Access: "Institutional (print + online)... US$256.00"
|"Effective Education is an international, peer-reviewed journal that seeks to play a leading role in shaping the field of research into the effectiveness of educational programs, interventions and differing types of provision. Education is defined broadly, including formal and informal education and covering all stages of the lifespan from early childhood through to higher and adult education...."|
A number of interesting trends or potential trends are suggested by Table 2's data, though keeping in mind that the sample size is small, and as usual, is illustrative rather than comprehensive. Firstly, open access, online only, is becoming more prominent, slowly but surely, perhaps with increased emphasis upon fees being paid by authors. However, large multinational publishers such as Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) continue to issue some new journals, though their income generation is becoming increasingly dependent upon newer services such as pay per view . Secondly, we may guess that scholarly and professional societies may become less important as a source of new journals ; if anything we may guess at a trend towards more transfers of society journals to commercial publishers, or some amalgamations of small society journals into a larger society's suite of publications.
Roger Atkinson and Catherine McLoughlin
AJET Production Editor and AJET Editor
in AJET 25(1)
Innovate, Collaborate & Sustain
3-6 May 2009, Perth
|The Student Experience
Charles Darwin University
Darwin, 6-9 July 2009
Same places, different spaces
Auckland, 6-9 December 2009
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