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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory



Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2013)
April 15-17, 2013, Dublin, Ireland  

The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The IICE 2013 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals. 

The topics in IICE-2013 include but are not confined to the following areas:

*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Competitive Skills
*Continuing Education
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*Geographical Education
*Geographic information systems
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*Home Education
*Human Computer Interaction
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education
*ICT Education
*Internet technologies
*Imaginative Education
*Kinesiology & Leisure Science
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Mobile Applications
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Physical Education (PE)
*Reading Education
*Writing Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
*Ubiquitous Computing
*Virtual Reality
*Wireless applications
*Other Areas of Education  

Important Dates:
*Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date: February 01, 2013 Extended March 05, 2013
*Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date:  January 25, 2013
*Proposal for Workshops Submission Date:  January 20, 2013
*Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection:  January 31, 2013
*Posters Proposal Submission Date: January 25, 2013
*Notification of Posters Acceptance/Rejection: January 30, 2013
*Notification of Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection: February 01, 2013
*Notification of Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Acceptance/Rejection: February 10, 2013 Extended March 15, 2013
*Camera Ready Paper Due: February 28, 2013
*Early Bird Registration (Authors and Participants): December 30, 2012 – February 10, 2013
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants): February 11, 2013 – March 15, 2013
*Conference Dates: April 15-17, 2013

For further information please visit IICE-2013 at



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Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as the ‘… technology-enabled, open provision of educational resources for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes. They are typically made freely available over the Web or the Internet …’ (UNESCO, 2002).

The idea of providing free access to knowledge of virtually any subject area was taken on by high profile institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the OpenCourse Ware (OCW) and the Open University UK with OpenLearn. All initiatives have received tremendous attention in higher education and have been inspiring other institutions to follow the OER movement, as evidenced by the growing membership of the OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Along with the increase of OER programmes there has also been an increase of research into the development, circulation and use of these resources. However, such research has so far focused on technical, legal, and political issues to the detriment of the core issue of education.

For example, the meaning of the term ‘educational’ in OER is open to question: ‘Does it mean that only materials produced with the intention of being used within formal educational settings should be included?’ (Hylen, 2006). In addition to that, conceptual work on the question of ‘openness’ in relation to pedagogy is also needed. Pioneering work has been undertaken in the OLCOS Roadmap 2012 (Geser, 2007) and in the UNESCO report quoted above, but it has been argued that we must also move to Open Educational Practices, i.e., that providing free access to content is only half the story. In a similar vein, Sclater (2011) claims that OER can demonstrate new form of course structure and pedagogy as they are able to free learners from traditional requirements (e.g., admission criteria).

With this special double issue of the journal E-Learning and Digital Media ( we seek to investigate these claims and bridge this gap in research.

We are inviting contributions that deal with the following aspects:

* Conceptual work that describes teaching and/or learning with OER
* Which educational constructs or theories are of importance in conceptualizing OER?
* Looking back in the history of education, which events have had similarities with OER and can thus be utilised to conceptualise OER today?
* Empirical work reporting on experiences with the sharing, re-using and repurposing of OER using a specific instructional or pedagogical approach such as case studies or best practices

Geser, G. (2007) Open Educational Practices and Resources. OLCOS Roadmap 2012. Salzburg Research.
Hylen, J. (2006) Open Educational Resources: opportunities and challenges. Paris: OECD.
Sclater, N. (2011) Open Educational Resources: motivations, logistics and sustainability, in Content Management for E-Learning, pp.  179-193. New York: Springer.

This special double issue will also include articles by invitation. 

Please signal intent by May 1 2011 by sending abstracts (300 words) to the editors:

Markus Deimann, FernUniversität in Hagen:
Norm Frisen, Thompson Rivers University:
Michael A. Peters, University of Illinois:



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