ROER4D weekly announcement – 29 January 2018

Call for papers for Global technologies, Local Practices: redefining digital education with marginalised voices
The Centre for Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh is releasing a special issue of the journal Learning, Media and Technology. Digital technologies (including OER and MOOCs) are often framed as context-less, transparent ‘agents of liberation’ from local educational environments, and advocacy for their use often promotes technocentric solutionism which further reinforces the dominance of a Western-style, individualised approach to education. This special issue, titled Global technologies, Local Practices: redefining digital education with marginalised voices, seeks to explore perspectives that challenge this technocentric approach through foregrounding local pedagogical knowledge and technology-use strategies to develop a more nuanced understanding of how digital technologies shape and are shaped by local knowledge systems.

In order to surface these perspectives, the journal has issued a call for abstracts. Full papers are expected to be between 6000-8000 words, with abstracts of no more than 300 words, and will be subject to blind peer-review. The deadline for the abstract is 31 March 2018, with final papers due on 15 September 2018.

Identifying potential book reviewers for non-English journals
The C-ROER4D team is currently identifying key journals in the Open Education sector that would be interested in reviewing the ROER4D edited volume, Adoption and Impact in the Global South. As we’d like to retain our Global South orientation, we would also like to contact key journals in languages other than English. If anyone could suggest potential reviewers for the edited volume in non-English languages, please send suggestions to

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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