CIDER videoconference: April 3, 2013 – Much Ado about Affordances

We invite you to the next presentation in our series of free online CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Gale Parchoma of the University of Calgary.
Title: Much Ado about Affordances: Implications for Researching Technological Affordances
Ontological debates on the nature of affordances muddy the waters for interpreting, comparing, and critiquing research on technological affordances. The widespread use of affordances has naturalized the term, often masking the import of its evolving social science definitions. Diversity in applications of affordances across disciplines has led to calls to abandon the term altogether.
Following an account of ontological debates about the nature of affordances, Dr. Parchoma will examine a selection of thematically linked and often-cited papers on technological affordances for varied applications of the term. Implications for research will be discussed.
When: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

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Connect 2013 Conference on Ed Tech

Just received this information.  I’m not familiar with the conference, but it may be of interest to you, so I’m passing it along.


CONNECT 2013 is a Premier National Conference being held May 6-7 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  This event will provide University and College Faculty, Teacher Candidates, K-12 Educators, Academic Administrators, IT Staff and Business Leaders the opportunity to CONNECT with peers from across Canada. It is an event that supports and enhances teaching practices with the use of instructional technology to equip Higher Ed and K-12 students with the skills needed to be competitive in the 21st century workplace and beyond.

Participants will enjoy powerful presentations, hands-on workshops, interactive seminars and engaging poster sessions. Explore the now and the future of Ed Tech in the 27,000 square foot Exhibitor Showcase.  The conference will initiate bold and thought-provoking conversations on how The Education Sector and Businesses can work together to support students by cultivating 21st Century Skills.

Register by March 20, 2013 to receive the Super Early Bird rate of $210 for a full conference pass or $105 for a one day pass, including a buffet lunch for each day of attendance.

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Monday, May 6, 2013 8:30 AM – Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:00 PM 
Eastern Standard Time 

Scotiabank Convention Centre 
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3Y9

IRRODL new issue: vol. 14, no. 1

Via Terry Anderson:

We are pleased to offer to you the first issue of our 14th volume of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL).

As usual this issue contains many excellent research articles from around the world. Please review the titles below, or read a very short description from
this issue’s editorial at
before downloading these works.

Terry Anderson, Ph.D.
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Professor, Athabasca University
1200 10011 109 St.
Edmonton, AB Canada
T5J 3S8                      Ph  780 497 3421

Vol 14, No 1 (2013)
Table of Contents

Editorial: Volume 14, Number 1 HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Terry Anderson i-iv

Research Articles

Green curriculum: Sustainable learning in higher education HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Willa Petronella Louw 1-15


A predictive study of student satisfaction in online education programs HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Yu-Chun Kuo, Andrew E Walker, Brian R Belland, Kerstin E E Schroder 16-39


On-the-job e-learning: Workers’ attitudes and perceptions HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Josep-Maria Batalla-Busquets, Carmen Pacheco-Bernal 40-64


An OER architecture framework: Need and design HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Pankaj Khanna, P C Basak 65-83


Development of ODL in a newly industrialised country according to face-to-face contact, ICT, and e-readiness HTML PDFMP3 EPUB
J Marinda van Zyl, Christoffel Johannes Els, A Seugnet Blignaut 84-105


Employability in online higher education: A case study HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Ana Paula Silva, Pedro Lourtie, Luisa Aires 106-125


Identifying barriers to the remix of translated open educational resources HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Tel Amiel 126-144


Uses of published research: An exploratory case study HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Patrick J. Fahy 145-166


A framework for developing competencies in open and distance e-learning HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Patricia B Arinto 167-185


Peer Portal: Quality enhancement in thesis writing using self-managed peer review on a mass scale HTML PDFMP3 EPUB
Naghmeh Aghaee, Henrik Hansson 186-203


Learning in multiple communities from the perspective of knowledge capital HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Hayriye Tugba Ozturk, Huseyin Ozcinar 204-221


A multimedia approach to ODL for agricultural training in Cambodia HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Helena Grunfeld, Maria Lee Hoon Ng 222-238


Automatic evaluation for e-learning using latent semantic analysis: A use case HTML PDFMP3 EPUB
Mireia Farrús, Marta R. Costa-jussà 239-254

Field Notes

“Opening” a new kind of school: The story of the Open High School of Utah HTML PDF MP3EPUB
DeLaina Tonks, Sarah Weston, David Wiley, Michael K. Barbour 255-271