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Open Educational Resource Discovery and Delivery

Special issue call for papers from Information Discovery and Delivery

Open Educational Resource, or OER in short, has been referred to as educational sources or services that anyone may have equal access and contribution (Tuomi, 2006; UNESCO, 2002). Its benefit of reducing students’ cost of education has been validated and underscored in numerous reports. A recent review of 16 OER studies in higher education showed that overall students using OER had the same level of achievement as those using traditional textbook, if not better (Hilton, 2016). Faculty and students reported favorable perceptions toward OER. As a young and growing field, OER has shown its promise in providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities for learners. However, Hilton (2016) found out in his search effort that first there were not many OER studies, and second, there was a lack of studies with rigorous research design. At the same time, as Drs. Wiley, Bliss, and McEwen (2014) pointed out, it faces several major challenges, among which the following questions are significant. What constitutes a quality OER source or service? How is the quality measured? How to find quality OER to effectively support specific needs? What are effective ways to find, localize, and manage OER for a specific linguistic and cultural context?
We invite authors to submit paper on OER discovery, localization, management, and quality from theoretical, technical, and design perspectives.

Topics may include, but not limited to:

  • Finding, Seeking and Sharing OER
  • OER Delivery and Management
  • OER and digital library
  • Users’ behavior in OER such as information seeking behavior
  • Learning analytics and data mining of OER
  • Recommendation systems for OER
  • OER accessibility
  • Effective use of OER
  • OER design and evaluation
  • OER quality
  • OER localization or adaptation in and across courses
  • Open assessment
  • Global impact
  • Systematic review of OER research
  • Advances in OER
  • Case studies related to OER discovery and delivery

Guest Editors

Shenghua Zha, University of South Alabama, [email protected]
Gayle Davidson-Shivers, University of South Alabama, [email protected]
I-Chun Tsai, University of Akron, [email protected]

Important Dates

Submission due: June 8, 2018
Final papers: September 2018

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines which are here – see
Submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

  • Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(4), 573-590. doi:10.1007/s11423-016-9434-9
  • Tuomi, I. (2006). Open Educational Resources: What they are and why do they matter Retrieved from
  • UNESCO. (2002). Forum on the impact of open courseware for higher education in developing countries: Final report.   Retrieved from
  • Wiley, D., Bliss, T. J., & McEwen, M. (2014). Open educational resources: A review of the literature. In S. J., M. M., E. J., & B. M. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (pp. 781-789). New York, NY: Springer.