Those Barcelona PLE papers

Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu, Jan 24, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I feel for Graham Attwell, and can commiserate. He writes, "it is much, much more work than I had anticipated to select appropriate papers for journals with differing foci, to organise peer reviews, to contact authors and get them to undertake the revisions requested and to finally edit and format the different contributions." We've had the same experience. The publishers don't do any of this work. Attwell writes, "I still am not sure how I feel about the academic publishing industry (for that is what it is). I am much happier with publishing in online and open journals. But I wonder if the traditional journal format best serves knowledge development." I am quite convinced that it doesn't. But as Attwell writes, " I recognise the importance for individual researchers in publishing their work." Indeed, if it weren't a requirement for promotion, academics wouldn't participate in this charade at all.

Anyhow, here's the first set of papers, published by the online and open journal, the Digital Education Review:

Strategy approach for eLearning 2.0 deployment in Universities, Oskar Casquero, Javier Portillo, Ramón Ovelar, Jesús Romo, Manuel Benito

Building Personal Learning Environments by using and mixing ICT tools in a professional way, Linda Castañeda, Javier Soto

El diseño de Entornos Personales de Aprendizaje y la formación de profesores en TIC, Julio Cabero Almenara, Julio Barroso Osuna, M.Carmen Llorente Cejudo

Ventajas pedagógicas en la aplicación del PLE en asignaturas de lengua y literatura de educación secundaria. Análisis de cinco experiencias, Rafael Martín García

Evolución y desarrollo de un Entorno Personal de Aprendizaje en la Universidad de León, Fernando Santamaria

If you read these in Google Chrome (as I have been doing recently) you'll notice that translation is built right in. So nice.
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