Thursday, July 18, 2013

Journal of Australian Educational Computing

Australian Educational Computing (AEC) is a free open access e-journal from the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE). The latest edition [Vol 28, No 1 (2013)] has two articles I found of particular interest: "Integrating Facebook into a University cohort to enhance student sense of belonging" (McGuckin, T., & Sealey, R.) and "Who you know and what you know: Student interaction in online discussions" (Stevens, T.).

However,  AEC is produced in a confusing array of formats. The refereed journal papers are distributed using an Open Joirnal System (OJS) website. This is an excellent way to distribute scholarly work, but ACCE have chosen to publish the individual papers as Microsft Word files, rather than easier to read HTML (web pages). The papers are also distributed as part of an iBook and PDF magazine. The web address for these is gven on the OJS site, but while I was able to highlight the address it was not a hypertext link and when I copied and pasted the link I was still not able to find the iBook or PDF. Also the magazine version includes extra non-refereed articles. It is not clear why ACCE don't simply include these other items on the one web site. The OJS system has a feature for indicating which are refereed papers and which are not.

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