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Thematic Series on Towards Enhancing Learning Using Open Educational Resources

Special issue in Smart Learning Environments Journal: Towards enhancing learning using open educational resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP)

Submission deadline: December 31, 2021

Since OER were adopted at the 2012 World OER Congress (Paris declaration), there has been increasing interest worldwide in open education initiatives. Many institutions have started providing open courses for students in countries and institutions worldwide. To facilitate OER adoption, UNESCO (2019) has further released the OER Recommendation covering five areas, namely: (1) Capacity building; (2) Developing supportive policy; (3) Effective, inclusive, and equitable access to quality OER; (4) Nurturing the creation of sustainability models for OER; and (5) Fostering and facilitating international cooperation.

Additionally, several studies have called to pay more attention to the innovative practices of using OER (i.e., not only the simple creation and access to OER) for better learning outcomes, called Open Educational Practices (OEP). Huang et al. (2020) have recently reviewed OEP definitions in the literature and identified three possible OEP trends, namely Open Assessment (OA), Open Collaboration (OC), and Open Teaching (OT).

Therefore, this special issue will focus on the theoretical and practical practices of OER and OEP for better learning experiences and outcomes. The topics for this issue are varied and include but are not limited to:

  • Open Educational Practices (OEP)
  • Learning pedagogy and assessment in OER;
  • Application of AI in OER;
  • Adaptive learning using OER;
  • Open Licensing;
  • State of the art of OER;
  • Guidelines and frameworks for adoption of OER;
  • Authoring tools for open education;
  • OER and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs);
  • Inclusive OER for students with special needs; and
  • Case studies of using open education in schools/universities


Huang, R., Tlili, A., Chang, T. W., Zhang, X., Nascimbeni, F., & Burgos, D. (2020b). Disrupted classes, undisrupted learning during COVID-19 outbreak in China: application of open educational practices and resources. Smart Learning Environments, 7(1), 1–15.

UNESCO. (2019). Recommendation on open educational resources (OER).

Articles will be published directly upon acceptance.

Guest Editors:

Ronghuai Huang, Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University, China
Ahmed Tlili, Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University, China
Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada
Mohamed Jemni, ALECSO, Tunisia

Should you have any inquiries, please contact Dr. Ahmed Tlili (

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