Revised Schedule


* Submission due: 30th October, 2015 (extended)

* Notification of acceptance: 30th December, 2015

* Scheduled publication: 2016 (Vol.8, No.1)


Call for Papers


Knowledge Management & E-Learning (KM&EL)

(Indexed by SCOPUS)


Special Issue on


Models, technologies and approaches toward
widening the Open Access to learning and education


Guest Editors


Prof. Rachid Benlamri

Department of Software Engineering,

Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada



Dr. Fanny Klett (IEEE Fellow)


German Workforce ADL Partnership Laboratory, Germany



Dr. Minhong Wang

Faculty of Education,

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong



The change in the way people perceive and access learning poses new challenges for educational organizations, libraries, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, especially with reference to the development of advanced technologies that accommodate the needs of a new generation of learners, the choice of appropriate technologies, and the application of learning technologies in emerging learning contexts.

An Open Access (OA) concept refers to learning and education that is moving beyond structured curricula and defined course content. It rather integrates a variety of formal and informal learning approaches to accomplishing the dissemination of knowledge, skills and competencies across the diversity of social and cultural backgrounds. Learning is structured around Open Educational Resources (OER) that can be accessed through a variety of platforms, devices and contexts serving all learners regardless of their enrollment or other status. Wireless and network technologies, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are only few of the solutions toward OA services that are expected to make Open Learning more comfortable and adaptable to the learners’ needs.

This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to recent opportunities, issues and experiences that the increasing number of organizations, applying the Open Learning concept, face in designing, implementing and providing the new generation of formal and informal education, namely Open Access education.

UNESCO, MIT, Harvard, Hewlett Foundation, Pensoft, Open Education Consortium, Creative Commons, SPARC Open Access Working Group are among world leaders in Open Access to Learning and Education. This is a non-embracing list of institutions and journals supporting OER or disseminating their work to a worldwide audience. The various initiatives that evolved from Open Learning to Open Access education make us aware that technology and infrastructures are the enabling aspect of these concepts. There is no single approach to Open Learning, and no one-size-fits-all approach to Open Access education.

Exactly this fact we consider an opportunity for growing the Open Access approach. It represents the focus of this Special Issue that calls for a broad spectrum of education models and technology solutions, curriculum design and social experiences, pedagogical theories and implementations in an Open Access setting. This Special Issue aims to provide a forum for academics and practitioners to explore issues related to the design, application and evaluation of the Open Access concept in formal and informal education, and organizational training.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Next generation learning, training and assessment technologies, platforms and environments for Open Learning
  • Infrastructures and organizational issues for Open Learning
  • Scalability, integration and reuse of Open Educational Resources
  • Context management for Open Learning systems
  • Languages and middleware for Open Access learning systems
  • Knowledge Management issues for Open Learning systems
  • Massive Open Online Courseware
  • Impact of technology on Open Learning
  • Use of open data and ubiquitous information, privacy and security
  • Social Networks and Open Access learning
  • Interrelationship between Open Learning and social inclusion
  • Curriculum development and the need for a fast changing adaptation
  • Policies and social concerns for Open Access learning & education including Intellectual Property Rights and licensing issues
  • Open Access learning systems for people with disabilities
  • Quality approaches to Open Learning
  • Pedagogical approaches and theories for Open Access education
  • Obstacles, future needs, and measures of success of the Open Learning concept toward education and interrelated settings

We are interested in both theoretical and practical papers that aim to improve Open Learning and learning performance by applying the latest technological advances toward user-oriented solutions. We would like to stimulate interest in the issues across academia, practice, industry, research and policy, and therefore we welcome focused papers from all sectors.

Important Dates (NEW)

Submission due: 30th October, 2015

Notification of acceptance: 30th December, 2015

Publication schedule: March, 2016 (Vol. 8. No. 1)

Submission Instructions

Electronic submission by email to the Guest Editor is required ( or

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

For more information about the KM&EL, please visit the web site:


Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)
ISSN 2073-7904


Maintained and Developed by:

Laboratory for Knowledge Management & E-Learning

Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong