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It is our pleasure to welcome you to EducationXPress, the publishing and community platform for those interested in advancing digital innovation in education.  While much has been written about technology-driven education, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the hype and thoughtful, research-based practices and outcomes.  While there are those in the field that have been doing educational technology for thirty years or more, recent applications including MOOCs have certainly invited a far more diverse audience to the conversation – traditional educators representing a range of content disciplines, data analysts, learning theorists, information architects, and the list goes on.

 

EducationXPress originates from a growing need to connect these diverse communities, a thirst for a shortened research-to-publication cycle and a desire to facilitate conversation among all stakeholders interested and invested in digital innovation in education.

 

EducationXPress is both a publishing platform and a community.  We have created sections of the site that aim to bring people up to speed on the relevant literature, share the latest news, disseminate preliminary findings, and converse about breakthrough research.  Briefly, these sections are as follows:

 

  • Reading List – The reading list is a fixed-length list representing the top 5-10 seminal documents in each content category identified by our editorial board and community members. They represent the most important works in each of the content categories.  The list is a living document that will evolve over time.  

  • Collection – The collection includes current reports, briefs, conference proceedings, videos, and journal articles relevant to moving digital innovation forward.  

  • EducationXPress First – This section is for original content first appearing on the site (as an open site, work may also appear elsewhere later).  This content falls into one of three categories.

    • Working Papers – Drafts of journal articles or conference papers not quite ready for prime time. Authors can engage the EducationXPress community in gathering feedback on draft papers and processes prior to submitting to EducationXPress or other journals for more comprehensive review and publication. Working Papers undergo preliminary review by the editorial team prior to posting to the site.

    • Research Briefs – Research Briefs are documents generally 15-30 pages in length and might include Course Reports, Methodological Notes, and Instructional Strategy Reviews. Briefs include discussion of methodology and findings at a high level. Research Briefs undergo preliminary review by the editorial team, are then assigned two or more reviewers with relevant expertise for review and feedback.  One or two rounds of editing may be required prior to publication on EducationXPress.

    • Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles – Peer-Reviewed Journal articles are 25 – 50 page publications and include deep discussion of background, methodology and analysis.  These publications undergo an extensive, blind review process and may include multiple rounds of edits in advance of publication.

 

Finally, the News and Calendar sections curate news from multiple sources, communication upcoming events and key deadlines.  Community participation is welcome and encouraged in all of these sections - from submitting items to the collections and reading lists, to new publications on EducationXPress, to engagement around existing items.  

 

It is our hope that you will invite colleagues to EducationXPress.org to share your work, do some reading, and engage in conversation.  Please feel free to make suggestion on how we can improve the platform and better support your innovation.

 

Best,

 

Eric Klopfer

Founding Editor

EducationXPress

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