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Open questions to consider a peer reviewed journal on openness in education. 

The 2012 Paris OER Declaration specifies a number of open education principles. The declaration incorporates a clear statement to "encourage research on OER". In particular, the declaration suggests that we should: 

"Foster research on the development, use, evaluation and re-contextualisation of OER as well as on the opportunities and challenges they present, and their impact on the quality and cost-efficiency of teaching and learning in order to strengthen the evidence base for public investment in OER."

A few open questions:

  • Are you aware of any projects or initiatives to establish a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on openness in education as an area of academic interest encompassing OERs, Open Education Practices, Open Policy, Open Learning, Open Source Software in education, Open Research, Open Access, Open Data, Open Licensing, Open Governance etc. If so -- are these projects open to collaboration?
  • What do you think about the idea of a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on openness in education? Of course this would be openly licensed and would hopefully find suitable processes for open peer review (rather than closed blind peer review)?
  • Are there any individuals or organisations on this list who may be interested in collaborating or contributing to the design and establishment of such a journal?

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Wayne Mackintosh, Ph.D.
Director OER Foundation
Director, International Centre for Open Education, Otago Polytechnic
Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER, Otago Polytechnic
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Hi Wayne,

I think there is a clear need for such a journal, not only for the establishment of openness as an "academic discipline", but also, as you described it, for demonstrating a new peer-review paradigm based on transparency and participatory culture.

I would personally be interested in participating, but I'm not sure my institution would be willing to let me go all out, since I have many other areas of responsibility. Depends on the time frame and commitment of such an initiative.

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Message from ken.udas@gmail.com

Wayne,

I am guessing that others will point to formal and informal journal-like channels that have been dedicated to the study of openness (or some sub-area).  You may remember Terra Incognita, launched at Penn State, which was a series of blog postings intended to function as an interactive "journal" and forum for discussion on OSS and OER in higher education.  The project stopped when there was nobody left at Penn State to sustain it and because it was closely affiliated with Penn State, I do not think that interested parties outside of the University "picked-it-up."  That is, I think that unintentionally, it was culturally too closed (its identity, governance, etc. was not consistent with the values of openness) to sustain itself. My point here is that I think that having a publication and perhaps collaboration not affiliated with (sponsored by) a specific institution (university), but with a community, could be a great community asset. It may engender broader "ownership."

I like the idea of peer reviewing, and think that the notion of review could be rethought to appropriately match the underlying values of openness. 

Wayne, I would be happy to personally contribute to the effort!


Cheers,

Ken



At Empire State College, we are preparing to launch a journal which we will be calling Innovative and Open (IO).  If anyone has any specific interest, Amy McQuigge is the editor, and she can be reached at amy.mcquigge@esc.edu

We are in the early stages of assembling, so there are many questions which we may not yet have have the answers to, but we welcome any and all suggestions, questions, and input.

All my best,
Bob Clougherty

R. J. Clougherty, Jr., PhD
Acting Vice Provost for Research, Innovation, and Open Education
SUNY--Empire State College
Saratoga Springs, NY


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Subject: [OPENNESS] Open questions: Peer reviewed academic journal focusing on openness in education

Open questions to consider a peer reviewed journal on openness in education. 

The 2012 Paris OER Declaration specifies a number of open education principles. The declaration incorporates a clear statement to "encourage research on OER". In particular, the declaration suggests that we should: 

"Foster research on the development, use, evaluation and re-contextualisation of OER as well as on the opportunities and challenges they present, and their impact on the quality and cost-efficiency of teaching and learning in order to strengthen the evidence base for public investment in OER."

A few open questions:

  • Are you aware of any projects or initiatives to establish a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on openness in education as an area of academic interest encompassing OERs, Open Education Practices, Open Policy, Open Learning, Open Source Software in education, Open Research, Open Access, Open Data, Open Licensing, Open Governance etc. If so -- are these projects open to collaboration?
  • What do you think about the idea of a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on openness in education? Of course this would be openly licensed and would hopefully find suitable processes for open peer review (rather than closed blind peer review)?
  • Are there any individuals or organisations on this list who may be interested in collaborating or contributing to the design and establishment of such a journal?

--
Wayne Mackintosh, Ph.D.
Director OER Foundation
Director, International Centre for Open Education, Otago Polytechnic
Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER, Otago Polytechnic
Founder and elected Community Council Member, WikiEducator
Mobile +64 21 2436 380
Skype: WGMNZ1
Twitter | identi.ca
Wikiblog

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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