During the capstone module, you’ll be asked to work on a project in which you’ll apply one or more aspects of open scholarship to your scholarly practice. In this activity, please take a moment to reflect on Open Research and think about some different ways it could be applied to your work. This activity draws upon the Stanford University design thinking framework and a goal is, as a group, to generate and capture different ideas that could later be developed into capstone projects. This activity should take approximately 20 minutes.

Scenario: Breaking News!

Your department has just received internal funding to help support transparent and reproducible research practices! This funding can be used to help provide time for developing an open research strategy. To get started with this initiative, your department or unit head has asked you to reflect on your own research practices and suggest some strategies on how to make it more open.

Step 1: Brainstorm!

Take three minutes and think about any of your research processes, practices, or tools that are not currently open that you’d like to be open.  Write down as many ideas as you have (on a piece of scratch paper or on your own computer).


  • I don’t publish much or any of the data that underlies my research
  • I’ve never pre-registered a study

Step 2:  Reframe the Idea!

In this step, please take one of your ideas that you have jotted down and reframe it in terms of the practice that you would like to change. Please restate your idea using the following format: Transform [the practice] to [the goal].


  • Transform [my research data] to [be accessible to other researchers].
  • Transform [my research plan] to [be more transparent during my research process]

Step 3: Getting Started:

Take your reframed idea and write down three or four steps that you could accomplish in three hours that would help you begin to meet your idea.


  • Transform [my research plans] to [be more transparent] 
    • Research different types of pre-registration that would be relevant to my work
    • Review different places or platforms for preregistration in my discipline
    • Review the templates and processes for preregistration at those platforms/sites
    • Choose a preregistration site and develop the strategy (i.e. collect the information needed) to preregister my next research plan

Step 4: Share!

Take your ideas and getting started steps and share them with the group. To do so, we’ll be using a padlet, which is a form of an online sticky note board. To get started, click on the + symbol in the bottom right of the below padlet to start a blank note and then write or paste your idea into the new note.

Add your reflections to the padlet below.


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