Hello POSE participant

The Open Education unit has just opened. In this announcement we wanted to share some thoughts about the Open Research unit and introduce the Open Education unit. 

We wanted to mention that we designed this course to be flexible. Regardless of where you are in the course, please don’t hesitate to join the discussions and attend the course synchronous events. 

Looking back at the Open Research Unit

This module covered a lot of ground and we’ve seen some great discussion around the difference between transparent, reproducible and replicable workflows. The conversations have been engaging and stimulating and have highlighted several interesting, contentious and unresolved issues that are part of Open Research. This has included some engaged discussion relating to the fact that definitions between disciplines differ and that many of these definitions are still in a process of evolution. It’s also been noted that while for researchers in STEM fields reproducibility and replicability are integral elements of the scientific process, this is perhaps less the case for those working in fields that have historically been less reliant on technology or are more discursive in their approaches to both research inputs and outputs. 

The conversation has also critically highlighted some of the differences between transparency and reproducibility and the varying roles these play in different disciplines and environments; and the impact of those related practices on future scholars. In general, there was definitely a common resonance that regardless of disciplinary motivation, integrating best practices that help buffer against future loss of scholarship due to technical obsolescence is an increasingly important consideration, but one nuanced by disciplinary methods and idiosyncrasies. We hope that this has given everyone food for thought – it certainly has for us!”

Looking ahead to the Open Education Unit

During March, we’ll be taking a deep dive into Creative Commons licenses, exploring the “open” of open educational resources, and thinking about how open scholarship can be applied to the social practices of teaching and learning. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the discussion if you have any questions as you work through the content.

Also, a reminder to join us for our Open Chat on the nuances of open educational practices with Dr. Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. The Open Ed Open Chat will take place on March 31st at 10am.  Registration details.

The Open Education unit is the last content focused unit before we start putting things together in the capstone module, where we’ll be applying what we’ve been learning to an aspect of our own practice. We’re looking forward to continuing the POSE journey and discussing and learning about different aspects of open education with you.


The POSE facilitation team


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