Greetings POSE participants,

We hope this term is going as well as possible for you. This is the second of our POSE bi-weekly announcements. In this announcement we will look back at what we have been all doing in the Open Access unit and look ahead to the Open Research unit.

Looking back

For the last three weeks we have been learning together about open access in open scholarship. It has been inspiring to see the different ways that you are thinking about open access in your disciplinary context. We encourage you to contribute to the open access discussion and complete open access activities before the Open Research unit starts next week. If you haven’t had a chance to read through the discussions or activities for this month, they are full of incredible nuggets of wisdom and ideas from a variety of institutional perspectives. Highlights included:

  • For one of the Open Access activities the cohort shared some really useful reviews of innovative products and tools used in scholarly communication.
  • For another Open Access activity there was an interesting discussion about Traditional Knowledge, Open Access and the public domain.
  • The monthly discussion delved into critical perspectives about open access

During the monthly open chat Mark Turin, Associate Professor, UBC Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies & Department of Anthropology led a discussion about challenges in open access. You can view a recording of the session in the Media Gallery in Canvas We are coming to the end of the Open Access unit this week. Please take some time and finish off the discussions and activities that you haven’t had a chance to do yet. The unit will stay open for the remainder of the course.

Looking ahead

Next Monday February 1st we will be starting to explore Open Research together. In this unit, we will examine issues related to transparency, reproducibility, open research, and open data.

We are excited that Aled Edwards, Chief Executive of the Structural Genomics Consortium, Professor of Medical Genetics and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, will be leading a discussion about Open Research on Wed, February 10 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm PST. Please make sure to register to join this session.

Finally, we are also excited that Maha Bali, PhD, Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, will be exploring the nuances of open educational practices at the POSE open chat on March 31st at 10am PST. Please register to join.

We are excited to continue exploring open scholarship with all of you!

See you online,

POSE Course Facilitators


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