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GO-GN Mini-Seminar Update!

With less than 1 week to go before our GO-GN mini-seminar on Tuesday 31 March, we’re excited to announce our fantastic line-up for the day following Martin’s post last week. Starting at 11.00 BST (GMT +1 – clocks change on Sunday) and ending around 15.00, here’s the schedule so far:

11.00 – 12.00 Open Methodology Handbook

Research methods workshop led by Rob Farrow and Paco Iniesto.

12.00 – 14.00 Researcher Presentations

We’re delighted to have an all star line-up for our GO-GN researcher presentations. Join us to hear:

12.00 – 12.05 Welcome! Introduction
12.05 – 12.25Gabi Witthaus (Lancaster)My #OpenDissertation journey: first steps
In this presentation, I will discuss my plans to release my dissertation openly as work-in-progress over the coming months, and will outline the first steps taken in this direction. The focus of my research is the nature of online engagement among displaced people in higher education. My study is based on ethnographic research with a small number of refugees and asylum seekers who are Sanctuary Scholars on an online Master’s programme offered by a UK university. I will discuss some of the ethical, conceptual and practical issues that I am engaging with in my methodology, and look forward to receiving feedback from the GO_GN community. For background, please see my blog post: #OpenDissertation 101: more questions than answers?
12.25 – 12.45Deb Baff (Lancaster)Update on PhD Research
12.45 – 13.05Verena Roberts, PhDOEP to Expand High School Learning Environments, Spaces and Experiences
13.05 – 13.25Danielle Dubien (Canterbury, NZ)An ecological lens on the stressors of planning for OER engagement
13.25 – 13.45Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State)Academic Library Publishing of OER

Enticed by the trending nature of OER and the potential they have for innovative pedagogy and affordable education, an array of organizations including “individual institutions, private funders, and government” (Hess, Nann & Riddle, 2016, p. 133) are providing incentives for the publication of OER. However, the high levels of perceived compatibility between these organizations and OER may lead to its incorrect development and implementation (Rogers, 2003). For example, a University might implement development of OER in order to enhance the reputation of the “institutional brand” (Sandy & Mattern, 2018, p. 342). By contrast, networks dedicated specifically to support and creation of OER consider development of OER in terms of serving the common good and democratizing access to knowledge. Because “incongruence in perceptions” (Chtena, 2019, p. 24) can cause difficulties and unforeseen challenges with implementation and use of OER, organizations involved in OER initiatives need familiarity with how OER and organizational values align. Informed by these concerns, this presentation will share elements of a proposed dissertation project exploring academic library publishing of OER as viewed through the lens of Diffusion of Innovations Theory (Rogers, 2003).
13.45 – 14.00Further discussion / Open Q&A 

14.00 – 15.00 Open Session (mini-presentations, general chat/Q&A, open to all)

Join us for an ‘open mic’ style hour, featuring short 10 min presentations, Q&A and general discussion. We’re delighted to have had a few folks get in touch to talk about their work/get feedback during this session but you don’t have to sign-up beforehand. Just turn up and join in! This session will feature:

  • Leo Havemann and Verena Roberts: Theory is not enough: translating research into action in open and contested space
  • Marjon Baas: Would you use it? A Qualitative Study on Teachers’ Assessment of OER in Higher Education  
  • Deb Baff and Kathy Essmiller: The Global Heart of GOGN and the importance of connections in an uncertain world

How can I get involved?

Everyone is welcome! You can join the seminar here:

And don’t forget the fantastic #OER20 which will take place afterwards on 1 and 2 April. Everyone can join in online and you can check out the line-up (which includes some of our fabulous GO-GN’ers!) over on the conference website.

Picture credit: You’re OERsome (cuz) Sharing is Caring by Beck Pitt is licensed CC BY 2.0. See:

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