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GO-GN: Lessons in Building an Open Research Community

Weller, Martin; Farrow, Robert and Pitt, Rebecca (2019). GO-GN: Lessons in Building an Open Research Community. In: Pan Commonwealth Forum 9 (PCF9), 9-12 Sep 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland, Commonwealth of Learning.

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Abstract

Whilst the range and amount of published OER research has increased over the past few years the OER research community is, in academic terms, still a relatively new area of interest. It is also an area which is often characterised by advocacy and personal values. The combination of its novelty and the type of activity in the sector can lead to a research deficit. As the field matures, the need for high quality, objective research has become more apparent, in terms of effective approaches, and also developing a critical mindset within the field. However, given the globally dispersed nature of OER practitioners and researchers, it is often the case that any individual researcher will be acting in isolation within their institution.
In order to nurture and expand the OER research community, the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) network was founded in 2012. This is a global network supporting PhD researchers in the area of OER.
The GO-GN is based around an annual seminar, providing researchers with intensive support. This is associated with a major OER conference, which the researchers attend. Supporting this annual activity is a set of online activities, including monthly webinars, social media use and newsletters. The central team at the UK Open University also produce guides and resources for researchers. There are currently over 100 GO-GN members, with 20 alumni, covering 16 countries. They have produced 30 publications in peer reviewed journals.
This paper will set out how the network operates, the data representing the network, the range of research conducted by the members, lessons learned and plans for the future. It will also provide an opportunity to hear from the students themselves. This represents a model for techniques in developing and nurturing research communities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
GO-GN phase 2#2016-3844Hewlett Foundation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Learning and Teaching Innovation - Academic
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 67321
Depositing User: Rebecca Pitt
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 15:10
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 15:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/67321
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