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Being a Scholar in the Digital EraTransforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good$
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Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329251

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329251.001.0001

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Opening education and linking it to community

Opening education and linking it to community

(p.39) Three Opening education and linking it to community
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Jessie Daniels

Polly Thistlethwaite

Policy Press

The success of both open education and participatory research is fully intertwined with the expansion of open access scholarship. For open online courses to deal in robust curricula, supporting texts and media must be open and available to every reader. Much-vaunted massive open online courses are developed on proprietary platforms requiring registration (and often payment) that excludes many students from participation. Much of the world’s scholarly heritage is unavailable to readers unaffiliated with a research library wealthy enough to provide access to expensive journals and databases. Drawing on experiences with the JustPublics@365 participatory open online course, or POOC, this chapter discusses the politics and possibilities of open access pedagogy and the broader engagement with communities that academics might achieve.

Keywords:   participatory research, open access scholarship, open education, student, online courses, open access pedagogy

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