Course Announcements

OpenResearch Shoutout

As you might have seen in the section What do I need to do to participate in the course? we will be contacting you via email during the course. We will also be making the email text available here shortly after each message is sent out.

Announcement 12 October 2015

"Hello there

Congratulations! We’ve now officially reached the end of our facilitated run of the Open Research 2015 course on P2PU. Thanks so much for participating; we do hope you have enjoyed exploring the course material and found it interesting and stimulating.

Please don’t worry if you are working through the course at your own pace or want to revisit some sections. The course material will be available for a number of months before we archive it. All Hangout recordings etc. and Hackpads will also be available.

As you may remember we mentioned a possible further iteration of Open Research and/or the creation of a stand-alone version of the course in 2016. We’ll be reviewing participant contributions as part of working towards this goal. As mentioned in the “About” section of the course, all materials shared in the forums, spreadsheets, activities etc. will default to CC-BY-SA 4.0 (which the course and all School of Open offerings are licensed under) and we may choose to use contributions and ideas from you all so that others can benefit from your ideas and experiences. This will ensure that the course continues to improve and that the materials reflect the experiences of those who have previously participated. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact us at @OER_Hub or via email (oer-research-hub[at]

If you would like to apply for a course badge; please head over to to find out more and “submit a project” (a brief description of how you meet the criteria) to be considered.

Finally, we would love to know what you thought of the course regardless of whether you completed the whole course and attended all the Hangouts, or just read a section or two. A short survey is available here (until end of November 2015): All feedback gratefully received!

Once again thank you for being part of Open Research 2015; we’ve really enjoyed reading your contributions and meeting you over the past month. We also look forward to keeping in touch with you all. Follow @OER_Hub and bookmark for all the latest news.

With all best wishes Beck Pitt, Bea de los Arcos, Rob Farrow and Natalie Eggleston (Course organisers)"

Announcement 7 October 2015

"Hello there

Hope you’re having a great week and enjoying the course so far!

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Thursday 8 October) at 13.00BST we have an extra special Hangout with some awesome guest speakers discussing all things open research! This is a great opportunity to explore the advantages and challenges of researching in the open with experienced open researchers working in a variety of different contexts.

Find out more about our panel line-up here:

Join the call here:

Or if you’d prefer to watch/listen only, join the call via this link:

Can’t make it tomorrow but have a question you’d like to put to the panel? Tweet #openresearch or put them on the Hackpad for this week:

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Best wishes Beck Pitt (on behalf of the course facilitators) "

Announcement 5 October 2015

"Hello everyone!

Welcome to the final facilitated week of the course! We hope you’ve enjoyed participating so far. This week we’re focusing on the role of reflection and blogging in research (sections 4.0-4.5). Do check it out!

Last week we looked disseminating in the open, open access publishing and open licensing. We also had our regular Thursday Hangout hosted by the fabulous Bea and Rob. Catch up here:

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the course material, or are still working your way through earlier weeks of the course, don’t worry! There’s still time to get involved, particularly as this week we have an extra special Hangout with guest speakers. Join us at 13.00 BST on Thursday 8 October to explore the advantages and challenges of researching in the open. Our exciting panel speakers are:

Tess Cartmill (@TessCartmill) is project manager for the open research ROER4D project, which focuses on the impact of open educational resources (OER) in the Global South. Tess completed an MPhil (ICTs in Education) with a focus on OER in 2013. She has extensive experience of working in Information Systems and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams (@CherylHW) is Associate Professor at the Centre for Innovation in Learning Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and Principle Investigator of the ROER4D project. Cheryl has published, taught and researched extensively in ICT, online learning and OER.

Katy Jordan (@katy_jordan) is a researcher and PhD student at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University (UK). Specialising in online academic network analysis, Katy also researches the impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart) describes herself as “educator, researcher, social media fortune teller – part LEGO, all cyborg.” Based at University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Bonnie has extensively researched, written and lectured about online identities, digital scholarship and MOOCs and regularly blogs on the theoryblog.

You can join the call here: Or, if you’d prefer to watch/listen only, join the call here:

Find out more about the session on the OER Hub blog:

Can’t make it on Thursday but have a question you’d like to put to the panel? Tweet #openresearch or put them on the Hackpad for this week:

And of course, please feel free to spread the word about this week’s Hangout … as always, everyone is welcome to join us!

Wishing you a great week and hope to see you Thursday Beck Pitt (on behalf of the organisers)"

Announcement 29 September 2015

"Hi there

Following yesterday's weekly course update we are pleased to announce the line-up for our all-star panel on the advantages and challenges of researching in the open!

Join Bonnie Stewart, Tess Cartmill, Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Katy Jordan on Thursday 8 October 2015 at 13.00BST to talk all things open research. Find out more:

Looking forward to seeing you then and at our Hangout this Thursday at 15.00 BST to discuss open dissemination and reflection!

Best wishes, Beck Pitt (on behalf of the course organisers) "

Announcement 28 September 2015

"Hello there

How are you doing? Hope you’re enjoying the course so far and welcome to week three!

Last week we focused on conducting ethical research in the open and took a closer look at guerrilla research. Thanks to everyone who contributed their thoughts, experiences and resource suggestions to the forums or joined the Hangout ( Don’t worry if you still haven’t got started yet or are still working through material… there’s still time to join a Hangout or share your experiences via the forums. If you have questions then don’t hesitate to tweet us (#openresearch) or ask a message in the forums and we’ll endeavour to help out.

As a gentle reminder, next week is the final facilitated week of the course and we have an ALL-STAR PANEL at 13.00 BST on Thursday 8 October featuring not one, two or even three guests but FOUR wonderful speakers who’ll be there to talk all things open research and answer your questions. Keep your eyes peeled for a further announcement in the next day or so!

This week focuses on all things dissemination related. Take a look at sections 3.0-3.5 of the course and join researchers Bea de los Arcos and Rob Farrow on Thursday at 15.00 BST to chat about open dissemination and the role of reflection in research. Join the call here: Can’t make the call or viewing only? Add your questions or comments to the Hackpad:

Have a great week! Beck Pitt (on behalf of the course organisers)"

*Announcement 21 September 2015*

"Hello there

A big welcome to week two and hope you're enjoying the course so far!

Last week we examined the idea and practice of open research. There’s been some great discussion going on in the forums and interesting thoughts about potential challenges and benefits, from a range of perspectives and experiences. Thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts and developing the discussion!

It was also great to meet some of you on Thursday’s Hangout, where we took a closer look at open research. If you weren’t able to participate, or could only come along for part of the session, you can catch up here:

You can also check out a summary of the session on the week one Hackpad:

If you haven't had a chance to explore the course material, don't worry… there's still time to get involved.

This week we'll be looking at how to conduct research ethically and in the open. Do have a look at sections 2.0-2.5 of the course and come along to this week’s Hangout on Thursday 24 September where we’ll also be looking at a couple of articles:

• Facebook’s ‘Emotional Contagion’ study • What Big Data Needs: A Code of Ethical Practices • Data Scientists Want Big Data Ethics Standards

Please note that this week the Hangout will take place at 12.00noon BST and not 15.00 as previously advertised.

Have a great week and we look forward to meeting you soon! Beck Pitt (on behalf of the course organisers)"

*Announcement 14 September 2015*

"Hello there

Welcome to Open Research 2015! It’s great to see so many new (and familiar) faces on this year’s iteration of the course. A massive thanks to all 68 of you for your interest; we’re looking forward to finding out more about you, sharing ideas and discussing all things open research as the course progresses.

The course is self-paced but this week we’re focusing on exploring open research (sections 1.0-1.5 of the course). Our Hangout is taking place at 15.00 BST on Thursday and we’re focusing on exploring the theory and practice of open research. Do come and say hello in person and join the conversation! For those that aren’t able to participate, please add questions to our Hackpad or Tweet them to us on #openresearch. We’ll be recording the Hangouts each week so if you’re not able to join us, you can catchup later on.

I’m pleased to see that some of you have already started to introduce yourselves to each other. If you haven’t already said “hello” and told us a little bit about yourself, head on over to: Also remember to have a read through of “What do I need to do to participate in the course?” ( for all the essential information and details on the Hangouts.

We’re stoked to have you on board! If you have any questions, please tweet us @OER_Hub, use #openresearch or shoot us a query on the forums. Next week we’ll be looking in-depth at how to ensure your research is both ethical and open. Look out for a further email next Monday and a summary of what’s been discussed this week…

In the meantime, enjoy the course and we look forward to meeting you very soon! Beck Pitt (on behalf of the course organisers)"


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