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Multiple Authors, Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University

Pub Date: 2016

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Virginia Power, Lecturer/PhD Researcher in Information Management & Science, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK on 2/2/18

This is an open textbook produced as a result of two iterations of an online course concerning Open Research produced with the support of the Hewlett Foundation by the Open Education Research (OER) Hub, part of the Open University, UK. The book is... read more


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Open Research
  • 2. Ethics in the Open
  • 3. Open Dissemination
  • 4. Reflecting in the Open
  • 5. Final Thoughts
  • Appendix

About the Book

If you have an interest in openness, open education, research skills or want to find out more about the impact of Open EducationalResources (OER), then this resource is for you. You could be:

  • Using an OER with students and interested in assessing its impact
  • Facilitating sessions on open practice with students or colleagues and looking for inspiration
  • Working on a research project and wanting to find out more about incorporating open research techniques into your own practice
  • Curious about the benefits and challenges of open research
  • Looking to use open tools in your research
  • Wanting increased impact for your research
  • Interested in open research on OER

This resource will help you explore what open research is, how you can ethically and openly share your findings so others can reuse or developyour work, and the role of reflection and open dissemination. Whilstmany challenges and issues apply to all aspects of research (forexample choosing an appropriate methodology), open research bringsa range of different opportunities and challenges; it's these that weare specifically interested in exploring. What can openness add to theresearch process?

About the Contributors


The 2014 and 2015 iterations of Open Research and this Pressbook were written by OER Hub team members Bea de los Arcos, Rob Farrow, Beck Pitt and Martin Weller. The OER (Open Education Research) Hub are leaders in researching the impact of open educational resources (OER) on learning and teaching. We are based in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University (OU) in the United Kingdom. The Open University has an open admissions policy and is Europe’s largest provider of online distance education.