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Open Access to Research Publications: Accessing Research Online by Emily Nunn

Have you ever looked for an academic research article online? A clinical trial for a new drug, for instance, evidence for the effects of climate change, or a study into the experiences of young LGBTQ people attending secondary school? If you study or work at a university, you may take access to this research for granted, but if not, you will often encounter a “paywall”; a screen that asks you to sign in to read further, or to pay a one-off charge. Read more

Community Open Online Courses: Create Your Own MOOC

My thoughts on Community Open Online Courses is that it is a vitally needed platform and resource for the enablement of knowledge sharing as well as personal and group development. Increasingly the production of knowledge is being coopted by market values which is resulting in the narrowing of who gets to make meaning, and who gets valued in our culture for having created public content.

COOCs facilitates a more open landscape of learning through teaching, and enables anyone to (a) use the same technology as many universities to share their knowledge (b) learn through teaching – a dialogue approach to knowledge building (c) engage with a community of peers. Not only this, but it provides the facility to bootstrap community organisations and small businesses to structure essential learning programmes which they feel are important for those who become a part of their project or enterprise. Read more