Week Seven: Open Access

Directors: Sue Erickson (Virginia Wesleyan College) and Maha Bali (The American University in Cairo)

Cross-continental greetings from Maha and Sue!

Our plan for this week is to have participants explore issues around Open Access (OA) and share their motivations for participating in OA.  With a variety of activities and platforms, we hope to facilitate learning from each other’s experiences and practices with open access and open scholarship.  

Sunday, March 5

Daily provocation (via Twitter): what motivates you to go open access? Tweet throughout the day on your timezone with hashtag #OpenLearning17

Our main reading for the week will be Peter Suber’s book Open Access, focusing mainly on chapter 1: What is Open Access? We will be collectively annotating this chapter in Hypothes.is,  but feel free to annotate other chapters that interest you throughout the week, and to blog your reflections.

The book can be found at: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/open-access

Instructions for annotating PDFs offline via Hypothes.is: https://hypothes.is/blog/synchronizing-annotations-between-local-and-remote-pdfs/

NOTE: for updates and supplements to Open Access, please see Peter Suber’s home page for the book: http://bit.ly/oa-book

Monday, March 6

Daily provocation: what are the biggest obstacles/barriers/challenges of open access, in your view? Tweet throughout the day on your timezone with hashtag #OpenLearning17

Explore and share your learning: Sherpa-Romeo and Sparca Open

A useful resource for those who care about open access is http://sparcopen.org/ – and a useful resource within it for evaluation “how open is it?” https://sparcopen.org/our-work/howopenisit/

What are the main differences between green OA and gold OA? [Suber has a concise description of each here:  http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm] Sherpa Romeo is a great resource for learning about open access policies of subscription journals: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/index.php

Tuesday, March 7, 3pm EST, 10pm Cairo time

Join us for a Google hangout at 3pm EST with Frances Bell (@francesbell), Chris Gilliard (@hypervisible) and Chris Friend (@Chris_friend). Each of these educators has a special perspective on open access to offer us. We’ll be asking them what open access means to them, why it matters, and how they apply it in practice. Again, that direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT2x1COHX0w

Wednesday, March 8

Daily provocation: Is there still a role for OA Green? Tweet throughout the day on your timezone with hashtag #OpenLearning17

Choose your own Open Access adventure:

Read the following blog post and post your reactions on your own blog with the #OpeningLearning17 tag: http://poynder.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-nih-public-access-policy-triumph-of.html
Is there still a role for OA Green?
Is the definition in the Budapest Open Access Initiative still valid, or is it need of updating in light of developments in the last decade?


On your blog, respond to the following questions:
What is the value of the DOAJ https://doaj.org/? What are the implications of corporate sponsorship of the DOAJ?

Gold stars for anyone who does both!

Thursday, March 9, 6am EST/1pm South Africa time

We’ll be teaming up with Virtually Connecting at the #OEGlobal conference in Cape Town to have a discussion with an international group of educators on open access: Laura Czerniewicz (@czernie), Catherine Cronin (@catherinecronin), Rajiv Jhangiani (@thatpsychprof), and Caroline Kuhn (@carolak). We will also hear from them how the conference is going! If you can’t make it to the session, you can watch it live or recorded here.

Additional resources

Friday, March 10

Daily provocation: how will you approach open access (own practice or advocacy) going forward?

A little Friday fun!  Create a meme about your feelings about open access (or how people around you respond when you mention open access) and post it to Twitter or your blog. There are many meme makers for different operating systems, or you can use a simple program like Paint or Google slides.

Additional resources:
Check out other memes here https://clmoocmb.educatorinnovator.org/home/assignments/make-a-meme/  

Information above by Sue Erickson and Maha Bali
Page compiled by hub director Gardner Campbell