Thursday, October 27 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Open Content, Experiential Learning, and Online Community-building: The Continuing Contribution of Open Journal Systems to Open Education

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Students, instructors, and librarians are finding new opportunities for experiential and collaborative online learning with OJS.


In addition to its original goal of increasing access to high-quality academic content, the free/open source Open Journal Systems software is increasingly making an impact in the areas of experiential and collaborative learning. Students have begun using the software to create their own graduate, undergraduate, and high school journals, engaging in a critical process of 'learning by doing' to discover the real world challenges of the scholarly publishing process. Instructors have started using the software in the classroom, taking advantage of its professional online peer review system to have students evaluate one anothers' work. And librarians are building new research commons and developing publishing services to support this process, and are finding the opportunity to deepen their information literacy instruction, basing it on students' direct experience with the peer-review system. This session will provide a brief overview of these new developments, including some case studies, and provide information about trying it out for yourself.


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Kevin Stranack

Associate Director, Community Engagement & Learning, SFU Library / Public Knowledge Project
Associate Director for Community Engagement & Learning, Public Knowledge Project at the Simon Fraser University Library.

Thursday October 27, 2011 10:45am - 11:15am
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