Yes it’s Open but is it any Good? Reflections on an Open Reading Initiative of Scholarly Research OEW 2022

Monday, 7 March 2022, 10:00 CET

Open Education Week webinar


Panel discussion

This webinar focuses on the growth of open science and the plethora of open access scholarly publications in the area of digital education—for better and worse. It begins by reflecting on the 6th edition of the NIDL “top 10” good reads in the field of digital education. This exercise identifies a collection of scholarly open access articles published over the previous year that make a valuable contribution to the literature. A panel discussion then considers the challenge of finding time to “slow” read the literature and shares critical strategies for keeping abreast of the rapidly evolving literature. We ask what should you be reading? What was your top read from 2021? How do you filter the literature to ascertain whether a publication or journal article is worth reading? How much time do you spend ‘slow’ reading the literature each month and is this long enough? Just how “good” is the open-access literature?


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Eamon CostelloNational Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University

Dr Eamon Costello is an Associate Professor of Digital Learning at Dublin City University (DCU). He is curious about how we think, learn, and work online, offline, and everywhere in between. He has taught and researched a variety of topics in digital learning, open education and postdigital social science fiction.


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Mark BrownDublin City University (DCU), EDEN Digital Learning Europe

Mark Brown is Ireland’s first Professor of Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU). He is both a Fellow and Executive Committee member of EDEN and also serves on the Supervisory Board of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). Additionally, Mark is an Executive Committee member of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) which publishes the Q1 journal Distance Education. He serves on several journal editorial boards and coordinates the NIDL’s annual list of top 10 open access publications selected each year over the past 5-years. In 2017, Mark was recognised by the Commonwealth of Learning as a world leader in the area of Open, Online and Digital Education.

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Lesley GourlayUCL Institute of Education, University College London

Professor Lesley Gourlay, is a recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (Sept 2021 – 2024), focusing on ‘The Datafied University: Documentation and Performativity in Digitised Education’. She has published on a range of topics relating to posthuman theory, sociomaterialism, digital engagement, textual practices, and academic subjectivities. She is currently working on a new monograph for Bloomsbury Academic, with a working title of ‘The University and the Algorithmic Gaze’.

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Melissa BondUniversity College London/ University of South Australia

Following 10 years as a High School Teacher/Coordinator and five years as a Research Associate, Dr Melissa Bond is currently working as a Lecturer at UniSA. She is particularly interested in student engagement theory and the complex interplay of digital learning environments, teacher-student relationships, and learning activities.

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Petar JandrićUniversity of Applied Sciences in Zagreb

Petar Jandrić (PhD) is a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb (Croatia), Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton (UK), and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). His research interests are focused to the intersections between critical pedagogy and information and communication technologies. Research methodologies of his choice are inter-, trans- and anti-disciplinarity.