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A case study of scholars’ Open and sharing practices

TitleA case study of scholars’ Open and sharing practices
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVeletsianos, G.
EditorsGil-Jaurena, I.
PublisherOpen Praxis
Volume7
Start Page199
Issue3
Pagination199-209
Date Published09/2015
ISSN2304-070X
Keywordscase study, digital participation, open practices, open scholarship, openness
Abstract

Although the open scholarship movement has successfully captured the attention and interest of higher education stakeholders, researchers currently lack an understanding of the degree to which open scholarship is enacted in institutions that lack institutional support for openness. I help fill this gap in the literature by presenting a descriptive case study that illustrates the variety of open and sharing practices enacted by faculty members at a North American university. Open and sharing practices enacted at this institution revolve around publishing manuscripts in open ways, participating on social media, creating and using open educational resources, and engaging with open teaching. This examination finds that certain open practices are favored over others. Results also show that even though faculty members often share scholarly materials online for free, they frequently do so without associated open licenses (i.e. without engaging in open practices). These findings suggest that individual motivators may significantly affect the practice of openness, but that environmental factors (e.g., institutional contexts) and technological elements (e.g., YouTube’s default settings) may also shape open practices in unanticipated ways.

URLhttp://openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/article/view/206
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