As I indicated in the first chapter, I adopted an open approach to writing this book, by posting draft chapters online on Cloudworks and my blog. Periodically, I invited the broader research community (via Twitter and Facebook) to comment on them. In this postscript, I want to reflect on this experience and consider the ways in which adopting such open practices might change the nature of academic discourse and scholarship in the future. I felt it was important to practice what I preach, given that a central theme of this book is about adopting open practices in learning, teaching and research. I wanted to share draft chapters I produced and also reflections on writing the book as I went along. This postscript summarises my experience and reflections.


Open Approach Academic Discourse Open Practice Conference Presentation Research Idea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gráinne Conole
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  1. 1.Beyond Distance Research AllianceUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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