Slides for my presentation at #SocMedHE18:
I was really pleased to get an email from Open Book Publishers (OBP) yesterday which started with this opening sentence:
I’m delighted to let you know that I received a positive report (with suggestions for revision) from our first referee and that we decided to accept your manuscript for publication pending some changes.”
So after a year’s work on the book the publishers have given me confirmation that it will be published. It wasn’t my original intention to go with an official publisher when I first embarked on this project. When I first started I intended to self publish the book, simply as a pdf or with an epublisher but the book has almost taken on a life of its own. I received more chapters than I expected and also the range of topics enabled me to group them by themes and develop a coherent whole to the book.
There is still more work for me to do as the editor. OBP had the manuscript peer-reviewed and they have many suggestions for improvements. These are mainly to do with consistency and clarity but they should be done fairly quickly. I’m hoping I can do these amendments by the end of this semester. Also Professor Lesley Gourlay (UCL Institute of Education) has agreed to write a Preface for the book which a little added bonus that should bring a wider audience to the book.
Why go with a publisher? The main reason I looked at the more ‘official’ route of going with a publisher was because of their distribution networks. If I’d done the distribution through my own personal learning network I would not have had the impact of a recognised publisher. Also, at he time I wasnt aware that open access publishers even existed! After a little bit of research I found OBP and was really pleased with what they are offering. According to their website, ‘Open Book Publishers, founded in 2008, is already the biggest open access academic publisher of monographs in the UK and amongst the leaders in the English-speaking world’, it has a Platinum (i.e. without any charges to authors, or payment of fees or charges to readers and third parties) Open Access publishing model. www.openbookpublishers.co Twitter @OpenBookPublish http://blogs.openbookpublishers.com/
At the start of this project I didn’t really appreciate just how long it would take to get the book published and it’s still not done yet! Having mainly published on blogs and in journal articles I didn’t fully appreciate the whole review process of editing a book – but I do now. Fingers crossed we will have a published book at the start of next year:)
Yay! Finally sent off the book to the publishers!!!
It’d been a long process to get to the final stage. Last November I sent out a Tweet for contributers who would like to write a short chapter on a book entitled ‘Social Media in HE’. Initially I had 28 respondants. As the deadlines came for the abstracts, then the first draft in February and the final draft in May I finished with 20 completed chapters. This was a whole new experience for me and at times I felt like a teacher chasing up the class for their homework! But I have enjoyed the process and it does feel good to end up with a final manscript in my hand.
All together there are now 22 different chapters(including the Introduction), covering a wide variety of different topics. I’ve grouped them together into six different themes; professional practice, teaching and learning, leadership, building networks, innovation and the personal journey (as you can see from the contents page below).
There is still a while to go before we see the finished book. I’ve sent the book to Open Book Publishers who will now peer review the book and make decision about whether they want to print it or not. Also, I guess they might want further revisions or changes. They will take up to three months to review the book so I should know by November what decisions they have arrived at.
I have have chosen Open Book Publishers because of its commitment to making their books freely availble online:
Open Book Publishers, is a signatory of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (on this initiative and its aftermaths see Jean-Claude Guédon’s Open Access: Toward the Internet of the Mind), participant in the OpenEdition project, and founding member of the Pure Open Access Alliance.
Dr Jane Norris has a cross disciplinary background in Speculative Design, Critical Writing and Digital Media. Before joining Richmond University, she structured and led a BA Hons in 3D Design Craft for ten years, teaching material engagement and design theory. She has recently undertaken post-doctoral research in the Critical Writing department at the RCA. She gained her PhD: Viatopias – exploring the digital language of urban travel spaces. at Chelsea College of Art. UAL.
My current research focuses on writing a book Making Polychronic Objects – de-colonializing our relationship with materials. This research investigates the impact of digital theories of time, aerial viewpoints, crumpled time, object emergence and de-colonial making on our material use. My writing explores outside-enlightenment approaches to materiality in design, through tactics such as design fiction short stories, para-fictional public projects and sonic design fiction workshops. I develop ideas through near future fiction, magazine articles, academic papers in journals, and by contributing essays to books.
“Driven by a deep curiosity about the contours of digital culture, my research interests broadly address the relationship between “new” technologies, media practices and political culture. Questions about the epic connections between the technological and the cultural drive my research vision, particularly as related to social change, political and social life and social theory. Currently, these interests coalesce around three themes: social media and platform politics; the intersections between privacy and sharing culture; and the impact of digital media on changing skill sets and digital literacies.”
Specialties: social media, digital media, culture, social and political theory, citizenship, publics, new technologies, digital literacies.
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Andrew is leading thinking about Future Learning Spaces, student-centred active learning and the development of learning and graduate capabilities. He is known for his innovative work in developing audio feedback and exploring the potential of media-enhanced learning.
Andrew also leads the UK Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG), a group which has inspired thousands of academics, developers and students to consider the ways they can enrich learning by responding to the affordances of personal and mobile technologies. For example, he has led initiatives within the group to develop methods and pedagogic understanding about using the recorded voice, smart mobile devices, and social media for learning. He has led collaborative book publishing activities, and supported open learning initiatives through the group.
Andrew remains committed to understanding new learning spaces, especially those that are digitally enhanced and connected seamlessly to the world beyond the classroom and continues to research and write about Social Open Learning Environments as disruptive future learning spaces. He blogs about this at Tactile Learning
Andrew is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academ
Natalie Lafferty (@nlafferty) Natalie is an open education practitioner in higher and medical education and heads the Centre for Technology and Innovation in Learning at the University of Dundee. Over the past 10 years she’s been an advocate of using open technologies in higher education to support co-creation of learning and digital scholarship. Natalie led the development of Dundee Medical School’s WordPress-based VLE “MedBlogs’ and in her teaching encourages students to use WordPress to support their reflective practice.
Pat Lockley (@pgogy) started out in WordPress at the University of Nottingham as a blogger. He then went to work at the University of Oxford on a WordPress OER project as a developer. When that ended, he worked on another WordPress OER project. He then went to the University of London, where amongst other things, he helped redesign their blog For the last four years, he’s been self-employed running Pgogy Webstuff and doing a lot in WordPress. You can see more on his WordPress dot Org profile
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Martin Compton is Senior Lecturer in Teaching, Learning and Professional Development, within the Educational Development Unit at the University of Greenwich. Amongst a range of CPD, teacher education and research responsibilities, he is programme Leader for the Award in LTHE, course leader on the online PGCert HE and tutor to an international cohort.