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.
Come find me on Twitter: @jetsumgerl or on my blog: https://sujonz.wordpress.com/
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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I’ve just started putting together a new book on the use of social media in higher education and it will be out next year. After I contributed to David Hopkin’s book on Emergency Rations I felt inspired and that I could do something similar.
So back in June this year I emailed/DM’ed several people I have worked with or knew who used aspects of social media in different universities asking them if they wanted to contribute to the book. I had a great response and now the book is shaping up nicely. There are 22 chapters representing 21 different universities (plus JISC) and from a variey of different professions, lecturers, learning technologists, librarians, carrers advisors and senior managers.
Also I thought it would be a process worth blogging and tweeting about, which I will do over the the next few months.
Here are the chapter titles so far:
Developing a professional online presence and effective network.
The digital, authentic you.
Putting the Digital in the Professional for Social Work Students.
Career development online – is ‘The real world’ losing its importance?
Exploring the tensions in personal and professional identity to enable authentic debate and dialogue.
Teaching and learning.
Exploring social media use as a distraction in the HE classroom.
Social Media and Digital Identity in Formative Assessment.
A Framework for teaching social media for staff and students in HE.
Modelled use of cloud tools and social media by academic developers.
Social Media And Its Potential Application to Creative Students.
‘But I already know that’: Teaching social media beyond the front page.
Digital Natives. Apocryphal abecedarians or disconnected day-dreamers?’
Leadership and Social Media: Challenge and Opportunity.
Twitter and University Leadership – Navigating PR, academic networking and social identity.
Building Cohort Identity through Social Media.
WeChat, WeLearn: using social media to support the experience of students on a year abroad.
Using social media to create a sense of belonging and ‘connectedness’ for first year undergraduate student arrivals in a School of Arts and Humanities.
Bursting out of the bubble: social media, openness and HE.
Perspectives on Networked and Open Scholarship: Affordances and Barriers.
Academics’ understanding of Learning Spaces: Attitudes, practices and outcomes explored through the use of Social Media.
Learning to Twalk: an analysis of a new learning environment.
Expertise in your ears; why you should jump on the podcasting bandwagon.
The Personal Journey
A Librarian’s experience of Twitter as a tool for continuous personal development.
The ‘Healthy Academic’, Social media and, a personal and professional journey.
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