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OERlabs Openbook/Field Notes (Student Participation)

Analysis-based studying and participation of scholars in analysis and design within the OERlabs[edit]

As a scholar, how can I take part in analysis and within the design of colleges and universities?
One potential reply to this query is studying by analysis.
In keeping with Reinmann (2009), this all the time takes place “when college students perform their very own analysis work […], once they take part in a analysis undertaking by taking up a single activity […], when they’re instructed and practising analysis […] or once they can no less than observe a analysis course of (genetic studying)” (Reinmann 2009, p. 8[1]).

All this occurs in a social neighborhood and as a social course of (cf. Huber 2007, p. 32[2]). In all variants of research-based studying summarised by Reinmann (2009), college students are actively concerned in scientific motion and the learners themselves are energetic as researchers (cf. Reinmann 2009, p. 9.[3] Examples for the implementation of this precept can be discovered within the completely different settings of the OERlabs.

However what does research-based studying do for college students and to what extent can this precept contribute to elevated scholar participation in analysis and within the design of universities?

Primarily based on my experiences from the seminar “Design and Manufacturing of Digital Studying Supplies”, I’ll attempt to reply these questions within the following. A decisive facet listed below are the various freedoms provided to the scholars, e.g. within the type of free alternative of matters and teams. On this means, particular person pursuits and focuses will be adopted and the completely different strengths and former information of the individuals will be introduced in. Though the scholars nonetheless obtain enter, help and sure time allowances, they should be taught to cope with the related autonomy by way of the in any other case very open design. For instance, it’s troublesome to give attention to an acceptable query or matter and to not get slowed down in the course of the work course of. The scholars additionally be taught to barter completely different views and opinions appropriately and to cope with criticism and adjustments. This change doesn’t solely happen inside the personal undertaking group, but additionally recurrently with all seminar individuals and the trainer. Thus the scholars not solely obtain particular person suggestions and solutions from completely different views, but additionally have the chance to view the work of different fellow college students. Such examples of scientific work, which originate from a gaggle of friends, are Hofhues, Reinmann and Wagensommer (2008[4]) is vital for college students to have the ability to assess and replicate on their very own work.

These differ from handed exams in that they don’t seem to be merely the copy of given content material, however the manufacturing of one thing particular, particular person and probably non-existent in kind, whether or not theoretical or sensible. On this means, the scholars broaden the position of the learners, develop into producers and authors themselves, and thus additionally a part of science and analysis.

This concept of integrating college students into analysis was additionally taken up within the presentation of the outcomes by inviting a jury of assorted specialists along with the seminar individuals. As a scholar you get the prospect to get suggestions from outdoors the seminar context and to take your undertaking out into the world as a primary step. Particularly in reference to OER, the scholars are inspired to organize their initiatives from the very starting of the seminar in order that they will later be shared on-line and distributed underneath a Artistic Commons license. On this means, college students can have a direct affect on the design of college and college, level out earlier weaknesses, provide options/enhancements and share their concepts of fine educating or good supplies with others. By this opening of the college context into the “actual world”, the scholars really feel, from their very own expertise, additionally a stronger utility {and professional} reference and really feel extra severely taken of their initiatives than if it’s only a matter of mere existence or an summary notice.

This precept of taking college students severely and involving them immediately in analysis and college design was additionally taken up by the OERlabs within the multi-stakeholder dialogues and college students have been intentionally invited as equal stakeholders. Such occasions and areas, which make such an change of all college members potential by negotiating issues, questions and matters collectively from completely different views, are very productive not just for the scholars, however for all individuals and ought to be additional promoted with regard to scholar participation.


  1. Reinmann, G. (2009, Preprint) Wie praktisch ist die Universität? Vom situierten zum forschenden Lernen mit digitalen Medien. Printed in: M. Schulz & A. Neusius (Ed.): Tagungsband zum 6. Fernausbildungskongress der Bundeswehr. (Preprint). Out there on-line at:, final accessed 09.10.2018.
  2. Huber, L. (2004) Forschendes Lernen: 10 Thesen zum Verhältnis von Forschung und Lehre aus der Perspektive des Studiums. Die hochschule. journal für wissenschaft und bildung, 2, p.29-49.
  3. Reinmann, G. (2009, Preprint) Wie praktisch ist die Universität? Vom situierten zum forschenden Lernen mit digitalen Medien. Printed in: M. Schulz & A. Neusius (Hrsg.): Tagungsband zum 6. Fernausbildungskongress der Bundeswehr. (Preprint). Out there on-line at:, final accessed 09.10.2018.
  4. Hofhues, S., Reinmann, G. & Wagensommer, V. (2008). w.e.b.Sq. – ein Modell
    zwischen Studium und freier Bildungsressource. In S. Zauchner; P. Baumgartner & A. Weissenbäck (Ed.): Offener Bildungsraum Hochschule: Freiheiten und Notwendigkeiten
    (p. 28-38). Münster (et al.): Waxmann.

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