Topic 5 Reflection – Open Access: Free for All?

I found Topic 5 more challenging than the past entries due to the balanced arguments presented. Nonetheless, I managed to present both sides of the debate through critically evaluating journal and media articles.

Analysing Open Access (OA) in a plethora of contexts has enhanced my knowledge. For instance, after reading Carolina and Philip’s posts, I was introduced to OA outside the educational setting. As a result, I have created visuals highlighting the broad areas of OA, along with strengths and weaknesses, and goals for my final reflection.

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Figure 1. Open Access outside of education. Self-produced using Piktochart.

Figure 2. My process, improvements and future outcomes. Self-produced using PowToon.

Like myself, Andrei’s post illustrated the issue of socioeconomics when it comes to accessing scholarly journals. However, following a discussion, we concluded that it is important to think about the content producers. Thus, North et al. (2011) state how limited access can combat this as individuals can fully access the materials for a certain period of time. After, consumers need to purchase the product for continued use. This can benefit both publishers and students on a monetary and educational level. Moreover, OA can enhance professional development, which relates back to Topic 3.

Eloane’s post displayed the importance of OA policies within education. Upon reflection, I did some additional reading on Open Education Resources (OER), a policy providing students with freely accessible materials (D’Antoni, 2009). Sampson et al. (2014) suggested that high-quality OER is needed to break down barriers and encourage its use globally for ethical educational purposes. This can lead to a reduced cost of content development, which may improve the quality of research journals and thus, more shared knowledge.


Figure 3. More areas of OA, covered by my peers. Self-produced using Canva.

Overall, by interacting with others, I was able to gain insight into the perspective of various industries and their views on OA. Furthermore, I believe it is important to advocate for OA as everyone deserves a quality education, irrespective of their background.

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Andrei’s post.

Eloane’s post.

Featured Blogs

Carolina’s post.

Philip’s post.

Wei’s posts: 1, 3, and 5.


D’Antoni, S. (2009). Open education resources: Reviewing initiatives and issues. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 24(1), 3–10. doi: 10.1080/02680510802625443

North, D. C., Wallis, J. J., Webb, S. B., & Weingast, B. R. (2011). Limited access orders: Rethinking the problems of development and violence. In the Shadow of Violence, 1–23. doi: 10.1017/cbo9781139013611.001

Sampson, D. G., Ifenthaler, D., Isaias, P., Spector, J. M. (2014). Digital systems for Open Access to formal and informal learning. Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning, 1–7. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-02264-2_1

Figure References

Figure 1. Self-produced using Piktochart.

Figure 2. Self-produced using PowToon.

Figure 3. Self-produced using Canva.

Featured image. Open book. Retrieved from Flickr.


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