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Global OER Graduate Network – GO-GN

Collection launched: 14 Dec 2021

This collection demonstrates the maturity and diversity of the GO-GN by gathering together eleven separate articles. The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN), was founded by Professor Fred Mulder of The Open University of the Netherlands in 2013 and is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The aim of this project was to nurture an OER research community by encouraging and supporting doctoral research students in this area.

The project transitioned to The Open University, UK, in 2015, with the aim of expanding the global network. The relative novelty of OER research often resulted in a lack of local expertise in open education. By connecting to the GO-GN doctoral researchers gained access to a network of experts, and a range of services. The network also connected individual PhD researchers from different regions in the world allowing them to exchange contexts and experiences. This was particularly valuable in the global context where many researchers may not have access to others in their region, but also where OER may have the greatest impact.

The content of these articles addresses a range of OER and OEP related issues. These eleven articles demonstrate the geographical range of GO-GN, the variety of methods its researchers use and the different perspectives they take on issues in OER and OEP. This range has been a useful resource and the GO-GN team at The Open University have led on the co-production of two guides that gather this expertise together in a Research Methods Handbook and Conceptual Frameworks Guide (available at

This issue was a showcase for the Global OER Graduate Network, a global network of doctoral students. We sought to support doctoral students and early career researchers, particularly in the disadvantaged global south during a pandemic. In this issue we therefore accepted different forms of submission, and offered a mentoring service to authors to help improve their papers. This mentoring process meant that the usual peer review process was not fully anonymous. One reviewer was from the GO-GN team, who could offer mentorship, and one reviewer was a standard anonymous reviewer. Hence the editors also acted as reviewers, to offer support to authors.

Edited by: Martin Weller
with Guest Editors: Robert Farrow, Francisco Iniesto and Beck Pitt