Course journals engage students as creators of information by involving them in the academic publishing process.
Whether you involve students as journal editors or as authors and peer reviewers, course journals move you away from one-off assignments and provide experiential learning opportunities that focus on:
critical thinking, research, writing, and editing
crafting constructive feedback through peer review
ethics of information access and open access publishing
copyright, author rights and Creative Commons licensing
To learn more about integrating a course journal into your syllabus, email us.
As well, consult the Instructor Guide for Course Journals and see examples of student course journals.
Open educational resources
We support educators looking to adapt or create open textbooks and other types of open educational resources (OER).
We offer guidance and expertise including:
copyright and licensing information to understand how to “remix” (re-use) existing resources
support in using the Pressbooks digital publishing platform to create your OER
advice on dissemination to make your OER widely available
Learn more about creating and using open education resources. You can also email us about OER.
Student journals are academic journals run primarily by students, often in collaboration with professors.
Working on a student journal is a great way to build writing and editing skills while becoming familiar with the scholarly publishing process.
To understand how to run a successful journal, see our Journal Services Worksheet and consult the Student Journal Toolkit..
Current uOttawa students sponsored by a uOttawa affiliated professor can email us to enjoy our services, including:
space to publish your journal on Open Journal Systems (OJS)
training, technical support and workflow optimization on OJS
guidance on how to set up your journal for long-term sustainability
advice on copyright, Creative Commons licensing and more
Student journals publishing with us include the University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine and Potentia: Journal of International and Public Affairs.