I’ve just finished up an article about a Canadian academic journal that I created 3 years ago, which was driven by graduate students . If it weren’t for the 50 volunteers (who became mentors to authors) and a free online platform, we wouldn’t have been able to launch this valuable service.
During my role as founding journal editor, I came to know pretty well the free online platform, the Open Journal System, created by John Willinsky and a team at UBC and SFU in Canada. This is a group of people who believe in the free dissemination of ideas and work in order to increase the knowledge base, networks, and sharing of research.
I think this tool could be used in learning by having students create their own ‘journal’ of sorts. The platform manages documents, submissions, communication, and presentations. It also has a French language feature, and the design/look is customizable. In essence, it could become a student-driven project showcasing their work, opinions, thoughts, and reflections in a collaborative and professional way.