A Conceptual Approach to Transform and Enhance Academic Mentorship: Through Open Educational Practices

Javiera Atenas*, Chrissi Nerantzi, ANNA BUSSU

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This paper offers guidance for policymakers and institutions keen on embracing Open
Educational Practices within their mentorship strategies, advocating for co-creation
and collaboration as foundational principles, to promote a wide range of open
practices to foster transparency, inclusivity, creativeness, innovation and collaboration
in academic mentorship. This conceptual paper explores the transformative potential
of Open Educational Practices in the context of academic mentorship, which is per-se
an open practice. We have adopted an integrative approach for our literature review,
which is a non-systematic model, to help us to mitigate algorithmic biases presented
in scholarly databases, for analysing and discussing literature, alongside the review of
case studies to explore the intersection of open practices and mentorship in academia.
We aim to highlight the profound impact mentorship has on professional development,
knowledge dissemination, and collaborative learning. Drawing on a diverse selection
of literature and case studies reflecting mentorship programmes both formally and
informally in academic contexts, this paper provides concrete examples from practice
of how Open Educational Practices can be seamlessly integrated into formal and
informal academic mentorship as a driver to enhance knowledge sharing, foster
inclusivity, and bolster the quality of mentorship relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-287
Number of pages17
JournalOpen Praxis
Issue number4
Early online date21 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2023


  • Open Educational Practices
  • Academic Mentorship
  • Academic Development
  • Academic Practice
  • Formal and Informal Mentoring


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