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How FSCI Online Works

Modified: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:21:45 +0000
Published: 6 Oct 2021

FSCI was originally envisioned in 2017 as a “summer institute” – pulling together in one place those actively engaged in advancing scholarly communication to learn from each other shoulder-to-shoulder in an immersive one-week experience.

FSCI Online 2020 has the same goals but will be different in significant ways.  It’s spread out over 2 weeks to allow more breathing room to stage virtual versions of all the engaging elements of FSCI: courses, plenaries, and community events.  To be successful, these will need active participation from the entire FSCI community.  Please familiarize yourself fully with all the Systems and Tools we’ll use to conduct FSCI, and be sure to consider our suggested Best Practices to make your virtual experience rich and fulfilling.


Systems and Tools



EventBrite is the FSCI registration system.  This is where you pay tuition and select your course package.

This is where you’ll select your courses, as well as Plenary and Community Events. You can return to to connect with all these events throughout FSCI, except for the courses themselves, which you’ll find in OSF.



Slack will be the central tool for communicating with fellow attendees during FSCI, and it’s vital that all attendees join the FSCI 2020 Slack workspace.  Each course will have its own Slack channel, and you may use it to communicate with instructors and other students, and sometimes to complete collaborative assignments from your course.  You’ll also find the most recent updates and announcements for all attendees, a “helpdesk” channel to get assistance when you encounter a problem, and much more.

If you are unfamiliar with Slack, we recommend you join today and get accustomed to its features.  All participants are expected to join the FSCI Slack channel prior to the start date of August 3. 

Slack workspace name: FSCI2020

Here are helpful links:



Be sure to update to the latest version of Zoom before FSCI begins.

Course attendees will be sent calendar invites to all the Zoom sessions associated with your course.  When you enter a Zoom session, you will be placed into a “Virtual Hallway,” where you can meet and greet your fellow students until the instructors bring you into the main Zoom room. The Virtual Hallway will also be available after each session, to further connect with your fellow students.

For all other events staged through Zoom, you will find Zoom links in the event listing in


OSF (Open Science Framework)


This is where all the FSCI courses will be centralized. 

Whether you’re an instructor or a student in a course, you must establish an account with the Open Science Foundation (OSF) website. All your course materials will be gathered there. Course attendees will be contacted separately and asked to provide a link to your OSF profile, so FSCI Organizers can connect you to your course(s). OSF accounts are free of charge.  Please take a few moments to set up your own OSF account ahead of FSCI.


Best Practices


Code of Conduct

Everyone taking part in FORCE11 activities—whether in person or online—are expected to show respect and courtesy to others throughout their participation.  FORCE11 has developed a Code of Conduct to articulate these expectations; we encourage all to familiarize yourself with the code prior to this year’s FSCI.


Time Management

If you are taking a FSCI course (or two), be sure to read the syllabus carefully to understand the time commitment this course will require of you.  Each course will have a certain amount of synchronous sessions over Zoom, but FSCI courses are not passive experiences. There will be substantial additional expectations for each course – such as pre-recorded videos, readings, assignments, and collaborative opportunities to work with and learn from your fellow students.

One of the reasons the in-person institute is rewarding is that everyone is pulled from their regular routine, and gathers in one place to focus on learning from each other, fully engaged. We hope everyone attempts that same level of immersion in the Online version, but we know most of our attendees have work and family and life – commitments that will continue during the time of FSCI.  

We urge everyone, to the extent possible, to try to disengage from your regular routine and turn your focus to FSCI. We urge you to take stock of how much time you’ll need to commit to FSCI courses, events and homework.  You may want to clear additional time from your work schedule, if possible.  You may need to set time aside outside of work hours as well.


Think (and speak up!) Asynchronously

Remember that the FSCI community is truly developed through our interactions beyond the classroom.  We’ve created many community events to help foster these connections, but even these additional face-to-face opportunities will be over in a flash, and not everyone will find the chance to speak up. We urge you to reach out to colleagues on Slack to help those connections deepen and expand the conversation. These conversations can become collaborations that continue long after August 13th.