Scope: Contemporary Research Topics is a publication initiative of Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand. At present it is comprised of two journals: Scope (Art) and Scope (Flexible Learning). Both of these journals are fully peer-reviewed; printed in hardcopy; and freely downloadable online, where moving image files may complement the hardcopy versions. More information about each of these journals are to be found on their specific webpages accessible through clicking on issues or the thumbnail images, which will take the user to their particular homepages and from their to further information and contents.
Scope (Art) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in the visual arts. It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding issues of practice, theory, history and their relationships as manifested through the visual and related arts and activities, such as sound, performance, curation, tactile and immersive environments, digital scapes and methodological considerations. With New Zealand and its Pacific neighbours as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Scope (Art) seeks to address the matters which concern contemporary artists and arts enquirers in their environments of practice. Both emerging and established researchers are invited to submit work in a variety of formats to the editors of the journal.
Scope (Flexible Learning) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in flexible learning for emerging scholars. It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding flexible learning theories and practices and seeks to address current and topical matters in education. Its focus is on building a sense of community amongst researchers from an array of New Zealand institutions with a goal of linking in, and stepping up to a wider international community.