Further to our earlier announcement, we’re excited to present the full line-up for tomorrow’s (20 June) #YearOfOpen event here at The Open University (OU). Join us in Jennie Lee Building (Ambient Lab) here on campus or online (via Periscope @OER_Hub or via YouTube) at 14.00-16.00BST. We’ll be celebrating openness here at the OU in style, starting off with a series of lightening presentations from colleagues across the university, exploring what openness means to them and their roles. Our very own Martin Weller, will then lead discussions on how we can shape open at the OU.

The full line-up of our fabulous presenters is as follows:

Openness and the OU Library: How the Library is Supporting Openness at the OU (Nicola Dowson, Library Senior Manager (Research Support) and Dan Crane, Research Support Librarian) 

Opening Educational Practice beyond the OU: Open Platform and Practices (Anna Page, Senior Producer: Open Education Projects) 

“Openness demonstrated by the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland project, working with partners creating open online courses and further developing OpenLearn Create to support open practices, online course building and hosting.”

From Theory to Practice: An Open Educational Journey (Tim Seal, TESS-India Technical Director) 

“How UK based advocacy with the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE) lead to global implementation.”

Ethics in Knowing: Rationales for Openness (Rick Holliman, Professor of Engaged Research)

“In this talk I will briefly introduce three rationales for openness within Higher Education (normative, substantive and instrumental), and explore how they can be deployed at strategic and operational levels.”

Promoting and Supporting the Openness of Ideas related to Open and Online Learning (Laura Hills, Lecturer, Academic Professional Development) 

“This session explores how openness can be applied to practices supporting the development of open online courses and focuses specifically on RipFOOL (Research into Practice for Open and Online Learning), an informal special interest group which aims to bring together researchers and practitioners. It was established to try to overcome the boundaries that often exist between the educators who develop open online courses, the technical and systems specialists who support that process and the researchers who investigate the learner experience, so that expertise can be shared, irrespective of role, in the hope of improving the learner experience.”

From overspill to curation: Using open to turn the curious into learners (Simon Budgen, Head of Editorial & Engagement. OpenLearning Platforms) 

Openness as an Invitation to Participate (Andy Lane, Professor of Environmental Systems) 

“Learning is often a social process through communities of practice and interest and openness in education offers ways for people and organizations to ‘socialize’ and learn from each other in communities that may never physically meet.”

Don’t miss it! Come share your ideas and experiences and join us online or face-to-face (no need to book, just turn up!) for what promises to be a stimulating and fun celebration of all things open.