Open Education workshops

  • Interested in holding an event to find out more about opening educational practices (OEP)?
  • Thinking about getting colleagues together to discuss open practices?
  • Want to find out more about the impact of open practices and open educational resources (OER)?
  • Looking for best practice examples and advice?

The OEPS research team are taking to the road! If you are an institution, project or a group in Scotland who are interested in OER and OEP and you’d like to have us come and run a workshop for you, we’d love to hear from you!

We are offering a range of half and full-day workshops (see below) on different facets of OER and OEP. Workshops have been developed for between 10-25 participants.

The online enquiry form to book a workshop is available below. Alternatively, please email us with any questions or queries.


When will I be able to book a workshop? 

We are aiming to book workshops into three slots during the year: April-May, October-November and December-January.

How much does it cost? 

Having us come and visit you to conduct a workshop is free of charge. However, we do ask that you provide a room and suitable equipment to help us facilitate the workshop. We will send a short list of requirements once you have made an enquiry.

What workshops do you offer? 

There are a total of six workshops on offer. We will be adding detail on our Accessibility, Learning Design and Open Scholarship workshops shortly. If required, we can combine workshops (for example a half day workshop with a half day version of another workshop) if this suits your requirements better. Contact us to discuss your needs!

Thinking About Open

Thinking About Open is a half-day workshop exploring what openness and open educational practices are. The workshop aims to help instigate discussion at your organisation on how openness could make a difference to your own practices whilst acting as a springboard for further discussion on the practicalities of open practice. The workshop utilises a range of case studies and examples of openness to help facilitate discussion.

This workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in finding out more about openness and how it can make a difference to their own practice.

A provisional schedule for the workshop:

Session Outcome Duration
Introduction &
What does openness mean to you?
Stimulate and document initial discussions around openness 30 minutes
What is open? Understanding of different aspects of openness through real life examples 30 minutes
Why and how can open make a difference? Understanding of openness in practice and barriers/challenges. Providing exploratory material/food for thought for afternoon session 30 minutes
Barriers to open Understanding possible challenges and solutions to being open 30 minutes
Exploring how open can make a difference to our practice An opportunity for group discussion around what kind of changes to practice and policy could be implemented and how this/these could occur 30 minutes
Round-up Assess and reflect on workshop activities. Takeaway points and resources. 15 minutes

“The ‘Thinking about Open’ session Beck and Bea facilitated for a range of UHI colleagues was both timely and excellent. It broadened and deepened the range of ways in which we could consider and approach open educational practice, and how an open ethos could be reflected in individual and collective practice within our own institutional context. We have already begun to further explore issues and ideas introduced during the workshop, and to identity practical and strategic next steps that we can take.”

Professor Keith Smyth, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Inverness (November 2016)

“Thought provoking…”

“Thank you! Great discussion. Need more of these debate sessions across institutions to unravel the ‘openness’ concept.”

Participant feedback from Thinking about Open taster sessions at OEPS Advisory Forum II

Open Research 

Open Research is a one-day workshop looking at different ways openness can make a difference to the research process. This face-to-face workshop is broadly based on a course developed and facilitated by members of the research team as part of their work on the OER Research Hub project. The workshop enables participants to share experiences and take a closer look at what open research is, what ethical considerations might be raised by researching in the open and the roles of dissemination and reflection.

The workshop is aimed at anyone who has an interest in ways of increasing the impact of their work via open practices.

A provisional schedule is as follows:

Session Outcome Duration
Introduction: Your experiences of research + exploring openness A collective understanding and exploration of what we mean by research, current practices and what we think open research practices are 45 minutes
Where can openness make a difference and what could this look like? A good understanding of what constitutes open research and how openness could increase the impact of your research 60 minutes
Open ethical research An overview of what ethical issues could arise as a result of incorporating more open practices into research, and how to mitigate these. 60 minutes
Getting the word out! A better understanding of how and why one should build an online identity through disseminating the progress and outputs of one’s research 60 minutes
Reflecting on your own research A chance to reflect on the day’s sessions in relation to one’s own practice and share thoughts and ideas. 30 minutes
Round-up Assess and reflect on workshop activities. Takeaway points and resources. 30 minutes

OER Research 

If you are interested in the evidence for how and in what ways OER is making a difference and evaluating the impact of OER, this is the workshop for you! We’ll be taking a deep dive into the current research on the impact of OER and what counts as impact in this half-day workshop.

The workshop is aimed at anyone who has an interest in the impact of OER and wants to hear the latest research findings.

A provisional schedule for this half day workshop is as follows:

Session Outcome Duration
State of play in OER A good understanding of current research and the questions that have occupied OER researchers so far. Participants also examine where, and why, gaps in research may exist. 60 minutes
Areas of impact Increased awareness of areas where openness makes a difference and what counts as evidence of impact 60 minutes
Relevant issues for evaluating OER projects Participants have identified their own evaluation questions, and how to go about answering them. 60 minutes

Learning Design

Learning Design is a structured design, specification and review process. It is supported by a simple set of tools and resources that enable a student-activity based approach that puts student experience at the heart of the design and production process.

The Open University’s Learning Design methodology is characterised by three principles:

  1. Mechanisms to encourage design conversations across disciplines and expert roles;
  2. The use of tools and instruments as a means of describing and sharing designs;
  3. The strategic use of information and data to inform and guide the decision making process, at the point when decisions are being made.

A workshop delivered at your institution with a focus on better understanding the design of a course in context. Workshops could be of benefit early-on to reach shared understandings and discuss the aims and character of the course, or in the later stages of the course writing process to review, analyse and trouble shoot issues such as usability, design consistency and integrity, planned interactions, and the wording and sequencing of activities. The facilitators, from the Learning and Teaching Development team at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University (UK), will use proven workshop activities developed over the last seven years across a number of distance and traditional HE institutions, and they will be able to provide insight from their expertise in curriculum and learning design.

Accessibility: Making OER and MOOCs accessible to all

If open educational resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are to enable learning for all, it is crucial that they meet the accessibility needs of all potential learners, particularly those who are disabled. People may engage with resources using assistive technologies (for example, screen readers or voice recognition software), or they may require resources in particular formats (such as print based rather than online materials). But how do you factor this in when designing OER and/or MOOCs for use in different contexts?

This workshop explores some of the key issues to consider when creating accessible OER and MOOCs, including:

  • What accessibility needs might learners have?
  • What devices do learners use to access OER and MOOCs?
  • What does the law say about accessibility for OER and MOOCs?
  • How does the accessible design of OER and MOOCs compare to that of formal learning?

This interactive workshop will be facilitated by staff from the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University (UK) with expertise in accessible and inclusive learning practices.

How can I book?  

You can book a workshop, contact us with questions or schedule a chat with us regarding your requirements, by completing the form below.

This page was last updated on 24 November 2016 

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