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CICP Widening Participation Seminar

The OEPS project is featuring in the following event at The Open University in Milton Keynes in early December:

On 7 December OEPS will be contributing to a seminar on Supporting WP through Open Educational Practices organised by the OU’s Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)

The seminar – free and open to all – will look at the theme of Open Educational Practices. This is the second event in this academic year’s Widening Participation Seminar Series, which aims to encourage discussion and the sharing of best practice among WP practitioners and academics.

Speakers include:

  • Pete Cannell former Depute Director from the Open University in Scotland and co-director of OEPS (the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland project) will speak about the project and will consider the issues it raises in tackling the interface between open education and widening participation. Pete will also speak about what the OU has learnt specifically about barriers to engagement with Open Educational Resources.
  • Jonathan Hughes and Laura Hills from CICP and Hannah Gore, from the Open Media Unit, will speak about their experiences and observations of creating Badged Open Courses (BOCs), particularly Taking your First Steps into Higher Education. The presentation will focus on the extent to which the BOC attracted learners from a Widening Participation background and what we know about their transition into formal learning.
  • Professor John Richardson, of the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, will speak about student learning research over the last 40 years. This will give delegates a broad perspective and the opportunity to consider how research and practice around OERs can be properly grounded in what we already know about how students approach learning and how their teachers approach teaching.

Registration and refreshments will be available from 10am and the sessions will start at 10.30am, running until around 1.30. We are unable to provide lunch, however given the timings of the session you are welcome to bring your own if you would like to.

To reserve your place, please email Full details of the programme and joining instructions will be sent to those reserving a place.

Date: Monday, December 7, 2015 – 10:00 to 13:30

Location: The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA


Open Badges at eAssessment Scotland

‘Do open badges count’ is the central question to be explored in a seminar on accreditation in open education given by ALT’s Martin Hawksey at the eAssessment Scotland 2014 conference in September.

The seminar will examine the motivations behind badges and the effects of open badges, such as ‘situational awareness’ and Supporting Personal Knowledge Graphs (Siemens, 2014). Recently the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) has implemented a set of Mozilla Open Badges to accredit learning on its Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) by awarding weekly badges for various tasks including ‘checking-in’ and completing some predefined learning activities.

This seminar takes place during the eAssessment Scotland Day Conference on 5th September at the University of Dundee – see eAssessment Scotland 2014 is also offering an online conference from 8th – 12th September