The marginalisation of open educational practices outside academia

Perryman, Leigh-Anne and Coughlan, Tony (2014). The marginalisation of open educational practices outside academia. In: Open Educational Resources 2014, 28-29 Apr 2014, The Centre for Life, Newcastle, UK.



A canyonesque gulf has long existed between open academia and many external subject communities. Since 2011, we have been developing and piloting the public open scholar role (Coughlan & Perryman 2012) - involving open academics discovering, sharing and discussing open educational resources (OER) with online communities outside formal education in order to help bridge this gulf. In 2013 we took the public open scholar into Facebook (Perryman & Coughlan, 2013) to reach an international audience of autism-focussed Facebook groups in India, Africa and Malaysia, with a combined membership of over 5000 people.

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