Exploring open educational practice in an open university

Cannell, Pete (2013). Exploring open educational practice in an open university. In: UNISA Cambridge International Conference in Open, Distance and eLearning, 29 Sep - 2 Oct 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa.


This paper looks at how partnership working, developed to support widening access objectives, has created opportunities for innovative initiatives involving Open Educational Resources (OER). The activity is located in Scotland, which forms one distinctive part of the increasingly differentiated UK higher education environment. Following a brief description of the types of organisations involved in partnership working, there is a brief reflection on the nature of partnership, and how policy and funding drivers in a national context shape and provide opportunities for innovative practice. Four selected case studies are provided to illustrate the development of Open Educational Practice and the paper concludes with some provisional thoughts on the distinctiveness and generalisability of these forms of practice.

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