Changing pedagogies: The Open Networking Lab

Rosewell, Jonathan and Kear, Karen (2019). Changing pedagogies: The Open Networking Lab. The Envisioning Report for Empowering Universities 3; European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Maastricht.



In the changing pedagogical landscape, universities will teach non-traditional students using non-traditional methods.

We illustrate this with a case study of teaching computer networking to young vocational learners. Materials were designed as open educational resources for flexible use and reuse by students and educators. Learning design encouraged active learning, with simulation to support experiential learning of a practical subject, and embedded self-assessment.

Initial evaluation with several hundred UK Further Education students shows that they valued the pedagogical approach. They particularly liked the active learning elements: practical activities with a network simulator; and quizzes with feedback to test and support learning.

The resources were provided freely as a ‘Badged Open Course’ on the UK Open University’s OpenLearn OER platform. Teachers and students used the resources flexibly to support their different learning and teaching needs.

This case study shows that, through online education and flexible, open approaches, universities can serve a wider population of learners and educators.

Viewing alternatives

Download history

Item Actions