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Is ‘free’ possible and desirable? Issues around open content in 21st century higher education

Is ‘free’ possible and desirable? Issues around open content in 21st century higher education
Is ‘free’ possible and desirable? Issues around open content in 21st century higher education
This presentation will draw on the speaker’s experience of creating free open courses (MOOCs) and other open access teaching materials. It will pose the question of whether it is possible and desirable to engage in open educational practice in a world which has seen an increasing marketization in higher education. The presentation will contextualise this question within the speaker’s experience of developing two open educational resource respositories, developing multi-disciplinary communities to encourage open educational practice amongst language teachers in UK higher education, and creating and running two massive open online courses. The presentation will outline the reasons why ‘engaging in open’ might be a beneficial activity and also describe the strategic drivers which support this. The presentation will close with an analysis of the challenges open education currently faces and how these might be addressed by individual teachers and lecturers working in universities. The speaker will maintain that open and free content/courses are desirable and can also serve strategic needs effectively and appropriately.
Borthwick, Kate
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Borthwick, Kate
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Borthwick, Kate (2016) Is ‘free’ possible and desirable? Issues around open content in 21st century higher education. 3rd Research and Methodological Seminar-Conference ‘Technical University Students Training in a Foreign Language: Methodological Awareness of Teaching Staff”, Russian Federation. 21 - 23 Apr 2016.

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Abstract

This presentation will draw on the speaker’s experience of creating free open courses (MOOCs) and other open access teaching materials. It will pose the question of whether it is possible and desirable to engage in open educational practice in a world which has seen an increasing marketization in higher education. The presentation will contextualise this question within the speaker’s experience of developing two open educational resource respositories, developing multi-disciplinary communities to encourage open educational practice amongst language teachers in UK higher education, and creating and running two massive open online courses. The presentation will outline the reasons why ‘engaging in open’ might be a beneficial activity and also describe the strategic drivers which support this. The presentation will close with an analysis of the challenges open education currently faces and how these might be addressed by individual teachers and lecturers working in universities. The speaker will maintain that open and free content/courses are desirable and can also serve strategic needs effectively and appropriately.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 21 April 2016
Venue - Dates: 3rd Research and Methodological Seminar-Conference ‘Technical University Students Training in a Foreign Language: Methodological Awareness of Teaching Staff”, Russian Federation, 2016-04-21 - 2016-04-23
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 404520
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/404520
PURE UUID: 5b3afacf-0786-4ac3-be73-a051677c4423

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Date deposited: 11 Jan 2017 11:41
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:32

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