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1. Openness, an overview and its impact

In the first of our topics, we explore three different aspects of openness via the personal experiences of our course experts.

This post introduces some of these experts and some relevant reading. For students being assessed, discussion will continue in the first session (10 Feb).

For all taking part, please explore the content of this post and share your thoughts to the OKHE tag on Medium.

Students being assessed: please read this and ‘How to use this module (openly)’ before the first session. See Blackboard/course handbook for time and location.

Course experts

Prof Richard Reece has contributed through the video discussion below: Discussing Openness in Education (transcript). Richard is Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students, as well as being a Professor of Molecular Biology in the School of Life Sciences for The University of Manchester. After receiving his B.Sc. from the University of Leeds, Richard completed a Ph.D. at Leicester University, before holding postdoctoral research positions at Leicester and Harvard.

Discussing Openness in Education with Professor Richard Reece. Transcript.

Prof Luke Georghiou has contributed through the video discussion below: Discussing Openness of Research (transcript). Luke is Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester and Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School. He has been on the staff of its precursor institute, PREST, since 1977 and was its Executive Director from 1990–2004. He is responsible for the University’s research strategy and its implementation and for business engagement and commercialisation activities. He continues to be active in research and policy advice to governments and business.

Discussing Openness of Research with Professor Luke Georghiou. Transcript.

Martin Weller, the Open University

Martin Weller will be speaking at sessions 1 and 3 and contributing to online resources. Martin is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University in the UK. He chaired the OU’s first elearning course in 1999 with 15,000 students, and has been the VLE Director at the OU. He was part of the team that initiated the OpenLearn project and is currently Director of the OER Research Hub project. He is author of the books The Digital Scholar and The Battle for Open. He holds the ICDE Chair in OER. He blogs at edtechie.net.


Dr Patrick O’Malley, University of Manchester

Dr Patrick O’Malley will be speaking at session 1. Patrick is a Reader in Physical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at The University of Manchester. He received his B.Sc., Higher Diploma in Education and Ph.D degrees from University College Galway. He has held research posts at Michigan State University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York. Patrick has taught physical chemistry at undergraduate level for over twenty years and has published a large number of articles on pedagogical innovations. He is a keen proponent of technology enhanced teaching methods and is the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences academic lead for eLearning. He received a University of Manchester Teaching Excellence award in 2010; his MOOC on Physical Chemistry received the Guardian Online Education Award in 2015 and he won the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education teaching award in 2015.


Dr Ian Hutt will be speaking at session 1. Ian is the Head of Distance Learning Operations for the University of Manchester and has been responsible for the University’s MOOCs programme since it began in 2014. He has been involved in the design and delivery of online learning for 15 years, both in the commercial sector and higher education. After completing his PhD in Medical Biophysics at the University of Manchester, Ian worked in commercial eLearning development for a number of years on projects for the BBC, Dyson, Shell, Fujitsu and the Royal Bank of Scotland, among others. In recent years he has been involved with the technical and learning design of some of the University’s flagship blended and distance-learning programmes as well as leading successful projects in the areas of augmented reality and online assessment.

Frances PInter, Manchester University Press

Frances Pinter is the CEO of Manchester University Press. She is also the founder of Knowledge Unlatched — a new initiative that facilitates sustainable open access publishing. She was the founding Publisher of Bloomsbury Academic and ran the Churchill Archive digitisation project. Previously she was Publishing Director at the Soros Foundation (Open Society Foundation). In the late 1990s, she devised the business model for EIFL, that then became the world’s largest library consortium.She has been a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. She founded Pinter Publishers that owned Leicester University Press and established the imprint Belhaven Press. Frances holds a BA from New York University and a PhD from University College London.


Simon Bains, University of Manchester

Simon Bains will be introducing session one. Simon is the Head of Research Services and Deputy Librarian at The University of Manchester Library. He manages a multitude of services including the Business Data Service, Open Access Project, Research Resource Management and Scholarly Communication Service.


Reading list

Cope, B. & Phillips, A. (2009). The future of the academic journal / Guest editor Bill Cope, Angus Phillips. Oxford [England]: Oxford England : Chandos Publishing.

Peters, M., Liu, T.-C. & Ondercin, D. (2012). Creative Economy and Open Education. The Pedagogy of the Open Society. SensePublishers.

UNESCO. (2014). How openness impacts on higher education. Policy Brief. <http://iite.unesco.org/pics/publications/en/files/3214734.pdf>[Accessed 30 March 2015].

Veletsianos, G. (2013). Learner Experiences with MOOCs and Open Online Learning. Hybrid Pedagogy. Retrieved from http://learnerexperiences.hybridpedagogy.com.

Wiley, D. & Green, C. (2012). Why Openness in Education? In: Oblinger, D. G. (ed.) Game Changers: education and information technologies.<http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/pub72036.pdf>[Accessed 30 March 2015]

Following topic 1

After exploring the above materials and/or attending session 1, please have a look at our follow-on post and start sharing your thoughts with others.