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OU H818 'The Networked Practitioner' Online Conference 2019

15 February 2019 - 18 February 2019
Online Rooms, Open University

'The Networked Practitioner' is module H818 of the OU Masters in Online and Distance Education (MA ODE)

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Dr Simon Ball
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The H818 'The Networked Practitioner' online module is part of the MA Online and Distance Education programme run by the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at the Open University UK. This online conference is presented using the Open University's Online Rooms, powered by Adobe Connect.

Each H818 student will contribute a short presentation to the conference and there will also be keynote presentations as listed below.

The conference sessions will be held in the Open University's Online Rooms in February 2019 (times given are UK time i.e. GMT):

  • Fri 15th Feb 09:30 - 13:30. Keynote: Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman, The Open University "Be prepared to resist: Critically evaluating the impact of openness in the developing world."
  • Sat 16th Feb 13:00 - 17:00. Keynote: Professor Martin Weller, The Open University "25 Years of Educational Technology: How far have we come?".
  • Mon 18th Feb 19:00 - 23:00. Keynote: Dr Robin DeRosa, Plymouth State University “Open for the Public: Pedagogies Toward the Commons”

The programme will build below from late December 2019 as students create their individual pages, including links to the abstract pages of the students' presentation, upon which you are invited to ask questions or make comments - these may be answered by the student on their page directly, or may be answered during their presentation itself.


Access to the conference sessions is limited to H818 participants, MA ODE (and constituent module) students, alumni and staff, and IET, WELS and LTI staff. If you fall into one of these categories and would like to register for the conference, please complete the form here: You may of course join us for a full session (or more) or just dip in to see the presentations that catch your eye - it is entirely up to you. (NB Students who will be speaking do not need to register).

Conference Programme


 Session 1: Friday 15th February

 Start TimeEnd TimeSpeakerPresentation Title
 09:30  10:00  Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman  Keynote: Be prepared to resist: Critically evaluating the impact of openness in the developing world.
 10:00  10:15  Bernadette Laffey  Bridging The Employability Gap
 10:15  10:30  Wendy Taleo  Accelerate into another dimension. Produce and troubleshoot metal 3D print
 10:30  10:45  Cathy McGovern  IncludingEveryone Project
 10:45  11:00  Ken Simpson  Access to Higher Education for Refugees in Crisis Settings: Adapting an OER to mLearning
 11:00  11:30  BREAK  
 11:30  11:45  Jonty Leese  GCSE Comp Sci Teachers' OER: Good practice
 11:45  12:00  Potenza Atiogbe  Open Access Journals: Free, Quality, Peer Reviewed Evidence Based Resources To Support Patient Care
 12:00  12:15  Samantha Bennett School Inclusion For Seriously Ill Children. A Website To Share Experiences Of Telepresence Robots In Schools.
 12:15  12:30  Sonia Siles Pardos  ¡Escúchame! GCSE Spanish Audios
 12:30  12:45  Pat Shearer  Never Say No!
 12:45  13:00  Sioban James  Can Social Media Promote Inclusion In Education?
 13:00  13:15  Claire Sellwood  The Road To Learning, A Toolkit To Aid Self-directed Learning


 Session 2: Saturday 16th February

 Start TimeEnd TimeSpeakerPresentation Title
 13:00  13:30  Professor Martin Weller  25 Years of Educational Technology
 13:30  13:45  Annette Hendley  Jekyll and Hyde: An alternative mini-MOOC curated on Trello
 13:45  14:00  Withdrawn  
 14:00  14:15  Nicole Capon  Offender learning: Riding the new digital wave
 14:15  14:30  Brenda Kulobone  

 Introducing open textbooks to higher education teachers in Namibia: A website to raise awareness of open textbooks
 14:30  15:00  BREAK  
 15:00  15:15  Rachel Adams  Learning Beyond Language
 15:15  15:30  David Simons  Inclusion of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Students Within Online Open Education
 15:30  15:45  Caroline Ward  Design Principles For Attracting Older Learners
 15:45  16:00  Glenn Bosmans  Study Of The Use of Closed Facebook Groups (CFGs) By Standards Professionals And The Presence Of Community
 16:00  16:15  Vicky Hindle  Creating Open Educational Resources for a Flipped Statistics Classroom
 16:15  16:30  David Hayden  Designing a mini-MOOC 
 16:30  16:45  Louis Belle Jinot  Using And Creating OERs In Mauritius: A Reality or A Myth?
 16:45  17:00  Munir Moosa Sadruddin  Healing Souls- A website on mental health education for the well-being of Pakistani young women


 Session 3: Monday 18th February

 Start TimeEnd TimeSpeakerPresentation Title
 19:00  19:30  Dr Robin DeRosa  Keynote: Open for the Public: Pedagogies Toward the Commons
 19:30  19:45  Kelly Williams  Together Alone - Trello in the art classroom
 19:45  20:00  Andrew Augustine  Open Textbook Implementation: A Caribbean Experience
 20:00  20:15  Bina Howard  Designing a Mini-MOOC for Assessor Training in Further Education
 20:15  20:30  Linda Nevin-Drummond  Facebook As A Vehicle For Learning English - A Case Study
 20:30  21:00  BREAK  
 21:00  21:15  Penny James  Does freely available mean freely accessible?
 21:15  21:30  Phill Grimes  A Leap Of Faith: How Switching To G Suite For Education Can Influence Open Practice
 21:30  21:45  David Appel  Social Work Education In A Connected Age - A Playground Learning Environment
 21:45  22:00  Gospel Ikpeme  Adapting OER for the Professional Development of English Language Teachers
 22:00  22:15  Ognjen Vukas  Evaluation of game-based SRS (Student Response Systems) as OER and examples of open practices in secondary education

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