What have we learnt?
Transmitting knowledge, facilitating learning c1960-2010
29 November 2011, 10:30-15:30
Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Higher education has played a significant role shaping our culture and our social, religious, ideological and political institutions. Since the Second World War, in common with other western societies, the UK developed mass higher education from an elite format. New universities opened and existing institutions became polytechnics and later universities. In 1969 the Open University provided a new form of higher education institution. The existing universities developed new student bases and students engaged with a variety of communities
This one-day forum, organised by the History of The Open University project, brought together a range of experts to discuss elements of the history of higher education over 50 years.
The morning session asked how have students been taught, looking at the move from traditional lectures and tutorials to the use of new technologies, a variety of pedagogies and the development of student-centred learning.
The afternoon session reflected on 50 years of the student experience, placing learners’ perspectives at the centre.
The speakers were:
- Prof John Beckett, University of Nottingham
- Dr Georgina Brewis, Institute of Education
- Prof Judith George, The Open University
- Prof Fred Gray, Sussex University
- Dr Janet MacDonald, Higher education consultant
- Prof Andy Northedge, The Open University
- Prof Harold Silver, Author of Tradition and Higher Education
- Prof Malcolm Tight, Lancaster University,
- Dr Dan Weinbren, The Open University
There was a short meeting at the end of the day for current researchers to discuss future workshops in the context of preparing a funding bid.