Inclusive practice and Open Educational Resources: a research-based workshop

Speaker: Professor Christine Hockings, University of Wolverhampton

Date: 18 May 2011

Location: Central Meeting Room 11, OU Walton Hall campus, Milton Keynes, 1pm – 2.30pm with lunch and networking from 12.15pm

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In recent years there has been a growing concern in the sector about the understanding and evidence for what are described ‘Professional Values’.  These values include ‘respect for individual learners,’ ‘commitment to encouraging widening participation in HE, acknowledging diversity and promoting equality of opportunity.’ (UKSPF 2006) In response to this concern, the sector has recently revised and clarified the professional values within the framework, and committed investment to aid their development through the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER), to be freely available for the sector.

In this workshop, I outline the ways in which one OER project (Learning to Teach Inclusively), funded under the HEA/JISC OER OMAC scheme, is attempting to address the gap in the understanding and development of professional values and inclusive practice.

I begin by outlining some of the principles of inclusive learning and teaching arising from our ESRC funded research project ‘Learning and teaching for social diversity and difference in HE’.  I then explore with colleagues the ways in which inclusive practice is currently being developed within your own institution.  I demonstrate some of the OERs that we have developed so far and discuss with colleagues the ways in which they might be reused or repurposed to support and enhance inclusive practice within your institution.  There may also be an opportunity for colleagues to engage hands on with the on line, media rich, activities and resources that include video clips of authentic learning and teaching sessions illustrative of inclusive approaches.

By the end of the workshop colleagues will have had the opportunity to discuss principles of inclusive practice and the development of professional values and inclusive practitioners.  They will also have had the opportunity to contribute to the on-going development of open educational resources designed to enhance inclusive learning environments.

Christine Hockings is Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute for Learning Enhancement.  She has an international reputation for her research in the pedagogy of widening participation and student diversity. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and has published widely in the area of academic engagement and inclusive learning and teaching.  In 2006-8 she was the Principal Investigator (PI) for a widening participation project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and she is currently PI for a project funded by JISC and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to develop Open Educational Resources for the HE sector designed for the enhancement of inclusive learning environments.  She recently carried out a synthesis of the research into inclusive learning and teaching for the Higher Education Academy.

She is committed to developing undergraduate research and has conducted a number of small scale studies with undergraduates as co-researchers on projects including fairness in assessment and black minority ethnic student attainment.  She is responsible for promoting and coordinating pedagogical research across the University of Wolverhampton and in 2007 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her research and capacity building work.

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