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The Open CETL

The Open University's Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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Practice-based Professional Learning

The Practice-based Professional Learning Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (PBPL) was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for a period of five years between 2005 and 2010.

A collaboration between four Open University faculties: Health and Social Care, Education and Language Studies, the Business School, and the Institute of Educational Technology, the focus of activity was a concern for learning about effective practice whether from study, in the workplace or from a combination of these settings. The main area of interest related to courses intending to connect contexts of work and study and enabling students to bring together learning generated by both.

This orientation fostered 92 exploratory projects on issues such as the construction of professional identities, perceptions of professional practice, the impact of course study on professional practice, the roles required for the support of learning in both the workplace and study setting, the role of technology and e-learning, and so on [mind map of the resources available on this Practice-Based Learning website]. The expertise and knowledge developed was shared with Open University colleagues and others with an interest in practice-based learning through events and publications.

Information about PBPL's activities and associated resources can be found on this site. Use the 'Search' facility at the top of this pageĀ or view 'Activities and projects'.

Key elements of PBPL's work will be taken forward by cross-faculty teaching and learning groups, contact details for which can be found in the 'Contacts' section of this site.


PBPL was part of the Open CETL, a collaboration of the four centres based at the Open University. The Open CETL was not a formal organisation but a way of describing how we worked together to inspire each other, to achieve greater impact and increase efficiency.