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Open educational resources and open educational practices

Open educational practices involve the use of open educational resources and open technologies that facilitate collaborative and flexible learning. They aim to improve the quality of teaching and learning and promote innovative educational practices that often involve the learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path.

Open education initiatives have had a considerable influence on the practice of language teaching and learning in recent years. Now also a growing research area, practices such as sharing, re-use, the use of creative commons and other open licenses, and new modes of learning such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) or student  participation in online peer production communities (such as Wikipedia or the TED Open Translation Project), have received attention from educators and communication experts.

Qualifications available:



For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Volunteer translation communities online
  • MOOCs for language learning, translation and professional development
  • Motivation in language MOOCs
  • Open educational resources and professional practices of language teachers
  • Open education and informal language learning

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Mrs Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 655364

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.