Openness & Learning Design in Higher Education

26 Oct 2011

You are invited to join the OSTRICH project team and friends for the next seminar in Beyond Distance’s ELKS (E-learning Knowledge Sharing) seminar series. The seminar will focus on how openness is influencing learning design in Higher Education institutions in the UK, drawing on the speakers’ various experiences of open educational resources (OER) projects and learning design practices at a range of universities in the country. In addition to the UK expertise on the panel, we will have a number of special guest participants from Mexico, convened by Beyond Distance’s PhD student Brenda Padilla-Rodriguez. We welcome these participants and others from the ELKS (e-learning knowledge sharing) community globally.

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Note: from 3-4.30pm the seminar will be conducted in English. For the last half hour, a general discussion will take place in Spanish, with a focus on the Mexican context. Everyone who speaks Spanish is welcome to attend.


Prof. Grainne Conole: Director, Beyond Distance Research Alliance and Professor of Learning Innovation at University of Leicester

Dr Alejandro Armellini: Senior Learning Designer, University of Leicester

Prof. Peter Chatterton: Visiting professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching at the University of Hertfordshire and independent consultant

Vic Jenkins of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office, University of Bath

Terese Bird: SCORE Research Fellow, University of Leicester

Moderators: Dr Palitha Edirisingha and Gabi Witthaus (Beyond Distance Research Alliance, Leicester); Brenda Padilla-Rodriguez (in Mexico)

Joining instructions

To join the Symposium, please go to and choose the 'Guest' option. We suggest you ‘check in’ half an hour before the start of the session to check your sound setup. After entering the symposium room, click on Audio Set Up Wizard' under the 'Meeting' tab in the top left corner of the Adobe Connect window. You can go into the room any time before the event to test your sound settings. If you have any technical difficulties please contact us by email at or or by text at +44 (0)7525246592.