Openness and learning design in Higher Education: an OSTRICH-ELKS seminar

A summary of the meeting is below, as well as a link to the recording.

The seminar focused 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 had a number of special guest participants from Mexico, convened by Beyond Distance’s PhD student Brenda Padilla-Rodriguez. .

Date: Wed 26 Oct, 3-5pm London time

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Note: from 3-4.30pm the seminar was conducted in English. For the last half hour, a general discussion took place in Spanish, with a focus on the Mexican context.  


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)


 (Click on the title of each to download the presentation file)

Prof Grainne Conole:

Learning in an open world

What are the implications of new open, social and participatory media for learning, teaching and research? The presentation will consider this question and look at the ways in which learners and teachers can adopt more open practices.

Dr Alejandro Armellini:

Openness and Learning Design
A reflection on how the University of Leicester’s Carpe Diem workshop programme has evolved over the last three years to support academics in building openness into their curriculum design. (For more details, see Ale’s blog post at

Peter Chatterton:

Barriers and enablers in institutionalising open approaches to curriculum design

Open approaches to curriculum design offer many affordances yet such approaches have generally not been mainstreamed in institutions. The barriers to such mainstreaming are explored together with opportunities for embedding and sustaining open design practice. 

Vic Jenkins:

Synergies between OER frameworks and learning design: developing a model for open design at the University of Bath
An exploration of how and why the University of Bath OSTRICH OER project team incorporated elements of the CORRE OER framework into learning design practices at the institution and an introduction to a model for open design that this has produced.

Terese Bird:

YouTube and iTunes U for beyond-text OER 
A recent JISC OER Impact study ( found that educators value good-quality 'beyond-text' OER – audio, audio-visual, and animations – for their added educational value and appreciate ready-made resources of this nature, saving them considerable time and hassle attempting to make a new multimedia resource. Can YouTube and iTunes U offer good-quality beyond-text OER, and what are the benefits and caveats of using each? My SCORE Project entitled SPIDER, "Sharing Practice with iTunes U Digital Educational Resources" (, has provided an opportunity to present observations on beyond-text OER and whether these are Designed for Openness.


The Adobe Connect recording is at

PowerPoint slides will also be available from this site ( shortly.  

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