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Openness & the Institution. Martin Weller. By mag3737 The OU. The Open University is open to people, places, methods and ideas. We got lucky!. By psd If you were starting an OU now….

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openness the institution

Openness & the Institution

Martin Weller

By mag3737

the ou
The OU

The Open University is open to people, places, methods and ideas.

we got lucky
We got lucky!

By psd

if you were starting an ou now
If you were starting an OU now…
  • Open source
  • Open educational resources
  • Open teaching/courses
  • Open research
  • Open technology
  • Open data
  • Open scholarship
how can an institution encourage openness
How can an institution encourage openness?

what oers used to look like
What OERs used to look like

openness isn t just content
Openness isn’t just content


Not just a project

Photo – Patrick McAndrew

ways of encouraging little oer
Ways of encouraging little OER


Allow space to experiment


Recognise and reward digital outputs


Staff development

why would an institution encourage openness
Why would an institution encourage openness?
  • Altruistic, social aims
  • Brand reach
  • Student recruitment
  • Dissemination of research
  • Engagement with digital residents (!)
  • Efficiency (?)
  • They can’t afford not to

Altruistic, social aims


Student recruitment


Research dissemination


Engagement with digital residents


Increased efficiency

openness is a state of mind
Openness is a state of mind…