The Open University’s MA in Online and Distance Education is well known for featuring cutting-edge educational technology and online pedagogies. One module – H818 The Networked Practitioner – has taken this innovation to a new level through its annual online conference, which includes presentations from students and ed tech experts on key themes in online and distance education. The 2015 conference has just ended and was something of a social media sensation. The conference ran over three days and featured 34 presentations, with keynotes from Gráinne Conole, Allison Littlejohn and Martin Weller. While the conference itself was open to a limited audience, many of the presentations are openly available and can be accessed via links provided on the conference programme. Student presentations covered wide-ranging topics, including:
- The use of open educational resources to address educational inequality in poorer South African schools
- Digital inclusion in The Scout Association
- Barriers to inclusion in prison education
- How MOOCs might inspire learner support in art history courses.
As with many online and face-to-face conferences these days, Twitter back-chat provided an ongoing narrative of the H818 conference as it unfolded (#H818conf), and is captured in a Storify which gives a great sense of the discussion taking place over the three days. If you enjoy looking through the 2015 H818 conference presentations then do also check out the website for the 2014 conference. If you’re interested in studying the MAODE, or H818 The Networked Practitioner, you can get more information from The Open University website. You could also use Twitter to ask current students about the module via the #H818, #H818conf and #MAODE hashtags.