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OER Fellowship: Lenses on the Landscape of Open Education

Here are notes about some of the people and projects I had the fortune of working with during my stay as a fellow of the Open Educational Resource Research Hub at The Open University, UK.

During the final two weeks of February, I spent time with the research team at the OER Research Hub at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Supported by the Hewlett Foundation, the fellowship program brought in researchers working on OER-related projects whose work aligns with the hypotheses put forth by the OER Hub. My own work involving the U.S. Dept. of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, widely noted as the largest investment in OER-production to date, aligned with the research areas of the OER Hub. Through many planned meetings (and spontaneous conversations) and in-depth explanations of how the team at the OER Hub works, I’ve gained a much better understanding of how an elite research team is tackling the fringes of Open Education policy and practice. There were far too many positive interactions…

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