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Active Presentation Models

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Vicky Cole
30 May 2018

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018

Time: 10:30 – 12:15

Place: JLB Meeting Room 1 / Live streaming


You are warmly invited to the next eLearning Community event on Active Presentation Models.


Presentations  will look at pedagogical challenges and opportunities of producing and presenting modules in an agile way via the OpenEdx platform.  Speakers: Séverine Hubscher-Davidson (WELS, School of LAL) and Richard Marsden (FASS)


  • 10:30 - 11:00   The MA in Translation: some challenges and opportunities    in active presentation - Dr Séverine Hubscher-Davidson                                     

Abstract: In this talk, I will briefly explain how direct authoring and active presentation have shaped the new MA in Translation, what were the key benefits and challenges associated with these practices from an academic perspective, and what lessons could be learnt for future modules and qualifications aiming to go down this route. The talk will draw on the team’s experience of creating three 60 credit postgraduate modules in this way, and will also include student perspectives.

Dr Séverine Hubscher-Davidson is Head of Translation in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. She was previously Head of Translation Studies at Aston University and Head of French at the University of Salford before that, and has 13 years of experience in teaching and researching translation. At the OU Severine is also one of the convenors of the Open Languages Research Group.


  • 11.00-11.30   Direct-authoring and active presentation on A329, the Making of Welsh History - Richard Marsden

Abstract: A329 was produced under the auspices of project Minerva to trial new approaches to production and pedagogy. As well as making extensive use of pre-existing external content and engaging students in a deep and continuous online learning community, it was direct-authored by the module team and employs an active model of presentation whereby module materials are updated and amended in real-time in response to student need. This talk will reflect on the benefits and challenges of those direct-authoring and active presentation approaches, and will also consider some of the wider implications of this direction of travel for OU students and staff.

Richard Marsden is a Staff Tutor in History and also an Associate Lecturer. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Online Learning at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and before that a Lecturer in History at Cardiff University. At Cardiff he also ran the university’s Pathways to a Degree programme for adults returning to education without formal qualifications.

  • 11.30-11.45   Coffee
  • 11.45-12.15   Additional Questions & Discussion

You are welcome to attend for all or part of the event, and we will aim to stick to timings to enable you to do that. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us live via YouTube  

A recording of the event is available via the You Tube link above.

If you are planning to attend in person please email so we can order enough refreshments.  Do contact us if you have any questions. Please also pass on details of this event to any of your colleagues who might be interested in attending.

Details of previous events can be found on our Cloudworks page; recordings of many events are available on Stadium

OU staff can access presentation slides after the event at: Scholarship Exchange

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