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Laura Dewis
20 March 2011

About the Learn About Fair 2011

Some of the team will be at The Learn About Fair to answer your questions about any of our channels - from the BBC to OpenLearn. Producers and Assistant Producers from the OpenLearn team will show you around the online content they've developed to support OU broadcasts, topical events or released to the public from OU course materials on the LearningSpace.

About the Open Broadcast Unit

The aim of the Open Broadcast Unit is to develop high quality programmes which maximise the benefits The Open University derives from its investment in broadcasting. In steering each broadcast project through from its initial proposal to its transmission on television or radio, the Open Broadcasting Unit strives to deliver learning materials that will:

  • build public awareness of the University,
  • contribute A/V and interactive assets for reuse in courses,
  • widen participation in education, and
  • help people make the transition from being passive viewers and listeners to becoming active learners.

The unit is now also responsible for the development and coordination of the University's public-facing content on iTunesU and YouTube to create multi-platform learning opportunities along with the development of Open Learn and the distribution of free learning materials.

From October 2010 the unit now offers a new programme of multi-platform media training to all staff. It is particularly relevant to any member of staff who wishes to exploit multi-platform media opportunities (e.g. to showcase research/fieldwork projects). For more information about the training view the showreel.

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Laura Dewis
6:24pm 20 March 2011

In 2010 the Horizon report stated:

Open content, also expected to reach mainstream use in the next twelve months, is the current form of a movement that began nearly a decade ago, when schools like MIT began to make their course content freely available. Today, there is a tremendous variety of open content, and in many parts of the world, open content represents a profound shift in the way students study and learn. Far more than a collection of free online course materials, the open content movement is a response to the rising costs of education, the desire for access to learning in areas where such access is difficult, and an expression of student choice about when and how to learn.

Where do people think we are today? Does the use and reuse of open content constitute mainstream use?

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