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Wide Open 2011

1 November 2011
Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK

A survey of Open University research and scholarship in widening participation and inclusion in higher education

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John Rose-Adams
2 November 2011

The Wide Open Symposium 2011: Widening participation, inclusion and social justice research and scholarship at the Open University showcased recent research and scholarship addressing issues of widening participation, inclusion and social justice in higher education from across the university. It created opportunities for all to engage in the debate, develop ideas for future work and contribute to a community of scholars in this essential field of study.

In the morning, the Berrill Foyer and Theatre hosted an exhibition of research posters, a new professional development module in Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, a range of academic publications and projects and details of forthcoming events.

A Keynote Lecture was delivered by The Centre for Inclusion and Curriculum’s Dr Liz Marr, an address by Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Curriculum and Qualifications) Alan Tait and a Expert Panel comprising Rajay Naik, Fiona Reeve, Jeremy Roche, Will Swann and Jo Wiggans considered the question: 'What should research in widening participation, inclusion and social justice in higher education look like?'

A range of presentations of recent research and scholarship from across the Open University was presented in the afternoon sessions, conducted by academic, associate lecturer and professional staff from all areas of the university, into issues such as

  • Rural and remote engagement with higher education
  • Offender learning
  • The learner experience at introductory level study
  • Digital inclusion
  • Educational technology and passive withdrawers
  • The role of social presence in computer supported collaborative learning and teaching

and much more

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