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Expanding digital opportunities for sharing knowledge and engaging with others are transforming the practice of educators and learners. Many use social media and open content in what Lawrence Lessig described as ‘read-only’ engagement. Earn a The Networked Practitioner degree at The Open University UK.


During this The Networked Practitioner module from The Open University UK your practice will develop into active and purposeful networked ‘readwrite’ activity. Working on a project, you will publish and share practice within an online Conference and our ‘OpenStudio’, producing module materials which explore and address a key theme in online and distance education.  You will also critically assess and actively visualise your own engagement with online networks and open practice.

Vocational relevance

This module is designed for educational professionals and other practice-based professionals who want to develop their skills in communicating and sharing their work through professional conference or publication routes linked with online and distance learning. The module aims to provide an authentic experience of how to develop as a networked practitioner both within and beyond the module.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 7 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

This module is project-based so offers you a larger than usual degree of control over what you produce in your assignments. It is therefore particularly suited if you have previous experience of teaching and/or learning online from which to build. It offers an opportunity to develop and improve existing ideas into publication, presentation or demonstration formats. You will discuss these in an online Conference, engaging with a module-wide and selected external audience under authentic conditions.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • To take this module you need to be ready for study at postgraduate level, usually demonstrated by having a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification. You need easy access to the Web, but you don’t need to be experienced in blogging or in online discussion forums. 
  • All teaching is in English, and your proficiency in the language needs to be adequate for postgraduate study and for contributing to online discussions by text and voice. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you make sure you can achieve a score of at least seven in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1750 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1750 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
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