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The Networked Practitioner, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 7 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Networked Practitioner module at The Open University UK will develop your practice into new forms of 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.


New opportunities for sharing knowledge and engaging with others are transforming the practices of educators and learners. However, many of us use social media and open content in what Lawrence Lessig described as ‘read-only’ engagement.

The Networked Practitioner module at The Open University UK is designed for educational professionals and other practice-based professionals who want to develop their skills in networking, communicating and sharing. It promotes ways of developing and disseminating work through professional conference and 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.

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 suitable if you have previous experience of teaching and/or learning online that can provide a starting point for your focus in the project. It offers an opportunity to develop and improve existing ideas into publication, presentation or demonstration formats. You will discuss these in an online conference and engage with a module-wide and selected external audience under authentic conference conditions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 7 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • You will start by engaging with the ideas underlying open scholarship, open access and open research, and determine where you wish to position your own personal practices within these concepts. 
  • Having selected one of the key themes and decided upon a format and approach to your presentation, you will develop and share ideas using OpenStudio, exchanging feedback and advice with other module participants. 
  • You will produce a multimedia ‘poster’ for your project and engage in a formal and informal review of the work of others.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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. 
  • Nor do you need to be working in technology-enhanced learning, but you should be interested in developing some expertise in this area.
  • However, if you have successfully completed two-thirds of a bachelor’s degree (an HND in the UK, for example) and have professional experience in technology-enabled learning, you may still be eligible for the programme.

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