Findings summary

This page offers a findings summary in a bulleted list – please follow the links to find a discussion around each of these questions What factors led to the development of the classes? – follow this link for a discussion It is important to try to capture this, particularly for other institutions who may want to adopt and adapt some …

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Transferability

How transferable are the models to other institutional contexts and subject disciplines? It is important to note that the models used in the open classes are not definitive and that there is no ONE model. Each class was adapted as appropriate to the course content, student needs and changing needs of open media professional education. These developments have led to …

Curriculum design

Open classes curriculum design and delivery The teaching team at Coventry were aware that the curricula of their media courses needed to change to reflect the needs of professional media practitioners and to enable their courses to compete with other Media Departments. Shaun Hides presented a new vision for the Department in 2009 which was informed by the changing student …

Staff support

What kinds of staff support is needed to implement these new open connected approaches? In 2013 the UKOER Programme Evaluation Team carried out surveys and interviews with individuals who had been involved in the Programme and they identified lack of time as the most significant barrier for individuals engaging with open practice. Second was a lack of awareness of the …

Institutional support

What kinds of institutional support, departmental structures, strategies, policies and processes can support open education models? Coventry open media classes developed incrementally, an approach which did not, therefore, require wholesale institutional buy-in in the early stages but allowed the team to test things out and take smaller risks.  The Department’s Open Media Policy underpinned the developments and innovations as it …

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Critical factors

What critical factors led to the development of the open classes? One of the most challenging issues for funders of innovation in education is how transferable the resulting innovations are to the wider sector, so it can be useful to identify which critical factors enable specific innovations, with a view to seeing if these can be replicated or are appropriate …

Findings

We have produced a summary list of findings but each of the questions is discussed in detail on the following pages. What factors led to the development of the open classes? What kinds of institutional and departmental structures, strategies, policies and processes can support these models? What kinds of support do staff need to implement these new open connected approaches? …