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Open educational resources and practices

Open educational resources and practices

Open educational practices (OEPs) involve the use of open educational resources and open technologies that facilitate collaborative and flexible learning. They aim to improve the quality of teaching and learning and promote innovative educational practices that involve social interaction, co-creation of knowledge and peer learning, and which recast traditional teacher/learner roles in less hierarchical power relations. This conceptualisation of OEP also relates to open pedagogy and open digital pedagogy, with their focus on dialogue, on bringing disparate learning spaces together, and on questioning the power relations that exist within and outside HE.

Open education initiatives have had a considerable influence on the practice of language teaching and learning in recent years. Now also a growing research area, practices such as sharing, re-use, the use of creative commons and other open licenses, and new modes of learning such as massive open online courses (MOOCs), student  participation in online peer production communities (such as Wikipedia or the TED Open Translation Project), or language learning in the wild have received attention from educators and communication experts.

Qualifications available

PhD, Professional Doctorate.


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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Volunteer translation communities online
  • MOOCs for language learning, translation and professional development
  • Motivation in language MOOCs
  • Open educational resources and professional practices of language teachers
  • Open education and informal language learning

Current/recent research projects

Potential supervisors


OpenLearn website

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Inma Álvarez, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659169