Open University

Open University

The Networked Practitioner (H818)

Sharing knowledge and practice is transformed through online dissemination and informed through engagement with others in peer reflection. Increasingly students and educators utilise social media and open content as peripheral activities. This course shifts this practice from what Lawrence Lessig described as read-only engagement, into active and purposeful networked read-write activity. Working on a project, students will publish and share practice within an online conference and our open studio, producing an artefact which explores and addresses a key theme in online and distance education. Students will also critically assess and actively visualise their own engagement with online networks and open practice.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification. Proficiency in the English language should be adequate for postgraduate study. IELTS score of at least 7 is recommended. We also recommend that you have prior experience of learning, teaching or presenting online. In addition, you should have some experience of reading and understanding academic literature.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 7 months
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 7 months

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