Strategic Input Requested: Learning in an Open World (The Open University, UK)

IET’s research programme Learning in an Open World (LIOW) is undergoing a strategic refresh, and anyone with an interest in open education is invited to share their input.

You can learn more about LIOW at:

Action: We’d like you to share your thoughts on the future of LIOW in the following short form by 14th April 2024:

The LIOW programme has been highly influential, with contributions to high profile international projects including:

  • OER Hub (2012-2016)
  • Global OER Graduate Network (2016-present)
  • UK Open Textbooks (2018-2019)
  • Models for Online, Open, Flexible and Technology enhanced higher education (OOFAT) (2018-2019)
  • European MOOC Consortium: Labour Markets (2019-2021)
  • European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education (ENCORE+) (2021-2023)

LIOW has successfully developed significant research impact through openness. Our work formed the basis for a REF2021 impact case study, which can be accessed at:

The work of the LIOW team has also been recognised by several awards in recent years, including:

  • UNESCO OER Implementation Award (2021)
  • Open Education Global Award for Open Research Excellence (GO-GN) (2020)
  • Open Education Consortium Award for Innovation (OER World Map) (2018)
  • Open Education Consortium Award for Research Excellence (GO-GN) (2018)
  • Research Councils UK Engaging Research Award (OER Hub) (2015)
  • ACE Award for Research Excellence (OER Hub) (2014)

We’d particularly like to hear perspectives from people who are involved in OER and open approaches but not currently part of the LIOW conversations. It would be great to connect with people working in innovation areas adjacent to open education or with the potential for exploring new synergies.

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Hi! Just a reminder that we will be accepting input through this survey until 14th May 2024 - please consider sharing your thoughts before our workshop on the 16th!

Thanks for sharing the survey @RobertFarrow all very important given what often feels like uncertain times for both education broadly and open education too.

I certainly see how this aligns with the questions Catherine Cronin and Laura Czerniewicz raised at OER24 as “open education at the crossroads” and am hearing more and more in the places I am listening.

I encourage others here to at least add to the survey if just to add your interests (I’m signed up, who else will join?). We look forward to all the sharing that comes from LIOW

I also filled out the survey and added an idea :slight_smile: Looking forward to some results