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.