Higher Education as a public good: pushing forward, pushing boundaries

Crawford, Karin and Mathews, Ian and Simpson, Diane (2012) Higher Education as a public good: pushing forward, pushing boundaries. In: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference 2012 'What is Higher Education for? Shared and contested ambitions', 12-14th December 2012, Newport South Wales.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a project which has embedded Open Educational Resources (OER) into the teaching and learning of students who are undertaking professional degrees in social work and nursing. It raises profound questions regarding the role and purpose of Higher Education by asking to whom does knowledge belong and who is permitted and able to produce knowledge in Higher Education? Historically professional training has been configured, led and taught by the professions themselves with little input from those outside. This paper will argue that a more democratic production and dissemination of knowledge is imperative in the changing context of Higher Education. The presentation will incorporate examples of OER developed by a range of non-traditional educators, such as students, practice assessors and service users/patients, and will explain how these are being used in learning and teaching to provide an inclusive, rich, diverse and varied learning environment.

Additional Information:This paper reports on a project which has embedded Open Educational Resources (OER) into the teaching and learning of students who are undertaking professional degrees in social work and nursing. It raises profound questions regarding the role and purpose of Higher Education by asking to whom does knowledge belong and who is permitted and able to produce knowledge in Higher Education? Historically professional training has been configured, led and taught by the professions themselves with little input from those outside. This paper will argue that a more democratic production and dissemination of knowledge is imperative in the changing context of Higher Education. The presentation will incorporate examples of OER developed by a range of non-traditional educators, such as students, practice assessors and service users/patients, and will explain how these are being used in learning and teaching to provide an inclusive, rich, diverse and varied learning environment.
Keywords:Open Educational Resources, Higher Education, democratisation of knowledge
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
X Education > X350 Academic studies in Adult Education
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
X Education > X900 Others in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:7157
Deposited On:22 Dec 2012 09:44

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