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Wednesday, November 27 • 15:05 - 15:35
Integrating OEP into an established higher education model

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This presentation examines how OEP have been integrated into an established, distance educational model at The Open University, UK, in the context of a postgraduate qualification in Translation and highlights the complex issues that arise when adopting OEP in the context of a distance education HE course.

The MA in Translation was launched in 2017 and is offered as a two-year part-time qualification. Its fully online delivery mirrors the demands of the fast-growing, global Translation Services industry.

A number of innovative practices have been included which align with OEP, conceptualised as a set of practices involving social interaction, co-creation of knowledge and peer learning, and which recast traditional teacher/learner roles in less hierarchical power relations (OPAL, 2011, Andrade et al., 2011, McGill et al., 2013). 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 (Cronin and MacLaren, 2018). Indeed, in the MA in Translation, students engage in peer review and connect with established translation and language communities, including volunteer translation communities, to develop both their translation and language skills, and useful employability skills.

However, as Sauro (2017) reminds us, ‘domesticating language-learning practices from the digital wilds to the formal classroom’ (p. 140) can involve challenges for both teachers and learners (such as maintaining those components of learning in online communities that make them attractive to participants) and for the online communities themselves whose cultures learners and teachers must be mindful to respect (Minkel, 2015). Finally, we also discuss the ethical considerations of asking learners to contribute, for instance, to volunteer communities.

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Anna Comas-Quinn

The Open University
Senior Lecturer in Spanish, School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, The Open University, UK

Tita Beaven

The Open University

Wednesday November 27, 2019 15:05 - 15:35 CET
BL27.07 ground floor classroom - Presentations