September 2011 saw the first meeting of The Open University’s Educational Futures Thematic Research Network. As Educational Futures Research Fellow, my work is closely linked with that of the research network, and one of my responsibilities is to help drive the network forward under the leadership of Professor Karen Littleton.
Extract from the thematic research network wiki (currently an Intranet-only site)
Working at the intersection of complex social and technological change, the intellectually driven, cross-disciplinary Educational Futures network profiles and fosters Open University research that is (re)conceptualising contemporary and next-generation educational practices and technologies.
The work of the network engages with the substantial challenges associated with learning for life in the 21st century. Rooted in the university’s distinctive history of educational innovation and commitment to social justice and widening participation, the network showcases the diverse ways in which The Open University is working to build educational futures. Researchers across the University are envisaging, theorising and instantiating new places and spaces for learning, both formal and non-formal – offering distinctive local solutions to global challenges.