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Dr Beck Pitt

Research Associate

Beck is currently a researcher on the award winning Open Education Research (OER) Hub. She is also the EdD Academic Coordinator for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and was the lead author for the Open University's H819 module, week 13 on Open Research. 

The OER Hub works collaboratively to investigate the impact of open education on learning and teaching. Beck currently works across a range of projects:

  • Lead researcher for the Scottish Funding Council funded Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project;
  • Monitoring the delivery and development of three MOOC for Business being developed by the ERASMUS+ funded bizMOOC project;
  • Responsible for developing, recording and editing a range of assets for the Hewlett funded Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) in addition to contributing to the annual workshop;
  • Team lead for the development of the OER Hub led Open University training courses Twitter 101 and Open Research and June 2017's Year of Open event;
  • Leads WP3 work with partners OpenStax and contributes to a range of other work for the Hewlett Foundation funded UK Open Textbooks for Higher Education (HE) project which will assess the viability of North American models of open textbook adoption in a UK HE setting.

During the first phase of the OER Hub, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, Beck focused particularly on informal learning and open textbooks. She was responsible for collaborative research with BCcampus, Siyavula, OpenStax, Bridge to Success, Co-PILOT and P2PU/School of Open. Beck was responsible for the delivery of both iterations of the OER Hub's award winning open course Open Research (Autumn 2014 and Autumn 2015) and the later delivery of an open textbook based around the course and participant contributions (released November 2016).

Beck previously worked on the NGLC funded Open Learning: Bridge to Success project, providing research and project support. She also supported the JISC funded Track OER and OLDS-MOOC projects and the EC FP7 JuxtaLearn project.

Prior to joining the OU, Beck worked at the University of Essex supporting the EC FP7 Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Preparatory Phase Project (PPP) for its duration. 

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Current

GO-GN (Global OER Graduate Network) 2016 - 2019
BizMOOC (Knowledge Alliance to enable a European-wide exploitation of the potential of MOOCs for the world of business) 2016 - 2018

Completed

OER Research Hub 2012 - 2014

Past

Conference Presentation

8th March 2017

Researching Open Education: A systematic review of GO-GN theses

OE Global Conference 2017 Cape Town, South Africa

Workshop

23rd September 2016

"Thinking about Open" workshop

College Development Network

Workshop

22nd September 2016

"Thinking about Open" workshop

University of Highlands and Islands

Workshop

27th July 2016

"Thinking about Open" workshop

Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow

Conference Presentation

19th April 2016

Conference Presentation

19th April 2016

Awareness of OER and OEP in Scotland: Survey Findings from the OEPS Project

OER16: Open Culture University of Edinburgh, UK

Conference Presentation

19th April 2016

Categories and strategies of OER usage

OER16: Open Culture University of Edinburgh, UK

Workshop

22nd January 2016

"Thinking about Open" workshop

The University of Glasgow, Glasgow

Workshop

30th October 2015

"Thinking about Open" workshop

University of the West of Scotland, Paisley

Workshop

27th October 2015

"Thinking about Open" workshop

University of Dundee

Workshop

30th April 2015

"Thinking about Open" workshop

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Awards

Digital Educational Achievement Award in the Community College Digital Application Category: US Centre for Digital Education

Bridge to Success

Distance Learning Program of the Year by Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA)

Honorable Mention for Course/OCW/MOOC Category in Open Education Awards for Excellence 2017 (Open Education Consortium)

Becoming an Open Educator open course

Open Education Award for Excellence (Projects Category) for Open Research

OER Research Hub

RCUK/Open University Engaging Research Award 2015 for the project’s P2PU Open Research course

OER Research Hub