About this site

This site features free multimedia and e-learning resources  that are useful to trainers, academics and the children and young people’s (CYP) workforce. I aim to add at least one new resource each month. If you know of a resource that should be included, do please send me an e-mail.

Alongside my involvement with childhood and youth courses, I am also a director and trustee of a small children’s charity, and on Twitter I’m @CYPmedia.

My recent academic publications include:

* Something for everyone? The different approaches of academic disciplines to Open Educational Resources and the effect on widening participation

* Reaching out with OER: the new role of public-facing open scholar

* Beyond the ivory tower: a model for nurturing informal learning and development communities through open educational practices

* Reaching out with OER: the public-facing open scholar and the benevolent academy

* Slides: Reaching out with OER: the public-facing open scholar and the benevolent academy

* The realities of ‘reaching out’: enacting the public-facing open scholar role with existing online communities

* Using open educational resources in online welfare communities: Facebook as an arena for open scholarship across the Commonwealth

* When two worlds don’t collide: the marginalisation of open educational practices outside academia

* The marginalisation of open educational practices outside academia (Slides)

* A murky business: the ethics of conducting educational research in Facebook groups

* Open Educational Practice (OEP) approaches to external collaboration: the arts, charities and business

* When two worlds don’t collide: can social curation address the marginalisation of open educational practices and resources from outside academia?

* Are student-led Facebook groups open educational practices?

* Learning from the innovative open practices of three international health projects: IACAPAP, VCPH and Physiopedia

* Learning from the innovative open practices of three international health projects outside academia (Slides)

* A murky business: navigating the ethics of educational research in Facebook groups.

The five header images are, left to right: 1 & 2 by flickr.com/photos/earlyartsuk; 3 by public-domain-image.com; 4 by flickr.com/photos/stawarz; 5 by flickr.com/photos/piccadillywilson. Thank you all.

This site is the personal responsibility of Tony Coughlan. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the Open University, and the University takes no responsibility for any material on this site.

Tony Coughlan (gordano@live.co.uk)

2 responses to “About this site

  1. This is a really interesting and very useful Blog Tony.
    Under the Scottish Funding Council Innovaton Voucher Scheme – ‘follow on’ activity, I’m currently developing a bespoke version of the Reflection Toolkit http://LabSpace.open.ac.uk/Reflection_1_1.0 for Bridges Programmes (Glasgow) http://www.BridgesProgrammes.org.uk – a unique work placement organisation supporting new migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. I think that a similar site to what you have here could transfer nicely to R&A context. (By the way, do you use SocialLearn to further the learning pathways?)

  2. Are we able to copy some of the free ebooks to use in professional presentations?

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