Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Open University and as part of the celebrations they have organised a series of inaugural lectures. I am honoured to be one of those selected to give one of these, on the 19th Feb, 18.00-19.00 GMT. If people want to attend in person (and after all, what better way to spend a Tuesday evening) there is an Eventbrite page (only sign up there if you’re definitely coming to the face to face event, no need to register for online). They’ll provide a live stream link nearer the time also and it will be on the OU Facebook live page.
It’s actually about 15 years since I became a Prof, but at the time there was an inaugural backlog so I never got invited to give one. I like to think, that like a particularly smelly cheese, I have matured in that time, so it will be a better talk now than it would have been then.
Given the nature of the OU anniversary I’m going to talk about aspects of open education, and explore the idea of what an Open University founded today would look like. Anyway, I hope some of you can make it in person or, more likely, online for some inaugural lecture LOLs.