The Warwick International Higher Education Academy #knowhow project involved a small team of staff and students collaborating as co-researchers. Whilst increasing their confidence in open educational practice the team were responsible for catalysing discussions on campus about how those wishing to work more openly could go about doing so.

Here I will share the outputs of the 4 month (April-July) project in order that others interested in a similar awareness raising activity can find resources and maybe even inspiration!

Open educational practice (OEP) is complex, involving a series of challenging personal decisions about how and where to be professionally visible online. For those who are uncomfortable with technology or unsure about their choices of tools the project aimed to provide resources and community through a safe space for experiementation. 

A Mahara collection provides the full range of activities, research and feedback from the project. 

The WIHEA project page outlines the #knowhow project, linking to the project blog. 

The project made extensive use of social media (#wihea #knowhow) to connect with the wider community and to capture the interest shown. Video resources were also available on an open gallery . The project team investigated current use of social media on campus and awarded physical badges to those increasing their impact through open practice. One of the outputs of the project was also a set of digital open badges with recommendations for how these could be incorporated into staff or student activities, providing recognition of active management of professional online digital identity. A set of webpages is available on our Learning and Development site.


Contact Name: 
Teresa MacKinnon
Project Acronym: 
#wihea #knowhow
Additional Documents: 
Blended Learning
Digital Badges
Open Educational Resources
Recognition of Open Learning Outcomes
Social Media
Language Help