The Open Education Professional Directory

Beck Pitt, Research Assistant (OER Research Hub)


The Open University (UK)


Native/near native level proficiency
Conversational level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Research in open education
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for face to face education
Using/remixing OER for online education
Open Access
Peer review in open access journals
Geographic regions of professional expertise


Personal statement

Beck currently works as a researcher on the Hewlett funded OER Research Hub project, which investigates the impact of open educational resources (OER) on learning and teaching. Beck focuses particularly on informal learning and open textbooks and is responsible for collaboration work with BCcampus, Siyavula, OpenStax College, Bridge to Success, Co-PILOT and P2PU/School of Open. She is also responsible for the delivery of the project's School of Open "Open Research" course (launched Autumn 2014).

She 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.

Beck is a trained philosopher, completing her PhD on Jean-Paul Sartre in 2012, and currently a committee member of the UK Sartre Society.

(Personal Statement taken from OU Profile, 8 September 2014)

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