Who?

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Hello there… 

I’m Beck Pitt. Based in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University (UK), I’m a Research Associate on the Open Educational Resources (OER) Research Hub and work on a range of open education projects including bizMOOC: MOOCs for the World of Business, Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) and the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project.

My research for the OER Research Hub focused largely on informal learning and open textbooks and I work with a range of our fabulous collaborators including Siyavula, OpenStax College, BCcampus, School of Open and the Co-PILOT project. I also oversaw the production and delivery of two facilitated iterations of the project’s School of Open Open Research course on Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) in Summer/Fall 2014 and Fall 2015. Our open textbook version of the course, incorporating participant contributions within new activity commentary sections, was released during OpenEd in November 2016 on Pressbooks.  The 2014 facilitated version of this open badged course was awarded a RCUK/Open University Engaging Research award in February 2015.

I am the research lead and manage the delivery of IET’s work for the OEPS project. I was the lead author of the OEPS badged open course Becoming an Open Educator. In February 2017 the course was awarded an ‘Honorable Mention’ in the Course/OCW/MOOC category of the Open Education Consortium’s Open Education Awards for Excellence 2017.  I am also lead author of week 13 of The Open University’s forthcoming H819 course The Critical Researcher: Educational Technology in Practice.

Back in 2012 I completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Essex, focusing on Jean-Paul Sartre and emancipation. You can find our more about my academic profile, publications and presentations via Academia.edu or by browsing the menu above. I was elected to the committee of the UK Sartre Society in fall of 2010 and since September 2014 have been responsible for social media and all things web related, including the redesign of the Society’s website, which launched in January 2015 and the Society’s Facebook page.

Interests include 20th Century fashion design, black and white photography, yoga, cycling and travel. Music wise I listen to everything from death metal to DnB. I have learning to swing dance since early 2015.

What’s with the name? 

“Methylated orange” harks back to the name of a (very) short lived fanzine I produced in my teens… I still like the way the name sounds so decided to resurrect it! My header image was taken part way up Mont Royal in Montreal during April 2011. I was fortunate enough to visit Canada for the first time to participate in the North American Sartre Society (NASS) conference.

This page was last updated 25 February 2017. 

Picture credits: “Open Textbook Summit 2015” by BCcampus_News licensed under CC-BY SA 2.0 and close-up picture taken at #OpenCon 2016 by Slobodan Radicev and licensed CC0/Public Domain.

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