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. Currently these include the SPHEIR/DiFD funded Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) project in Myanmar, Hewlett funded Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) and ERASMUS+ European MOOC Consortium Labour Market (EMC-LM) project. I am also the EdD programme Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Coordinator for pre-October 2019 intake of research students and supervise both PhD and EdD students working on a range of TEL related topics.
Educational Technology & Open Education
I have contributed and overseen the delivery of a range of open education projects including managing the delivery of the Hewlett funded UK Open Textbooks project from autumn 2017 to completion, with a specific responsibility for collaboration with OpenStax to replicate and evaluate their model of open textbook mainstreaming at subject specific conferences/events in the UK. I oversaw the delivery of The Open University’s contribution to the ERASMUS+ bizMOOC: MOOCs for the World of Business project, which analysed the needs and awareness of MOOC in businesses across Europe and supported the use and collaborative development of MOOC by HEI’s and businesses and have also managed the delivery of IET’s contribution to, as research lead, the Scottish Funding Council Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (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 H819 MA module The Critical Researcher: Educational Technology in Practice.
My research for the OER Research Hub focused largely on informal learning and open textbooks and I collaborated with a range of international partners 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 a trained philosopher and completed a PhD at the University of Essex in 2012. My thesis was entitled Jean-Paul Sartre and the question of 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. Since September 2014 I am responsible for the Society’s social media, including the Society’s Facebook page, and the redesign and maintenance of the Society’s website, which launched in January 2015. As at early July 2017, our new website had over 15.4K visits and we have over 700 ‘likes’ on Facebook.
Philosophy should be accessible to everyone. Since June 2013 I have been producing openly licensed videos of philosophy events. My first recording was of My Night with Philosophers which has been watched by 2K+ viewers. Subsequently I have developed, facilitate, record and edit openly available content of the Society’s conferences (see YouTube). Popular recordings include Lewis Gordon’s keynote Race and Gender from the Standpoint of Sartre’s Philosophical Anthropology (2.8K views since September 2015) and Kathleen Lennon’s 25 Years of Gender Trouble: Judith Butler and the Sartrean Imagination (788 views since September 2015). All figures correct as at July 2019.
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’ve been learning to swing dance since early 2015. I also run regularly and since 2015 (and as at August 2017) have raised over £1600 for charity (Macmillan Cancer and the NSPCC) by participating in 10K and half marathon races (see my JustGiving page for more).
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 5 July 2019.
Picture credits: Open Textbook Summit 2015 by BCcampus_News licensed under CC-BY SA 2.0, Beck Pitt presenting for OEPS at OER17 by OEPS licensed CC BY 4.0 and Beck Pitt introduces #YearOfOpen at the OU by Bea de los Arcos is licensed CC BY 4.0