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25 February 2011: Using RED for Teaching and Research: A Workshop for Teachers in Higher Education

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On Friday, 25 February 2011, the RED team will be hosting a workshop designed specifically for teachers in Higher Education. The purpose will be to explore how RED can be used by students in a range of academic disciplines, as well as in attendees’ own research projects. For example, data in RED can form part of a study of the reception of literary texts; it can help us understand the role of printed material in shaping popular ideas and opinions; and it offers information about what people in the past read, how and in what circumstances they read, what impact their reading had on them, and how the experience of reading changed over time. The workshop will include a demonstration of RED, and hands-on activity sessions using primary materials to show how users can explore RED, and contribute evidence to it themselves. There will be opportunities to discuss how RED can help train students in the use of digital resources in the humanities. Further details are given in the draft programme below.

The event will be held at The Open University in London, 1–11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP, Room 2. The workshop is free, but numbers are limited, and it is advisable to book early. For travel directions see this map (click on ‘Local OU regional and national centres’, then ‘London’).

A printable version of the day's programme can be found here.


9.30–10.00am Arrival and coffee in the café area  
10.00–10.15am Welcome and Introductions Bob Owens (Professor of English Literature and Director, RED project, OU)
10.15–11.15am Demonstration of UK Reading Experience Database (RED) and Introduction to International RED project Rosalind Crone (Lecturer in History, OU)

Carl Cottingham (Developer, Business Process Consultancy Team, Information Technology, OU)
11.15am–12.00pm Questions and discussion  
12.00–1.00pm Lunch in the café area  
1.00–2.30pm Using RED and other electronic resources in humanities teaching: case studies and discussion Alexis Weedon (Professor of Publishing Studies, University of Bedfordshire)

Shaf Towheed (Lecturer in English, OU)

Nicola Dowson (Learning and Teaching Librarian Team Leader, OU)
2.30–2.50pm Tea in the café area  
2.50–4.00pm Using RED and other electronic resources in humanities research: case studies and discussion Katie Halsey (Lecturer in English, University of Stirling)

Stephen Colclough (Lecturer in English, Bangor University)

Edmund King (RED Research Associate in English, OU)

Mathieu D’Aquin (Director, LUCERO project, Knowledge Media Institute, OU)
4.00–4.30pm Plenary talk: Reflections on Workshop Proceedings Simon Eliot (Professor of the History of the Book, Institute of English Studies, University of London)
4.30pm onwards Drinks and nibbles to celebrate launch of UK and international RED  

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