This week sees one of the largest gatherings of the technology-enhanced learning community at EdMedia2011, the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, (Lisbon, June 27 – July 1).

The Open University’s Andrew Law (Director, Open Media) is keynoting today on the topic of Bringing the Social into Learning with Open Media, in which he will present a range of the OU’s strategic initiatives and projects at the crucial intersection of Open/Social/Learning, part of which is of course SocialLearn.

Here’re some follow-up resources for those of you interested to know more:

SocialLearn beta site currently deployed with selected OU communities and with research partners. Watch the movies, and register your interest in learning more as a learner, educator or researcher.


Social Learning Analytics — part of the fast emerging field of Learning Analytics – we’re helping to run the 2nd International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (Vancouver, April 2012)

Navigating and Discovering Educational Materials through Visual Similarity Search — SocialLearn was in another EdMedia session, where Suzanne Little described how KMi’s multimedia R&D is now feeding through into an innovative SocialLearn tool

Researcher in Learning Analytics & Recommender Services — We’re hiring! Right now we need a top calibre technically-oriented postdoctoral person. Another similar research position will be advertised shortly, focused on social learners’ user experience and the application of the learning sciences — watch this space!

SocialLearn provides an ideal testbed for researching online social learning in diverse contexts. To explore the possibility of joining us a research partner, feel free to contact Simon Buckingham Shum informally with some background on your interests.