openTEL receives HEFCE grant!

The OU has been awarded funding of £480,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council in England (HEFCE) to address barriers to student success.

Led by the OU in collaboration with the University of Leeds and Plymouth University, the two-year project, Embedding and sustaining inclusive STEM practices, aims to share and promote inclusive educational practices in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines across UK universities.

The project, which began on 1 March 2017 and will run to 28 February 2019, will focus on disability as a key factor affecting the outcomes of STEM students in Higher Education, particularly in relation to academic performance and professional employment.

Academic lead and Research Fellow in Technology Enhanced Learning at The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, Dr Trevor Collins, said:

“This project unifies the institutional priorities of the partners to be inclusive and open, celebrating and encouraging diversity in education and research. It will enable us to compare effective practices and share approaches to designing and delivering inclusive education suitable for everyone.”

Using the successful developments in fieldwork, lab work and online learning that already exist at each institution, the project will work in partnership with staff and students to further embed the values and practices of inclusive education. The project also involves Kate Lister and Chetz Colwell from the SeGA team.

The openTEL is the recipient of the 2017 OEC award!

OpenTEL is the recipient of the 2017 Open Education Consortium award for Open Research. This award recognises excellence in research on open education and related studies that help advance our understanding and demonstrate effectiveness related to challenges in OER.

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Agenda for Show and TEL 2017

This openTEL event will take place on:

Thursday 9th February 2017 in meeting Room 1, Jennie Lee Building 13:30-16.30.

Live streaming here.

Tea and Coffee will be available from 13:30.

13:30 – 13:40        Welcome and aims of the day  Eileen Scanlon

13:40 – 14:10        The use of Virtual microscope in OU modules: Is it effectively used?

Thea Herodotou

14:10 – 14:25        Disabled Students, Technology and Post-Compulsory Education: How can models, frameworks or approaches transform practice? Are there alternative conceptual tools to help stakeholders utilise technologies with students with disabilities in more inclusive and accessible ways? 

Jane Seale

14:25 – 14:40        SeGA & TEL – Developing appropriate online study guidance

                              Tim Coughlan

14:40 – 14:55       OER Hub

                              Rob Farrow

14:55 – 15:15       Break/Networking

15:15 – 15:30       Developing Rich Interactive Learning Resources: An Overview of KMi TEL projects.

Alexander Mikroyannidis

15:30 – 15:45       LTI Curriculum design student Panel

                             Katherine Reedy

15:45 – 16:00       Student Hub Live

                              Karen Foley

16:00 – 16:15        CodeRunner, a new question type for the VLE.

                              Tim Hunt

16:15 – 16:30        Summary, Next steps & close   Eileen Scanlon 


Show and TEL event!

The openTEL Steering Group invites you to attend the Show and TEL event!

Show and TEL provides those interested in TEL research with the opportunity to network and exchange information.

TEL researchers will present their work through lightning presentations.

Where? Ambient Lab, Ground floor, Jennie Lee Building, Walton Hall

When? 9th February 2017, from 13.30 till 16.30.

Citizen Science at The Open University

Citizen science is a growing trend in involving the public in different types of collaboration with scientists. In The Open University we are interested in how citizen scientists learn about science when engaged in inquiry activities, and the growth of such learning opportunities. We have developed a number of research projects and software around citizen science (iSpot, citizen inquiry, nQuire, nQuire-it, Sense-it, building sustainable policing-practitioner communities online). You can find out more here.

Show and TEL funding bid workshop

Join us for the Show and TEL funding bid workshop, on Friday (21st October) at 10.45am.

Where? Jennie Lee Building, Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor.

What? There will be discussion and ideas exchange around the following Horizon 2020 calls:

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Final agenda for Show and TEL 2016

Find us on Twitter: @OpenTEL_OU and #openTEL2016

This openTEL event will take place on two days:

  • 20th October 2016, Ambient Lab, Jennie Lee Building 14.00-17.00

Live streaming here.

  • 21st October 2016, Meeting Room 1, Jennie Lee Building 09.30-15.30

Live streaming here (afternoon session only).

DAY 1: 20th October 2016 – Ambient Lab

14.00 Welcome and aims of the day Eileen Scanlon
14.10 Impact and public engagement Rick Holliman
14.20 Lightning presentations

  • Hacking my health; hacking our health, Andrew Brasher
  • Understanding tutorial visits, Chris Douce
  • Augmented Reality For Human Biology – SK299, Paul Hogan
  • The Blockchain and Kudos: a mechanism for educational record, reputation and reward, Mike Sharples
  • ‘Done is better than perfect.’ Rethinking quality: Project Minerva, Lucy Gray
  • MAZI: DIY networking for location-based collective awareness, Mark Gaved
15.30 Break and networking
15.45 Lightning presentations

  • Innovative Professional Development – For Policing and beyond, Anne Adams
  • Using Open edX in developing a mental health module: Lessons from the coal face, Mathijs Lucassen
  • Teaching computational data analysis, Michel Wermelinger
  • The ABC Learning Gains Project: Understanding Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Gains at the OU and elsewhere, Simon Cross
  • An Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System For Learning (TeSLA), Aida Azadegan
16.50 Summary
17.00 Close


DAY 2: 21st October 2016 – Meeting Room 1

09.30 Welcome and aims of the day Doug Clow
09.45 Student Presentations

  • Learning wellness through self-assessment, Ralph Mercer
  • Using technology-enabled learning networks to achieve practical improvement outcomes: a pilot project to explore impact of student-made videos on student engagement in the IET MAODE programme, Lesley Boyd
  • Accessibility and MOOCs: The current state and next steps, Francisco Iniesto
10.15 Break and networking
10.45 Funding workshop Maria Aristeidou
13.00 Lunch and networking
13.45 Professional and Digital Learning Programme Allison Littlejohn
15.15 Next steps Eileen Scanlon
15.30 Close