Prof Stephen Bax (1960 – 2017)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a valuable OpenTEL Steering Committee member, Prof Stephen Bax.

Stephen was from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. He joined The Open University (OU) as Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics in 2015. He took on the role of Director for Research Excellence in August 2016 when the new School of Languages and Applied Linguistics was formed in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS).

Stephen was an internationally recognised researcher in the area of technology for language learning. Stephen was committed to making language research the best it could be, at the OU and elsewhere. Stephen was pivotal in shaping the research and scholarship agenda of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics and nurturing colleagues to fulfill their research potential. He was a very kind man, always positive and always ready to have a good laugh. We’d like to express our condolences to his friends and family. We will miss him terribly.

Citizen inquiry: Synthesizing science and inquiry learning

Christothea Herodotou, Mike Sharples and Eileen Scanlon, The Open University.

Christothea Herodotou, Mike Sharples and Eileen Scanlon, The Open University.

Citizen science or crowdsourcing has gained increasing popularity in recent years with web-based platform such as Zooniverse and iSpot scaffolding interactions between scientists and members of the public.

Little emphasis has been given to the educational benefits of citizen science, in particular for volunteers or members of the public who wish to contribute to citizen science activities.

Citizen inquiry: Synthesizing science and inquiry learning, recently published by Routledge, is the first edited collection of its kind to draw the emphasis on inquiry-based learning from participation in citizen science activities.

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Bidding Activity Workshop -06 Dec. 17

openTEL will be running a Bidding Activity workshop on Wednesday 6th December at 11am till 1pm in the Ambient Lab, Ground Floor, JLB.

The workshop will consist of 4 tables as follows;

Table 1  – Migrant Learning
facilitated by Agnes Kukulska-Hulme

This table will progress from previous workshops in regards to bids related to migrant learning.

Table 2 – AI in Education
facilitated by Wayne Holmes and Denise Whitelock

This table will discuss the EU Call ICT-26-2018-2020 related to Artificial Intelligence. For more information, see:

Table 3 – Science With and For Society (focusing on SWAFS)
facilitated by Doug Clow

This table will hold preliminary discussions around the Horizon 2020 calls in relation to the expertise present at the table.

Table 4 – ESRC Centre Bid – openTEL
facilitated by Eileen Scanlon

This table will progress the ESRC Centre bid for OpenTEL, which has recently been granted internal approval.

If you would like to join any of the tables, can you please confirm no later than Monday 4th December 4pm, your attendance and the table you would like to be a part of by emailing to