CALRG 2020 Evaluation Report

The Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG) held its 41st annual conference solely online for the first time in 2020. With some funding from OpenTEL, CALRG were able to collect extended feedback on the experiences of organisers, presenters and participants about attending an online conference. The findings have been compiled into a short report with practical recommendations that you can find here CALRG 2020 Evaluation Report!

Recommendations include:

  • For organisers: Take accessibility into consideration when selecting the platform for your conference and in the options given to presenters (e.g., some may prefer to send in a recording of the presentation and just take live questions)
  • For presenters: Set a timer next to your screen as it is hard for the facilitator to give you a discrete reminder about reaching your time limit.
  • For participants: Mute your mic when not speaking.

The ongoing pandemic will mean that CALRG2021 is likely to be held at least partly online. This report will inform the planning and running of the event, and the organisers will use this report’s evaluation methods as a starting point for an upstream evaluation approach to understanding the benefits and challenges of CALRG2021 (scheduled for 15-16 June 2020).

Open & Inclusive SIG: 24th March

Open & Inclusive Special Interest Group
Wednesday 24th March 2021
10:00 – 12:00
ONLINE: MS Teams

Join us online for the next Open and Inclusive Special Interest Group, with presentations from Sumeya Loonat and Dan Holloway. Please contact openTEL for joining instructions or for more information about this event.

Presentation 1:
Language and Learning: Breaking Barriers to Success
Sumeya Loonat, De Montfort University

Abstract: This session explores the intersectionality of race and language within a teaching and learning context. There are significant barriers faced by students of colour in higher education and the impact of Covid-19 has contributed to further disparities. Students of colour make up approximately 54% of the student body at DMU; while this current framing of students is homogenous under the contested term ‘BAME’ (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) there are similar connections between domestic students of colour and international students of colour who use English as an additional language. The mainstream framing of these students is usually viewed through a deficit model which is harmful as it perpetuates negative stereotypes. This session considers alternative approaches which enhance the student sense of belonging.  Continue reading

Summary of Student Voice Event

Open & Inclusive SIG- Student Voice Event Summary Report
By Emily Coughlan

As part of the Open and Inclusive Special Interest Group, the team coordinated and delivered the first online student voice event on the 20th January2021. The event was intended to give students the opportunity to speak freely and openly about different topics, as put forward by both staff and students, and stimulate discussion around current and emerging issues regarding accessibility at the OU.

The event was attended by over 40 participants which included staff and students from different disciplines and areas within the OU. The event included three interactive workshops where students and staff were able to share their own experiences, discussing challenges they face and areas of concern as well as positive experiences.

The three workshops focussed on the following areas of interest: Continue reading

openTEL Seminar: Martin Glynn

Wednesday 24th February 2021 (14:30 – 15:30)
ONLINE: MS Teams (please email openTEL to be sent an invitation)

Abstract
Data Verbalization is about ‘communicating’ & ‘disseminating’ research data using performance approaches & techniques (Glynn, 2019)

Within academia, the corporate sector, and many areas of public and social policy, contemporary research has to now demonstrate its wider impact/s. Research impact centres on the understanding that generating knowledge by conducting research should contribute, benefit, influence and transform the environment, culture, as well as the wider society. So how relevant are traditional approaches when disseminating research data in today’s mediatized world? Furthermore, how do sociologists and criminologists move beyond the confines of traditional approaches to sharing their research? It is my contention that ‘data verbalization’ can give researchers a unique and distinct voice, beyond the academy, conference, and peer review journal.

Bio
Dr Martin Glynn is a criminologist and Winston Churchill Fellow with over 35 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health, and educational settings.  Dr Glynn is currently a lecturer in criminology at Birmingham City University.

 

Please note this session will be recorded. To find out more about this event or to be added to the openTEL mailing list please email openTEL@open.ac.uk

Link to Recording

Open & Inclusive SIG: Student Voice Event

Student Voice Event
Wednesday 20th January 2021 (14:00 – 16:00)
ONLINE: MS Teams (please email openTEL to be sent an invitation)

Join us online, as part of the Open & Inclusive Special Interest Group, for our annual student voice event. Every year we host a get-together where OU staff and students can share ideas, concerns, and explore ways to make the OU a more inclusive place for students with disabilities or study needs.

This event will involve a series of short facilitated discussions with a small mixed group of staff and students. We’ll contact you in advance for suggestions of themes you’d like to talk about, so we can create groups of students and staff with similar interests.

This event will be very casual; you should get the chance to meet interesting people, have good discussions and find out more about how the OU works.

To find out more about this event you can contact openTEL, Kate Lister, Francisco Iniesto, or Emily Coughlan