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.
Dr Duygu Bektik and Dr Jenna Mittelmeier have joined the OpenTEL team in September this year as Postdoctoral Research Associates. From the OpenTEL team, we would like to use this opportunity to warmly welcome Duygu and Jenna and wish them a fruitful term. To learn more about them, please check below links to their introductory blog posts.
Read Duygu’s post here.
Read Jenna’s post here.
I am Duygu Bektik, Postdoctoral Research Associate for the IET’s OpenTEL. Over the last 10 years, I have been studying in the fields of computer science, instructional technologies and education, to explore and understand how students learn, what makes them better learners, how to measure the learning gain, what makes the environments in which learning takes place better and specifically how the use of technology can enhance learning activities.