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Dr Doug Clow

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Learning and Teaching Innovation
  • Institute of Educational Technology
  • Academic Team
  • doug.clow

Professional biography

At the moment, I'm particularly interested in learning analytics: using the traces learners leave behind to improve their learning. At the OU, we have unique challenges - for instance, we can't see our students most of the time. We also have unique opportunities - for instance, they leave more online traces than most students, and there are more of them. So it's a great place to be working on analysing the data we have about students and using that to make their study experience better.

My career at the OU over the years has enabled me to explore the affordances of new and advanced technologies, particularly in the area of learning and education, but also in healthcare and medicine, science, engineering, and a range of more social sciences. My interests include online learning, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); open educational resources (OER); the boundary between informal and HE learning; policy; mobile devices, mobile learners and mobile learning; virtual learning environments (VLE/CMS); learning technology standards; metadata; e-learning systems; educational multimedia; knowledge management and sharing; accessibility; usability; and student learning. I have very broad interests in most areas of learning and understanding, including personal ones in economics, law, policy, philosophy, politics, wine, and aviation. (Not all at the same time.)

I am a member of the Computers And Learning Research Group (CALRG), and help with PhD admissions to our area.

My broad interests and expertise have enabled me to be examiner for a wide range of PhD topics, and I enjoy giving keynote addresses.

Current PhD students (draft titles):

  • Tina Papathoma,"How MOOC educators learn how to teach. A multi case study."
  • Lesley Boyd, "Using technology-enabled learning networks in the not-for-profit sector to achieve practical improvement outcomes"
  • Ralph Mercer, "Learning Informatics Framework: Learning Identity through Self-Awareness"

Previous PhD students:

  • Katy Jordan, "Understanding the structure and role of academics' ego-networks on social networking sites", 2017
  • Chris Kubiak, "Work-based learning and contested work practices in health and social care", 2012
  • Andreas Meiszner, "The impact of the organizational structure and operational organization on ICT enriched education", 2010
  • Anesa Hosein, "The benefits of mathematical intermediate steps in educational software", 2010
  • Sue Morón-García, "Using Web and Internet-based technologies to support teaching and learning in Higher Education", 2004

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)CentreFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Publications

Consistent Commitment: Patterns of Engagement across Time in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) (2015-12)
Ferguson, Rebecca and Clow, Doug
Journal of Learning Analytics, 2(3) (pp. 55-80)
Setting learning analytics in context: overcoming the barriers to large-scale adoption (2015-02)
Ferguson, Rebecca; Macfadyen, Leah P.; Clow, Doug; Tynan, Belinda; Alexander, Shirley and Dawson, Shane
Journal of Learning Analytics, 1(3) (pp. 120-144)
Informal participation in science in the UK: identification, location and mobility with iSpot (2014)
Scanlon, Eileen; Woods, William and Clow, Doug
Journal of Educational Technology and Society, 17(2) (pp. 58-71)
An overview of learning analytics (2013-08-19)
Clow, Doug
Teaching in Higher Education, 18(6) (pp. 683-695)
An Open Future for Higher Education (2010)
McAndrew, Patrick; Scanlon, Eileen and Clow, Doug
Educause Quarterly, 33(1)
Facing the challenge in evaluating technology use in mobile environments (2010)
McAndrew, Patrick; Taylor, Josie and Clow, Doug
Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 25(3) (pp. 233-249)
The evolutionary design of a Knowledge Network to support knowledge management and sharing for lifelong learning (2004-11)
McAndrew, Patrick; Clow, Doug; Taylor, Josie and Aczel, James
British Journal of Educational Technology, 35(6) (pp. 739-746)
iSpot: your place to share nature (2014-03-07)
Pinto, Ana; Thompson, Kate; Jones, Chris and Clow, Doug
In: Carvalho, Lucila and Goodyear, Peter eds. The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks (pp. 225-238)
ISBN : 978-0-415-81656-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Where is the evidence? A call to action for learning analytics (2017-03-13)
Ferguson, Rebecca and Clow, Doug
In : LAK17 Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (13 - 17 March 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada) (pp. 56-65)
Beyond Failure: The 2nd LAK Failathon Poster (2017-03-13)
Clow, Doug; Ferguson, Rebecca; Kitto, Kirsty; Cho, Yong-Sang; Sharkey, Mike and Aguerrebere, Cecilia
In : LAK17 Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (13 - 17 March 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) (pp. 540-541)
Beyond failure: the 2nd LAK Failathon (2017-03-13)
Clow, Doug; Ferguson, Rebecca; Kitto, Kirsty; Cho, Yong-Sang; Sharkey, Mike and Aguerrebere, Cecilia
In : LAK17 Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (13 - 17 March 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada) (pp. 504-505)
Learning Analytics: Visions of the Future (2016-04-28)
Ferguson, Rebecca; Brasher, Andrew; Clow, Doug; Griffiths, Dai and Drachsler, Hendrik
In : 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference (25-29 April 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland)
LAK Failathon (2016-04-25)
Clow, Doug; Ferguson, Rebecca; Macfadyen, Leah; Prinsloo, Paul and Slade, Sharon
In : 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference (25-29 April 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland) (pp. 509-511)
Learning Analytics Community Exchange: Evidence Hub (2016)
Ferguson, Rebecca and Clow, Doug
In : 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference (25-29 April, 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Moving through MOOCS: pedagogy, learning design and patterns of engagement (2015-11-26)
Ferguson, Rebecca; Clow, Doug; Beale, Russell; Cooper, Alison J; Morris, Neil; Bayne, Siân and Woodgate, Amy
In : EC-TEL 2015: Tenth European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (16–17 September 2015, Toledo, Spain) (pp. 70-84)
Examining engagement: analysing learner subpopulations in massive open online courses (MOOCs) (2015-03)
Ferguson, Rebecca and Clow, Doug
In : 5th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK15) (16–20 March 2015, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA)
Investigating Learners’ Views of Assessment Types in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) (2015)
Papathoma, Tina; Blake, Canan; Clow, Doug and Scanlon, Eileen
In : EC-TEL 2015: Tenth European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (16–17 September 2015, Toledo, Spain) (pp. 617-621)
Setting learning analytics in context: overcoming the barriers to large-scale adoption (2014-03-22)
Ferguson, Rebecca; Clow, Doug; Macfadyen, Leah; Essa, Alfred; Dawson, Shane and Alexander, Shirley
In : LAK '14 Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference 2014 (24-28 March 2014, Indianapolis, IN, USA) (pp. 251-253)
Data wranglers: human interpreters to help close the feedback loop (2014-03)
Clow, Doug
In : Fourth International Conference on Learning Analytics And Knowledge - LAK '14 (24-28 March 2014, Indianapolis, USA) (pp. 49-53)
MOOCs and the funnel of participation (2013)
Clow, Doug
In : Third Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK 2013) (8-12 April 2013, Leuven, Belgium) (pp. 185-189)
The learning analytics cycle: closing the loop effectively (2012)
Clow, Doug
In : LAK12: 2nd International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (29 April - 2 May 2012, Vancouver, BC) (p 134)
iSpot Analysed: Participatory Learning and Reputation (2011-10)
Clow, Doug and Makriyannis, Elpida
In : Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (28 Feb-01 Mar 2011, Banff, Alberta, Canada) (pp. 34-43)
Some issues affecting the sustainability of open learning courses (2011-06)
Aczel, James; Cross, Simon; Meiszner, Andreas; Hardy, Pascale; McAndrew, Patrick and Clow, Doug
In : EDEN 2011 Annual Conference: Learning and Sustainability: The New Ecosystem of Innovation and Knowledge (19-22 June 2011, Dublin, Ireland)
Mathematical thinking of undergraduate students when using three types of software (2008-07)
Hosein, Anesa; Aczel, James; Clow, Doug and Richardson, John T. E.
In : The 11th International Congress on Mathematics Education (06-13 Jul 2008, Monterrey, Mexico)
Comparison of black-box, glass-box and open-box software for aiding conceptual understanding (2008)
Hosein, Anesa; Aczel, James; Clow, Doug and Richardson, John T. E.
In : Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME 32) (17-21 July 2008, Morelia, Mexico)
Technology - Empowering the Educational Researcher through Remote Observation (2007-03)
Hosein, Anesa; Aczel, James; Clow, Doug and Richardson, John T. E.
In : Computer Assisted Learning (CAL '07) (26-28 March 2007, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
An Illustration of Students’ Engagement with Mathematical Software using Remote Observation (2007)
Hosein, Anesa; Aczel, James; Clow, Doug and Richardson, John T. E.
In : 31st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (8-13 July 2007, Seoul)
The teaching of linear programming in different disciplines and in different countries (2006-06)
Hosein, Anesa; Aczel, James and Clow, Doug
In : 3rd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics at Undergraduate Level (30 Jun-5 Jul 2006, Istanbul, Turkey)
Scholarly Insight Spring 2017: A Data Wrangler Perspective (2017-06-01)
Rienties, Bart; Rogaten, Jekaterina; Nguyen, Quan; Edwards, Chris; Gaved, Mark; Holt, Deborah; Herodotou, Christothea; Clow, Doug; Cross, Simon; Coughlan, Tim; Jones, Jan and Ullmann, Thomas
Open University UK
Scholarly insight 2016: a Data wrangler perspective (2016-12-21)
Rienties, Bart; Edwards, Chris; Gaved, Mark; Marsh, Vicky; Herodotou, Christothea; Clow, Doug; Cross, Simon; Coughlan, Tim; Jones, Jan and Ullmann, Thomas
Open University UK
Research Evidence on the Use of Learning Analytics: Implications for Education Policy (2016)
Ferguson, Rebecca; Brasher, Andrew; Clow, Doug; Cooper, Adam; Hillaire, Garron; Mittelmeier, Jenna; Rienties, Bart; Ullmann, Thomas and Vuorikari, Riina
Joint Research Centre, Seville, Spain.