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Innovating Pedagogy

Innovating Pedagogy aims to lead research and development in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), to expand our international reputation and to inform OU innovations in teaching, learning and assessment.

How do we learn in the 21st Century? What pedagogical innovation is needed?

Our work is inspired by the OU’s social inclusion mission and by the broader context of global challenges in contemporary education, including the need to provide flexible, adaptable, accessible and engaging learning opportunities for all.

Innovating Pedagogy programme highlights:

  • The annual Innovating Pedagogy Report explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.
  • We lead on the pedagogy of FutureLearn, a social learning platform designed to support learning through conversation, offering free online courses from globally renowned UK and international universities, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers like the British Council and European Space Agency.
  • Our impact case on “The impact of mobile learning research on practice in a global context” was selected by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences as one of their top 20 favourite impact stories (see: The Global Impact of UK Research: Education-Enhancing Technologies). These stories were selected from the 6,975 impact case studies submitted to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations have included working with the MK:Smart city initiative on the design of informal language learning for migrant populations in smart cities, and with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy on resilience in the face of emergencies and environmental hazards.

The following thematic areas are represented in our work:

  • Design and evaluation of technologies and pedagogies for mobile learning
  • Learner experiences in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Methods and technologies for Learning Design
  • Game-based learning, mobile game apps
  • Citizen Science and Open Science laboratories
  • Learning in smart cities
  • Cultural heritage and heritage language learning
  • Learning and communication in disaster and emergencies
  • Citizen engagement and collective awareness
  • Teacher training and development

Ongoing and recent projects include:

Recent publications:

Traxler, J. and Kukulska-Hulme, A. eds. (2016). Mobile Learning: The Next Generation. London: Routledge.

Sharples, M., Adams, A., Alozie, N., Ferguson, R., FitzGerald, E., Gaved, M., McAndrew, P., Means, B., Remold, J., Rienties, B., Roschelle, J., Vogt, K., Whitelock, D. and Yarnall, L. (2016). 创新教学报告2015 —探索教学、学习与评价的新形式 [Innovating Pedagogy 2015]. 开放学习研究 [Open Learning] (2016.1) pp. 1–18.

Aristeidou, M. (2016). Citizen Inquiry: Engaging Citizens in Online Communities of Scientific Inquiries. PhD thesis Institute of Educational Technology.

Coughlan, T., Rodriguez-Ascaso, A., Iniesto, F. and Jelfs, A. (2016). OLA! A Scenario-Based Approach to Enhance Open Learning Through Accessibility. In: Computers Helping People with Special Needs: Proceedings of the 15th ICCHP conference, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 445–452.

Furniss, D., Iacovides, I., Lyons, I., Blandford, A. and Franklin, B.D. (2016). Patient and public involvement in patient safety research: a workshop to review patient information, minimise psychological risk and inform research. Research Involvement and Engagement, 2, 19.

Herodotou, C., Winters, N., and Kambouri, M. (2015). An Iterative, Multidisciplinary Approach to Studying Digital Play Motivation: The Model of Game Motivation. Games and Culture, 10(3) pp. 249–268.

Open Research Online lists IET Innovating Pedagogy research publications.

Currently, researchers involved in the Innovating Pedagogy research programme are:

  • Prof Agnes Kukulska-Hulme (Programme Lead)
  • Dr Anne Adams
  • Dr Maria Aristeidou
  • Dr Tim Coughlan
  • Dr Liz FitzGerald
  • Dr Mark Gaved
  • Dr Thea Herodotou
  • Dr Ioanna Jacovides
  • Dr Ann Jones
  • Prof Eileen Scanlon
  • Prof Mike Sharples

PhD and EdD students:

  • Martina Emke
  • Helen Lee
  • Anna Motzo
  • Hélène Pulker
  • Jessica Sampurna
  • Pinsuda Srisontisuk
  • Inge de Waard