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Ben Hogan

Profile summary

  • Acting Media Coordinator
  • Learning and Teaching Innovation
  • ben.hogan

Professional biography

I’ve been working in education for over 5 years, during which time I have been involved with the promotion and implementation of e-learning. I’m continually intrigued by how technology can enhance the learning experience, which in turn, drives me to discover effective ways to help students achieve their goals.

Before joining the OU, I was a teacher at North Hertfordshire College, delivering a range of creative courses at the Centre for the Arts. In an extension of my role, I was part of the team that devised and developed the college’s bespoke VLE. As a result of this, I was able to form a partnership with The Education Foundation, whose aim is to promote the use of technology in education in the UK. I was also fortunate to work with Facebook, demonstrating actual implementation of social media in a learning environment.

I’m currently a Media Coordinator in the Learning Innovation team, part of LTS, working specifically on the OpenCreate project. My previous role in the OU was as a Media Assistant where I supported module production for both print and online learning materials. I’ve also worked on MOOC productions, using my previous experience as a graphic designer to produce graphic assets and animated videos.

Research interests

  • Educational technology
  • Learning systems
  • Mobile – apps and devices
  • Learning and accessibility
  • Design thinking

Impact and engagement

South by Southwest Interactive Conference, Austin, Texas, 2012

Part of a team of research delegates whose mission was to discover future trends and define NHC’s e-learning strategy.

Facebook for Education, London, 2013

Presented to a group of industry professionals how I’d integrated Facebook into my teaching and learning experience.

BETT, London, 2014

Pitched my idea for a continuous portfolio builder, promoting student employability and skills sharing and collaboration.