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Tom Olney

Mr Tom Olney

Profile summary

  • Academic Related Staff
  • Senior Manager (Learning & Teaching)
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Deanery
  • Curriculum Support
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Professional biography

I am currently employed as a Senior Learning and Teaching Manager in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with specific responsibility for the adoption and development of Learning Design and Learning Analytics principles in OU course creation. Prior to this position I worked on the Analytics Project in the Learning and Teaching Centre and as a Senior Learning and Teaching Development Manager (Learning Design) in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) . However, my background is in face to face classroom teaching. Before joining the OU I was employed as a teacher and Humanities Faculty Lead in Melbourne, Australia, teaching English, International Relations and History for 10 years.

I have significant expertise in developing, interpreting, explaining and obtaining meaning from visualisations of both learning analytics and learning designs. I have presented the OU experience of Learning Design and Learning Analytics to international audiences at conferences such as EDEN 2016, and at the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as for visiting scholars from several Chinese Universities and commercial UK-based institutions such as the College of Policing. 

My research interests include the use of Learning Design and Learning Analytics for teachers. I am currently working on a book chapter about the practical application of Learning Design for Melbourne University Press and have collaboratively developed the Teaching Tricky Topics process, providing expert advice on the implementation of this innovative approach to schools and universities wishing to provide training to their practictioners, including the Oxford University PGCE programme. I am also co-author on the conference paper presented at LAK 16, Reviewing Three Case Studies of Learning Analytics Interventions at the OU