Dr Marion Hall
Faculty of Health and Social Care
Faculty of Health & Social Care (HSC)
The Open University
My research interests lie in two areas.
My most recent biological research looked at mate choice and intrasexual competition in the speckled bush cricket Leptophyes punctatissima.
Previously I worked on the determinants of dominance and the relationships between status, territory and mating success among peafowl (Pavo cristatus) in a feral population at Whipsnade Zoo.
research for my D.Phil was concerned with
mother–offspring relationships and social organization in
Currently, I am joint Project leader of the Evaluating Approaches to Developing Digital Literacy (EADDLS) project.
I previously carried out extensive research into technology-enhanced learning in Science higher education.
From 2005 to 2014, I was a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health & Social. I worked on:
K311 Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice
K319 Adulthood, ageing and the life course
K217 Adult health, social care and wellbeing
K218 Working with children, young people and families
The HSC Resource Bank: a repository of online learning materials shared across modules and courses for which I led development and produced a series of ICT skills activities.
ICT skills development: as chair of the HSC Faculty’s Skills Working Group, I contributed to faculty policies on skills and employability and worked with module teams to advise on skills development policy and on the integration of skills learning and assessment into modules.
Before joining the Faculty of Health and Social Care in December 2005, I had worked in the Science Faculty of the Open University since 1988. During this time, I contributed to a number of Science and interdisciplinary modules, including:
U316 The Environmental Web
SD226 Biological Psychology
S103 Discovering Science
U205 Health and Disease
SD206 Biology: Brain and Behaviour
S324 Animal Physiology
HSC Resource Bank: online, interactive ICT, information literacy and numeracy skills activities.
U316 The Environmental Web: web and CD-ROM based activities; assessment.
S103 Discovering Science: section on speciation for Book 9; multimedia tutorials Galapagos: adaptation and evolution on islands and Holly leaf miner.
SD206 Biology: Brain and Behaviour: Chapter on Behaviour and Adaptation for Book 1, joint editor of Book 1, TV programme A conflict of interests; video Analysis of Behaviour; audiocassette Problems of Mind and Brain; assessment; practicals and multimedia tutorials for residential school.
S365 Evolution: Chapter on Species, Speciation and Extinction; assessment.
S324 Animal Physiology: assessment.
Multimedia CD-ROMs on The Human Brain and The Human Nervous System, used in several OU courses.
2014–present: Honorary Associate, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University.
2005–2014: Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University.
2009–2011: Subject Adviser in e-learning, Higher Education Academy Health Sciences and Practice Subject Centre
Member of the Advisory Committee to the CTI Centre for Biology at
1995–2000: Secondment as Lecturer in Biology (New Technology), Department of Biological Sciences, Open University.
1994–1999: Council Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and Officer of the Society (Newsletter Editor).
1988–2005: Course Manager, Department of Biological Sciences, Open University
1986–1988: Diplomatic Service.
1982–1986: Assistant Editor for the journal Animal Behaviour.
Lecturer in Vertebrate Zoology,
BSc (Honours) in Biology,
Hall, M., Nix, I. and Baker, K. (2013) Student experiences and perceptions of digital literacy skills development: engaging learners by design? Electronic Journal of E-Learning, 11 (3), 207–225. ISSN 1479-4403.
Hall, M., Nix, I. and Baker, K. (2012) “Why should I?” Engaging learners in digital literacy skills development. In: Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on e-Learning, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 26-27 October 2012 (ed. by H. Belduis), pp. 220–229. Reading, UK: Academic Publishing International Limited. ISBN 978-1-908272-73-7.
Nix, I., Hall, M. and Baker, K. (2012) “Why bother?” Learner perceptions of digital literacy skills development: learning design implications. In: Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on e-Learning, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 26-27 October 2012 (ed. by H. Belduis), pp. 406–415. Reading, UK: Academic Publishing International Limited. ISBN 978-1-908272-73-7.
Hall, M. (2011) Developing ICT skills in health and social care students. Higher Education Academy Health Sciences and Practice News, issue 33, October 2011, p.8.
Hall, M. (2010) Tracking the speckled bushcricket, Leptophyes puntatissima: monitoring the position of individuals around the clock and in three dimensions. Antenna: Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society, 34 (4), 185.
Robinson, D. J and Hall, M. J. (2002) Sound signalling in Orthoptera. Advances in Insect Physiology, 29, 151-278.
Hall, M., Tucknott, G. & Robinson, D. (1998) The Human Brain: a shell-based multimedia tutorial with qualitative assessment. Life Sciences Educational Computing, 9, 7–8.
Hall, M. J., Robinson, D. J., Tucknott, G. and Carlton, T. (1998) A multimedia tutorial shell with
qualitative assessment in biology.
In: Computer Based Assessment
(Volume 2): Case Studies in Science and Computing (ed. by D. Charman and A. Elmes), pp.
Hall, M. J. and Robinson, D. (1998) Lost in hyperspace: linearity versus
exploration in the design of multimedia for independent learners. In: Global
Education on the Net: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on
Computers in Education, 1998 (ed by Tak-Wai Chan, Allan Collins andJianziang
Lin), Volume 2, pp. 9–13.
Hall, M., Robinson, D. and Anjaneyulu,
K. S. R. (1997) The Human Brain: a multimedia tutorial for the independent learner. In: Proceedings
of the International Conference on Computers in Education, 2-6 December, 1997, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (ed. by
Z. Halim, T. Ottmann and Z. Razak),
Robinson, D. and Hall, M. (1996) Producing educational multimedia —
empowering individuals or building teams?
Proceedings of the 5th
Hall, M. and Robinson, D. (1996) A computer-based approach to neurophysiology practicals. Life Sciences Educational Computing, 6 (3), 31.
Hall, M. and Robinson, D. (1995) The Multimedia Brain. Life Sciences Educational Computing, 6, 16–17.
Hall, M. and Robinson, D. (1995) The Multimedia Brain. Active Learning, 3 (December 1995), 36–41.
Hall, M. (1994) Hierarchy. In Halliday, T. R. (ed.) Animal Behaviour, pp. 97–103.
Petrie, M., Hall, M., Halliday, T., Budgey, H. and Pierpoint, C. (1992) Multiple mating in a lekking bird: why do peahens mate with more than one male and with the same male more than once? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 31, 349–358.
Hall, M. J. (1983) Social organization in an enclosed group of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) on Rhum. I. The dominance hierarchy of females and their offspring. Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie, 61, 250–262.
Hall, M. J. (1983) Social organization in an enclosed group of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) on Rhum. II. Social grooming, mounting behaviour, spatial organization and their relationships to dominance rank. Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie, 61, 273–292.
Guinness, F. E., Hall, M. J. & Cockerill, R (1979) Mother–offspring association in red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) on the Isle of Rhum. Animal Behaviour, 27, 536–544.
These pages are the personal responsibility of Marion Hall. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the Open University. The University takes no responsibility for any material on these pages.
Date site created: February 2004
Date site last updated: July 2014