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OU awarded for openness in research

The Open University’s (OU) Technology Enhanced Learning priority research area, OpenTEL, has been awarded a prize for openness in research.

OpenTEL will be awarded the 2017 Open Education Consortium award for Open Research at the Open Education Global Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

The award, which is one of a suite of Open Education Awards for Excellence, recognises outstanding contributions in the Open Education community. This particular award recognises excellence in research on open education and related studies that help advance understanding and demonstrate effectiveness related to challenges in freely available educational resources.

OpenTEL focuses on open approaches to Technology Enhanced Learning. Founded in 2016, it brings together researchers across the OU in educational technology, education, languages, health, development, science, technology, computer science, business and knowledge media. OpenTEL builds on existing research capabilities and established excellence through strong networks beyond the OU.

Recipient of the award, Professor Eileen Scanlon, Regius Professor of Open Education and Director of OpenTEL, said:

“I am delighted to be the recipient of this award as I am a great advocate of openness in research and teaching. In just one year, OpenTEL has formed new collaborations in learning design and analytics, and is working on the development of new projects on citizen science.

Our approach to openness has been very important for the development of a strong community of postgraduate students with projects on inclusion and work with migrants and refugees.”

Read more about Open Education Awards for Excellence.

Find out more about OU research in Technology Enhanced Learning.