IET March 2012

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JLB Lab Studies March 2012

The Bridge to Success project received an award from the Maryland Distance Learning Association as Distance Learning Program of the Year on 1 March at their Spring Conference. The project was represented by Anne Arundel Community College and University of Maryland University College.

External Engagement (inc. seminars, talks and workshops)

7 March: Martin Weller gave an online presentation on individual approaches to open education, as part of OER week.(

8 March: Colleagues from Ordnance Survey organised a workshop at IET to discuss collaboration between OS and academics. The meeting workshop was organised by Liz FitzGerald and attended by academics from Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Loughborough, and Imperial as well as the OU.

12-16 March: Martin Weller gave an a keynote presentation on Digital Scholarship at the EdgeX conference in Delhi, India. (

18-20 March: Liz FitzGerald and Anne Adams attended a MuSuCoL (STELLAR theme team: Multiple Surfaces for Collaborative Learning) workshop in Bristol, where they co-presented a session on methods of video analysis to around 20 attendees (see for details)

20 March: Martin Weller gave a keynote presentation at LSE.

Patrick McAndrew gave an invited talk at the ICDE conference on "High quality higher education in an increasingly more open and online world" held in Oslo, Norway. The event gathered an international presence around a meeting of the OCDE Board to consider directions for adoption of open approaches in Norwegian higher education.

Mike Sharples gave an invited public lecture at the University of Southern Denmark on "Computer-mediated inquiry learning across formal and informal settings" as part of his visiting Chair at the DREAM Centre (Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials).

26-27 March: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme gave an invited talk at the STELLAR Learning in Context'12 (LIC'12) workshop on Mobile And Contextual Learning in Brussels.

New Initiatives

Funding has been received from JISC for a new project, TRACK OER. This is a rapid innovation project with £25,000 of funding over 6 months starting 19 March 2012. The project will extend ways to track resources as they are transferred to other systems such as VLEs or repositories, or if they are cut-and-paste copied. Two separate prototypes are being extended, one developed in partnership with OLnet fellow, Scott Leslie of BCCampus in Canada, and the other by Brandon Muramatsu of MIT under an earlier JISC grant. The development work will be carried out by Nick Freear, Will Woods and Patrick McAndrew (PI) will also be involved.


Phil Edmonds from Sharp Labs visited IET on 1 March 2012, at the invitation of Mike Sharples, and met with Mike, Rebecca Ferguson and Yishay Mor to discuss:

  • learning analytics and 'learning design' in support of classroom + away-from-classroom mobile solutions
  • From analytics to adaptive/personalized e-textbooks.

Patrick McAndrew met with Tom O'Callaghan from IHEED (Irish Global Health Education Institute) as part of his visit to the OU to discuss ways to address global health issues through open approaches. This followed earlier discussion with the International Development Office in support of their work building connections with major charities including UNICEF and Save The Children.


Upcoming Conferences

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