IET May 2015

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Data Wrangling - learn more about what is happening in the faculties. See how Data Wrangling reports are helping to give an insight on University data. Understand in what way IET Wranglers recommendations are helping to provide guidance and support in making quality decisions that help to improve the students study experience.

The Data Wrangling ( reports are available for all OU staff to read. Please share this link with your colleagues in the OU to help exchange new ideas and best practices.

Latest update; Spring 2015 reports will be available shortly. Want an update when the reports are published? Let me know and I will arrange for a ‘DW report alert’( to be sent to you. Oliver Millard

The SALSA project has been awarded HEIF funding to extend the learning content provided in the SALSA location-triggered language app. The SALSA team (Mark Gaved, Richard Greenwood, and ex-IET Alice Peasgood (APHE Counsulting) ) will be working with Pearson Publishing and tutors from the Adult Continuing Education Centre to develop and test English language learning content for the field trials this summer.

External Engagement

Beck Pitt will be speaking on the latest findings from the OER Research Hub at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada on 26 May 2015.

Bart Rienties is invited panel member EvaSys International Conference 2015, “Can learning analytics enhance student learning experiences?”, London on 6 May 2015

Bart Rienties is keynote speaker at MoodleMoot Ireland & UK, “The power of learning analytics”, Dublin, Ireland

Bart Rienties is keynote speaker at SIRIKT 2015, “The power of learning analytics, the good, bad and perhaps ugly”, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on 28 May 2015

Mike Sharples is an invited member of two panel sessions at EMOOCs 2015 conference, on Social Learning, and Partner Engagement, on 19th and 20th May.

Mike Sharples is an invited keynote speaker at the Birmingham conference on Medical Education, speaking on "The Changing Landscape of TEL"

Liz FitzGerald is showcasing Situ8, iSpot, nQuire and other elements of the OpenScience Lab at the Big Nature Day, Natural History Museum, London on Sat 23 May 2015. She will be representing the OU along with Janice Ansine and Maria Velasco from Science.

Eileen Scanlon visited the Pontifical Universidad Catolica de Santiago in Chile to discuss MOOC strategy with the ViceRectors. May 5-8th

Eileen Scanlon is giving a talk on nQuire to the OpenSTEM alliance, May 20 in the London Regional Office.

Research Funding Bids submitted

Anne Adams, Elizabeth FitzGerald, and Mike Sharples were part of a team led by FBL, with colleagues in MCT and Social Sciences, submitting a bid to the Police Knowledge Fund for a Centre for Policing Research and Professional Development.

Eileen Scanlon submitted a Major Research Fellowship bid entitled Investigating Interdisciplinarity in Technology Enhanced Learning to The Leverhulme Trust.

Bart Rienties, Allison Littlejohn, Simon Cross, Linda Price, and Denise Whitelock submitted a bid with the University of Surrey and Oxford Brookes University to HEFCE entitled A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study Of Learning Gain: Applying ABC Framework At 3 Institutions.

New Initiatives


Prof Alan Dix (University of Birmingham/Talis) visited Liz FitzGerald in IET on Monday 27 April, from 12-4pm. He spoke to Beck Pitt about OER and Liz also introduced Alan to iSpot. He is intending to use iSpot on Tiree to record a number of wildlife sightings, in conjunction with the local RSPB officer and is also very interested in how to visualise these data online/on screens in public places.


Doctoral students

Katy Jordan will be attending the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), 26th-29th May, in Oxford.


Upcoming Conferences

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Update on the Learning Design project

Our new assessment and employability resources are now available, these will be send to all faculties to be added to box 2.

Einsum Education Group visited the OU on 11 and 12 May. Nai Li and Lisette Toetenel delivered a session for these visitors looking at key principles of high quality learning design.

The Learning Design team is currently producing a bench-marking document based upon the key driver and factor analysis provided by the SSST team. We will circulate this document in the the next few weeks for consultation.

The Module Workload Project conducted a staff survey among 1200 staff to gain input on perceptions of and practices in managing student workload on modules. We had a 40% response rate with many useful responses which will inform our end-of-project report by the end of June. We will also be holding a module workload workshop with staff from across the OU on 18 June to gain further input and discuss draft recommendations.

The next Learning Design Special Interest group will take place on 03/06/15 between 10am and 12pm in CMR001.