Welcome back! I hope all of you have had a well-deserved break over the easter and have enjoyed a bit of sun amid some gloomy rain.
This week marks the start of our summer series of CALRG seminars! In this series, we will have colleagues from IET, including Rob, Simon, Jane, Maria, sharing their research on open education, teacher development and supporting learning during Covid-19. Agnes, Bart and Corina will also hold a session on the Innovating Pedagogy 2021 introducing some of the topics covered. Our alumni Katy will also talk her work on Ed-tech hub while Mike will introduce mobile learning through 10 objects.
Beside colleagues in IET, we are also pleased to be able to invite teams from WELS to talk about their research on MOOCs, language learning and e-health.
For more information on individual seminars, please visit the Event page, though we are still updating each event with abstract when it is around the corner.
Last but not least, our annual conference will be held on 15-16 June, and it will be another online conference! This conference will have two prestigious keynote speakers, one of whom is our alumni Simeon and another, Tamara from the United States. And more importantly, you, who will be presenting or attending the conference. Do submit your work to share with us in the conference.
We look forward to e-meeting you in one of our weekly session and annual conference!
Today’s talk by Dr Louise Drumm from Edinburgh Napier University brought an end to our series of talk in the spring term 2021. Beside Louise, we also had Nils from University of Cologne and Tony from University of Cape Town in this series of talk. We are grateful to have external speakers joining us and expanded our reach outside of OU.
We have had a variety of topics in the past spring term. Rebecca and Tony had got us into taking chance to revolutionize online meetings, not limited to just responding to the Covid-19 restriction. Tim and colleagues from WELS, Alison, Claire, Tom presented their collaboration with educators in Africa to promote digital education, while Saraswati and colleagues from other universities presented their wok in Nepal and Bangladesh. Johanna, our alumni, also presented her PhD on creativity and game-based learning. Tina, our micro-credentials lead, presented guidance on making learning@scale accessible. Thea talked about citizenship. This variety of talk not only touched on digital learning, but also international development and online practices. To revisit some of these presentations, you can view the recording in the seminar recordings.
After such a wonderful series of sessions, we will have a two-week break for easter. We will then kickstart our summer term in mid-April. The summer series consists of themes on open education, Covid-19 and presentation from outside of IET and OU. So there are a lot to look forward to, not to mention our annual summer conference! We will soon send out our call for papers. Watch this space!
It has been one year since we last have in-person meetings. Although most of us might be missing the ‘physical touch’ of conferences, seminars and meetings, we have also been able to adapt and utilize technology to come up with new ways of online meetings. It is not a replacement of in-person meeting, but an innovative development of meeting!
On 11 March, Rebecca from IET gathered us together to share our experiences in online meetings, and what we envision as a good online meeting. Here are the contributions from some of the participants.
shared with us