CALRG Conference 2023: Programme

We’re delighted to share the provisional schedule and abstracts for this year’s 46th CALRG conference. The conference will take place online and is open to all.

If you are external to The Open University (UK) then please email us for links to join the conference sessions.

This post was last updated on 26 June 2023.

The 46th Computers and Learning Research Group Annual Conference

All times shown are in BST (GMT+1) 

Tuesday 27 June 2023: Doctoral Consortium 

  • 14.00: Faculty members’ teaching practices in developing inclusive pedagogy: from theory to action (Ana Castellano Beltrán, Universidad de Sevilla)
  • 14.30: Can geospatial technologies reduce the transactional distance in open and distance learning? (Kamran Mir, Allama Iqbal, OU Islamabad)
  • 15.00-15.15: Comfort break
  • 15.15: Negotiating the competing demands of home, work and learning through improved self-efficacy in CPD for healthcare professionals (Helen Darlaston, OU UK)
  • 15.45: Predicting drop-out in Toastmasters (Selina Griffin, OU UK)
  • 16.15: Close

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Wednesday 28 June 2023: OpenTEL SIG launch, Openness & Inclusion 

  • 13.30: Welcome (Eileen Scanlon, OU UK)
  • 13.40: OpenTEL SIG launch (Bart Rienties, Gerald Evans, Mark Williams and Natasha Huckle, OU UK)
  • 14.45: Comfort break
  • 15.00: Open Education Research: Celebrating 10 years of the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) (Rob Farrow, Martin Weller, Beck Pitt and Carina Bossu, OU UK)
  • 15.30: A call for open science to become inclusive science (Garron Hillaire, AERDF)
  • 16.00: Deep viewpoints: Using citizen curation to address the museum participation gap (Paul Mullholland, OU UK)
  • 16.30: Close

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Thursday 29 June 2023: Professional Development, Capacity Building & Supporting Learners 

  • 09.30: Digital Education for Universities: Capacity building for impact and nationwide change in Kenya (Denise Whitelock, Fereshte Goshtasbpour, Beck Pitt, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Cross and Olivier Biard, OU UK) 
  • 10.00: Introduction to Virtual Exchange and its benefits: a case study from the OU’s Online Confucius Institute (Mirjam Hauck, Qian Kan, Ligao Wu and Doris Hermann-Ostrowski, OU UK) 
  • 10.30: Comfort break
  • 10.45: Online professional development across European institutions and borders (Bart Rienties, OU UK)
  • 11.15: Energy digitisation and learning: who is interested and what do people want to learn about? (Irina Rets, Denise Whitelock, Leigh-Anne Perryman and Chris Edwards, OU UK)
  • 11.45: Lunch break
  • 13.30: Understanding student experience feedback of ethnic minority students with learning analytics (Thomas Ullman and Chris Edwards, OU UK)
  • 14.00: “It offers me a future, when I don’t have anything”: Perspectives from students from refugee backgrounds associated with the Open Futures Sanctuary Programme at the OU (Koula Charitonos, Neil Graffin, Marie Gillespie, Lidia Dancu, Ahmad Al-Rashid, Olwyn O’Malley, Shannon Martin, Fidele Mutwarasibo, Mahlea Babjak and Colin Wilding, OU UK)
  • 14.30: Comfort break
  • 14.45: The Complex Trajectories project (Chris Edwards, Bart Rienties, Simon Cross and Mark Gaved, OU UK)
  • 15.15: Creating emotionally supportive learning environments when undertaking assessed, online, group activities (Jake Hilliard, OU UK)
  • 15.45: Examining OU student satisfaction and barriers to taking remote online exams (Maria Aristeidou, Simon Cross, Carlton Wood and Klaus-Dieter Rossade, OU UK)
  • 16.15: Close

Session abstracts:

Friday 30 June 2023: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Extended Reality (XR) and Learning Analytics 

  • 09.15: Solving Year 1 programming problems with AI assistants (Michel Wermelinger, OU UK)
  • 09.45: iSpot & AI: Integrating FASTCAT-Cloud and PI@ntNET-API in the Cos4Cloud framework (Citizen Science & AI Group: Chris Valentine, Mike Dodd, Janice Ansine, Stefan Rueger, Advaith Siddharthan, Damian Dadswell, OU UK)
  • 10.15: Comfort break
  • 10.30: Open XR Studios: What could immersive learning do for us? (Tyrrell Golding and Trevor Collins, OU UK)
  • 11.00: The potential of generative AI in education (John Domingue and AI module team, OU UK)
  • 11.30: Comfort break
  • 11.45: Open Skills Academy (OU Wales) (Rhys Daniels, OU Wales) 
  • 12.15: Ethical use of predictive learning analytics in distance education (Christothea Herodotou, Anna Gillespie and Irina Rets, OU UK) 
  • 12.45: Closing remarks and conference ends 

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Contacts and further information

The CALRG Conference 2023 organising team is: Hannah Clarkson, Fereshte Goshtasbpour, Kylie Matthews, Beck Pitt, Eileen Scanlon and the IET-Research team.

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