Open & Inclusive SIG: Digital Inclusion


Join us for the next open & inclusive Special Interest Group on Tuesday 17th May 2022 (13.00 – 15.00) to hear Professor Jane Seale’s talk on digital inclusion followed by a hosted discussion around the links between openness and inclusion. All are welcome!

How can ‘openness’ enhance the digital inclusion of people with learning disabilities?

Professor Jane Seale, WELS

Over the past thirty years there has been much talk and excitement about the potential of technology to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. And yet, in 2020 when the pandemic struck and life for many of us moved online, many people with learning disabilities were not able to use technology to keep connected and stay well. They were digitally excluded. Research conducted by Jane Seale revealed that a main reason for this exclusion was a lack of support. Many people who provide formal or informal support to people with disabilities did not have the skills or resources to facilitate access to technology. Why might this be? After thirty years of ‘talk’ why has the community not developed or sustained a practice that is capable of supporting the digital inclusion of adults with learning disabilities? In this presentation, Jane will review past and current support practices, focusing in particular on the potential role that open resources and open practices might play and the challenges around the development of open resources and open practices in the learning disability community.

Jane graduated from Plymouth Polytechnic in 1987 with a degree in psychology. She then went on to join the Computer Applications to Special Education Research Unit at Keele University where she completed her PhD focusing on the management of special needs technology in adult special education.
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Webinar Series: Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts (May)

We are pleased to invite you to our monthly Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts series, taking place online on Wednesday 4th May 2022, from 14:00 to 15:00 BST. The events are held by the Open University UK in collaboration with the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Topic: How can we design for Connected Higher Education in refugee settings? Online – MS Teams
Link to Recording

Presentations from:
IDEL group  – Instructional Design for e-Learning, CLCC
Learning Design Team, Open University


Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz
Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz is the Chief Executive Officer of Centreity and the co-lead for the Instructional Design for E-Learning (IDEL) working group of the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC). Continue reading

openAIED SIG Meeting: 25th May

What does your digital footprint say about you?
(Machine Learning to understand Human Learning)

Giora Alexandron
Weizmann Institute of Science

Join us for the next openAIED Special Interest Group meeting on Wednesday 25th May, 13.30-15.00 British Summer Time, for a presentation from Giora Alexandron. Chaired by Carmel Kent.

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Abstract and Bio

Presenter: Giora Alexandron

Title: What does your digital footprint say about you?
(Machine Learning to understand Human Learning)

Abstract: The high-resolution learner activity data that modern online learning environments collect provide a unique opportunity to study the behavior of online learners and to develop tools and mechanisms for personalized teaching and learning. Applications include adaptive learning algorithms that provide timely feedback and recommend activities to individual students, teacher dashboards that provide actionable insights to teachers, early warning systems that identify students at risk, and more. My research centers on these directions in MOOCs and K12 blended learning environments.  In the talk, I will present results Continue reading