openAIED SIG: 12th May

openAIED Special Interest Group
12th May (14:00 – 15:00)

We would like to invite you to the first openAIED SIG meeting of 2021. This informal meeting will allow you to participate in steering the upcoming plans of the openAIED SIG which will be introduced by Dr Duygu Bektik and Dr Francisco Iniesto.

Duygu and Paco will present their latest updates around their work as well as the direction of the SIG, which will be followed by roundtable discussions. We would be delighted to hear what you are doing in this area, what you would like to get out of this group, and how to steer the SIG’s future.

Join this meeting to decide together the openAIED SIG agenda for 2021!

Please email openTEL for an invite or to be added to the openAIED mailing list.

New Special Interest Group: Learning At Scale

openTEL are pleased to invite you to join our first Learning@Scale SIG in OpenTEL. In this first event, Anna will present her research about online volunteer translation. After her presentation, we will have a roundtable to discuss the agenda for our SIG in the future.

You are welcome to join any of the programs. Please email openTEL or ShiMin for an invite.

Programme (26 May 2021)
15.30 Introduction
15.40 Dr Anna Comas-Quinn presents Learning beyond the classroom: online volunteer translation (see info below)
16.30 Roundtable: What do we want for our SIG
17.00 End

Speaker Bio
Dr Anna Comas-Quinn is a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, UK, where she has been teaching languages and translation for the last 20 years. She has led teaching and research projects, edited two volumes on open practice in language teaching, and published on open education, technology-enhanced language teaching and the integration of online volunteering in language and translation education.
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Agenda: Show & TEL Presentations

OpenTEL: Show & TEL
Tuesday 4th May (09:00 – 13:00)
Link to Recording

Agenda

09:00 – 09:25: Welcome and Introduction: Eileen Scanlon

09:30 – 10:00: Presentation 1: Module structure for student success
Gerald Evans and Dot Coley, Learner and Discovery Services

10:05 – 10:35: Presentation 2: Younger students at the OU: background, motivations and early experiences
Maria Aristeidou, Institute of Educational Technology

10:35 – 10:50: Break 

10:55 – 11:25: Presentation 3: Where next for the Disability Disclosure Chat-bot?
Nick Freear, Institute of Educational Technology

11:30 – 12:00: Presentation 4: Analytics for Action (A4A) update: Data is business as usual
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Open & Inclusive SIG: 24th March

Open & Inclusive Special Interest Group
Wednesday 24th March 2021
10:00 – 12:00
ONLINE: MS Teams

Join us online for the next Open and Inclusive Special Interest Group, with presentations from Sumeya Loonat and Dan Holloway. Please contact openTEL for joining instructions or for more information about this event.

Presentation 1:
Language and Learning: Breaking Barriers to Success
Sumeya Loonat, De Montfort University

Abstract: This session explores the intersectionality of race and language within a teaching and learning context. There are significant barriers faced by students of colour in higher education and the impact of Covid-19 has contributed to further disparities. Students of colour make up approximately 54% of the student body at DMU; while this current framing of students is homogenous under the contested term ‘BAME’ (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) there are similar connections between domestic students of colour and international students of colour who use English as an additional language. The mainstream framing of these students is usually viewed through a deficit model which is harmful as it perpetuates negative stereotypes. This session considers alternative approaches which enhance the student sense of belonging.  Continue reading

Summary of Student Voice Event

Open & Inclusive SIG- Student Voice Event Summary Report
By Emily Coughlan

As part of the Open and Inclusive Special Interest Group, the team coordinated and delivered the first online student voice event on the 20th January2021. The event was intended to give students the opportunity to speak freely and openly about different topics, as put forward by both staff and students, and stimulate discussion around current and emerging issues regarding accessibility at the OU.

The event was attended by over 40 participants which included staff and students from different disciplines and areas within the OU. The event included three interactive workshops where students and staff were able to share their own experiences, discussing challenges they face and areas of concern as well as positive experiences.

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