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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The Struggle is Real: Missing Opportunities in Higher Education

“We are told we lack aspirations. No, we don’t. We lack opportunities.”

                                                                                   –Sumeya Loonat, 2021

The Open & Inclusive Special Interest Group from OpenTEL featured presentations from two external speakers in an online seminar on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021. The speakers covered interrelated topics about language, race, mental health, and financial hardship in higher education. Sumeya Loonat, a senior international student lecturer in the Business and Law faculty at De Montfort University, was the first to deliver her presentation on Language and Learning: Breaking Barriers to Success’. Sumeya’s experience as an English teacher for Academic Purposes who provides academic support for international students has contributed to her research on the intersectionality between language and race. Under the Equality Act 2010, race can mean colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins. Sumeya’s PhD focuses explicitly on students of colour who use English as an additional language within a teaching and learning context.

She has identified key barriers bilingual students of colour face in higher education, including:

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FLAN: FutureLearn Academic Network Meeting

FLAN Meeting
Wednesday 17th March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
ONLINE: ZOOM

The meeting of the network was hosted by The Open University in conjunction with OpenTEL last Wednesday.

The international research event gathered a total of 39 people, including researchers, PhD students, course developers, educators and practitioners who were interested in learning about five presentations on the following themes:

  • Supporting people who are learning at scale
  • Training and supporting educators working at scale
  • Assuring the quality of MOOCs and microcredentials

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