Agenda: Show & TEL Presentations

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


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
Rafael Hidalgo, Learner and Discovery Services Continue reading

Recordings & Slides: Show & TEL Presentations November 2020

Ethics Seminar

Show & TEL recordings are available to OU staff in the link below:
Ethics Seminar, TEL Presentations AM, TEL Presentations PM
(select previous recordings)

Presentation slides are also linked below. We hope you will join us on Tuesday 17th for our final Show & TEL event in November. More info here: Keynote Presentation

Presentation Links and Slides

Morning Session

Tony Hirst  (AM Presentation 1, 10th November 2020)
Introducing RoboLab: an integrated robot simulator and Jupyter notebook environment for teaching and learning basic robot programming
Annotated slides:

Elizabeth FitzGerald and Hugh McFaul (Presentation 2, 10th November 2020)
Impact of the OpenLearn Create course Support Through Court Domestic Abuse

Nashwa Ismail and Maria Aristeidou (Presentation 3, 10th November 2020)
Motivations, challenges and recommendations of teachers who have engaged their classroom in citizen science

David Conway, Janet Hughes and Christine Gardner (Presentation 4, 10th November 2020)
Are virtual insight visits an effective way of engaging learners

Afternoon Session

Tony Hirst (PM Presentation 1, November 2020)
Using Docker to deliver virtual computing environments (VCEs) to distance education students
Docker VCEs:

Lesley Boyd (PM Presentation 2, November 2020)
[[ to follow: Collaborative problem-solving: using learning networks to drive module improvements in STEM ]]

Maria Aristeidou and Simon Cross (PM Presentation 3, November 2020)
The impact of Covid-19 on the studies of OU students

Andrew Law (PM Presentation 4, November 2020)
Business Innovation Hub Introduction

Show & TEL: Presentations – 10th November 2020

OpenTEL: Show & TEL
10th November 2020 (09:30 – 16:00)
** Join Online Here **
Link for students and external participants

09:30 – 09:40     Welcome and Introduction
Eileen Scanlon  

09:45 – 10:05     Presentation 1:
Introducing RoboLab: an integrated robot simulator and Jupyter notebook environment for teaching and learning basic robot programming
Tony Hirst

10:10 – 10:30     Presentation 2:
Impact of the OpenLearn Create course ‘Support Through Court: Domestic Abuse’
Elizabeth FitzGerald and Hugh McFaul Continue reading

Show & TEL: Ethics Seminar

openTEL’s November Show & TEL events begins with an Ethics Seminar hosted by Shailey Minocha and Victoria Murphy. Please join us online for presentations and facilitated discussions.

OpenTEL: Show & TEL Ethics Seminar
Monday 2nd November 2020
ONLINE (Adobe Connect)

Join Here (Staff & Students)
Link for External Participants 

09:30 – 09:40     Welcome and Introduction.
Eileen Scanlon  

09:45 – 10:05     Presentation 1:
Ethics in Educational Technologies: An OpenTEL Initiative
Shailey Minocha & Victoria Murphy

10:10 – 10:30     Presentation 2:
Artificial Intelligence in Education: Ethical Futures
Rob Farrow

10:35 – 10:45     Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:10     Presentation 3:
Ethical Design Approaches for Collecting Data
Chris Edwards

11:15 – 12:15     Facilitated Discussion                   

12:15                  Afterword, Day 1 Close


Show & TEL: Keynote Presentation 17th November 15:00 – 16:00

Concluding our Show & TEL presentations for November, openTEL is pleased to announce a special guest lecture. Join us online via Zoom (hosted externally) on Tuesday 17th November 2020 15:00 – 16:00. JOIN HERE

RoboTutor: Toward Learning at Scale in Developing Countries
Musings from a $1M Finalist in the Global Learning XPRIZE

Jack Mostow, Carnegie Mellon University

Advances in education technology are enabling tremendous advances in learning at scale. However, they typically assume resources taken for granted in developed countries, including reliable electricity, high-bandwidth Internet access, fast WiFi, powerful computers, sophisticated sensors, and expert technical support to keep it all working. This talk examines these assumptions in the context of a massive test of learning at scale in a developing country. We examine each assumption, how it was broken, and some workarounds used in a 15-month-long independent controlled evaluation of pre- to posttest learning and social-emotional gains by over 2,000 children in 168 villages in Tanzania. We analyze those gains to characterize who gained how much, using test score data, social-emotional measures, and detailed logs from RoboTutor. We quantify the relative impact of pretest scores, literate aspirations, treatment, and usage on learning gains.

Jack Mostow is Emeritus Research Professor of Robotics, Machine Learning, Language Technologies, and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his A.B. cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010 he was elected President of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society. He has published, collaborated, reviewed, supervised students, or given invited talks in artificial intelligence, children’s reading, computational linguistics, computer science, educational data mining, human-computer interaction, intelligent tutors, learner modelling, machine learning, psychology, robotics, software engineering, speech and language technologies, and statistics. Dr Mostow founded Project LISTEN, which developed an automated Reading Tutor that listens to children read aloud. He now leads the RoboTutor team (, a $1M Finalist in the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE competition to develop an Android tablet app for children in developing countries to acquire basic literacy and numeracy without adult assistance.