Next openTEL Show & TEL

openTEL is pleased to announce the next Show & TEL will have presentations by Patricia Charlton and Andy Lane.

Human centred Artificial Intelligence: Constructing and sharing pedagogical designs

Patricia Charlton

Abstract: This talk focuses on the Human centred approach to designing and developing AI solutions for education using ontological models and inferencing systems. The focus of the talk will discuss and illustrate the learning design tool examining human centred design approach and lessons learned along the way and how the approach assists in developing different views of knowledge.

Bio: Dr. Patricia Charlton is a researcher on artificial intelligence, cognitive science and technology-enhanced learning. She is the author of several papers on artificial intelligence, education, ubiquitous computing and intelligent context-aware designs. She has received a number of standards and invention awards for her contribution to the field of computer science research. She teaches computer science, AI and TEL. Previously, Patricia worked at Motorola leading the Semantic Personal Services Technology Group providing innovative user centered solutions. She has led many international computer science and technology research projects. She designed an intelligent framework to assist in supporting the teaching community in using and sharing theory and practice and the advances in technology in the creation, sharing and use of Learning Designs. She works with teachers, students, researchers and industry to bring a broader understanding of the importance in how and why to teach and learn about computational thinking, computer science and technology enhanced learning.

Patricia also works in the creative industries (co-founder and director of, delivers artists in residence experiences, Education hackevents, Smart Cities (, and IoT (see BBC Micro:bit project for all ages. Patricia actively participates in the local women in engineering community outreach STEM work with schools and collaborative developments with Industry and Humanitarian Sector.

Making change happen through participatory action research: The rhetoric and reality of the TIDE project

Andy Lane

Abstract: The Transformation through Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) project is a large international development project funded through DFiD and focussed on the higher education sector in Myanmar.  Running from 2018 to 2021 TIDE, led by the OU and supported by Oxford and Manchester Universities, is providing professional development activities for over 300 staff from 30 universities as well as help shaping sector level policy and practice. This talk will outline the scope and range of these activities and the many roles of research in informing, evaluating and learning from those activities.

Bio: Andy Lane is Professor of Environmental Systems within the School of Engineering and Innovation in STEM and is the Academic Director of the TIDE project.

We look forward to seeing you at 9:00 on 3rd April in Meeting Room 1, Jennie Lee.