openTEL Completed Projects Seminar

openTEL Completed Projects Seminar

openTEL is pleased to announce the next Completed Projects Seminar will include presentations from the Open Textbooks, mEvaluate and Mazi project teams.

Open Textbooks

Martin Weller & Beck Pitt

Project Description: Is the open textbook model of the US transferable to a different country and context? How does the context differ? What are the methods for uptake that are transferable? What can be generalised for adoption elsewhere? The intention is to provide foundational work for the further implementation of Open Textbooks in the UK, by finding the most effective models for uptake, raising awareness of open textbooks, and demonstrating the efficacy of their adoption across a number of pilot cases.


Thea Herodotou & Chrissy Mangafa

Project Description: This project aims to provide robust and conclusive evidence about the impact of selected mobile applications on preschoolers’ learning and development and produce a research-based evaluation rubric, by making use of experimental approaches such as Randomised Control Trials and working in a participatory manner with participating teachers and researchers. A public engagement strategy will guide the dissemination and exploitation of outputs to diverse audiences including the general public, educational stakeholders, parents, industry and academia.


Mark Gaved & Gareth Davies

Project Description: This project will explore the potential of community built (“DIY”) computer networks to develop neighbourhood cohesion, knowledge sharing, and sustainable living in urban environments. The project will develop a software and hardware toolkit for community activists and test this in four pilots across Europe, based on pairings of academic and local community partners, and developing local services alongside community representatives. The Open University will play a leading role in a UK based case study working alongside a London based community computing organisation and provide expertise around community informatics. The project has a multidisciplinary aspect bringing together researchers and practitioners from the fields of computer networking, human-computer interaction, urban design, architecture and community informatics.

We look forward to seeing you at 14:00 on 6th February in Meeting Room 1, Jennie Lee.