Dr Katharine Jewitt is a Research Fellow and Educational Technology Consultant at The Open University. Katharine works across four faculties (Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies, Faculty for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, Faculty of Business and Law and The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnership) and teaches at access, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr Jewitt works for The Open University’s Teaching and Learning Centre and International Development Office in a consulting capacity. She also works as a Mentor for FutureLearn and is a Producer Editor for OpenLearn Works. She mentors staff to achieve Fellowship status for Advance HE. Katharine works widely across the UK, UAE and Africa in curriculum development and delivery; from the initial inception of an idea through to design, development, production and delivery. Previously, Katharine was Director of Teaching, Learning Curriculum and Quality at Prospects College of Advanced Technology and has held senior positions in industry, including DHL, Exel and Fujitsu.
Dr Jewitt holds one doctorate degree, six postgraduate degrees and one Bachelor degree: PhD in virtual reality, MSc in Research Methods for Educational Technology, MA in Online and Distance Education, MEd in Education, MSc in Human Resource Management, MBA, MA in Politics and a BA Hons in History and Politics.
Dr Jewitt completed her PhD at University of Glasgow’s School of Education in using virtual reality for work-based learning in SMEs.
Research activities are in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), learners' experiences and uses of technology in learning, mobile learning environments, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), learning in virtual, augmented and mixed reality.
Jewitt has much experience in real world research in a range of contexts and has carried out pioneering research, working with local councils to develop an alternative education system for young people excluded from school.
Jewitt was appointed a Digital Learning Fellowship by The Education and Training Foundation leading a transformational project to develop and implement a digital learning strategy, for delivery of vocational education of the future.Jewitt explored specific areas for the application of digital learning and also supporting the wider adoption of good practice in the sector.
Jewitt is a course writer and worked with The Open University International Development Office and NESTA in a project to develop ground-breaking innovation learning through a first of its kind modular curriculum on innovation tools and methods
If you are interested in talking about potential research projects, please do get in touch.
Current research interests are focused on:
Jewitt, K (2018) “Improving assessment and feedback through virtual reality mobile learning, for higher degree apprentices in the workplace” in Crompton, H. and Traxler, J. (Eds) (2017) Mobile Learning and Higher Education: Case Studies in Practice, London, Routledge.
Jewitt, K (2018) Using virtual reality to enhance informal learning in small and medium enterprises, PhD Thesis, University of Glasgow, UK.
Refereed Journal Articles:
Jewitt, K (2017) “The MOOC Revolution – massive open online courses: the answer to problems facing education or an experiment that could destroy centuries of tradition”, Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, Issue 14, May 2017.
Calnan, M. and Jewitt, K. (2017) The Future of L&D is Virtual - How virtual reality is changing classroom learning as we know it, People Management, October 2017, pp.44-46, London, Chartered Institute of Pesonnel and Development.
Jewitt, K. (2008) Improve your memory, Raleigh, NC, United States, Lulu Press.
Presentations and Workshops
Presentation: Jewitt, K (2016) Benchmarking Assessment Feedback Practice and Mechanisms – Dissemination of Research Findings, Conference held at The Open University, 29th November 2016.
Conference Organiser and Keynote: Jewitt, K (2016) Digital Learning Dissemination, Conference held at Prospects College of Advanced Technology, 15th January 2016, Essex, UK.
Invited Panellist: Jewitt, K (2015) Jisc Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Conference on Scaling up online learning.
Workshop: Jewitt, K (2014) Using Virtual Reality for Informal Learning, Workshop held at the International Conference on Education (ICE), 22-23 May, 2014, Chicago, USA.
Workshop: Jewitt, K (2013) The power of role-play for learning using Second Life ®, Workshop held at Edulearn13, 1st – 3rd July 2013, Barcelona, Spain.
Research Projects and Reports
Jewitt, K (2020) A review of the use of Office 365 and Adobe Connect for active learning by Associate Lecturers tutoring in The Open University’s STEM faculty (Project funded by eSTEeM).
Jewitt, K (2020) An exploration of rationale behind non submission of final assignment in B100 An Introduction to Business and Management (Project funded by SciLAB– The OU Centre for FBL pedagogy).
Jewitt, K (2020) Analysis of the impact of concurrent study on retention, completion and pass rates of apprenticeship students studying at post-graduate level (Project funded by SciLAB– The OU Centre for FBL pedagogy).
Jewitt, K. (2018) Evaluation of B205 16J an 17J Retention at The Open University, Small-Scale Scholarship Project, Milton Keynes, The Open University. Available [online] on The Open University portal
Jewitt, K (2016) Benchmarking Assessment Feedback Practice and Mechanisms, Milton Keynes, The Open University. Available [online] at: Report No: APSG 16-05-77
Carried out a level 1 coherence review of 12 courses and produced a report documenting findings. Available [online] at: Level 1 audit report
Attended the Open University Business School Postgraduate Staff Development Weekend held in Manchester via remote connection and completed a research report on online remote attendance (The Open University) April 2008
Member of the Research Team for “Social Networking to improve Learning Practice” (The Open University) 2008. This research project explored the potential of social networking tools for teaching and learner support.
Moodle tester for the PROWE project (The Open University) February – June 2006
PROWE was a research project that addressed the challenge of supporting part-time distance education tutors' continuing professional development (CPD) needs, including collaboration and resource sharing, through the provision of informal and personal repositories created using wiki and wiki-type environments. Wiki and blogs were used to engage the tutors within the context of two large distance education providers, The Open University (OU) and The University of Leicester (UoL).
Faculty for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Faculty of Business and Law
The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships
Katharine founded the Digital Learning Community of Practice. She is a School Governor, Founding Member of the Chartered College of Teaching, member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE). Katharine is Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow of the Society for Education and Training and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) and works on ALT's communications and publications committee. Katharine is former Chair of the Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELESIG).
Katharine has won several awards, including the SEDA-PDF Institutional Change Leader Award in 2016, supported by Jisc and appointed as a Microsoft Innovator Education Expert (MIEE) in 2015. She was voted in the Top 50 social media users by Jisc in 2016 and shortlisted for The Education Technology Association (NAACE) Impact Awards for Leadership Impact in 2016.
Katharine holds one doctorate degree, six postgraduate degrees and one Bachelor degree: PhD in virtual reality, MSc in Research Methods for Educational Technology, MA in Online and Distance Education, MEd in Education, MSc in Human Resource Management, MBA, MA in Politics and a BA Hons in History and Politics. In 2012, she gained a Post Graduate Research Scholarship at University of Glasgow, studying a PhD in the School of Education, researching the use of virtual reality for informal learning in small and medium enterprises.
Katharine is an advocate of causes such as education equality and social justice. She works as a Prison Educator. Katharine is particularly interested in how technology enhanced learning can help people to develop key life skills and realise their full potential. In 2015, Katharine was awarded a digital learning fellowship at Prospects College of Advanced Technology, funded by The Education and Training Foundation, to lead a transformational project to develop and implement a digital learning strategy, for delivery of vocational education of the future.
Katharine’s greatest achievements include working with county councils in England to build an online distance education system for young people excluded from school to be educated from their home. She also developed a virtual learning environment to support and enhance psychological well-being for young people going through key life transition points and developed virtual reality training systems with councils to support newly qualified social workers working with vulnerable children and young people. For her PhD research, she worked with SMEs to use virtual reality to support apprentices’ work-based learning developing a three-way partnership between education provider, SME and apprentice.
With 20 years in the supply chain & logistics sector, whilst working across retail, manufacturing, education, government, technology and pharma sectors; which includes specific specialist experience for many large organisations, Katharine has significant experience of the development and implementation of strategy in many FTSE 100 organisations, as well as, from working at The Open University. Throughout her career Katharine has worked internationally including Europe, USA and Africa. She has worked with world class organisations and educational institutions, including BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence, Marks and Spencer, Kingfisher, Pearson, AstraZeneca, Morrisons, Tesco, Whitbread and the Home Retail Group.
Katharine worked with The Open University’s International Development Office and NESTA in a project to develop ground-breaking innovation learning through a first of its kind modular curriculum on innovation tools and methods. She wrote some of the modules and learning materials that are available on demand to students, practitioners, social entrepreneurs and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the globe. It is a key resource for social business accelerator and innovation programmes in Africa.