About

 

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I’m a Research Fellow in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University (OU).

I joined the OU in 2009 in the final stages of my Ph.D. By training I am a philosopher (analytic & continental) and educational technologist. My main research focus is open education.  I lead several research strands with the Open Education Research Hub where since 2012 we have focused on providing an evidence base for the impact of OER and building research capacity globally.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy who is working towards Senior Fellowship.  I act as reviewer for dozens of academic journals (not Reviewer 2) and international conferences. I also act as an expert consultant for many high-profile organisations.

My current research interests are in the use and evaluation of technology systems for learning and behavioural change; theoretical frameworks for learning and innovation; ethics; technology as a route to social justice; and generally in empowering people and what that means.

I have previously published work in the fields of: accessibility; action research; artificial intelligence;  automation; collaborative research; critical pedagogy; critical theory; data visualisation; ethics; evidence hubs; impact; innovation; lifelong learning; methodology; mobile learning; MOOC; OER impact; open education; open textbooks; pedagogy; phenomenology; policy; theory.

I believe it is important to be a good generalist and retain a critical perspective.

I currently co-supervise three PhD students:

I support doctoral students worldwide who are working in the field of open education through the Global OER Graduate Network. I also mentor for the Open Education Leadership Program (SPARC) and Open Education for a Better World (UNESCO).

This site is a professional portfolio and (neglected) blog.

Contact me you want to get in touch about:

  • a research project or funding proposal
  • research supervision
  • a writing project
  • journal reviews
  • consultancy
  • need an examiner for Ph.D or Ed.D
  • need an editor for a manuscript
  • wanna be friends
rob.farrow@open.ac.uk
+44 (0) 7876 226348
You can also find out more about my work using the menu links or on Google Scholar and SlideShare.

 

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