The aim of OLnet was to gather evidence and methods about how we can research and understand ways to learn in a more open world, particularly linked to Open Educational Resources (OER). My main role on this project concerned the best way to present evidence gathered through collective intelligence to different audiences, such as policymakers, researchers and practicioners.
I worked in a small research team to investigate the impact of new communications technologies on research and scholarly practices. I’ve been focusing on the implications for the review and dissemination of research, as well as the changing nature of academic communities. I presented some of this research at the Digital Humanities Colloquium.
EU4ALL (European Union Accessible LifeLong Learning for Higher Education) is an European Commission funded project about accessibility in higher education and lifelong learning for everyone, without exceptions. The aim of the EU4ALL framework is to mediate individual access to educational resources through an open service architecture which addresses both the provision of alternative formats and the way that information about student disability is shared through HEA institutions. I was responsible for evaluating the prototypes deveoped by IET, and developed & carried out an evaluation programme which included user testing, focus groups and student surveys.
Interdisciplinary Research in the context of Technology-Enhanced Learning
The growth in research into the use of technology in education has drawn together research teams from many different backgrounds, including educationalists, psychologists, information scientists, and technologists, as well as subject specialists. This research project explores interdisciplinarity in a TEL context, and evaluates the ways in which technology might support and document interdisciplinary research. The project is led by Grainne Conole and Eileen Scanlon. My main contributions were to provide an up-to-date literature review, capture the ongoing Cloudworks consultation and synthesise these materials into a summary of current debates, epistemological and methodological issues, teaching interdisciplinarity, and what interdisciplinarity might mean in a TEL context.
Mobile Learning Evaluation
I interviewed Open University course chairs and course managers to ascertain the impact of IET’s Mobile Learning Guide, written by Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and Anna Page in 2009, across the OU as a whole.
Securing Greater Accessibility (SeGA)
I audited the information on Accessibility that may be found on the OU internet and intranet sites to see how logically the materials are organised. This has led to a second phase of input for me, contributing to the review of where responsibility and accountability for accessibility reside within the Open University.
MOTILL (Mobile Technologies in Lifelong Learning)
In my first role in IET, I collected and analysed data on best practices in mobile and lifelong learning, wrote numerous reviews of scientific literature mobile and lifelong learning, and provided secondary research into EU policy directives, digital strategy in the UK, and pedagogy. I worked with a range of policymakers (including JISC, NIACE, Becta and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult and Lifelong Learning) to disseminate and apply research into mobile learning arising from MOTILL.