Digital Badges Symposium in New Delhi, January 2019

Over the last three days several dozen delegates have attended a Digital Badges Symposium in New Delhi, India, organized by Freda Wolfenden, myself, Lina Adinolfi and Leah Jeffcott on behalf of the TESS-India project. Delegates included teacher educators and educational representatives from three states and invited technical experts. The purpose of the event was to unpack the potential role that … Continue reading Digital Badges Symposium in New Delhi, January 2019

Are students at the OU embracing mobile learning? New report published

  Over the last four years the Open University has been running a survey of students' use of mobile handheld technologies for learning. Our latest report looks back over this period and presents a summary of findings to-date along with fresh longitudinal data. Our dataset provides a unique insight into distance learners use of handheld … Continue reading Are students at the OU embracing mobile learning? New report published

Personalising learning by giving students choice of pathway through learning activity sequences

This week I presented a poster at the university's annual Learn About event. This reported findings from a teaching technique that I introduced into module teaching last year. This technique offers students a clear choice of micropathway through a section of their learning material. That this was the students' choice is important; through making an informed, … Continue reading Personalising learning by giving students choice of pathway through learning activity sequences

Encounters with the real lived spaces of the TESS-India MOOCs

Last month I was invited to write an extended blog post reflecting on the experience of running the TESS India MOOC. This is one of series of posts written by members of the OU’s TESS-India team in the UK and India published on the Innovation and International Development group’s Inclusive Innovation and Development Blog. Other … Continue reading Encounters with the real lived spaces of the TESS-India MOOCs

Real mementos of digital achievement: when a digital badge becomes real

On our recent research visit to India our TESS-India colleagues in Madhya Pradesh were very keen to show us a badge they had made to give teachers who had completed the 2017 TESS-India MOOC. However, this wasn't a digital badge but a real tangible object manufactured out of steel and engraved with the TESS-India programme … Continue reading Real mementos of digital achievement: when a digital badge becomes real

Local press takes up the story of our 360-degree mobile VR pilot

Our colleagues in Bhopal passed me this local newspaper clipping reporting on our recent research visit to India (see my recent blog post for more information). Great to see the work having an impact.  Lina and myself are pictured by the desk demonstrating two VR headsets (Samsung Gear and Google Cardboard) and two 360-degree cameras … Continue reading Local press takes up the story of our 360-degree mobile VR pilot

Piloting 360-degree video and Mobile VR for teachers in Indian classrooms

This month I have spent a week leading fieldwork in Madhya Pradesh, India for a new project which aims "To explore the use, benefits, context-specific issues and research potential of 360-degree video and mobile VR in researching teachers’ classroom practice and to support teacher professional development." This is a new and interesting avenue of research … Continue reading Piloting 360-degree video and Mobile VR for teachers in Indian classrooms

How do students understand and interpret learning gains?

The concept of 'Learning Gain' has received much attention in recent years and has been the subject of a range of projects, including the Open University-led ABC Learning Gain Project. The case made is that Learning Gain represents an effective measurement of student progress and the contribution universities make to their  students’ learning and development. However, there … Continue reading How do students understand and interpret learning gains?