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Skills for Prosperity Kenya is a programme funded to strengthen existing digital (online, blended) education capacity for selected Public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

OU launches new chatbot for students to disclose disabilities with ease
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
Educational technologists at The Open University (OU) have developed a virtual assistant chatbot with artificial intelligence technology to support students to disclose disabilities and access information with ease.
OU’s augmented reality learning ecosystem project wins EU standards+innovation award
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
The ARETE project received the CEN/CENELEC Standards+Innovation Award 2022 for Best Research Project. Congratulations to IET and the connected consortium of international partners.
Join the Kick-Off Meeting for the IET EdTech Foundry
AN EDTECH FOUNDRY IN IET • EDITORIAL
The IET EdTech Foundry is an online start-up incubator, supporting projects using educational technology. In September, colleagues from The Open University, researchers from across the educational technology sector and aspiring foundry applicants attended our hybrid foundry kick-off. If you want to contact us, email: iet-edtech-foundry@open.ac.uk
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
In October 2022, academic researchers from The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET) were recognised by the awarding panel of the European Conference on e-Learning for their innovative practice on the Skills for Prosperity Kenya programme.
STUDY WITH US • EDITORIAL
Dr Lesley Boyd discusses how technology-enabled learning networks can develop internal capabilities for organisational learning, during her doctoral research at The Open University (OU).
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Professor Christothea Herodotou, Professor Eileen Scanlon and Kevin McLeod from The OU’s Institute of Education Technology (IET) Learning, Teaching and Technologies team are working with partners across Europe, applying expertise in design thinking and harnessing the power of the latest technology, to co-create the next generation of in-person and online teaching. Find out about this #OUResearch here.

https://twitter.com/IETatOU/status/1588120316299075584

STUDY WITH US • EDITORIAL
The Open University (OU) has relaunched a course designed to support educators in taking their teaching online, sharing new fundamental knowledge from lessons learned internationally during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Leading research features among IET projects shortlisted for the OU’s Research Excellence Awards
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
Research conducted by academic and professional staff at the OU’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET) has been recognised with seven nominations for this year’s Open University Research Excellence Awards.
STUDY WITH US • EDITORIAL
Congratulations to Stephanie Akinwoya, graduate of IET’s Masters in Online and Distance Education (MAODE), who has been successful in gaining a prestigious Atlantic Fellowship for Social and Economic Equity.
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“I do believe that online learning is here to stay!” Dr Thomas Mawora, at Maseno University, discusses The Open University's online teaching course, taught as part of the IET-led Skills for Prosperity Kenya Digital Education programme.

https://twitter.com/IETatOU/status/1589974252630855686

RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
In April, the OU's Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) will chair #OER22, an annual conference for open education research, practice and policy.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
We are pleased to congratulate IET’s Dr Saraswati Dawadi and the OU’s Dr Margaret Ebubedike who have been voted the winner of The Open University’s People’s Choice Award.
Creating an interactive holographic artificial intelligence
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
Xinyu Huang explores 3D scanning, 3D reconstruction, motion capture, and natural language processing within her doctoral research at the OU's Institute of Educational Technology.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
IET is working with the ZEST project, supporting the use of open educational resources and collaborative digital learning approaches.
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Is your project using technology-enhanced learning to advance education? Discussing the package of digital infrastructure, enterprise and knowledge exchange support, that the IET EdTech Foundry can provide, Gemma Maldar, Head of Research and Enterprise at the OU, said: "The Foundry will support the growth of new business using educational technology is central to The Open University's enterprise mission, playing a key role as innovator across education and broader society. The Foundry will help develop intellectual property and support a route to market for software developed with Foundry support."

RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
GO-GN wins Open Education award for Excellence by Open Education Global for its e-access Research Methods Handbook.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
Through 2020 to 2022, Denise has led various research and knowledge exchange projects across the unit.
Exploring participation behaviour of young citizen scientists
RESEARCH • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
IET are working with Natural History Museums.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
The OU and Mental Health Foundation lead citizen science mental health research.
RESEARCH • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Research led by IET is exploring how marginalised children, their parents and teachers, use technology to access education. Dr Saraswati Dawadi discusses how effective data collection can uncover lived experiences in under-resourced countries.
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When Alison began learning online during lockdown, she had no idea how quickly she would be applying her new skills in work. Read how Alison applied practice from the IET-led Online Teaching #microcredential short course in her role based in community learning.

https://ounews.co/student-stories/i-use-the-skills-i-developed-through-the-microcredential-every-day-at-work/#prettyPhoto/0/

PHD IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY • EDITORIAL
Dr Francisco Iniesto completed his PhD in Educational Technology in 2020, specifying his research in accessibility and MOOCs.
Online OU COVID-19 Research: Online Learning and Education seminar
RESEARCH
IET hosts the OU COVID-19 Research: Online Learning and Education seminar.
MICROCREDENTIALS • EDITORIAL
Supporting the design and delivery of accessible and inclusive online courses.
PEOPLE • EDITORIAL
Fereshte joined IET with the aim to engage in research with big impact.
RESEARCH • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Digital Badges can support teaching challenges faced during Covid-19.
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IET's Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman, senior lecturer at The Open University, shares in a BBC News story how having a study buddy can support productivity. The story discusses a student who livestreams their study-sessions to thousands on TikTok, and has gained notoriety as a source of support for learners during isolation in the pandemic.

https://twitter.com/IETatOU/status/1522174201272180738

IET's microcredential supports course evaluation
MICROCREDENTIALS • EDITORIAL
Improve course design and learn evaluation strategies to improve online teaching.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
IET hosts the first face-to-face meeting of the Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL), with researchers presenting on their research projects, exploring mixed reality and technology-enhanced learning.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
GO-GN is expanding its reach to raise awareness of open educational resources in the global south.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
Innovative digital technology has the capability to significantly improve the way that people learn from home.
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
OUAnalyse has won the Data IQ2020 award for 'Best use of data by a not-for-profit organisation'.