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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’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.
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.
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
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Join us at the #Distance2022 conference, jointly organised by the National Center for Distance Learning in France (CNED) and The Open University! Join Denise Whitelock, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and fellow researchers from IET at this bilingual French-English conference, exploring distance education policies and strategies, transformation in teaching and learning and more!

https://twitter.com/IETatOU/status/1555555175431036929

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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Our new microcredential short course in addressing the climate crisis through Online Teaching commences in October 2022. Dr Irina Rets, Lecturer in IET, will join the team of experts delivering the microcredential. Providing an insight on teaching practice that the course will cover, Irina shared: "How can educators critically reflect on environmental issues in their classes? Is it too late? What educational technology methods are particularly useful to teach about climate? Our online teaching microcredential will answer these questions and so much more."

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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.
OU shortlisted in DataIQ Awards for citizen science at scale
RESEARCH • EDITORIAL
The Open University has been recognised in the DataIQ award category ‘Data for Good: Green Data’.
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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Sammy Musundi, Associate Professor at Chuka University in Kenya, was a participant in the Skills for Prosperity Kenya digital education programme. In this programme, designed and implemented by IET, learners were provided professional development resources to improve skills in digital learning and teaching. In this video, Sammy comments on IET’s role in advancing digital education.

https://twitter.com/IETatOU/status/1575750316712415232

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.
STUDY WITH US
IET has pioneered in developing some of the first microcredentials to be offered by the OU.
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
Skills for Prosperity Kenya is widening access of open and distance learning.
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IET's Martin Wellerm Professor of Educational Technology, has published a new open-access book! In 'Metaphors of Ed Tech', Martin shares new thinking about #EdTech through metaphors and creative insight.

https://twitter.com/IETatOU/status/1575064782838894595

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 • EDITORIAL
The OU are working in consultation with students to improve disclosure processes.
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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.

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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 • CASE STUDY
In Partnership with the OU, The Young Foundation have set up a mission on nQuire to understand people's experiences of the first Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.
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'.