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EdTech and hybrid learning feature at CALRG conference 2022

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Educational technology, technology-enhanced learning and hybrid learning, featured among the leading research presented at the Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG) 2022 conference.

CALRG hosted its 45th annual conference with esteemed keynote speakers, academic researchers and early-career researchers from across the OU, sharing a forum to learn from their research, best practice and interests in educational technology.

Founded in 1978, CALRG is one of the UK’s leading and longest-running research groups in the use of technologies in education. Since its formation, CALRG has held its annual conference alongside weekly seminars and workshops to raise awareness, interest and knowledge exchange in a variety of topics related to learning, teaching and technology.

The conference hosted two esteemed keynote speakers, who discussed their research in data analysis, data modelling and how to design quality experiences in online learning.

Prof Bart Rienties, Professor of Learning Analytics and Learning Design at the OU's Institute of Educational Technology (IET), presented his keynote, discussing 'Subjective data, objective data and the role of bias in predictive modelling: lessons from IET'.

Discussing the keynote, Bart shared,

"IET research has been researching objective and subjective data from learners for years. However, the existence of potential biases in such data cast doubts on what is actually measured." 

"In this CALRG keynote, I [shared] a range of examples from IET how we might be able to overcome some of these biases in trying to predict and understand learning."

CALRG 2022 was also joined by external keynote speaker Dr Christian Stracke, Associate Professor for Open Education and Innovation at the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL). 

Christian's talk explored 'Learning quality in digital education and virtual collaboration', building on his experience in open education, learning innovations, and technology-enhanced learning, which have seen him to also become International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in OER.

Alongside keynote speakers, research-active members of IET and across the OU presented their research at the conference in a series of interactive presentations, covering a range of relevant topics to learning and teaching.

These topics include:

  • Learning in a hybrid way
  • AI and education
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL)
  • Accessible online learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Effective designing for learning and learner experiences
  • Citizen science and public engagement
  • Learning analytics
  • Openness in education
  • Game-based learning
  • Professional learning
  • Widening access and participation in education with technology.

The recordings of the CALRG 2022 Conference will be available to watch soon. Find out when CALRG are next meeting with new insight to leading educational technology research here.


The Open University’s CALRG (Computers and Learning Research Group) celebrates and promotes the use of technologies in education.

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