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Prof Allison Littlejohn BSc (hons) PhD FHEA

Academic Director Digital Innovation

I am Professor of Learning Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology and Academic Director of Learning and Teaching at the Open University, UK.

I've worked throughout my career in the area of learning innovation, technology, knowledge creation and academic-business partnerships. I work with multinational companies, including Shell, BP International and Conoco-Philips. I was Senior Researcher for Royal Dutch Shell in 2008-2010 when I led a university-industry partnership in technology enhanced learning.

My vision is to bring together ideas from higher education and industry, encouraging cross-sector thinking and working across traditional boundaries between sectors and disciplines to transform the ways professionals learn. 

Blog: littlebylittlejohn.com

Follow me on twitter @allisonl

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  • Falconer, Isobel and Littlejohn, Allison (). Representing models of practice. In: Lockyer, Lori; Bennett, Sue; Agostinho, Shirley and Harper, Barry eds. Handbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects: Issues, Applications and Technologies Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 20-40.

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  • Conole, Grainne; Oliver, Martin; Falconer, Isobel; Littlejohn, Allison and Harvey, Jen (). Designing for learning. In: Conole, Grainne and Oliver, Martin eds. Contemporary perspectives in e-learning research Routledge, pp. 101-120.
  • Littlejohn, Allison; Cook, John; Campbell, Lorna; Sclater, Niall; Currier, Sarah and Davies, Hugh (). Managing Educational Resources. In: Conole, Grainne and Oliver, Martin eds. Contemporary perspectives in e-learning research Routledge, pp. 134-146.
  • Littlejohn, Allison; Cook, John; Sclater, Niall; Campbell, Lorna; Davis, Hugh and Currier, Sarah (). Managing educational resources. In: Conole, Grainne and Oliver, Martin eds. Contemporary Perspectives in E-Learning Research: Themes, Methods and Impact on Practice London: Routledge, pp. 134-146.

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  • Riddy, P.; Calverley, G.; Littlejohn, A. and Duncan, C.. (). Find Me a Learning Object. In: Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C2003), 8-10 Sep 2003, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

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Current

A longitudinal mixed method study of learning gain: applying Affective-Behaviour Cognition framework at 3 institutions 2015 - 2018
Fleming Fund: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance 2017 - 2022
LFIA (Learning from Incidents and Implementing Action<br>) 2016 - 2019
MIAG (Migration for Inclusive African Growth) 2017 - 2018

Completed

Improving social capital for learning 2015 - 2016
ExplOERer (Supporting OER reuse in learning ecosystems) 2014 - 2016

Past

Invited Talk

21st February 2018

Organisational Learning & Leadership

International Petroleum, IP Week 2018 Park Lane, London

Keynote

9th November 2017

Professional Learning

University of Sydney, Australia,

Keynote

31st October 2017

Keynote

24th October 2017

Digital Education: How Educators Learn New Practice

Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Conference Presentation

23rd October 2017

Keynote

3rd October 2017

Learning in MOOCs: The [un] democratisation of learning

Pushing Boundaries in Higher Education Barcelona, Spain

Conference Presentation

1st October 2017

Learning in Uncertainty Roundtable session

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction Conference (EARLI 2017), Tampere, Finland

Conference Presentation

1st October 2017

Learning from Incidents and Taking Action, Roundtable Session

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction Conference (EARLI 2017) Tampere, Finland

Conference Presentation

30th September 2017

Seeing the Invisible: Editing Wikipedia for the Public Good

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction Conference (EARLI 2017) Tampere, Finland

Invited Talk

25th August 2017

Keynote

5th May 2017

Big Data for Monitoring Educational Systems

European Commission, DGEAG, Brussels

Keynote

6th April 2017

Conference Presentation

7th March 2017

The Secret Work of Connected Professionals

Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Keynote

1st November 2016

Self Regulated Professional Learning

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Keynote

20th October 2016

Professional and Digital Learning: Learning in Open Courses

Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), Gothenburg University, Sweden

Keynote

12th October 2016

Beyond Broadcast: Professional and Digital Learning

London School of Business & Management, London, UK

Invited Talk

5th October 2016

Conference Presentation

24th August 2016

Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction (EARLI), Special Interest Group 14 Regensburg, Germany

Conference Presentation

18th August 2016

Affective-Behavior-Cognition Models of Learning Gains

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction (EARLI), Special Interest Group 17 Maastricht, The Netherlands

Conference Presentation

14th July 2016

Symposium on Massive Open Online Courses

Higher Education Conference Amsterdam, Netherlands

Keynote

12th July 2016

Keynote

2nd May 2016

MOOC Quality

Malaysia

Invited Talk

25th April 2016

Professional Learning Analytics

University of Edinburgh

Conference Presentation

19th April 2016

Improving Social Capital for Learning: The Edinburgh Editathon

Open Educational Resources Conference OER16 Edinburgh, UK

Keynote

13th April 2016

Nine Things Autonomous Learners Do Differently: A Story in Four Chapters

Practice Based Education Summit Sydney, Australia

Keynote

13th April 2016

Keynote

13th April 2016

Keynote

12th April 2016

Workbased Learning (2016, Symposium Lead)

Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia

Keynote

8th April 2016

Workplace Learning Doctoral Masterclass

Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia

Conference Presentation

29th August 2015

Self-regulated Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction (EARLI) Conference Limassol, Cyprus

Keynote

1st June 2015

Caring Counts

Open University Scotland, Glasgow, UK

Keynote

22nd May 2015

Keynote

1st May 2015

What Self-regulated Learners Do Differently

European Students Association Summit on Lifelong learning and education modernisation Tallinn, Estonia

Keynote

4th February 2015

Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

UCL Institute of Education, London, UK

Invited Talk

3rd February 2015

Keynote

6th November 2014

Adult Lifelong Learning

European Commission, Brussels

Keynote

1st November 2014

Keynote

28th October 2014

Invited Talk

9th October 2014

Learning Trajectories

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments Conference, London

Keynote

8th October 2014

Seeing the Invisible: Examining the Learner Experience

ELESIG Conference, University of Manchester

Keynote

1st October 2014

EDEN Conference

Oxford, UK

Keynote

1st October 2014

Conference Presentation

28th August 2014

Self Regulated Learning in the Financial Services Industry

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction (EARLI) SIG14 Conference University of Oslo, Norway

Conference Presentation

29th April 2014

Reusing Online Resources

OER14 Conference University of Newcastle, UK

Keynote

28th April 2014

Conference Presentation

8th April 2014

Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

Networked Learning Conference University of Edinburgh, UK

Invited Talk

2nd April 2014

Learning through Technology

Holyrood, Edinburgh

Invited Talk

2nd April 2014

Keynote

6th February 2014

Invited Talk

30th January 2014

Invited Talk

30th January 2014

Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

Open University of Catalonia, Spain

Conference Presentation

15th December 2013

Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

Bill & Melinda Gates MOOC Research Initiative Conference Arlington, Texas, USA

Conference Presentation

28th November 2013

Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning

Professional Learning, Oxford Learning institute, University of Oxford Oxford Learning institute, University of Oxford

Keynote

4th November 2013

The Learning Revolution

The Chartered institute for Securities and Investments, London

Invited Talk

1st November 2013

Massive Open Online Courses

University of London

Conference Presentation

28th August 2013

Academics’ Network Practices

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction (EARLI) Conference Munich, Germany

Conference Presentation

27th August 2013

Self Regulated Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction (EARLI) Conference Munich, Germany

Invited Talk

1st June 2013

Masterclass: on Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning

Katholic University of Eichstadt, Germany

Keynote

23rd May 2013

Self Regulated Learning in MOOCs

Kings College London

Keynote

11th March 2013

Keynote

26th February 2013

Keynote

25th January 2013

Keynote

1st November 2012

Transformations: Practice, Pedagogy, Policy

JISC UKOER Programme Conference London, UK

Conference Presentation

19th September 2012

Supporting Goal Formation, Sharing and Learning of Knowledge Workers

EC-TEL 2012 Conference Saarbrucken, Germany

Conference Presentation

23rd August 2012

What is Learned through Work? A Typology of Professional Learning in the Workplace

European Association for Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Special Interest Group in Professional Learning Antwerp, Belgium

Invited Talk

1st July 2012

Digital Literacies

Catholic Education Association for South Australia Symposium Royal Society for the Arts, London, UK

Conference Presentation

26th April 2012

Transferability of Learning From Incidents

International Conference on Organisational Learning Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) Valencia, Spain

Keynote

12th April 2012

Collective Knowledge, Connected Learning

Estonian National eLearning Conference Tallinn, Estonia

Keynote

1st March 2012

Technology-Enhanced Learning

NHS North Manchester, UK

Keynote

19th January 2012

Keynote

31st October 2011

Keynote for EU Network on Learning Literacies

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Keynote

1st October 2011

Conference Presentation

31st August 2011

Self Regulated Learning in the Workplace

European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference Exeter, UK

Conference Presentation

30th August 2011

Learning from Incidents in Organisations

European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference Exeter, UK

Conference Presentation

25th August 2011

Preparing Graduates for the 21st Century Workplace

7th International Conference on New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education (NHIBE 2011), Chios Island, Greece

Keynote

15th July 2011

Keynote

13th July 2011

Learning Literacies for a Digital Age

Royal Society of Arts, London, UK,

Keynote

6th July 2011

Collective Learning: Enhancing Learning, Transforming Practice

Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Greenwich, UK,

Keynote

1st July 2011

Keynote

1st June 2011

Keynote Speech

University of Greenwich, London, UK

Conference Presentation

11th April 2011

Key Factors in Effective Approaches to Learning from Safety Incidents in the Workplace.

In Proceedings of IChemE "Hazards XXII" Symposium (pp. 481-488), Liverpool, UK

Conference Presentation

7th March 2011

University and Industry Interaction in Learning from Incidents

In Proceedings of the 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2011) Valencia, Spain

Keynote

27th January 2011

The Power of the Collective

ShareTEC Open Educational Resources Seminar Italian Research Council, Genoa, Italy

Keynote

16th September 2010

Keynote

23rd June 2010

Keynote

23rd April 2010

Conference Presentation

27th August 2009

Creativity and Collaborative Learning and Teaching Strategies in the Design Disciplines

New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education Santorini Island, Greece

Conference Presentation

15th July 2009

Charting Collective Knowledge: Supporting Self-regulated Learning in the Workplace

Proceedings of 9th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2009) Riga, Latvia

Conference Presentation

29th June 2009

Self-Regulated Learning and Knowledge Sharing in the Workplace

Researching Work and Learning (RWL) Conference Roskilde, Denmark

Conference Presentation

1st June 2009

Self-Regulated Learning in the Workplace

European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Keynote

27th April 2009

Self Regulated Learning and Knowledge Sharing in the Workplace

Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference (OLKC) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Conference Presentation

27th April 2009

Self-Regulated Learning and Knowledge Sharing in the Workplace

Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) Conference Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Keynote

24th February 2009

Collective Learning and Charting

National Conference for University Professors University of London, London, UK

Conference Presentation

30th June 2008

Students' Use of Technology in Formal and Informal Learning

Presentation at World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA), Vienna, Austria

Conference Presentation

30th June 2008

Invited presentation: How Social is my Personal Learning Environment (PLE)?

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA), Vienna, Austria

Invited Talk

1st June 2008

Challenging or Conforming: The Art of Blended Learning

in collaboration with Taylor and Francis publishers University of Leeds, UK

Keynote

1st May 2008

Encouraging Learning Innovation

Higher Education Academy Conference Stirling, UK

Keynote

14th January 2008

Collective Use of Learning Resources

JISC Conference: Using Learning Resources Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK

Conference Presentation

3rd December 2007

Communities at Cross-Purposes

Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference Singapore

Keynote

1st September 2007

Blended Learning at Work

Learn @ Work Conference Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Keynote

27th June 2007

Challenging or Conforming: The Art of Blended Learning

EdMedia, American Association for Computers in Education (AACE), Vancouver, Canada

Keynote

11th May 2007

Keynote: SOLSTICE Conference

SOLSTICE (Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) Conference Edge Hill College, UK

Keynote

1st April 2007

Blended eLearning, Connecting with eLearning

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Keynote

1st June 2006

Keynote Speech

Carrick Institute ThinkTank, Melbourne, Australia

Conference Presentation

11th April 2006

Community Dimensions of Learning Object Repositories

Fifth International Conference on Networked Learning University of Lancaster, UK

Conference Presentation

11th April 2006

Mediating Between Services and Learning Activities: The User Perspective

Fifth International Conference on Networked Learning University of Lancaster, UK

Invited Talk

29th March 2006

Community Dimension of Learning Object Repositories

JISC Online Conference on ePedagogy

Keynote

27th March 2006

Communities of Exchange: Issues in Sharing Digital Learning Resources for Art, and Design Education

Art, communication and design education, online conference, London, UK

Invited Talk

14th March 2006

Community Dimension of Learning Object Repositories

JISC Annual Conference Birmingham Convention Centre, UK

Keynote

5th December 2005

Community Dimension of Learning Object Repositories

ASCILITE Conference QUT, Brisbane, Australia

Invited Talk

1st November 2005

Tools of the Trade: Help or Hindrance?

ASCILITE Public Seminar University of Auckland, New Zealand

Conference Presentation

7th September 2005

Learning from Digital Natives

Association for Learning Technology Conference University of Manchester, UK

Keynote

12th July 2005

Resources for Courses: Strategies for Digital Fluency

Association of Information Technology for Teacher Education University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Conference Presentation

30th June 2005

Enhancing Reflective Practice

Education Conference University of Dundee, UK

Keynote

1st June 2005

Digital Fluency

The University of Highlands and Islands Annual Conference Aviemore, UK

Conference Presentation

1st April 2005

Keynote

24th November 2004

Flexible Learning

eLearning Conference University of Sussex, Brighton, England, UK

Conference Presentation

15th September 2004

ePortfolios and Digital Repositories: an International Perspective

Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C) University of Exeter, UK

Conference Presentation

15th September 2004

Digital Libraries in the Classroom

Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C) University of Exeter, UK

Keynote

14th September 2004

Keynote; Flexible Use of Virtual Learning Environments

Teaching and Learning Conference, Enhancement into Practice: Employability and Flexibility University of Paisley, UK

Conference Presentation

1st May 2004

Students' Use of Digital Repositories: Supporting eLearning

Higher Education Academy Forum University of Central England, Preston, UK

Conference Presentation

6th April 2004

Keynote

24th February 2004

What's the Problem? Enhancing Learning and Teaching with ICT

eCPD Conference, University of Edinburgh

Keynote

22nd January 2004

Reusing Online Resources

Society for Research into Higher Education Conference University of Strathclyde, UK

Invited Talk

15th December 2003

Reusing Online Resources

British Council Seminar Invited Presentation, Department of Educational Technology, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

Conference Presentation

9th December 2003

Integrating Real and Virtual Learning Spaces

Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference Adelaide, Australia

Conference Presentation

8th December 2003

Supporting Sustainable eLearning: A UK National Forum

Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference Adelaide, Australia

Invited Talk

7th November 2003

Reusing Online Resources

Heads of Educational Development Groups Conference (HEDG) City University, London, England, UK

Keynote

7th November 2003

Reusing Online Resources

Teaching Higher Education Academy Quality Enhancement Fund Conference University of Nottingham, England, UK

Invited Talk

20th October 2003

Response to the DfES eLearning Strategy Consultation: A Support Perspective

CETIS Pedagogy Forum Birkbeck College, London, UK20th

Invited Talk

1st October 2003

Advanced Distributed Learning

ADL Summit University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

Conference Presentation

10th September 2003

Making Connections: Learning Technology Standards

Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C2003) University of Sheffield, UK

Conference Presentation

9th September 2003

Find Me a Learning Object

Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C2003) University of Sheffield, UK

Invited Talk

14th July 2003

Integrating Real and Virtual Learning Spaces: Is This a Renaissance?

Virtual Learning Environment Conference University of Bristol, UK

Conference Presentation

11th April 2002

Supporting Staff Development in the Use of C&IT

Staff in Educational Development Association (SEDA) Conference Dublin, Eire

Conference Presentation

1st April 2002

Multiple Approaches to Sharing and Reuse of Resources for Staff Development

Association for Learning Technologies Spring Conference: E-content Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Conference Presentation

27th March 2002

Grounding Staff Development for Networked Learning Environments

Networked Learning Conference University of Sheffield, UK

Conference Presentation

13th September 2001

Bringing It Together: Joining the Joined-Up Initiatives through Roundtables

Association for Learning Technology Conference Workshop (ALT-C2001) Queen Margaret University College

Conference Presentation

12th September 2001

ELICIT: Preparing Staff for the Changing Learning Environment

Association for Learning Technology Conference Workshop (ALT-C2001) University of Edinburgh, UK

Keynote

21st June 2001

Making the Curriculum Accessible

COMET Conference: Communicating and Managing through the Educational Application of Technologies Edge Hill College, England

Conference Presentation

19th June 2001

Supporting Academics in Rethinking Online Teaching and Learning

International Conference on Problem-Solving and Learning University of Strathclyde

Conference Presentation

12th September 2000

Share and Share Alike: Encouraging the Reuse of Academic Resources

Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C) University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK

Conference Presentation

22nd September 1998

Supporting Strategic Cultural Change

Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C) University of Oxford, UK

Conference Presentation

17th September 1996

Computer Assisted Learning for Fluid Dynamics

Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C) University of Strathclyde, UK

Awards

ASCILITE International Fellowship

for Autralia, New Zealand and Hong Kong

BT Beacon Award

for Distance Learning

BT Higher Education Award

Runner-up

Outstanding Paper Award

EdMedia Conference, Vancouver, Canada

Outstanding Presentation Award

ALT-C, Edinburgh, UK

Scholarship

UK Institute for Learning and Teaching Generic Centre

External Appointments