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Prof Denise Whitelock B.Sc. M.Ed Ph.D

Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment & Learning

I am Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning in the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, with over twenty years experience in designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education.

I am currently leading the UK’s contribution to the Adaptive Trust e-Assessment System for Learning (TeSLA) project, which started in January 2016 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/six-million-pound-european-union-eu-project-aims-to-stamp-out-cheating-in-online-assessment. The overall objective of the TeSLA project is to define and develop an e-assessment system, which ensures learners authentication and authorship in online and blended learning environments while avoiding the time and physical space limitations imposed by face-to-face examination.

I am leading the UK's contribution to the European CODUR project http://in3.uoc.edu/opencms_in3/opencms/webs/projectes/codur/en/index.html This work builds on the digital tools already developed to measure the quality of online education and integrate thse into the EU's existing international ranking system, U-Multirank.

I am also co PI for the HEFCE funded Learning Gains Project with Surrey and Oxford Brookes Universities. It is a three year longitudinal study assessing the suitability and scalability of the Affective-Behaviour-Cognition (ABC) Learning Gains model across the HE sector in England.

Denise has over twenty years experience in designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education. She is Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning in the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology.

Denise has recently finished directing the SAFeSEA project. http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/safesea/The aim of this research was to provide an effective automated interactive feedback system that yields an acceptable level of support for university students writing essays in a distance or e-learning context. 

She is currently working on the European funded TeSLA project http://tesla-project.eu/  This TeSLA software will support any e-assessment model (formative, summative and continuous) covering teaching and learning processes as well as ethical, legal and technological aspects. TeSLA will offer to educational institutions, accrediting agencies and to society, an unambiguous proof of learners’ academic progression, authorship and authentication during the whole learning process.

Other ongoing projects include CODUR (Creating an online dimension for University rankings) http://in3.uoc.edu/opencms_in3/opencms/webs/projectes/codur/en/index.html  and the HEFCE funded Learning Gains project which is a three year longitudinal study assessing the suitability and scalability of the Affective-Behaviour-Cogition (ABC) Learning Gains model across the Higher Education sector.

She has also led a series of projects from 2009 which were funded by the Spanish Government which addressed ways in which online materials with feedback could be used to support students with chronic illness who could only attend school infrequently.  

She was a regular Programme Committee member of the Computer Assisted Assessment Conference which she chaired from 2010 to 2013. This  has now been renamed as the Technology-Enhanced Assessment Conference where she still remains a Programme Committee member.  

She has edited four special journal issues on e-Assessment for BJET, LMTECI, IJCELL and IJEA. She was appointed the Editor of the Journal of Open Learning in 2018.  Her work has received international recognition as she holds visiting chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai. Denise has also served as a member of the governing council for the Society for Research into Higher Education, for the last nine years.

 

 

 

2018

2017

  • Perrotta, Carlo and Whitelock, Denise (). Assessment for learning. In: Duval, Eric; Sharples, Mike and Sutherland, Rosamund eds. Technology Enhanced Learning: Research Themes Cham: Springer, pp. 127-135.

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  • Whitelock, Denise and Mellar, Harvey (). Pattern: feedback on feedback. In: Mor, Yishay; Mellar, Harvey; Warburton, Steven and Winters, Niall eds. Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 311-314.
  • Whitelock, Denise (). Design narrative: Open Mentor. In: Mor, Yishay; Mellar, Harvey; Warburton, Steven and Winters, Niall eds. Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 263-268.

2013

  • Whitelock, Denise (). GCP15: evaluating informal TEL. In: Fisher, Frank; Wild, Fridolin; Sutherland, Rosamund and Zim, Lena eds. Grand Challenges in Technology Enhanced Learning: Outcomes of the 3rd Alpine Rendez-Vous Cham: Springer, pp. 47-49.

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A longitudinal mixed method study of learning gain: applying Affective-Behaviour Cognition framework at 3 institutions 2015 - 2018
TeSLA (An Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment system for learning) 2016 - 2018
CODUR (Creating an Online Dimension for University Rankings) 2016 - 2018

Completed

BNUFS (Data-informed Learning Design for Future Schools) 2017
Supportive Automated Feedback for Short Essay Answers 2012 - 2014

£6m EU project aims to stamp out cheating in online assessments

Times Higher Educational Supplement | 14th April 2016

e-Assessment Research

Times Higher Educational Supplement | 20th November 2007

Expert view on video conferencing system

Channel 5 television, 2000 | 5th April 2000

Past

Keynote

26th April 2018

Keynote

4th July 2017

Should feedback be at the centre of Personalised Learning?

Technology in Learning: Reshaping the Educational Landscape The Studio, Manchester

Keynote

29th June 2017

Technology Enhanced Assessment: Do we have a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

AHE Conference 2017 The Manchester MacDonald Hotel, Manchester

Keynote

13th June 2017

Where is feedback in the Assessment for Learning Agenda?

Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing, Coventry University

Invited Talk

3rd May 2017

Workshop

13th October 2016

"Optimising feedback for student motivation and engagement" workshop

Paedagoguddannelsernes Ledernetvaerk (Network for leaders/managers of Social Educations) from Denmark

Keynote

21st June 2016

Optimising Feedback in the Digital Age

HUBS Learning & Teaching Workshop, Digital Learning and assessment in the Biosciences: approaches, successes and future horizons University of Glasgow

Invited Talk

29th February 2016

Leveraging Technology for future Education and Skills

Roundtable on the Future of Education and Skills across the lifecourse Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Keynote

8th December 2015

Opening up digital support for essay writing skills with OpenEssayist

Innovative Learning: Driving Educational Change Manchester Conference Centre

Invited Talk

13th November 2015

The role of technology in transforming Higher Education and how schools can engage with HE

Whole Education Annual Conference, Seizing the Agenda: Equipping learners of today to thrive in the world of tomorrow King's Place, York Way, London N1

Keynote

24th September 2015

Optimising feedback for student motivation and engagement: Moving towards Advice for Action

Cardiff Q-Step Centre Annual Conference, Quantitative Pedagogy in Action Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University

Keynote

13th November 2014

Empirical investigations that supported the development of OpenEssayist

1st International Workshop on Technology-Enhanced Assessment, Analytics & Feedback (TEAAF2014) Barcelona

Keynote

5th November 2014

Assessment Feedback Systems and Interactive Learning Environment

CIEVES 2014 International Conference on Learning Assessment in Higher Education: Training and Experiences La Facultad de Educacion de la Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Invited Talk

8th July 2014

Visualisations of Learning Analytics for Personalised Feedback

LASI@MK: learning analytics event The Open University, Milton Keynes

Keynote

30th June 2014

Advice for Action: automatic feedback for motivation and self regulation

Computer Assisted Assessment Conference (CAA2014) Zeist, The Netherlands

Invited Talk

25th January 2014

Keynote

25th November 2013

OpenEssayist: An automatic feedback system that supports University students

1st International Conference on Open Learning Arab Open University, Kuwait

Workshop

25th November 2013

Optimising feedback for student motivation and engagement

1st International Conference on Open Learning Arab Open University, Kuwait

Keynote

1st November 2013

eAssessment for Learning: challenges and opportunities for pedagogical practice

Conference on e-learning with a focus on digital test and exam forms Copenhagen, Denmark

Invited Talk

1st June 2013

Learning Analytics and Advice for Action

British University in Dubai

Invited Talk

16th May 2013

Writing motivating feedback

What the Research Says: e-Assessment: Which way now? Symposium London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, London

Invited Talk

10th May 2013

Learning Analytics and student feedback

eLearn Centre of Universitat Obera de Catalunya, Barcelona

Awards

Best conference Paper

Computer Assisted Assessment Conference (CAA13), Southampton

Best conference paper

Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference (CSCL95), Indiana

Best Research paper

EDEN Research Workshop, Oxford

External Appointments