I am Associate Director of Research and Innovation in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. As Associate Director I have institutional responsibility for developing research strategy in educational technology. I am particularly interested in journeys between formal and informal learning, and I am one of the organisers of the FutureLearn academic network.

Eileen Scanlon is Regius Professor of Open Education, an award she received for her exceptional contributions to the fields of educational technology and public engagement with the sciences. Her award also reflects the exceptionally high quality of teaching and research within The Institute of Educational Technology (IET).

Eileen has a background in science education and science communication teaching and research, and educational technology. She holds a number of senior management roles and visiting posts. She is Associate Director of Research and Innovation in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. As Associate Director she has institutional responsibility for developing research strategy in educational technology. Eileen is also Honorary Professor in Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Previously. she was a Trustee at Bletchley Parkandshe has held visiting academic appointments at University of California (Berkeley) and the Institute of Education, University of London.

Eileen began her full-time OU career in 1975, working in the Deanery of The Science Faculty. She completed her PhD in 1990 studying cognitive models of physics problem solving. Eileen has worked in IET since 1978 where she has held a number of roles, including Director of the Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG). She was also Director of the interfaculty centre of excellence, the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). She is currently directing openTEL, http://www.open.ac.uk/research/themes/opentel, an Open University strategic research area which brings together people from across the University who are conducting research in technology enhanced learning.

Eileen has contributed to a number of postgraduate teaching projects, such as the MA in open and distance education including leading roles in the development of the MSc in Science Studies.





  • Holliman, Richard; Davies, Gareth; Ford, Diane; Russell, Mark; Steed, Anthony; Brown, Helen; Pearson, Victoria; Collins, Trevor; Stutchbury, Kris; Squires, Andrew; Scanlon, Eileen; Whitelegg, Liz; Ansine, Janice; Braithwaite, N St.J; Swithenby, Stephen; Dommett, Ellie; Sumner, Janet; Lee, Clare; Kendall, Joe; Green, Penny; Sharp, Damien; Bullivant, Mike; Devine, Peter and Hawthorne, Val (). Engaging Opportunities: Connecting young people with contemporary research and researchers. The Open University and the Denbigh Teaching School Alliance, Milton Keynes.




  • Fenton-O'Creevy, Mark; Adam, Marc; Clough, Gill; Conole, Grainne; Gaved, Mark; Lins, Jeffrey Todd; Lindley, Craig; Peffer, Gilbert; Scanlon, Eileen and Smidts, Ale. (). A game based approach to improve traders' decision-making. In: The International Gamification for Business Conference 2015: Strategic Industrial Applications of Games and Gamification, 21-22 Sep 2015, Innovation Birmingham, Faraday Wharf, Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, Birmingham Science Park Aston, Birmingham, B7 4BB.























Beyond Prototypes ESRC TEL Programme Report 2013
Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An Inquiry project 2016
Project Logo EduCS (Educating citizens and organisations in Citizen Science methodologies) 2020
Engaging opportunities: connecting young people with contemporary research and researchers 2013 - 2015
Engaging research in the digital university: A civil society perspective 2014 - 2018
Project Logo LEARN CitSci (LEARN CitSci: Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science ) 2017 - 2021
MASELTOV (Mobile Assistance for Social Inclusion and Empowerment of Immigrants with Pervasive Learning Technologies and Social Network Services) 2012 - 2014
Project Logo nQuire 2017 - 2020
OWL (Open World Learning) 2015 - 2020

Queen’s birthday honours list for Milton Keynes people

Business MK | 1st July 2016


Invited Talk

3rd November 2019


13th June 2019

Contemporary approaches to online higher education

Conference on online learning Pontifical University Cattolica de Chile

Invited Talk

2nd June 2019

The Future of Education,

Hay Festival of Arts and Culture Hay on Wye

Invited Talk

30th April 2019

Citizen Science Inquiry: contemporary approaches

Launch Computer Foundary Swansea University


17th March 2019

nQuire and citizen inquiry

NSF Workshop Stanford University


20th January 2015

The future of education: technology-enabled science learning

OpenMinds: Technology in Education The Open University, Milton Keynes

External Appointments