I have a first degree in Computational Science and a PhD from the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. My research focus is human-centred design of technologies for learning. My main current interest is 'citizen inquiry' - a fusion of citizen science and inquiry-based learning. I lead development of the nQuire platform, in collaboration with the BBC, to support mass participation in social science experiments. As Academic Lead for FutureLearn (www.futurelearn.com), I informed its social learning at massive scale, based on a pedagogy of 'learning as conversation'. I established the Innovating Pedagogyannual report series, to inform teachers and policy makers of new developments in teaching, learning and assessment for a digital world. Other current interests include blockchain for education, and strategies for digital transformation in higher education. My personal website is www.mikesharples.org
Mike Sharples is Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning. He inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. He is Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. He established the Innovating Pedagogy report series and is author of over 300 books and papers in the areas of educational technology, science education, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.
Sharples, Mike and Spikol, Daniel (). Mobile learning. In: Duval, Erik; Sharples, Mike and Sutherland, Rosamund eds. Technology Enhanced Learning: Research Themes Springer International Publishing, pp. 89-96.
Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike; Wishart, Jocelyn; Tangney, Brendan; Taylor, Jacqui; Beddall-Hill, Nicola L.; Glahn, Christian; Börner, Dirk; Clough, Gill; Wijers, Monica; Jonker, Vincent; Cook, John and Lyons, Leilah (). Reflecting back, looking forward: the challenges for location-based learning. In: Brown, Elizabeth eds. Education in the Wild: Contextual and Location-Based Mobile Learning in Action. A Report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous Workshop Series Nottingham, UK: Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, pp. 52-53.
Sharples, Mike; Amedillo Sanchez, Inmaculada; Milrad, Marcelo and Vavoula, Giasemi (). Mobile learning: small devices, big issues. In: Balacheff, N.; Ludvigsen, S.; Jong, T. de and Barnes, S. eds. Technology Enhanced Learning: Principles and Products Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, pp. 233-249.
Rudman, Paul; Sharples, Mike; Lonsdale, Peter; Vavoula, Giasemi and Meek, Julia (). Cross-context learning. In: Tallon, Loic and Walker, Kevin eds. Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience: Handheld Guides and Other Media Lanham MD, USA: Alta Mira Press, pp. 147-166.
An article explaining MOOCs and how they can be developed includes comment from Mike Sharples who says “because your MOOC can be accessed by people from other organisations your training methods could have a worldwide reach.
HR Magazine | 14th July 2016
No room for sloppiness in online classroom
The Conversation | 16th January 2014
Online learning pioneer slams ban on Iranian, Cuban, Sudanese students
Interview in 'Online learning pioneer slams ban on Iranian, Cuban, Sudanese students'