I am a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. My research crosses the areas of Education and Human-Computer Interaction. I’m particularly focused on the design and evaluation of systems that support inclusion, creativity, and openness in learning.
Recently I've been the principal investigator for the ADMINS project, which is developing a virtual assistant for people to declare disabilities and access relevant support, and the British Council funded Digital Decisions project, which is exploring key decisions made as higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa moves to make greater use of online and blended modes of study.
I also lead the development of Our Journey - a platform to represent the challenges and achievements in study journeys.
Further projects I have been involved in recently include improving support in online and open education for disabled students, and developing community-led design practices.
I led the development of the microcredential Accessibility and Inclusive Learning and continue to chair the course. I'm also a tutor on TM470: The Computing Project. I am an area lead for the EdD programme, supporting doctoral students in Technology Enhanced Learning. Previously I've chaired the postgraduate modules H818: The Networked Practitioner and H810: Accessible Online Learning. I was also part of the team that produced H880: Technology-enhanced learning,
I am the Accessibility Lead for the Quality Enhancement and Innovation (QEI) strand of IET. I chair the Securing Greater Accessibility (SeGA) Coordination Group and play a role in steering some of the pan-university activities to make OU study accessible to all.
My passion is for user-centred and participatory research. However I also work on approaches to analyse the large quantitative data sets generated by learners at scale, and am interested in how we interpret and use these analytics through the participation of learners and staff in educational institutions.
I was previously a Horizon Digital Economy Research Fellow and Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. As part of Horizon I worked on a variety of projects funded by RCUK and AHRC. These included the design and evaluation of new technologies to support participation and informal learning in museum spaces, and studies to understand data sharing and assistive technologies in the home.
Dr Tim Coughlan is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at the Open University. His research crosses the areas of Education and Human-Computer Interaction. He is particularly focused on the design and evaluation of systems that support inclusion, creativity, and openness in learning.
Tim chairs the Securing Greater Accessibility (SeGA) Coordination Group, which provides a pan-university forum for enhancing accessibility. He chairs the postgraduate microcredential: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning, and is also a tutor on TM470: The Computing and IT Project.
Tim leads on the development of Our Journey, a platform to support students to represent and reflect on their study journeys. He also leads ADMINS, a project to implement a virtual assistant to support disabled students.
He currently co-supervises two PhD students: Jo Buxton and Mychelle Pride, and has supervised six doctoral students to completion in projects that focus on various aspects of inclusion in educational technology and online learning.
Other recent research projects explore the experiences of online and open learning for disabled students, the uses of open data as a material for learning, and collaborative authoring of open online courses to widen participation in higher education.
Baron, Nick; Carletti, Laura; Muñoz Civantos, Angeles; Coughlan, Tim; Allen, Robert; Lach, Pamella; Davies, Catherine; Tyler-Jones, Richard and Ferran, Bronac. (). Spatial Humanities Moving Beyond the Dot on a Map. In: Proceedings of the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference, DRHA2014, 111-116.