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Prof Denise Whitelock B.Sc.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, withover 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. The 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.

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. I am 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. 

I have edited four special journal issues on e-Assessment for BJET, LMTECI, IJCELL and IJEA.I have chaired the International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference from 2010 until 2013. My work has received international recognition as I  hold visiting chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai.  I have 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

Past

Workshop

13th October 2016

"Optimising feedback for student motivation and engagement" workshop

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