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Dr Wayne Holmes BA, MA, MSc (Oxon), PhD (Oxon), FHEA


Having been involved in education, educational technologies and education research for more than 25 years, Wayne is currently a lecturer in Learning Sciences and Innovation, at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET), The Open University (UK). He holds a PhD in Learning and Technology from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Education (Oxon), an MA in Philosophy (distinction) and a BA in Film. He also holds a Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy.

At The Open University, he leads on Artificial intelligence in Education (AIED): the application of AI to both enhance and further understand learning, and the ethical and social implications of AI applied in educational contexts. He has co-authored two reports and a book on AIED: Intelligence Unleashed. An Argument for AI in Education (Luckin, Holmes, Forcier and Griffiths, 2016), Technology-enhanced Personalised Learning. Untangling the Evidence (Holmes, Anastopoulou, Schaumburg and Mavrikis, 2018), and Artificial Intelligence in Education. Promise and Implications for Teaching and Learning (Holmes, Bialik and Fadel, 2019). Currently, he is a member of the UK Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group on AI (Education Taskforce), he is developing policy guidelines on AIED for UNESCO, and he is a member of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) AIED Taskforce.

In IET, he has been (i) PI on Technology-enhanced Personalised Learning, a project funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, (ii) PI on Data-informed Learning Design for Future Schools, a project funded by the Advanced Innovation Centre for Future Education of Beijing Normal University, (iii) Co-I (with Professor Denise Whitelock) on CODUR, an EU ERASMUS + funded project which is developing metrics to enable effective comparisons of online distance universities, and (iv) Co-I (with Professor Denise Whitelock), Work Package 8 Lead and OU Pilot Lead for TeSLA, an EU H2020 project which is developing a system to authenticate online assessments. Previously, he contributed to the OU Redesign and Students First Transformation projects, and to the Critical Reviwe. He was also academic lead for innovative pedagogy in MINERVA, an OU project that helped to devise new models of curriculum design and module production, using agile principles, innovative pedagogies and new technology, and I led on the development of the Artificial Intelligence in Education week for a new module on the OU’s MA Open and Distance Education.

Before joining the IET, Wayne was a researcher and he taught at the UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education. At the UCL Knowledge Lab, he was a researcher on the ‘Excellent’ rated FP7 project iTalk2Learn (318051, PI for the UCL KL: Dr Mavrikis Manolis), which also received awards at the EC-TEL 2014 and AIED 2015 conferences. He was responsible for the development of the intervention model and a novel approach to formative feedback, and he co-organised the UK summative evaluations. He was also a Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol, where he taught modules on Teaching and Learning with Technology, Research Methods, Designing Technologies for Learning, and Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education, for the MSc Education (Learning, Technology and Society), MSc Education, Technology and Society, and MSc Education (Special and Inclusive Education).








Project Logo ADMINS (Assistants to the Disclosure and Management of Information about Needs and Support) 2019 - 2020


TeSLA (An Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment system for learning) 2016 - 2018
CODUR (Creating an Online Dimension for University Rankings) 2016 - 2018
BNUFS (Data-informed Learning Design for Future Schools) 2017
Technology-enhanced Personalised Learning In Schools 2017 - 2018

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