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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, I am now a Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University. I received my PhD (DPhil) in Education (Learning and Technology) from the University of Oxford and have degrees in Film (BA Hons), Philosophy (MA (Distinction)) and Education (MSc Oxon). I also have a fellowship of The Higher Education Academy.

In the IET, I am (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, I was 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, I was a researcher and I taught at the UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education. I was also a Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol (see Teaching Interests below).

At the UCL Knowledge Lab, I 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. I was responsible for the development of the intervention model and a novel approach to formative feedback, and I co-organised the UK summative evaluations. At the UCL Knowledge Lab, I also co-authored reports on AIED (Intelligence Unleashed – An Argument for Artificial Intelligence in Education) and on collaborative problem solving (Solved! Making the Case for Collaborative Problem Solving), and I contributed to consultancies for The Social Learning Network and Third Space Learning. I was also a co-author of the successful EU H2020 proposal iRead, and I co-designed a game-like online tools which aim to inhibit heuristic-only reasoning and enhance social learning for the unLocke project.

Before joining UCL, I was a Research Fellow in the Adaptive Systems Research Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, and a Research Associate on three projects at the University of Oxford: The Youth InitiativeThe Learning Companion, and Harnessing Technology – The Learner and Their Context.

I am also one of the two co-founders of zondle, a digital games-based learning platform which achieved 2 million registered users who answered a total of a third of a billion questions in games. Previously, I was Head of Research for a UK based international charity, Catch Up, where I contributed to the development of interventions for children low-attaining in reading and in mathematics. And before that, I was a director of educational video documentaries, and a teacher in Further Education.








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