Projects

A list of our current and past projects.

Current

ARETE

ARETE builds a Europe-wide competitive ecosystem that supports fast dissemination of multi-user interactive augmented learning content

Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India

To explore the range of ways that digital badge technology could be used to support effective teaching practice in low- to medium-income teacher education by providing insight into the value and motivations that can be built around digital badges and the enablers and challenges to their use.

EMC-LM

Enabling scalable, flexible training on MOOC platforms for the European labour market

ENCORE+

Supporting uptake and innovation in OER to build the European educational ecosystems of tomorrow.

Fleming Fund: Tackling AMR

Our work contributes to Global Actions to address the global challenge of rising drug resistance by providing and testing educational approaches to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Education.

GO-GN

A global network for PhD candidates with a focus on open education

IET leads development of new standard for Augmented Reality Learning

ARLEM specifies how users can interact with both the real world and virtual augmentations.

MAP

Informing the National Curriculum and Youth Policy for Peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal.

MAPPS

Mobile apps to support young children and maths learning.

OWL

Establishing modern methods for online open worldwide learning to be accessed by those who need it most.

Open Real

How can we augment learning at home, at work, and in labs, workshops, or other professional environments with digital material in order to render learning with the OU more engaging, authentic, apprehensible, and accessible?

Pathways - e-Assessment for African Higher Education

Meeting the needs of African tertiary educators to develop understanding of e-assessment

RAPIDE

The overall objective for RAPIDE is to co-create, implement and share innovative pedagogies and aligned assessment for relevant and inclusive digital education in order to deal with the COVID-19 induced and similar crises and to support meaningful digital transformation of HEIs on the EU level.

ReMaLIC

The ReMaLIC project is collecting first-hand accounts of the educational experiences of marginalised young people aged 13-15, their parents and their teachers in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia, in order to reflect on the roles of the English language and technology in reinforcing or reducing marginalisation, with the ultimate aim of making recommendations for policy and practice that will support young people at transitional points in their lives.  

Skills for Prosperity Kenya

To strengthen public university and government digital online education capacity and inclusivity, in Kenya.

Teach 4.0

This projects responds to the need of Industry 4.0 that will develop and nurture the vision and solutions of how to accelerate the corresponding transition within HEIs - in the field of Computer Science and related disciplines - towards Education 4.0 where humans and technologies are aligned with the aim to enable achievement of skills, competences and knowledge necessary in 21st century.

Virtual museums in the covid era

The VISITOR project will develop virtual visits to museums, via a game-based application, for schools to use and align with their curriculum activities.

nQuire

Supporting people of all ages to design and take part in citizen science and citizen inquiry investigations

Past

ADDAPT

Exploring how virtual assistants could enhance disability support across the education sector.

ADMINS

ADMINS investigates administrative process, assessing the accessibility issues which affect students within higher education

ARCLIGHT

Collecting positive mental health stories

BNUFS

The Data-informed Learning Design for Future Schools project uses learning analytics to investigate the efficacy of patterns of learning design activities in online courses.

Beyond Prototypes

The Beyond Prototypes report provides an in-depth examination of the processes of innovation in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) and sets out what can be done to improve the process of moving from academic research and innovative prototypes to effective and sustainable products and practices.

BizMOOC

This EU-funded project tackled the European challenge of enabling businesses, labour forces and universities to modernise; developing cross-sector knowledge exchange; and co-ordinating their activities and exploitation of the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

CODUR

Creating a rankings system to measure the of quality of online education comparing online universities and with face-to-face universities.

Changing Pedagogic Landscape

This project examined system level influences on pedagogic change at university level across Europe. The project focused on three areas that can influence pedagogic change at the national level: Curriculum, Funding and Quality Assurance.

CitSci diaries

Enhancing the engagement of citizens within science participation communities is a focus of attention for researchers and practitioners who want to amplify the impact on learning, science and society.

Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An Inquiry project

Close-up on Heritage Language Learners is an exploratory project that examines the integration of web and mobile technologies in the heritage language classroom.

Digital Decisions

Analysing decision making by staff in African higher education institutions as they move to greater use of online and digital technologies in their teaching.

E-SLP

European SLPs for continuous professional development and lifelong learning.European SLPs for continuous professional development and lifelong learning

ESRC IDEAS

Our project focuses on determining equitable access to, and improving the quality of, international distance education (IDE) in South Africa.

Ed-ICT

Ed-ICT is an international network that brings together practitioners and researchers to share perspectives and bring about solutions on a world-wide scale.

EduCS

Developing citizen science capacity in organisations and citizens

Empowering Design Practices

Empowering design practices is a five-year AHRC-funded research project that aims to explore how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance their heritage.

Engaging research in the digital university: A civil society perspective

Connecting open research and the public.

Evaluate

EVALUATE will test one online collaborative approach – telecollaborative exchange – and assess its impact on the development of linguistic, intercultural and digital-pedagogical competences for trainee teachers

ExplOERer

ExplOERer was a European Commission co-funded project, under the Erasmus+ programme. ExplOERer aimed to promote Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption and re-use in educators’ professional practice.

FIAP

The evaluation examines the Frontline Immigration Advice Project, one of Refugee Action’s flagship projects.

Facilitating equitable access and quality education for development: South African International Distance Education

This project focuses on two areas vital to the future success of IDE in Africa: equality of access to education, and the quality of that education.

Improving social capital for learning

This study gives insight into how people learn to become Wikipedia editors, highlighting the emerging roles and responsibilities.

Increasing diversity in GO-GN

Promoting diversity of the GO-GN Network in the Global South.

LAEP

LAEP investigated the state of the art of learning analytics in Europe and beyond. It also looked at what may happen in the field during the next 10–15 years.

LEARN CitSci

This project investigates the best ways to engage young people with citizen science learning through a collaboration with National History Museums in the UK and US

LFIA

Investigating how energy companies learn to work safer by distributing information about incidents

Lace

Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs. The Learning Analytics Community Exchange originated as an FP7-funded European project. Its objectives are to promote the creation and exchange of knowledge, to build the knowledge base, to help guide the development of the field and to build consensus on interoperability and data sharing.

Learning Design Work Planning Tool

Developing an online tool to enable staff involved in course design and production to map the workload of a module.

Learning Gains

The HEFCE/Office for Students Learning Gains project aimed to explore an Affective-Behaviour-Cognition (ABC) model of learning, to broaden the concept of learning gain, and - more importantly - to develop, test, implement, and evaluate a range of measurements for learning gains at each of the ABC level.

Linked Journeys

This project built on the original design of Our Journey - an interface for students to represent their study journeys. It developed understanding of the links between the events that occur in these journeys, other forms of student data, and student mental health and wellbeing. This provides opportunities for feedback to the institution, dialogue between students and staff, and new forms of student support.

MASELTOV

MASELTOV recognises the major risks for social exclusion of immigrants from the European information society and identifies the huge potential of mobile services for promoting integration and cultural diversity in Europe.

MAZI

MAZI means “together” in Greek and project aims to provide technology and knowledge to: Empower those who are in physical proximity, to shape their hybrid urban space, together, according to the specificities of the respective local environment. Generate location-based collective awareness as a basis for fostering social cohesion, conviviality, participation in decision-making processes, self-organization, knowledge sharing, and sustainable living. Facilitate interdisciplinary interactions around the design of hybrid space and the role of ICTs in society.

METIS

The METIS project aimed to facilitate the adoption of innovative pedagogies in online teaching.

MIAG

This research examines how migration can foster inclusive economics across four African countries; Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique and Ghana.

MOOC Italiano Inglese in Tandem

Developing a learning path for the development of language fluency in academic contexts.

OER Research Hub (OER Hub)

World leadership in open education research

OER World Map

The OER World Map is the place on the web where anyone involved in Open Education can share information, resources, experiences and ideas related to their work.

OOFAT

Examining existing practice of OOFAT (Open, Online, Flexible and Technology enhanced) learning in higher education across the globe, with a focus on exemplary distance provision models which have become common practice for some providers, but would require a pathway to innovation for many others.

OOFAT Models

Developing a deeper strategic understanding of contemporary education systems

Our Journey

A set of tools to support students to chart the highs and lows of their study journeys and the important events that happen along the way.

Pathways

Delivering packages of teaching for educators in Africa

RE:FORM

Exploring how the OU design students could work remotely.

SALSA

SALSA explored how smartphones can be used to prompt language learning.

STRIDE

Social Transition Research into International Doctoral Experiences (STRIDE) is a UKCISA-funded project that seeks to understand and unpack the role of holistic social support networks in postgraduate students’ educational transitions, with a particular focus on international students.

Science learning with Angry Birds

The project examined the potential of game-based mobile applications to support science learning.

Study on models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education

Exploring innovative, sustainable practice, examining Open, Online, Flexible and Technology enhanced.

Supportive Automated Feedback for Short Essay Answers

The aim of this research was to produce an effective automated interactive feedback system that provides an acceptable level of support for university students writing essays in a distance-learning or e-learning context.

TeSLA

The TeSLA project aimed to develop an e-assessment authentication system to help verify that learners in online assessments are who they say they are.

Technology-enhanced Personalised Learning In Schools

A report to help German educators and policy makers make good informed decisions about how best to personalise learning in German schools.

The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on OU students

This is an Open University (OU) Covid-19 Rapid Response project that explores the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing and progress of PhD students in the UK.

Understanding and Improving ‘Fair and Equitable Research Partnerships’ in Response to Global Challenges

This programme of strategic research and capacity building aimed to inform UKRI’s work on ‘fair and equitable research partnerships’ by eliciting a partners’ perspective on partnerships.

mEvaluate

The project aimed at devising evidence-based guidelines about the design of educational apps for children.

nQuire: Young Citizen Inquiry

The project aimed at supporting young people act as scientists.