Research · Programme

Learning Futures

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Tackling global challenges in education and shaping its possible futures through multidisciplinary research networks and pedagogical innovation.

It is our mission to tackle global challenges in contemporary education and shape its possible futures for widening participation.

IET’s Learning Futures research and innovation programme aims to investigate, establish and encourage multidisciplinary networks to embrace global challenges within education with highly scalable Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs), MOOC platforms and portable devices supporting mobile learning.

Engaging with communities, partners and stakeholders across academia, industry, government and civil society in the UK and internationally, our research in mobile learning, citizen engagement, online language learning and MOOCs addresses the needs of dispersed and disadvantaged learners.

Pedagogy-led development of FutureLearn, the leading MOOC platform

FutureLearn facilitates distance learning for over 10 million registered users worldwide, with courses from over 100 partners. Connecting IET’s expertise in innovative pedagogy and widening participation, we aim to share awareness of IET’s and The Open University’s leadership in MOOC platforms with partner institutions around the world engaged in our interconnected learning platform.

Editorial

OUAnalyse project wins in DataIQ 2020 Awards

OUAnalyse has won the Data IQ2020 award for 'Best use of data by a not-for-profit organisation'.

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Dr Fereshte Goshtasbpour champions open and scaled learning

Fereshte joined IET with the aim to engage in research with big impact.

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How the OU’s new chatbot is helping disabled students

The process of disclosing a disability can be a time-consuming and stressful experience. The OU is aiming to improve this process with a chatbot that has been built to support both its students and staff.

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Editorial

OU chatbot for disability disclosure developed via staff-student partnership

The OU are working in consultation with students to improve disclosure processes.

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Thought leadership

Digital Badges and COVID-19: upskilling at a distance

Digital Badges can support teaching challenges faced during Covid-19.

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Thought leadership

Exploring participation behaviour of young citizen scientists

IET are working with Natural History Museums.

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Case study

nQuire Mission: COVID-19 and You

In Partnership with the OU, The Young Foundation have set up a mission on nQuire to understand people's experiences of the first Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.

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Meeting the demand for virtual assistants in Higher Education

HE institutions are directing efforts to meet the needs of students who use chatbots to access services.

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nQuire and the OU win Guardian University Award

nQuire and the OU win Guardian University 2020 research impact award.

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Thought leadership

Intelligent Assistants supporting language learning

Intelligent assistants can help language learners study in an informal, self-directed manner.

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Thought leadership

Intuitive chatbots in the HE sector

Chatbots and virtual assistants are becoming a widely used tool to support people access information.

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Editorial

The social benefits to informal language learning

How informal language learning can allow for self-directed learning experiences.

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Digital Badges and COVID-19: Enhancing assessments

The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted the need for immediate, innovative solutions to improve assessments.

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Facilitating student consultation to enhance inclusion

The ADMINS research project is working with students at the OU.

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Attitudes to home learning throughout lockdown

How attitudes to how children use technology to learn have changed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Learning from home with personal computers

Students and teachers have adapted to online and blended learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Promoting critical thinking skills for online news

An nQuire mission is promoting critical thinking skills for people to measure the trustworthiness of online news.

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