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Suitability toolkit – coming soon!

As part of our continuing work with educational virtual reality (VR) experiences, we are looking to use the things we have learnt to help inform a framework for the creation of pedagogically viable VR experiences. In trying to help others who are starting out in this...

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Engaging students in design from a distance

Partnerships with students in curriculum development give the OU the chance to co-create and co-design engaging learning and teaching experiences with them. For students it provides the opportunity to have a direct impact on early development work and to experience professional engagement with a large institution, which may be used as evidence of collaborative professional experience in portfolios, job applications or continuing professional development.

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Cross-pond impressions from EDUCAUSE 2016

EDUCAUSE 2016 in Anaheim was a really valuable and thought provoking experience, especially as a stranger in a strange land. This article is a reflection on the three things that stood out for me from EDUCAUSE – where the US Higher Education sector is ahead, where the UK Higher Education sector is ahead, and where we are about level.

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To VR or not to VR…

I start my inaugural blog post with some thoughts about Virtual Reality (VR) and its place within the HE sector and education as a whole. In taking up the mantle of designing educational and pedagogically worthwhile VR experiences, it seems a lot has been, and has yet to be, learnt about what VR can bring to our students.

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UCL #LearnHack

A huge thank you to UCL’s Tech Society and colleagues from UCL’s Digital Education team (and in particular Janina Dewitz, Innovations Officer) for inviting the OU to join forces for #LearnHack on Saturday, June 4. #LearnHack was a great opportunity for staff and students to learn together, by trying new technologies, and think creatively as to how they might be applied to enhance teaching and learning.

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Hack Days: a case study

I'm Liz Ellis, and together with my colleague David Vince, we organised and ran the Open University's first Staff-Student Hack Day in January 2016. David and I are product development managers in the Technology Enhanced Learning Innovations team, in Learning and...

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So, how the heck do you run a Hack Day?

If engagement with staff and students is a continuum, surveys and consultation can often end up on the passive end of the scale. Too easily, even workshops, which belong on the more actively productive end of the scale can become heavily facilitated and ultimately...

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