Find out more about Learning Innovation

Welcome to the home of the Learning Innovation team in TEL, here at The Open University.

We offer a place to incubate new ideas and act as a catalyst for promoting a culture of innovation at the OU, to transform teaching and learning practices, and enable learners to realise their study goals.

We’ll be adding interesting articles on Ed Tech and Learning Innovation as the site develops, with regular blog posts from the various team members. So, look out for more communications from the Learning Innovation team keeping you up-to-date on forthcoming projects, or get in contact with us directly.

Meet the team

Stewart Nixon

Stewart Nixon

Head of Learning Innovation

Been around the OU for ages, mostly thinking about the digital transformation of learning and changing the way things are done around here.

Dean Collins

Dean Collins

User Experience Designer

I like the use of creative thinking and design to solve problems. I aspire to create designs that empower, enrich and delight people. It’s sometimes good to observe what people do, not what they say.

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.

Jamie Daniels

Jamie Daniels

Learning Application Developer

Passionate about disruptive innovation within teaching and learning.

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.

Liz Ellis

Liz Ellis

Product Development Manager (Learning Innovation)

Slightly obsessive about student engagement in the development of learning and teaching tools, platforms and activities; the enhancement of learning and teaching through technology; and the quantified self.

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.

Alice Gallagher

Alice Gallagher

Product Development Manager (Learning Innovation)

Particularly focused on student success and the roles of new technology, learning design and analytics in enhancing the student experience. Also very interested in collaborative partnerships and culture change in HE environments.

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.

Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan

User Experience Designer

Having taught in the further education sector before coming to the OU, I’m fascinated by the challenges presented in providing distance learning to a diverse range of students at HE level. Particularly interested in how technology can benefit student comprehension and progression.

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.

Lawrence Kizilkaya

Lawrence Kizilkaya

Product Developer

With a background in classroom teaching, I am intrigued by the differences in distance and face-to-face learning. I also love to experiment with new educational technology with the aim of balancing novelty against utility.

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.

Andrew McDermott

Andrew McDermott

Product Development Manager (Learning Innovation)

Resident techie with interests in online authoring, Ed Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality,  eBooks, Learning Systems and Mobile (apps and devices).

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.

Nathan Villiers

Nathan Villiers

Media Coordinator

Passionate about disruptive innovation within teaching and learning.

David Vince

David Vince

Product Development Manager (Learning Innovation)

I am enthusiastic about the potential of emergent technologies to enhance online learning and enable pedagogic innovation.

For more info on strategic projects that I’ve contributed to, visit my OU biography.