Welcome to Learning Innovation

Introducing the Learning Innovation team in Technology Enhanced Learning at The Open University

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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‘Yay, toasters!’

This structured approach but informal presenting style kept the pace flowing but allowed the educators’ personalities to emerge; learners were excited not only to have their questions answered but to be name-checked; all of which created a sense of intimacy and personalisation that increased learner interactivity, while the live questions on topical issues created a sense of spontaneity.

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