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CALRG Annual Conference 2014 - Call for Papers

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Canan Blake
16 April 2014

CALRG invites submissions for its 35th annual conference, CALRG-C 2014, to be held on 10-11 June 2014 at the Open University.

The Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG) is one of the UK‘s leading research groups in the use of technologies in education. The group’s work includes a wide variety of research areas and approaches to studying the use of technologies in education. The CALRG’s Annual Conference provides a forum for CALRG members and staff and research students at the Open University to present and discuss their research and projects. This year’s conference will take place on 10-11 June in the Jennie Lee Building. We welcome papers on any topic related to CALRG’s research. The current main research themes include (but not limited to):

• Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL

• Mobile learning

• Understanding learners’ interactions and experiences

• Effective designing for learning and learner experiences

• Open Educational Resources and MOOCs

• Social Networking

• Learning analytics

Conference contributions are invited in the form of a paper presentation. Presenters are asked to provide an abstract of approximately 300-500 words, which will be included in the Conference Programme and on the CALRG web site. Presentations will be scheduled for about 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Please indicate your interest in submitting a paper by e-mailing the following details to Canan Blake (

• Your name

• Your department

• Title of your paper

• And abstract of the paper (300-500 words)

• Audio-visual requirements (A laptop and a projector for PowerPoint presentations will be available.Please specify any additional requirements)

Deadline for submissions: 1 May 2014

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Final programme

Discussant: Prof Rupert Wegerif, Exeter University

9:30-9:45       OPENING NOTES

Session I – Chair:  Doug Clow

9:45-10:15       MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Higher Education: Perspectives on a recent study leave visit to the USA: Eileen Scanlon

10:15-10: 45    Squaring the open circle: resolving the iron triangle and the interaction equivalence theorem: Andy Lane

10:45-11:15     Exploring digital scholarship in the context of openness and engagement: Richard Holliman, Ann Grand, Anne Adams and Trevor Collins

11:15-11:30   TEA/COFFEE

Session II – Chair: Ann Jones

11:30-11:55     The OpenupEd quality label: benchmarks for MOOCs: Jon Rosewell

11:55-12:20     From theory to practice: can openness improve the quality of OER research? Rebecca Pitt, Beatriz de-los-Arcos, Rob Farrow

12:20-12:45     Open Research into Open Education: The Role of Mapping and Curation: Rob Farrow

12:45-13:10     Strategies for Successful MOOC learning: The Voice from the World Record Breaker: Bernard Nkuyubwatsi

13:10-14:00   LUNCH

Session III – Chair: Rebecca Ferguson

14:00-14:25     The role of feedback in the under-attainment of ethnic minority students: Evidence from distance education: John T.E. Richardson, Bethany Alden Rivers and Denise Whitelock

14:25-14:50     Evaluating serious experiences in games: Jo (Ioanna) Iacovides

14:50-15:15     Social media for informal minority language learning: exploring Welsh learners’  practices: Ann Jones

15:15-15:30   TEA/COFFEE

Session IV – Chair: Inge de Waard

15:30-15:55     What students want: designing learning to optimise engagement in digital literacy skills development: Ingrid Nix and Marion Hall

15:55-16:20     Recording online synchronous tutorials to support learning: Pauline Bloss, Elisabeth Clifford, Chris Niblett and Elke St.John

16:20-16:45     Open Education needs Education for Openness: a dialogic theory of education for the Internet Age: Rupert Wegerif

16:45-17:00     Discussant – Rupert Wegerif

Day 2: CALRG Annual Conference – June 11 2014

9:30-9:40         OPENING NOTES

Session V – Chair: Mark Gaved

9:40-10:05       ‘nQuire-it’: The design and evaluation of a mission-based web platform for citizen inquiry science learning: Christothea Herodotou, Eloy Villasclaras- Fernández , Mike Sharples

10:05-10:30     3D Virtual Geology Field Trips: Opportunities and Limitations: Shailey Minocha, Sarah-Jane Davies, Brian Richardson and Tom Argles

10:30-10:55     Juxtalearn:  From Practice into Practice: Anne Adams and Gill Clough

10:55-11:15     TEA/COFFEE

Session VI – Chair: Anne Adams

11:15-11:40     Citizen Inquiry: From rocks to clouds: Maria Aristeidou, Eileen Scanlon, Mike Sharples

11:40-12:05     Imagining TM351 – Virtual Machines and Interactive Notebooks: Tony Hirst

12:05-12:30     MASELTOV - mobile incidental learning services to support language learning and the social inclusion of recent immigrants: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Eileen Scanlon, Ann Jones, Mark Gaved

12:30-12:55     Knowledge Transfer Partnership: Booktrust and The Open University: Natalia Kucirkova, Karen Littleton, Teresa Cremin and Laura Venning

12:55-14:00     LUNCH    

Session VII – Chair: Daisy Mwanza-Simwami

14:00-14:25     Flipped teachers’ views of the impact of open practices on students: Beatriz de los Arcos

14:25-14:50     The pedagogical design, user profile and evaluation of a Mobile app to teach beginners’ Chinese characters: Fernando Rosell-Aguilar and Kan Qian

14:50-15:15     Models of Disability, Models of Learning, Accessibility and Learning Technologies: Martyn Cooper

15:15-15:30     TEA/COFFEE

Session VIII – Chair: Canan Blake

15:30-15:55     Computer-marked assessment as learning analytics: Sally Jordan

15:55-16:20     Open Essayist: Opening automatic support for students drafting summative essays: Denise Whitelock, John Richardson, Debora Field, Stephen Pulman

16:20-16:45     Findings from a survey of undergraduate use of mobile devices for OU study: Authors: Simon Cross, Graham Healing, Mike Sharples



Rebecca Ferguson
09:37 on 10 June 2014

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