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OU H818 'The Networked Practitioner' Online Conference 2017

9 February 2017 - 15 February 2017

'The Networked Practitioner' is module H818 of the OU Masters in Online and Distance Education (MA ODE)

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The H818 'The Networked Practitioner' online module is part of the MA Online and DIstance Education programme run by the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at the Open University UK. This online conference is presented using OULive (the OU synchronous discussion platform - a bespoke version of Blackboard Collaborate).


Each H818 student will contribute a short presentation to the conference and there will also be keynote presentations from:

  • Professor Patrick McAndrew, Director, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University UK.
  • Sarah Chesney, Director, Flourish Learning.
  • Professor Martin Weller, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University UK.

The conference sessions will be held in OU Live in February 2017 (times given are UK time i.e. GMT):

  • Thu 9th Feb 09:30 - 12:30 (Keynote: Patrick McAndrew)
  • Mon 13th Feb 19:00 - 21:45 (Keynote: Sarah Chesney)
  • Wed 15th Feb 09:30 - 12:00 (Keynote: Martin Weller)

The programme can be found below, including links to the abstract pages of the students' presentation, upon which you are invited to ask questions or make comments - these may be answered by the student on their page directly, or may be answered during their presentation itself.

Access to the conference sessions is limited to H818 participants, MA ODE students, alumni and staff, and IET staff. If you fall into one of these categories and would like to register for the conference, please complete the form here (opens in new window). You may of course join us for a full session (or more) or just dip in to see the presentations that catch your eye - it is entirely up to you. (NB Current H818 students do not need to register).


 Session 1: Thursday 9th February

 Start TimeEnd TimeSpeakerPresentation Title
 09:30  10:00  Patrick McAndrew  Keynote: Design, support, measure, improve: making online learning that works
 10:00  10:15  Andrew Brooks  How can a social network be used to increase dissemination of research
 10:15  10:30  Janet Turner  Digital Inclusion in Sub Saharan Africa
 10:30  10:35  Leigh-Anne Perryman  A new MA ODE module: H819 - The Critical Researcher
 10:35  11:00    BREAK
 11:00  11:15  Jude Toasland  How open is open: exploring the boundaries of openness in setting up a safeguarding learning network
 11:15  11:30  Uffe Frandsen  The Potential of Video Concept Cards
 11:30  11:45  Heather Bloodworth  Role of Assessment in MOOCs - Exploring the Challenges
 11:45  12:00  Mark Allenby  “Give us the tools and we will finish the job”
 12:00  12:15  David Jenkins  Pirate scholarly communication: how are illegal means of sharing academic literature part of open education and how are they innovative?
 12:15  12:30  Sarah Hughes  The Digital Nurse: experimenting with open sourced multimedia


 Session 2: Monday 13th February

 Start TimeEnd TimeSpeakerPresentation Title
 19:00  19:15  Alison Owens  Developing a partnership with parents in Early Years Learning settings: a comparison of ICT approaches.
 19:15  19:30  Allison Bell  Designing for impact: rethinking video content for MOOCs
 19:30  19:45  Paul Curran  Tacaí - Supporting the Understanding of Mathematical Concepts in Further Education in Ireland
 19:45  20:00  Leanne Johnstone  Blogging vs Vlogging
 20:00  20:05  Leigh-Anne Perryman  A new MA ODE module: H819 - The Critical Researcher
 20:05  20:30    BREAK
 20:30  21:00  Sarah Chesney  Keynote: Wide open or ajar? A personal view of the tensions around openness
 21:00  21:15  Pat Townshend  Learning to thrive and survive in a digital environment
 21:15  21:30  Angela Bonehill  Online international collaboration to analyse childcare practices
 21:30  21:45  Mary Howell  What Learning do MOOC Mentors Witness?


 Session 3: Wednesday 15th February

 Start TimeEnd TimeSpeakerPresentation Title
 09:30  09:45  Elizabeth Ellis  How can Next Generation Digital Environments embody and execute the promise of online education?
 09:45  10:00  James Fanning  The Fiction of Open Online Collaboration; they want to share, don’t they?
 10:00  10:15  Leigh-Anne Perryman  A new MA ODE module: H819 - The Critical Researcher
 10:15  10:30  Danny Ball  Designing accessible courses - a reflection on the use of UDL and OERs to create an open education course
 10:30  10:45  Julie Skeats  How can Learning Analytics be used to Support Secondary Educators?
 10:45  11:15    BREAK
 11:15  11:45  Martin Weller  Keynote: Paradoxes In Open Practice
 11:45  12:00  Matt Endean  Does the device a learner uses, affect their interaction with the online learning platform?

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