About me…

This blog is created by Gráinne Conole. I am a professor of education. Previously, I was Professor of Learning Innovation and Director of the Institute of Learning Innovation (formally the Beyond Distance Research Alliance) at the University of Leicester.

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I started at Leicester on 1st September 2011.  Before that I was at the Open University in IET as chair of e-learning from April 2006. Previously I was Professor of Educational Innovation in Post-Compulsory Education at the University of Southampton. I have research interests in the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and impact on organisational change. Before joining Southampton, I was Director of the Institute for Learning and Research Technology at the University of Bristol, a centre of excellence on the development and use of information and communication technology in education. I have research, development and project management experience across the educational and technical domains; funding sources have included HEFCE, ESRC, EU and commercial sponsors. Past projects include the JISC-funded learner experience project, PB-LXP with Mary Thorpe and the ESRC TLRP Technology-Enhanced Learning project, PI led by Eileen Scanlon and Mike Sharples. I led the OU Learning Design Initative and the JISC OULDI project. Other past projects include the JISC LXP Learner Experience Proect, the HEFCE-funded E-Learning Research Centre, the JISC/NSF funded DialogPlus digital libraries project and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Currently I have research interests in Open Educational Resources and Practices (though the OPAL initiative and a new EU-funded project POERUP), learning design, and social and participatory media. I have recently had a Springer book published entitled: Designing for learning in an open world. I am currently working on a Routledge book ‘Learning Design: a practical approach’.