Job: Research Associate in learning analytics

The Institute of Educational Technology is seeking to appoint a Research Associate in learning analytics for a high-profile project. The overall aim of the new project is to develop an evidence-based approach of learning gains that can be applied across Higher Education Institutions. You will work on a large-scale study to compare the relative performance of the students’ learning gains using secondary data analysis of pre-existing Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive data and follow-up mixed-method analysis of new data.

For more information visit: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALV176/research-associate/

Four Open Technology Enhanced Learning (OpenTEL) PhD Studentships

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology at the Open University has an international reputation for the quality of its research. Providing research students with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities ensures a future supply of first class researchers. We are recruiting PhD students in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) who study under guidance from world-class experts in the field. Open Technology Enhanced Learning (OpenTEL) brings together the Technology Enhanced Learning Cluster in the Institute of Educational Technology with researchers in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. We encourage interdisciplinary research which also brings in researchers from the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, and the Knowledge Media Institute. If you feel that the challenge of research in this exciting and interesting area is for you and you have the drive and intellectual curiosity to pursue postgraduate research, then we look forward to hearing from you!

We are offering up to 4 fully funded full-time studentships for a 1+3 programme (MRes and PhD) or +3 programme (3-year PhD).

Find out more at http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/news/open-technology-enhanced-learning-opentel-phd-studentships

6 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships in Open World Learning

Where: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) at The Open University, UK
Topics include:

  •     Big data and open learning
  •     Citizen observatories and the environment
  •     Digital technology and education futures
  •     Educator roles in open online courses
  •     Human wellbeing, open education and technology
  •     Impact of Open Educational Resources
  •     Investigating Children’s Use of Open Digital Narratives
  •     Mobile Literacies for Effective Open Learning
  •     Rethinking student feedback in an open world
  •     Social networking in language learning and teaching
  •     Surveillance, Privacy and Learning Analytics
  •     The role of open practices in enhancing teacher education in LICs
  •     Understandings of Cultural Openness in Education and Enterprise

Find out more: http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/news/leverhulme-doctoral-scholarships

Studentship opportunity: Learning Analytics for Reflective Blogging During Authentic Enquiry

The Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University, UK is currently offering one fully-funded studentship commencing October 2013. Applications are invited from UK, EU and international students for full-time, 3-year study on one of several PhD projects.

One of these projects is especially relevant for this group. It is about Learning Analytics for Reflective Blogging During Authentic Enquiry.

Here is the description of the project:

This PhD project builds on validated pedagogical models for learner-driven enquiry, scaffolded by blogging software and associated learning analytics, to create a reflective, social, learning journal. The research will start by analysing the data already gathered from prior research in schools, design new contexts for studying this phenomenon, and refine the analytics. Experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis required, programming not required but an advantage.

Find out more at: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/studentships/vacancies.php

and: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/studentships/vacancies.php#LearningAnalytics

and: http://learningemergence.net/tools/enquiryblogger