OpenMinds – the future of learning

How people learn is changing. KMi Director Professor Scott explored what this means for The Open University at the first in a new series of talks: Open Minds on Tuesday 20 January.

The new OpenMinds series of talks from The Open University are showcasing the University’s thought leadership in learning and teaching and the application of research to policy and practice across the UK. The sessions aim to bring cutting-edge research and developments to both physical events in the OU’s Berrill Lecture and through live video streaming, providing a platform for those who watch or attend to engage with leading academics and respected figures within specific research fields.

In the first of this series, Peter was joined by OU Professors Eileen Scanlon and Mike Sharples and Professor Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh to discuss the "future of learning".

Peter discussed why we continue to use paper assessments in our fast-paced digital age and will invite discussion on what we need to do to move our practices forward. What’s more, through demoing Augmented Reality (AR) technology, he also showcased how OU students can explore the University’s prospectus in a way we never expected.

Also in this session:

Professor Eileen Scanlon, Associate Director (Research & Innovation) at the OU’s Institute of Education, reviewed the way school children learn, how this is changing, and described her work with teachers to demonstrate new technologies and how the impact of these new technologies can be maximised.
Professor Mike Sharples, Chair in Educational Technology at the OU’s Institute of Education, addressed learning on a bigger scale and outlined the changes he predicts may occur within social learning in 2015.
The final speaker, Professor Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, talked about changing conceptions of space in digital education and what it means to be a distance learner in a traditional university.

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