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Dr. Katerina Avramides, Research Fellow, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education. Katerina has an interdisciplinary background in Psychology, HCI, Education, and Artificial Intelligence. She's primarily interested in the design and development of educational technology to support learning in ill-defined domains, particularly socio-scientific issues. Her research has focused on the areas of epistemic cognition and metacognition, affect and motivation, and social communication. Current work explores teenagers' understanding of energy and the role of their individual choices in larger scale issues. She's also working to support teachers conduct formative assessment of their students' learning.
Peter Bryant,
Senior Lecturer, Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich. Peter has worked on a number of work based and experiential learning projects, especially in the field of creative industries. He has worked with a variety of interactive technologies to enhance professional practice, and support and promote student learning and has produced award winning podcasts and community radio programming in his native Australia and more recently here in the UK. Peter's pedagogic research interests include DIY education and edupunk, enhancing the student experience, work based and experiential learning and the education and training of independent artists.
Professor Gráinne Conole, 
Professor of Learning Innovation Director, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester. Gráinne has research interests in the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and impact on organisational change. Gráinne has research, development and project management experience across the educational and technical domains.
Dr. Simon Cross, OLDS-MOOC evaluator, Learning and Teaching Development Officer, IET, Open University, UK. Simon's work within IET is focused on several areas and his interests include: student experience and the visualisation of learning, international and open learning design, student choice, sustainable learning and assessment benchmarking and discourses. He presently divides his time across several externally funded and internal projects such as the EU funded OpenEd project, the JISC funded Open University Learning Design Initiative (OULDI), the STELLAR Digitial Infrastructure Programme Project and IET's ePed project which is seeking to understand the pedagogic and learning use of tablets and eReaders.
Dr. Juliette Culver, Web developer and programmer, IET, Open University, UK. Juliette's original background was in mathematics in which she has a degree and doctorate from the University of Oxford. After her doctorate, she completed a post-doc in cryptography. While at the OU she has been involved in a number of projects such as Pelagios widgets - in progress at the moment, widgets to display information from ancient history collections, Cloudworks – a website to allow people to share and collaborate on learning design, PePLE - an educational website for social workers, EU4ALL – an EU project related to the development of a framework to improve accessibility of lifelong learning – she worked on parts of the Moodle implementation of this framework, D4LD – a JISC-funded project focussed on enhancing the Sled IMS-LD player and Join-In – a JISC-funded project related to groups in courses in Moodle and LAMS. Some of her code from this project is now part of Moodle core. She has also worked as a learning technologist in the then School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey where she was particularly involved in the computer-aided assessment of mathematics.
Rebecca Galley, 
OLDS-MOOC project officer, Learning and Teaching Development officer, IET, Open University, UK. Rebecca has worked on a number of curriculum and learning design projects including  the JISC funded Open University Learning Design Initiative between 2009-2012 and the EU funded Leonardo Da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Design Practice project, Hewlett funded Bridge to Success and the OU's Curriculum Business Models project. 
Professor Diana Laurillard, Chair of Learning with Digital
Technologies in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, Institute of Education. Diana's current research is in two related area: Teaching/ Learning Design tools for teachers, and Digital interventions for low numeracy and dyscalculia. Two types of Learning Design tools have been developed. The 'Learning Designer' is a stand-alone AI-based prototype that offers advice and guidance to the user-designer on related designs, and on the basic concepts of designing for learning. The 'Pedagogical Patterns Collector' is a simpler web-based tool that offers generic and topic-specific versions of patterns to browse through, adopt and edit. These are tools we will be looking at on the course.
Professor Rose Luckin, 
Professor of Learner Centred Design at the London Knowledge Lab. Rose's research explores how to scaffold learning across multiple technologies, locations, subjects and times. She applys participatory methods to the development and evaluation of Technology for learning. This work is interdisciplinary and encompasses education, psychology, artificial intelligence and HCI. She investigates the relationship between people, their context, the concepts they are learning, and the resources at their disposal. She is currently developing the Ecology of Resources design framework through the SCARLET project and as discussed in Re-designing Learning Contexts, available from Amazon and from Routledge. For practical examples of the framework please visit the wiki.
Marion Manton, eLearning Research Project Manager, TALL, Oxford University. In her role, Marion works closely with academic colleagues and course teams to specify the learning they want to achieve with their programme and to identify the best uses of technology to do this. She also maintains currency with the latest research in eLearning to ensure that the Department is aware of and exploits the best current knowledge of what works in terms of effective eLearning. As well as her work in learning design in course development Marion also leads research projects, in particular in the areas of Open Educational Resources, OER and Learning Design.


Professor Patrick McAndrew, is a Professor of Open Education in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University. See http://iet.open.ac.uk/people/p.mcandrew for details.
Dr. Yishay Mor, OLDS-MOOC academic lead, Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology, IET, Open University, UK Yishay combines a background in computer science with a
design perspective on educational research, practice, and professional development. Yishay's research has explored methodologies for formulating and sharing design knowledge in education. He has developed and applied these methodolgies through investigations in game-based learning in mathematics education and mobile learning for development. He currently leads the "learning design grid" theme team of the STELLAR network of excellence.
Anna Page,
 OLDS-MOOC project manager, Learning and Teaching Development Officer (Communications), IET, Open University, UK. Anna's role involves developing and implementing the strategy for liaison with IET’s clients within and beyond the University, and acting as a key point of contact for faculties and service units across the OU for IET’s pedagogic innovations. She promotes the Jennie Lee Research Laboratories and leads the organising team for the annual ‘Learn About’ Fair for university staff. She is responsible for developing the content of IET’s websites and writing news stories. Her Learning and Teaching Development role includes evaluation and testing for various OU projects, such as the eBooks and Mobiles project.
Professor Emeritus Thomas Reeves,
Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, College of Education, The University of Georgia, US. Over the past 30 plus years, Tom Reeves has developed and evaluated numerous interactive learning programs for education and training. His research interests include: evaluation of educational technology, educational design research, public health and medical education,  authentic learning environments, and educational technology in developing countries. More information can be found at:  http://www.evaluateitnow.com/
Joshua Underwood,
 TEL design consultant and PhD candidate at London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London. For more than 10 years Josh has been using learner centred and contextual design methods in projects that include: providing diagnostic support for radiologists, delivering participatory science experiences, and connecting home and primary school numeracy. His PhD research employed the Ecology of Resources framework in design of a mobile app for vocabulary learning.
Simon Walker, 
Head of the Educational Development Unit at the University of Greenwich. Simon is responsible for a wide range of strategic university initiatives in learning teaching and assessment. He has led a number of nationally funded technology–enhanced learning and change management projects and, in 2006, was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship. He is Director of the Digital Literacy in Higher Education project, a nationally funded project that aims to explore the student experience of transition in undergraduate programmes within the context of emerging practices in a digital age. He currently co-leads the university’s eCentre with colleagues in the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.
Steve Warburton, 
Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of London and a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education within the International Academy where he chairs the research strategy group. Steve is also a Visiting Research Fellow at King's Learning Institute, King's College London. He has worked on a range of projects which have included: Rhizome - digital identity project; a study of social software in distance education settings; developing a virtual library space (Bibliospace) using social referencing software; and as part of the EMERGE project team supporting a UK wide community of practice in user innovation and development in the area of Web 2.0 and emerging technologies. Currently he is working on OERs in academic development and ePublishing and eBooks development models. His research interests are focused on questions of identity in online learning, the dimensions of space and time in multi-user virtual environments such as Second Life, social presence, social networking, the changing notion of community and finally the sociology of emotion.
Joanna Wild
is a researcher attached to Academic IT Services Group (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Oxford. The main focus of Joanna’s research has been on learning design and, more recently, on reuse of open educational resources. Joanna has been involved in a number of national and international technology-enhanced learning projects including: iCamp (FP6), Learning Design Support Environment (ESRC/EPSRC), and two studies into the uptake of OER by lecturers: OER Impact Study (JISC) and OER Engagement Study (SCORE). Joanna has also experience in supporting academic staff in their use of new technologies, an important part of her former role as an educational developer.
David White, Manager-Researcher, TALL, Oxford University. David works in the overlapping space between education, academia and technology. He co-manages Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), an award winning elearning research and development group in the University of Oxford. Alongside overseeing the creation and delivery of over 50 online distance courses David is the Creative Director of the ‘Maths in the City’ project working with Professor Marcus du Sautoy. He has also recently completed a study of the use/reuse of Open Educational Resources.
Dr. Niall Winters,
Senior Lecturer in Learning Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London. Niall works primarily in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), where his main research interest is in the participatory design of mobile applications and activities for education in developing regions. The current focus of this work is on supporting the training of healthcare professionals in East Africa. Aligned to this, he has an emerging interest in the design of innovative technologies for postgraduate medical education.