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Biography <p>Rebecca is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University in the UK, and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her primary research interests are educational futures and how people learn together online. She supervises doctoral students in both these areas.</p>
Description <p>Rebecca is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University in the UK, and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her primary research interests are educational futures and how people learn together online. She supervises doctoral students in both these areas.</p>
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  • I was a research fellow working on the university's SocialLearn project, developing a social media platform that is tuned for learning. You can visit my blog on analytics for teaching and learning http://diving-4-pearls.blogspot.com/ The SocialLearn team is working to align current thinking on good pedagogy with the use of Web 2.0 technologies. We aim to support and encourage users to clarify their intention, ground their learning and engage in focused conversations. My other research interests also relate to people learning together online. I have worked since 2007 on the Schome project, an ongoing research initiative which is working to develop a 'fit for purpose' education system for society today. This has included working on an island in Teen SecondLife. Details of Schome publications are available at http://www.schome.ac.uk/publications/ and details of OU Second Life publications are available here http://www.open.ac.uk/virtualworlds/p5.shtml Together with colleagues in the university's Institute of Educational Technology, I am carrying out a longitudinal investigation of research blogging. The pilot study was published in 2007, and details of the full four-year study are due for publication late in 2010. As part of the university's Children and Young People (CYP) research programme I am investigating children's use of social media and technologies to support informal collaborative learning. I am also an active member of a special interest group which focuses on the ethics of researching higher education in Web 2.0 environments http://heethicsweb2zero.ning.com/
  • <p>Rebecca is an executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and a leading member of the international learning analytics community. Her work has been influential in shaping the field, supporting implementation across Europe, and promoting a focus on social learning analytics. She has been invited to lead events in this area on five continents, including several associated with her work as principal investigator on the European Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) and on LAEP, a project that helped European policymakers to set out an agenda for high-quality and stimulating ways of learning and teaching through the use of learning analytics.</p><p>Rebecca has been a pedagogic adviser to the FutureLearn MOOC platform since its foundation, supporting its development of conversational learning.&nbsp; Her extensive experience of MOOC development and evaluation provides a firm basis for her research on learning at scale. She is one of the coordinators of the FutureLearn Academic Network, linking academics from over 110 partner institutions around the world and helping to develop a focused research agenda. In particular, she focuses on developing the next generation of researchers in this field, and organises an annual conference event that brings together postgraduate students from universities around the world.</p><p>Rebecca is lead author on<em>Innovating Pedagogy 2017</em>. This highly cited series of high-profile annual reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment in order to guide educators and policy makers around the world.</p><p>Rebecca worked for several years as a researcher and educator on the Schome project, focused on educational futures. She was the research lead on the SocialLearn online learning platform, and learning analytics lead on the Open Science Lab (Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year: THE Awards 2014).</p><p>Rebecca&#39;s most recent book,<em>Augmented Education</em>, was published by Palgrave in spring 2014. For more details, see her blog at http://r3beccaf.wordpress.com/</p><p><strong>Orcid ID</strong>http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8566-8231</p><h2><strong>Learning analytics leadership</strong></h2><p>Programme Chair:<a href="https://latte-analytics.sydney.edu.au/index.php/lak18-organising-committee/" target="_blank">LAK18,</a>Sydney, Australia</p><p>Executive member:<a href="https://solaresearch.org/about/" target="_blank">Society for Learning Analytics Research</a>(SoLAR)</p><p>Principal investigator on<a href="http://www.laceproject.eu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="LACE website">LACE</a>, the learning analytics community exchange, an EU-funded FP7 project.</p><p>Principal investigator on<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/iet/main/research-innovation/research-projects/the-implications-and-opportunities-learning-analytics-european" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">LAEP</a>(learning analytics for European educational policy) a European JRC-funded project</p><p>Chair,<a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/learning-analytics-expert-workshop-tickets-21255578006" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">European Expert Workshop Learning Analytics</a>, Amsterdam, March 2016</p><p>Associate editor<em>:<a href="http://learning-analytics.info/journals/index.php/JLA/about/editorialTeam" target="_blank">Journal of Learning Analytics</a></em></p><p>Practitioner track chair,<a href="http://lak16.solaresearch.org/?page_id=71" target="_blank">LAK 2016</a>, Edinburgh</p><p>Keynote speaker:<a href="http://lasi.solaresearch.org/lasi-locals/lasi-locals-16/" target="_blank">LASI-Spain,</a>Bilbao, June 2016</p><p>Co-chair<a href="http://lanyrd.com/2015/laceflare/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">LACE SoLAR Flare</a>, The Open University, Milton Keynes, October 2015</p><p>Co-chair:<a href="http://stadium.open.ac.uk/stadia/preview.php?whichevent=2467&amp;s=1&amp;schedule=3202&amp;option=&amp;record=0" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="Video of the event">LACE SoLAR Flare</a>, The Open University, Milton Keynes, October 2014</p><p>Co-chair:<a href="http://dcla14.wordpress.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="DCLA2 website">2nd International Workshop on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics</a>, Indianapolis, USA, March 2014</p><p>Co-chair: Learning Analytics Summer Institute<a href="https://lasimk.wordpress.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="LASI@MK home page">LASI@MK 2014</a></p><p>Co-chair:<a href="https://solaresearch.org/events/lak/lak13/dcla13/" target="_blank">1st International Workshop on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics</a>, Leuven, April 2013</p><p>Workshops chair:<a href="http://lak12.sites.olt.ubc.ca/workshops/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="LAK 2012 workshops">LAK 2012,</a>Vancouver, 2012</p><p>Co-chair:<a href="http://www.solaresearch.org/flare/solar-flare-uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="UK SoLAR Flare site">UK SoLAR Flare</a>, The Open University, Milton Keynes, November 2012</p><p>Keynote speaker:<a href="http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/conferences/index.php/SoLAR/SSFC12/announcement/view/11" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="Southern SoLAR Flare site">SoLAR Southern Flare</a>, University of Technology Sydney, November 2012</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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