‘The Networked Practitioner’ Online Conference 2016 – OU H818.

Below is an extract from the Cloudworks page of the OU H818 ‘The Networked Practitioner’ Online Conference 2016.

Conference organiser Dr Simon Ball – Link to conference page below.


‘The Networked Practitioner’ is module H818 of the OU Masters in Online and Distance Education (MA ODE)

The H818 ‘The Networked Practitioner’ online module is part of the MA Online and Distance Education programme run by the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at the Open University UK. This online conference is presented using OULive (the OU synchronous discussion platform – a bespoke version of Blackboard Collaborate).


  • Terry McAndrew, Higher Education Consultant, former Academic Lead for Digital Literacies in the Disciplines at the Higher Education Academy and Advisor for JISC Techdis and the Bioscience Subject Centre.
  • Bart Rienties, Reader in Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK.
  • Helen Beetham, Higher Education Consultant and author of several key Digital Learning reports.

Below are the conference sessions I attended

Session 1: Saturday 13th February

Start Time End Time Speaker Presentation Title
13.00 13.30 Terry McAndrew Keynote Presentation: An Open Future for all – how open education practices and resources can expand knowledge and skills for everyone.


13.30 13.45 Nicki Berry Individual Learning Plans: from paper to online
13.45 14.00 Tommy Ruiz How forums and collaborative learning impact oral proficiency in a Foreign language class.
14.00 14.15 Anita Houghton An Open space: A prototype to stimulate and capture the scholarly activity for FE practitioners delivering HE in FE centres.
14.15 14.30 Maxine Armstrong A flipped classroom on flipped classrooms
15.00 15.15 Anna Orridge Tackling Plagiarism Positively: An Online Resource Bank for Academic English Teachers
15.15 15.30 Laila Burton e-Portfolios: innovative practice in higher education

Session 2: Monday 15th February

Start Time End Time Speaker Presentation Title
18.00 18.15 Elaine Dalloway Do you ever consider copyright when including images and other content from the web in your digital teaching resources?
18.30 18.45 Carol Waites Writing tips for report writers globally
18.45 19.00 John Kerr Can MOOCs propel the OER agenda for educators in South Africa?
19.00 19.15 John Baglow Three Steps to a Collaborative Learning Environment: a module for teachers and trainers in the post-16 sector
20.00 20.30 Bart Rienties Keynote Presentation: The power of (in)formal learning: a learning analytics approach
20.30 20.45 Peter Scott Simple Sense. An alternative approach to Online Tutorials
20.45 21.00 Elizabeth Frost Functional Skills English within Vocational Areas

Session 3: Wednesday 17th February

Start Time End Time Speaker Presentation Title
09.00 09.15 Greg Keating Online Safety: Can Parental Networking combined with Parent Guides assist in keeping Children Safe Online
09.15 09.30 Lisa Hale E-feedback – supporting teachers in their use of Turnitin and GradeMark
09.30 09.45 Sarah Sneddon Learning a musical instrument online – an experiment in learning to play an instrument using only OERs.
09.45 10.00 Kiran Gawali Learning Acitivity Selector: a visual aid and tool for staff
10.30 11:00 Helen Beetham Keynote Presentation: From digital capability to digital wellbeing: thriving in the network.
11.00 11.15 Lesley Hamilton Motivating Learners: using video for Learning and Teaching
11.15 11:30 Chris Gray Open Turf: The effective use of Web 2.0 technologies in creating a collaborative platform for self-determined learning
11:30 11:45 Jennie Augustyniak  How open is the digital environment for disabled students in higher education?



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