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The Open University (OU) is a major partner in the UK’s Institute of Coding (IoC), a new, exciting, national initiative, led by the University of Bath, supported by theme leaders Aston University, Coventry University, the Open University and Queen Mary University of London. The Institute brings together a range of universities, industry, training providers and professional bodies to address the UK’s digital skills gaps.

The Institute’s vision is to enhance the education and employability of every IoC learner, and ensure that employers and individuals across the UK can access the skills they need to compete in the global digital economy. This unique and innovative collaboration has been made possible with £20m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and match funding from universities and industry partners.

The Institute of Coding will develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused higher education across the UK. It will develop accredited degree schemes and short courses aimed at professionals in a wide range of sectors, as well as working to widen the participation of women, returners to work and hard to reach groups.

The OU leads the IoC’s first theme on University Learning, which aims to influence computer science teaching in universities nationally. The Knowledge Media Institute will contribute with leadership of the University Learning theme and with the application of data analytics and blockchains to higher education. The Computing and Communications school will lead on the setting up of a new accreditation standard for computing, the development of courses in data science and cyber security and widening participation in the computing area.

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KMi Director gives Royal Institution Lecture

Monday say KMi’s Director give a talk entitled “Blockchains: Hope or Hype?” at the Royal Institution sponsored by the French Embassy. The Royal Institution is an independent charity, founded in...

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KMi Blockchain research presented in EdMedia 2018

Alexander Mikroyannidis presented the latest KMi work on educational applications of the Blockchain at the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (EdMedia). The event was held in...

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KMi members win ISWS Summer School 2018 Awards!

The 1st edition of the newly branded International Semantic Web Research Summer School (ISWS) was organised by STLab-ISTC National Research Council and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at the...

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OUAnalyse at London Festival of Learning

This year, three important conferences related to educational technology were co-organised within one week in London as part of the London Festival of Learning. These conferences included...

Computing at school: from problems to programs

Computing at school: from problems to programs

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for beginners learning to program is how to go from a given word problem to the code that solves it. The OU’s new Level 1 module Introduction to computing and...

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Milton Keynes First CryptoParty

The Institute of Coding partner The Open University were among the organisers and presenters of the first ever Milton Keynes CryptoParty, held on 10 May. IoC members Mike Richards, Neil Smith,...

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Computing Education Practice conference

The Institute of Coding is co-sponsoring the third Computing Education Practice conference, to take place 9th January 2019 at Durham University. Submissions to the theme suggested by the IoC...

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GirlsCode MK

GirlsCode MK is a volunteer organisation whose aim is to get more girls and women into programming and STEM careers. We’re based in Milton Keynes, UK, and work together with The National Museum of...

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Ada Lovelace Day

It seems almost impossible to imagine, but this year will see the 10th Ada Lovelace Day, on Tuesday 9 October. Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of the achievements of women...

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Latest Publications

Sharples, M. and Domingue, J. (2016) The Blockchain and Kudos: a Distributed System for Educational Record, Reputation and Reward, 11th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, Lyon, France, Springer.

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Courses

Introduction to computing and information technology 2

This module builds on Introduction to computing and information technology 1 (TM111) and prepares you for further study of computing and IT modules.


Introduction to computing and information technology 1

This is the first of two OU level one modules that introduce you to key concepts in computing and information technology (IT), such as digital technologies, programming and networking. This module will equip you with a comprehensive toolbox of relevant knowledge, understanding and skills and introduce you to issues encountered in computing and IT, including the profound social and ethical challenges posed by these technologies. You will also develop your key skills including communication, numeracy and digital and information literacy (DIL).


Learn to Code for Data Analysis

This hands-on course will teach you how to write your own computer programs, one line of code at a time. You’ll learn how to access open data, clean it and analyse it, and produce visualisations. You will also learn how to write up and share your analyses, privately or publicly.


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The Open University's approach to free learning

Free learning resources are core to our social mission, but we are also aware that the return on investment in this area is a very important by-product in terms of reputation building, brand recognition, new market opportunities, technology innovation, partnership formation and, most significantly triggering new student registrations. We have aligned the systems that we use for core student provision with those for our public OER provision. Therefore, as we invest and develop our student systems, the public systems also benefit (and vice versa). We aim to ensure this mutual benefit approach is also applied in our work in developing and delivering systems to support others in free learning. We are also keen to ensure that any software or hardware systems have support communities that will remain at available, affordable, at scale and resilient.


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Graduate salaries rise, but doubts remain over the gender pay gap

new study released yesterday by the Department for Education and Institute of Fiscal Studies has analysed what getting a degree means for both men and women from particular universities. The data was sourced from an analysis of salaries at the age of 29. The study found that women who study maths at Oxford and men studying economics at Bristol get the biggest increase in earnings from going to university. Source: The Commentator


Government trials ‘learn to code’ tool for civil servants

A group of people on the Civil Service Fast Stream development programme have built an online tool to teach their fellow government employees to code. The Learn to code site – which is currently in open beta phase – has been constructed as a step-by-step service, and currently covers six different modules: getting started; learning how the web works; building webpages; adding interactivity; web services; and databases. Source: Public Technology.net


Google, Microsoft and IBM join the Institute of Coding’s Industry Advisory Board

Execs from 18 organisations will inform the £20m government-backed group’s mission to boost digital skills. "With UK companies crying out for digitally-adept graduates with high levels of technical proficiency, the board will help communicate specific requirements to ensure the next generation are equipped with the skills they need to thrive in the workplace." Source: IT Pro


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John Domingue

Theme Lead & OU IoC PI

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Michel Wermelinger

IoC Curriculum Lead & Co PI

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Arosha Bandara

Head of School

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David Bowers

Accreditation Standard Lead

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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK’s largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

All of our roles play a key part in our students’ journey. We have a range of exciting opportunities for ambitious academics and researchers, as well as top class teaching and professional services roles. We offer a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research culture where academics and researchers can work creatively.

Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow for Mainstreaming Learning Analytics

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
£30,395 to £44,559, Ref: 15336
Temporary contract until March 2021
Based in Milton Keynes
Application closing date: Thursday 29 November, 2018 – 17:00.

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is a distinct research unit within the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Open University. KMi is looking for a Research Assistant, a Research Associate or a Research Fellow to work on the IoC project – how we can adapt, deploy and mainstream our learning analytics tool across a number of educational establishments nationally.

The IoC data analytics work will build on the experience of the OU Analyse project (http://analyse.kmi.open.ac.uk) which aims to increase the student retention rate at the Open University and at the same time to improve the quality of education. Internet technologies enable universities to offer their students educational resources online and, at the same time to collect information about the use of these resources. By analysing students’ interactions with the virtual learning environment, it is possible to identify those who might be at risk of failing the course and offer them well-targeted additional support.

For more information about the post visit: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/research-assistantassociatefellow-mainstreaming-learning-analytics-15336

Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow for Blockchain Learning Verification

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
£30,395 to £44,559, Ref: 15335
Temporary contract until December 2021
Based in Milton Keynes
Application closing date: Thursday 29 November, 2018 – 17:00.

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is a distinct research unit within the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Open University. KMi is looking for a Research Assistant, a Research Associate or a Research Fellow to work on the IoC project – how blockchains can be used to store student accreditation and lifelong learning records in order to enhance employability.

The IoC blockchain learning verification work will build on the work of the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University (KMi) who have built up an active research and development group focusing on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Members of KMi are working on the use of blockchains to create a trustable, decentralized repository for educational certification, ePortfolios and datasets with privacy concerns or which could be subject to tampering. We are also working on connecting blockchains with Linked Data. More information on our work can be found at: http://blockchain.open.ac.uk/

For more information about the post visit: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/research-assistantassociatefellow-blockchain-learning-verification-15335