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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 Amsterdam on June 25-29. Alexander presented a paper outlining a learner-centred approach for lifelong learning powered by the Blockchain. The paper explores the different aspects of lifelong learning and describes an […]

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 University Residential Centre of Bertinoro between 1st and 7th July 2018. The Centre was located in Bertinoro, a small village on a scenic hill with a wonderful panoramic view. The […]

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 Learning@Scale, International Conference on Learning Sciences and Artificial Intelligence in Education. This provided us with a unique opportunity to meet researchers across similar but slightly different fields. OUAnalyse […]

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 information technology 2 introduces a step-by-step, systematic, scaffolded approach that guides beginners through the process, decoupling the various computational […]

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, Andrew Smith, Penelopi Troullinou, and Allan Third were among the presenters. CryptoParty is a grassroots global movement which hosts free workshops to introduce practical […]

Opening more than minds…

On Thursday 20th June 2018 Open University student Richard Duffy was invited to the launch event for the Institute of Coding at the Peers’ Dining Room in the House of Lords in London and provided us with this reaction to his day there. I felt truly honoured to be invited to a prestigious event. I […]

Institute of Coding Launches from the House of Lords

A pleasant and warm evening saw the Institute of Coding (IoC) from the House of Lords. The event, hosted by Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE, was attended by over 200 supporters from the senior management of major technology companies such as Amazon, ARM, BT, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, Raspberry Pi, Telefonica, a wide range of companies including Barclays, […]

Two Blockchain Keynotes in Two Weeks

KMi Director, Prof. John Domingue, was invited to give two keynote talks during May 2018 featuring the blockchain research that he is leading at the Open University. The first talk, “Experiments with Blockchains. The Open University and the emergence of new higher education models” was given at second Conference by the Commonwealth Centre for Connected […]

KMi is hiring! join our Institute of Coding Team

KMi are currently looking to fill a number of posts to work in the Open University’s Institute of Coding team, comprising academics and technology specialists in learning analytics and distributed ledger technologies. These are: Systems and Network Administrator supporting IoC infrastructure Research Assistant / Associate for Blockchain Learning Verification Research Assistant / Associate for Mainstreaming […]

OU to play lead role in new Institute of Coding

The Open University (OU) has been announced as a major partner in the UK’s Institute of Coding. Led by the University of Bath, the world-leading consortium has been established to strengthen the UK’s position globally in computing and IT, address the UK digital skills gap and create opportunities for more computer science graduates. Funding is […]