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KMi Blockchain research presented in EdMedia 2018

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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 ecosystem that places the learner at the centre of the learning process and its associated data. More specifically, the paper outlines the ways that ePortfolios, accreditation and tutoring can evolve with the use of the Blockchain and discusses the various benefits that this evolution bears for lifelong learners. Alexander’s presentation was very well attended and received by conference participants.

Alexander also demonstrated the SlideWiki platform during a dedicated session. The SlideWiki platform employs crowdsourcing methods in order to support the authoring, sharing, reusing and remixing of open courseware. The SlideWiki project is introducing the SlideWiki platform to different communities of educators and learners by performing a wide range of trials covering different levels of education (i.e. from secondary to higher education) and different types of learning (i.e. formal learning, informal learning, vocational learning).

EdMedia is an international conference organised by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). This annual conference has been held since 1987 and spans all disciplines and levels of education attracting researchers and practitioners in the field from more than 70 countries. It offers a forum for the discussion and exchange of research, development, and applications on all topics related to Innovation and Education.

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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