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OU to play lead role in new Institute of Coding

Institute of Coding at the OU

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 comprised of £20 million from HEFCE and a further £20 million in matched funding.

KMi’s Professor John Domingue, is Project lead at The Open University. Together with School of Computing and Communications in the OU STEM faculty, John will lead the first theme on university learning, to influence computer science teaching in universities nationally. John said:

“We are extremely excited to be playing a leading role within the Institute of Coding as there is a fabulous fit between our values and expertise and the goals of this enterprise. As the leaders of Theme 1 University Learners we will use our extensive know-how in delivering high quality learning at scale to address the current skills gaps in new and emerging areas such as Data Science and Cyber Security.

We will also lead on educational innovations based around our cutting-edge work in learning analytics and the application of blockchains to higher education teaching.

We are all eager to apply our know-how of working at national scale and to deploy our innovative technology for the benefit of learners and industry associated with the digital arena and believe that Institute of Coding will prove to be transformative for this important UK sector.”

This is great news and essential to tackle the skills shortage in coding. By 2022, we need half a million skilled computer scientist – three times more than were generated in the last 10 years!

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- November 18, 2018

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- November 17, 2018

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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

Lecturer in Computing and Communications

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
£32,548 – £38,833, Ref: 15087
Based in Milton Keynes
Application closing date: Monday 12 November, 2018 – 12:00.

You will be a member of the Open University team, comprising academics and technology specialists in data science, cyber security, learning analytics and distributed ledger technologies, who are leading the “University Learners” theme of the Institute of Coding (https://instituteofcoding.open.ac.uk/).  The Institute is a hugely exciting new national venture to try to address the digital skills gap: equipping learners of all disciplines to fulfil their potential in the digital economy and meet employment needs. You will be a key part of the development and of the OU’s contributions to this initiative.

You will be a major contributor to the design and trial of a world-class infrastructure to support the teaching at a distance of a variety of Computing subjects, including data science, programming, cyber security and robotics. The infrastructure will allow the easy creation and update of virtual environments with the necessary software for each module, integrate with the teaching materials and learning analytics on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and allow students to work synchronously with peers and tutors in an online programming lab.

You will work with academic colleagues, and with the teams in IT and the STEM Faculty that maintain the IT and VLE infrastructure, developed the award-winning OpenSTEM Labs (https://ounews.co/science-mct/openstem-labs-wins-outstanding-digital-innovation-of-the-year-award/) and the OU’s learning analytics platform.

You will have a passion for technology-enhanced teaching of Computing and Communications and for developing any necessary technology, in addition to having expertise in a particular Computing and Communications subject.

For more information about the post visit: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/lecturer-computing-and-communications-15087