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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


Open University in £40m campaign to create more computer scientists

The Open University in Milton Keynes is at the heart of a £40 million drive by the Government to help train more computer scientists. It is leading one of the five main themes – on university learners – being addressed at the new Institute of Coding. Source: Business Weekly


John Domingue – The Future of Education

Professor John Domingue, Director of the OU’s Knowledge Media Institute, discusses developments in technology which he sees impacting on education in the long and short term as part of our ‘future of education’ campaign.


Stem vital to UK’s future cybersecurity

The education system should not be expected to 'anticipate the range of specialist skills' needed in 20 years time. Developing children’s interest in Stem subjects and increasing apprenticeships is vital for addressing the UK’s “alarming” cybersecurity skills gap, a major new report has said. Source: Tes. For teaching


Digital Needs 518,000 Workers by 2020 – Will an Institute of Coding Help?

Last January Prime Minister Theresa May pledged £20 million to the creation of an Institute of Coding that would train the next generation of digital specialists. Her government’s pledge of £20 million was matched with another £20 million from companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Cisco. At the time of the announcement, Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: “A world-class pipeline of digital skills are essential to the UK’s ability to shape our future,” and that the “Institute of Coding will play a central role in this.” Source: CBR - Computer Business Review


IT jobs: Tackling the looming digital skills gap

According to a report by Tech Nation, over 50 percent of the UK's digital tech businesses say they are facing a shortage of skilled workers. What can we do about it? A new organisation, the Institute of Coding (IoC), plans to do something about it. ZDNet talked to the director of the Institute, Rachid Hourizi, to see where his organisation plans to begin. Source: ZDNet


Government spend on data scientists show large increase

Dr. Rachid Hourizi, director, Institute of Coding also commented saying: “These findings illustrate that data scientists and their associated digital skills are very much in demand, both in government and industry. Unfortunately, the fact remains that as a nation we are not producing the numbers of qualified candidates that we should be, a trend which must be reversed immediately.” Source: GR - The Global Recruiter


The Youngest Coders are Getting Older

With computing only added to the curriculum four years ago, how has this happened? Source: CBR - Computer Business Review


Cardiff and Swansea universities get £1.2m coding cash

Two Welsh universities are to receive £1.2m towards expanding coding in schools, colleges and communities. Source: BBC News


London needs top coders to prevent losing out to global rivals

If Da Vinci were alive today, he would be learning to code says Decoded's Kathryn Parsons Source: Evening Standard


Learning is Earning 2026


The Blockchain Revolution: Will Universities Use It, Or Abuse It?

Web 3.0 could revolutionise the way higher education is delivered, but will it be used as a force for good, asks Martin Hall


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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