Vision for Innovation at The Open University Will Woods  1 st  December 2008
Global Engagement <ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen position as an international player </li></ul><ul><li>...
Quality Research <ul><li>Innovative Research and Development programme </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research programme to reg...
ambient, mobile, ubiquitous, pervasive technology and learning
Flexible Infrastructure <ul><li>Make improvements to basic infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Move to a “commoditisation” mo...
Develop Competitive Skills <ul><li>Ensure robust Professional Development programme </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory programme ...
Connect with Industry and Communities <ul><li>Develop better networks with industry (for work based training, partnering, ...
Connect Internally <ul><li>Improve cross-organisational communication </li></ul><ul><li>Join up common research areas and ...
Adapt Curriculum <ul><li>Explore new subjects and programmes to meet more specific training and upskilling needs (respond ...
Web 2.0 and Research 2.0  <ul><li>Think perpetual beta, constantly improving…  </li></ul>
Web 2.0 …  …Research 2.0 Tim O’Reilly (2005) What is Web 2.0? http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/...
Enterprise Level Innovation <ul><li>Student Experience and Broadcast Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Use Enterprise Projects as...
Build on Best Practise <ul><li>Explore what other organisations are providing </li></ul><ul><li>Improve quality through bu...
The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology
Yesterday’s  =  Today’s   Hot Stuff  Boredom <ul><li>Simon Wardley (Future of Web Apps Conference 2008) </li></ul>
<ul><li>www.open.ac.uk </li></ul>Will Woods Senior Learning and Teaching Technologies Manager
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  • The Labs are at the heart of a new £19M HEFCE funded building project, called Jennie Lee Building. The building uses the latest technologies in its design. It will be home to the Institute of Educational Technology and the Computing department.
  • The attitude of Web2.0 – the permanent beta culture – seems now to also be needed in the research arena. Reflecting on how we have operated in recent research projects such as OpenLearn suggests that we could match the now classic patterns of Web2.0 to a Research 2.0 that we need to support in and beyond the lab. This is very challenging and we are open to suggestions.
  • We explore a range of interaction that is broader than keyboard and mouse. There is an increasingly diverse number of tools and methods for interaction and this makes the capturing and research of these areas very challenging.
  • Lio Presentation 12 08

    1. 1. Vision for Innovation at The Open University Will Woods 1 st December 2008
    2. 2. Global Engagement <ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen position as an international player </li></ul><ul><li>Explore new and emerging markets </li></ul>
    3. 3. Quality Research <ul><li>Innovative Research and Development programme </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research programme to regularise research into the University </li></ul><ul><li>Use new research facilities to best advantage… </li></ul>
    4. 4. ambient, mobile, ubiquitous, pervasive technology and learning
    5. 5. Flexible Infrastructure <ul><li>Make improvements to basic infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Move to a “commoditisation” model – services approach </li></ul><ul><li>Build flexible approaches to accreditation and enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing - building on existing third party infrastructure (MS, Amazon S3 etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve mechanisms for tracking, feedback and QA </li></ul>
    6. 6. Develop Competitive Skills <ul><li>Ensure robust Professional Development programme </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory programme of skills development for academic and academic-related staff </li></ul><ul><li>Improve mechanisms for embedding innovation into production lifecycle (e.g. Learning Design) including training and support </li></ul>
    7. 7. Connect with Industry and Communities <ul><li>Develop better networks with industry (for work based training, partnering, services) </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with local and global communities, act as hub for communities such as OER </li></ul>
    8. 8. Connect Internally <ul><li>Improve cross-organisational communication </li></ul><ul><li>Join up common research areas and Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>Create “process action team” culture (theme based team working) </li></ul><ul><li>Build networks of knowledge </li></ul>
    9. 9. Adapt Curriculum <ul><li>Explore new subjects and programmes to meet more specific training and upskilling needs (respond to credit crunch and ELQ) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve turnaround time for course production, cut bureaucracy </li></ul><ul><li>Embed technology (where appropriate) to reduce production overheads </li></ul>
    10. 10. Web 2.0 and Research 2.0 <ul><li>Think perpetual beta, constantly improving… </li></ul>
    11. 11. Web 2.0 … …Research 2.0 Tim O’Reilly (2005) What is Web 2.0? http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html <ul><li>Spot “random” events </li></ul><ul><li>Build patterns from data </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is a researcher </li></ul><ul><li>Be useful to get data </li></ul><ul><li>Openness whenever possible </li></ul><ul><li>Make guesses along the way </li></ul><ul><li>The user can start anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>The user can connect from anything </li></ul><ul><li>The Long Tail </li></ul><ul><li>Data is the Next Intel Inside </li></ul><ul><li>Users Add Value </li></ul><ul><li>Network Effects by Default </li></ul><ul><li>Some Rights Reserved </li></ul><ul><li>The Perpetual Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate, Don't Control </li></ul><ul><li>Software Above the Level of a Single Device </li></ul>
    12. 12. Enterprise Level Innovation <ul><li>Student Experience and Broadcast Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Use Enterprise Projects as platforms for innovation (OpenLearn, Social:learn) </li></ul><ul><li>Embed output from CETL’s </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype using low density, high technology enabled student groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Use different methodologies: Innovation v Service </li></ul><ul><li>Use applied research funding (JISC) to help with developing small projects for OU benefit </li></ul>
    13. 13. Build on Best Practise <ul><li>Explore what other organisations are providing </li></ul><ul><li>Improve quality through building a rich services layer </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what our students really want, don’t assume anything…. </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology
    15. 15. Yesterday’s = Today’s Hot Stuff Boredom <ul><li>Simon Wardley (Future of Web Apps Conference 2008) </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>www.open.ac.uk </li></ul>Will Woods Senior Learning and Teaching Technologies Manager

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