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Pedagogic Research at Brookes

Archived research projects

£20,000, February - July 2012
Funded under the Academy/JISC Open Educational Resources programme. In May and June 2012, the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) at Oxford Brookes University ran one of the UK’s very first MOOCs: First Steps in Learning and Teaching, also known as #fslt12. The course was targeted at new lecturers, PhD students who teach, and people moving into HE from industry. Over 200 people signed up, 60 participated throughout the 6 weeks that the course ran, and 14 undertook the assessment and received a certificate. Participants were international, from 24 different countries including Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, as well as many European countries, and the US. FSLT12 emphasised open practice and produced a library of open educational resources (OERs) supporting the new lecturers curriculum, all of which are freely available on RADAR, the Oxford Brookes institutional repository; find them at and the OCSLD YouTube channel.
Project team: George Roberts, Marion Waite, Jenny Mackness, Joe Rosa, Liz Lovegrove, Sylvia Currie.

£28,809, September 2008 - August 2011
The CURLIEW (Coventry University Research into Learning in Immersive Educational Worlds) project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust (£513, 310) to investigate conceptions of and decisions about the way in which teaching and learning manifests itself at the socio-political boundaries of reality. The study is led by Professor Maggi Savin-Baden, Coventry University, and focuses on the exploration of three main themes: students' experiences of learning in immersive worlds, pedagogical design and learner identity.
Project team at Brookes: Frances Deepwell

£400,000, Oct 2008 - March 2011
The "Create" project provides Support, Synthesis and Benefits Realisation services to the JISC Institutional Innovation Programme and its constituent projects. The programme currently has over 40 projects in three phases (see The projects are aimed at supporting existing institutional strategies by providing solutions to institution-wide problems, based upon proven practices, technologies, standards and services.
Project team co-ordinator: George Roberts

SLiDA: Supporting Learners in a Digital Age
£30,000, March – Nov 2010
This JISC funded project investigated how institutions are creating and enabling opportunities that promote the development of effective learning in a digital age. The main deliverables of the study are 10 institutional case studies and a final report with recommendations for further and higher education on how to develop effective institution-wide strategies and practices which better support effective learners in a digital age. There is an opportunity here to build capacity in researching learners' needs and experiences. The project team are working collaboratively with each institution to assess what evidence they have available and what further evaluations they could conduct. Go to the SLiDA site.
Project team: Rhona Sharpe, Greg Benfield, Judy Hardy, Shalni Gulati

CABLE Transfer
£10,000, January - July 2008
Funded by the Higher Education Academy. OCSLD was approached by the CABLE Transfer project at the University of Hertfordshire to undertake the evaluation for this project. The projects aims to embed blended learning into the curriculum through a series of workshops and events for four UK Universities. The evaluation examined documents from project reports and websites, undertook observation at CABLE events and conducted interviews with the project team and team leaders from each of the participating institutions. The evaluation was undertaken in the spirit of positive appreciation, where the strengths and unique characteristics of developments are drawn out and important lessons highlighted.
Project team: Greg Benfield and Jacqueline Dempster.

Higher Education Academy E-learning Research Observatory Consultation
£30,000, Sept 2007 - March 2008
The HE Academy is setting up a research observatory, and e-learning will be its one of the first strands of activity. OCSLD is leading a landscaping study to inform the observatory. This will include consultation with practitioners, key stakeholders and e-learning experts about e.g. whether and how they use e-learning research, overview of existing research observatories, overview of key sources of e-learning research. We will be making recommendations on the process for identifying, gathering and disseminating resources to the sector at the end of March 2008. Here is the project website.
Project team: Rhona Sharpe, Greg Benfield, Helen Beetham.

£400,000, March 2007 - 2009
Emerge is the support project for the JISC Users and Innovation Programme. The aim of the Emerge Project is to support the JISC's forming of an "effective and sustainable community of practice" around the Users and Innovation Development Model. The community will play a formative role in owning and refining the approach and providing heuristics on the use of the method. There was an article on EMERGE in Teaching News.
Contact George Roberts, OCSLD at Also see the table of Emerge Appreciative Inquiry activities.

Learner Experiences of e-learning Support & Synthesis
£120,000, March 2007 - 2009
Funded by the JISC E-learning and Pedagogy Programme. Partnered with Ellen Lessner of Level Learning, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education and Helen Beetham, this project will support the seven research projects funded under Phase 2 of the Learner Experiences of e-learning strand and synthesise and disseminate their work.
Project team: Rhona Sharpe, Ellen Lessner, Greg Benfield, Helen Beetham, EtaDeCicco.
Contact Rhona Sharpe on

Learning Environments project funded by the JISC (March 2007-2009). The project will explore the organisational, cultural, procedural and technical challenges in creating a singular repository to fulfil the roles usually provided by discrete Learning Object Management, Open Archive and scholarly repository systems. For further details please contact Stuart Brown, Deputy Director of Learning Resources & Head of CIS

Programme Assessment Strategies
Oxford Brookes is a partner in this project which is funded by the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowships Projects. More details at

Pathfinder project
£170,000, Sept 2006 - May 2008
Oxford Brookes University was funded by the Higher Education Academy for a pilot e-learning project called Pathfinder. The name reflects the project aim: to encourage institutions to 'find a path' by which other institutions can establish sustainable and integrated approaches to e-learning. There was an article on Pathfinder in Teaching News.
Contact George Roberts, OCSLD at

Benchmarking project
When the Higher Education Academy launched a national e-learning benchmarking exercise in support of HEFCE's e-Learning Strategy, Oxford Brookes University was selected by the Academy as among Britain's 12 leading e-learning universities when it was included in the pilot phase of the project. For further details please contact George Roberts, OCSLD at

The undergraduate experience of blended e-learning
(2006) A team from Brookes was funded by the Higher Education Academy to review UK literature and practice relating to the undergraduate experience of blended learning. For further details see the HEA website or contact Rhona Sharpe, OCSLD at

myWORLD - Wider Opportunities for Reflection, Learning and Development
The effective use of ePortfolios to support reflection can enrich learning and teaching and can help widen access and increase participation in education. myWORLD seeks to identify the issues which need to be addressed in order to offer effective regional, cross-institutional eLearning systems and services. For further details please contact George Roberts, OCSLD at

Personal ePortfolios for Teaching and Learning (Petal)
(2004-5) Petal was funded under the JISC Distributed eLearning Tools Programme to produce a general e-portfolio tool for lifelong learning based on the Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI) and the Certified Member of ALT scheme. For further details please contact George Roberts, OCSLD at

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