Professor Alan Tait is Professor Emeritus with the Open University UK, with multiple international involvements including with EDEN and the ICDE. This interview took place following Alan’s keynote at the 2018 EDEN conference in Genoa, outside on a hot Italian afternoon.
Interview: https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/003-Alan-Tait-Final.mp3 | recorded June 2018
Alan’s profile: Alan Tait is Emeritus Professor of Distance Education and Development at the Open University UK. From 2013-2015 Alan was Director of International Development and Teacher Education, and before that was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the Open University UK 2007-2012, and from 2004-2007 Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. He was Editor of the European Journal of Distance and E Learning (EURODL) 2005-2013, was from 1989-1998 Editor of Open Learning, was President of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) from 2007-2010, and Co-Director of the Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning 1988-2013. In 2012 Alan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics, and appointed Visiting Senior Online Consultant at the Open University of China in 2013. Alan is founding Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Learning for Development (www.jl4d.org), produced from the Commonwealth of Learning; Visiting Professor, Amity University, India; Distinguished Visiting Professor Open University of Hong Kong; Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London; Visiting Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark 2012-2016; senior member of St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, and transformation advisor for the Commonwealth of Learning at Botswana Open University 2011-2016.
Alan holds degrees from the Universities of Cambridge, London, and The Open University. He has worked widely in developing countries, and for international organisations such as UNESCO, the European Commission, and the Commonwealth of Learning. Recent publications include ‘From Distance learning to open education: continuities and discontinuities’, in Journal of Learning for Development (2018); Open Universities: Past, Present and Future’, in Journal of the Asian Association of Open Universities (2018), ‘European leaders in Distance and E-learning’, in Journal of Learning for Development 2017; ‘The Lifelong Learning University of the Future’, in Cendon, E., Mörth, A. & Pellert, A. (Hrsg.), Theorie und Praxis verzahnen – Lebenslanges Lernen an Hochschulen; ‘Student Success, putting the learner at the heart of the system’, ICDE, Oslo 2015; ‘Enriching our Students’ Lives’, in Explorations in Adult Higher /Education, Fall, Number 3, Voices that shape our Vision, pp 16-20 2014 ; Open Universities and innovation in Higher Education, in Bischoff F/Prang B (Hrsg), Weiterbildung und Lebenslanges Lernen an Hochschulen, Internationale Impulse für das deutsche Hochschulwesen; ‘From place to virtual space: reconfiguring student support for distance and e-learning in the digital age’, in Open Praxis, 2014; Distance and E Learning, Social Justice and Development: ‘The relevance of the Capacity Approach to the mission of open universities’, in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013. Other publications can be found at www.researchgate.net. Alan has given keynote lectures in a range of places, most notably in 2014 the Asa Briggs Commemoration lecture at the Commonwealth of Learning Pan-Commonwealth Forum, Abuja, Nigeria.
Major works: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alan_Tait
In his interview, Alan mentions the late Roger Mills: http://www.eden-online.org/roger-mills-passed-away/
Associate Professor Dirk Tempelaar teaches mathematics and economics at Maastricht University. Dirk’s teaching makes extensive use of analytics, and his research examines the use of student-facing analytics and learning motivation. Dirk’s classroom is very much his laboratory and he generously shares his journey in this episode. We talked via Skype. Interview: https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/017-Dirk-Tempelaar-Final.mp3 | recorded February 2019 Dirk’s online profile: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/d.tempelaar/research Recent interviews: PBLLA18 Week 3: Live Online meeting with expert Dirk Tempelaar on 2018-12-06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urHZZe8WFJQLACE interview with Dirk Tempelaar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy7DPYKeEY4 Nominated work (free to access): Tempelaar, D., Rienties, B., & Nguyen, Q. (2017). Towards actionable learning analytics using dispositions. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 10(1), 6-16. https://doi.org/10.1109/TLT.2017.2662679 Nominated works (may require purchase): Tempelaar, D., Rienties, B., Mittelmeier, J., & Nguyen, Q. (2018). Student profiling in a dispositional learning analytics application using formative assessment. Computers in Human Behavior, 78, 408-420. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.08.010Tempelaar, D. T., Rienties, B. C., & Giesbers, B. (2015). In search for the most informative data for feedback generation: Learning analytics in a data-rich context. Computers in Human Behavior, 47, 157-167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.05.038 ...
Professor Peter Taylor is making the most of online education as an organic chemist. His story reveals how computer assisted learning has changed his practice over the years, and the timeless value of taking an educational approach. We talked in the Jennie Lee building at The Open University UK. Interview:| https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/011-Peter-Taylor-Final.mp3 recorded December 2018 Peter’s online profile: http://stem.open.ac.uk/people/pgt3 l Nominated works: An article about plagiarism and good academic conduct in the online world: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19661899An article about delivering medicinal chemistry as an online course: https://www.future-science.com/doi/pdf/10.4155/fmc.14.51A debate about multidisciplinary learning versus single subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY6PcqSuBKoSome resources around the Periodic Table: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/chemistry/elements-the-periodic-tableThe chemistry of Sherry: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/chemistry/sherry-not-just-christmas Additional books and articles: H. Cooke, A. Lane and P. G. Taylor, Open by Degrees: A Case of Flexibility or Personalization, in Enhancing Education Through Open Degree Programs and Prior Learning Assessment, Ed: C N. Stevenson, IGI Global, Hershey, 2018, 128-149E. Heeley, Y. El Aziz, C. Ellingford, A. Jetybayeva, C. Wan, E. Crabb, P. G. Taylor and A. R Bassindale; Self assembly of fluoride-encapsulated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanocrystals, CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 710 – 723.V. V. Negrebetsky, E. P. Kramarova, A. G. Shipov, Y. I. Baukov, A. A. Korlyukov, D. E. Arkhipov, A. R. Bassindale, P. G. Taylor and S. Yu. Bylikin; Synthesis, Structures and Stereodynamic Behavior of Pentacoordinate (O→Si)-Chelate Difluoro(methyl)silylmethyl Derivatives of Amides and Imides, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2018, 872, 31-39.v ...
Professor Paul Prinsloo is Professor of Business Management with the University of South Africa, with a broad distance education background in administration, instructional design and more recently as an academic. His research is concerned with the student experience, the ethics of learning analytics and student supervision. Interview: https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/019-Paul-Prinsloo-Final.mp3 | recorded March 2019 Paul’s online profile: https://opendistanceteachingandlearning.wordpress.com/about/ Paul’s blog: https://opendistanceteachingandlearning.wordpress.com/ Nominated works (free to access): Prinsloo, P. (2018). Include us all! Directions for the adoption of learning analytics in the Global South: An African perspective. Digital Learning for Development (DL4D). Available at: http://dl4d.org/portfolio-items/learning-analytics-for-the-global-south/ Prinsloo, P. (2017). Recognising African leaders in distance education. Journal of Learning for Development 4(2), 104-118. Retrieved from http://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/download/225/209 Prinsloo, P. (2017). Guidelines on the ethical use of student data: A draft narrative framework. Retrieved from https://www.siyaphumelela.org.za/documents/5a61c7b737ff5.pdf Prinsloo, P., & Slade, S. (2017). Student vulnerability and agency in networked, digital learning. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning. http://www.eurodl.org/?p=special&sp=articles&inum=8 Slade, S., & Prinsloo, P. (2013). Learning analytics: Ethical issues and dilemmas. American Behavioral Scientist 57(1), 1509–1528. Retrieved fromhttp://oro.open.ac.uk/36594/ Twitter: @14prinsp ...