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Technology, communication and education

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The Technology and Education Research Group is based in the Communication and Systems Department within the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology. Members of the group investigate:

  • the use of technology for learning
  • the teaching and learning of technology.

Our research is informed by our own practice at The Open University, and draws on our very strong record of teaching innovation and the substantial expertise that we have established in this area. Not surprisingly, this has allowed us to develop a strong focus on learning via communication technologies.

The increasing prevalence of elearning, virtual learning environments and social approaches to learning mean that our work is central to current educational debates.

Qualifications available:

PhD and MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). See also our Master of Research (MRes) Educational Technology.

Potential research projects

  • Online communication and communities in education
  • New tools and technologies for online learning
  • Open educational resources
  • Educational applications of 3D virtual worlds and virtual reality
  • Techniques to facilitate practice-based learning
  • Assessment, technology and feedback
  • Computer-assisted learning

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Helen Donelan
  • Dr Giselle Ferreira
  • Mrs Wendy Fisher
  • Dr Karen Kear
  • Professor Andy Lane
  • Dr Nicky Moss
  • Dr Jon Rosewell
  • Dr Elaine Thomas
  • Dr Steve Walker
  • Mr John Woodthorpe

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Mrs Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 659301

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.