Category Archives: Visitors

Royal visit to the OU

HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew visited the OU visit1-smyesterday, with his visit being hosted in the Jennie Lee Building where I work.

The Duke has been keen to find out more about the University’s innovative work after hearing Martin Bean (our Vice-Chancellor) interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme when FutureLearn was launched in December last year.

During the visit, the Duke took part in a round-table discussion with graduates and industry partners. He also viewed some interactive demonstrations of our innovative educational technologies, as well as speaking to OU colleagues and some of our current students.

Sadly I wasn’t one of the honoured few who got to meet our Royal visitor but he seemed to enjoy his time spent at the OU. He was especially engaged by discussions with OU staff at the OpenScience Laboratory stand and he took a particular interest in our Accessibility stand (he is patron of several organisations to support blind and deaf people, and is keen to see technology doing as much as it can to help out).

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Visitors from Singapore

Meeting with Singapore visitorsIET recently hosted a visit from members of the Ministry of Education (Educational Technology Division) in Singapore: Dr Victor Lim, Mdm Soon Hong Lim, Mr Jeffrey Looi and Mdm Jean Phua. They were keen to talk to the authors of the Innovating Pedagogy 2012 report, including myself and Rebecca Ferguson (shown in the photo to the right). They met with a number of academics within IET and discussed several topics, including assessment and learning analytics.