Research Workshop, Oxford – EDENRW8

Denise Whitelock, Alison Twiner, John T. E. Richardson, The Open University, Debora Field, Stephen Pulman, University of Oxford, United Kingdom: Feedback on Academic Essay Writing through Pre-Emptive Hints ? Moving Towards ?Advice for Action
Sharon Slade, The Open University, United Kingdom, Paul Prinsloo, University of South Africa, South Africa:  Student Perspectives on the Use of Their Data: Between Intrusion, Surveillance and Care


There were two papers that stood out from all the rest. One was an extremely well conducted, classic, quasi-experimental, quantitative study, that resulted in significant findings that have immediate applicability in the field of online distance learning and indeed beyond. The other raised issues critical to the development of the use of Big Data for learning analytics. Using student consultation through forums and content analysis the authors identified a number of critical policy issues that organizations will need to address. This is a critical area for any online programs or institutions with access to very large student or participant data sets.

As a jury we found ourselves comparing an apple to an orange. They both tasted good, so we decided unanimously to share this year?s award between the two papers.


The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning and is supported by a Jury, approved by the EDEN Executive Committee.

Members of the Jury:

Tony Bates, Chair of the Jury, President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, Canada;
Gila Kurtz, Head ICT and Learning, The College for Academic Studies, Israel & representing EDEN Executive Committee;
Gill Kirkup, Honorary Associate, IET, OUUK & Editor of Open Learning;
Alexandra M. Pickett, Director, Open SUNY Center for Excellence in Online Teaching, State University of New York, USA;
Ulrich Bernath & Thomas Hülsmann, Trustees and Directors of the U.B. Foundation, Germany.

See the Nominated Finalists by clicking here.