Research course

Technology Enhanced Learning

Open University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Cluster is located within the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Students in this cluster will be members of the Institute of Educational Technology.

Research interests in the TEL Cluster include Open Educational Resources (OER), citizen science, inquiry learning, participatory learning, accessibility of learning systems, learning design, technology-enhanced assessment, mobile learning, game-based learning, learning analytics, informal learning, social learning Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), professional and organisational learning, and understanding the changing experience of distance learning. Our expertise in these fields is world renowned and our researchers carry out exciting projects funded by organisations such as The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, Nominet Trust, and the UK Research Councils. IET has a strong background in linking research and practice, directly influencing OU teaching, and providing expertise for FutureLearn. In 2013 IET was granted the first ever Regius Professorship in Open Education to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Students’ research will be within one of the Institute’s three Research and Innovation programmes:

  • Innovating Pedagogy
  • Learning in an Open World
  • Learning Analytics.

Department specialisms

Effective design for learning Openness in education Massive open online learning New forms of digital scholarship and discourse Mobile learning enabled by portable and handheld devices Technology adoption and emergent innovative practice among teachers and learners Understanding the changing experience of distance learning Higher education practice: student retention, student support, quality enhancement, and academic development Disciplinary teaching, learning, writing and assessment Citizen science and inquiry-based learning Participatory learning Accessibility of learning systems Learning analytics Technology-enhanced assessment Scholarship of teaching and learning

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months


part time
36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mrs Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 655364