Open University Computing Department
Welcome to Computing at the Open University
Head of Department: Dr Michel Wermelinger
We are a large, thriving department with an active research programme and a deep commitment to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In keeping with the Open University's position as the world leader in distance education, we see the Department's development in the context of international excellence in research and teaching using Supported Open Learning and Distance Teaching techniques.
The Computing Department is part of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, and comprises over 42 central academic members of staff and 10 academic staff based at regional centres around the UK. It is also home for a number of research fellows, visiting researchers and both full-time and part-time research students.
The main interests for both teaching and research currently lie in the areas of software engineering, human-computer interaction, intelligent systems, and informatics education and computational linguistics.
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30 May 2013Introduction to the Aldebaran Robotics NAO Humanoid Robot
Robotics is an exciting, energetic and fast growing industry and indeed one that perfectly illustrates the symbiotic relationship between Science, Technology,
6 June 2013Exploring Inductive Logic Programming to support Automatic Marking
Automatic, online assessment is valuable for students, who can receive immediate feedback on their progress.
27 June 2013Transitions in Kitchen Living : the Past, the Present and The Future
Across the life course, the kitchen can be a central hub of activity. Long discussed as a gendered space, in ageing populations, the kitchen provides a perfect case study for re-considering press-competence,
18 July 2013"Site Reliability Engineering and Data at Google"
In this talk we look at the problem of storing user data when you need to scale to hundreds of millions of users across the planet but respond within a quarter of a second to a query.
25 July 2013Stefan Foell
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3 October 2013Scaling Agile Methods to Regulated Environments: An Industry Case Study
Agile development methods are growing in popularity with a recent survey reporting that more than 80% of organizations now following an agile approach. Agile methods were seen initially as best suited to small, co-located teams developing non-critical systems.
6 February 2014"The uptake and use of digital technologies in two schools working in a 1:1 computer initiative".
he uptake and use of digital technologies in the classroom is studied in Unos Umeň, a joint One-to-One (1:1) project between Umeň University and the municipality of Umeň in Sweden. The aim of this 1:1 project is to observe, illustrate and examine how learning practices are affected by the uptake and use of digital technologies.