The Open University

The Open University (OU, www.open.ac.uk) is the world’s leading distance teaching university. Its mission is to promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. Two divisions of the Open University participate in the xDelia project: the OU Business School and the Institute of Education Technologies.

Open University Business School

The OUBS is the lead partner for the professional trading and private investment application domain

The Open University Business School (OUBS, http://oubs.open.ac.uk) is the largest business school in Europe and the largest MBA provider in the world having more than 30000 students and providing courses in 44 countries (http://oubs.open.ac.uk). Being highly regarded nationally and internationally for its quality and innovation of teaching, OUBS is one of an elite group of business schools to hold the prestigious triple accreditation by the international accrediting bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

Of key importance to the project is the internationally leading work on decision making of financial traders by the lead investigator at the OUBS. Their role centres on field research into trader and investor behaviour and performance and into the differences between novices and expert decision makers with a particular focus on emotions and emotion regulation. Moreover, the lead investigator will contribute his pedagogical expertise, especially in informal learning, to the project as a principal of the Centre for Practice-Based Professional Learning (CPBL, http://cetl.open.ac.uk/pbpl). The CPBL is dedicated to developing teaching and learning approaches which are particularly suited to the development of professional competence and expertise and which bring together academic and workplace learning.


Lead investigator:

Mark Fenton O’Creevy – m.p.fenton-ocreevy@open.ac.uk


Gareth Davies – gareth.davies@open.ac.uk

Mark Gaved – m.b.gaved@open.ac.uk

Dan Richards – d.w.richards@open.ac.uk

Institute of Educational Technology

The IET is the lead partner for participatory design and evaluation

The Institute of Educational Technology (IET, http://iet.open.ac.uk) works collaboratively with leading scholars in the UK and internationally, and promotes continued professional educational development for Higher Education practitioners. Associated with IET is the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Directed by Prof Eileen Scanlon, CREET is one of the leading education research units in the UK. It is an internationally respected centre of excellence, pursuing innovative and rigorous research that influences policy and practice. Of particular relevance to this project, is the work of the Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG, http://creet.open.ac.uk/groups/calrg), which has a particular reputation for its work on evaluation, accessibility and collaborative learning and more recently in mobile learning. Members of CALRG have been involved in evaluation and developing methods for evaluating learning technologies for many years. Also of relevance to xDelia as a possible delivery platform is SocialLearn, the Open University’s initiative to develop a related social networking site with a focus on learning. It is being constructed around an open API, which will let any third party application write to the system. This allows users to construct a Personal Learning Environment, consisting of the tools of their choice.


Lead investigator:

Gráinne Conole – g.c.conole@open.ac.uk

Eileen Scanlon – e.scanlon@open.ac.uk


Gill Clough – g.m.clough@open.ac.uk