Dr Wayne Holmes is a Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK, where he is PI on two projects (Data-informed Learning Design for Future Schools and Technology-enhanced Personalised Learning) and Co-I on two EU funded projects (TeSLA and CODUR). He has been involved in education and educational technology for more than 25 years, receiving his Ph.D. in Education (Learning and  Technology) from the University of Oxford. He also has degrees in Philosophy (MA) and  Education (MSc Oxon). His research interests are in the learning sciences, AIED,  formative feedback, ethics and educational technologies and design-based research.

Dr Duygu Bektik is a postdoctoral research associate in the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK. Over the last 10 years, she has been studying in the fields of computer science, instructional technologies, and education. She holds BA (1st) and MA (1st) degrees in Computer and Instructional Technology Teacher Education from the Bilkent University, Turkey, MSc (Distinction) in Software Engineering from University of Southampton, UK and a Ph.D. in Learning Analytics from the Open University, UK. Her current research looks at the relationship between humans and machines and ways of resolving the ongoing tensions around ethical issues.

Professor Denise Whitelock has over twenty years’ experience in designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education. She is Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning in the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, where she leads the UK’s contribution to the EU-funded TeSLA and CODUR projects. Recently, she has completed the SAFeSEA project, the aim of which was to provide an effective automated interactive feedback system for university students writing essays in a distance or e-learning context. Her work has received international recognition, and she holds visiting chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai.

Professor Beverly Park Woolf, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Director of the Center for Knowledge Communication. Her research focuses on building systems to effectively train, explain and advise users. Extended multimedia capabilities are integrated with knowledge about the user, domain and dialogue to produce real-time performance support and on-demand advisory and tutoring systems. The tutoring systems use intelligent interfaces, inferencing mechanisms, cognitive models and modifiable software to improve a computer’s communicative abilities. These systems have been tested with learners, trainers and deployed in education and industry. College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts


Maria Stott is a Research Manager IET/openTEL: Learning and Teaching Innovation Portfolio