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Background and Aims

EATING was founded in 1999 as the focus for research and teaching interests in the Faculty of Technology around education and educational technology. A number of individuals were writing papers and performing research in this area, and more had an enthusiasm and interest in it, so the the group was formed to act as a focus for these activities and a forum for discussion.

The aims of the group are:

  1. To promote the dissemination of ideas and information regarding educational research, educational technology and related issues within the Faculty.
  2. To promote research into teaching and learning about technology, and into technologies that support teaching and learning, within higher education.
  3. To provide a focus for contact with other units within the OU, such as KMI, IET, FELS, and external bodies who may have an interest in this field.

How we function

The group meets on an approximately bi-monthly basis. Most meetings are based around a presentation from one of the members of EATING on a topic of their choice. The presentations are informal, and are a useful means of exploring issues of interest and discussing these with colleagues. Many of these presentations have been used as the basis for developing journal or conference papers.


Research activities are carried out under the remit of the Technology and Education Research Group which is hosted in the Department of Communication and Systems.