Gráinne Conole is Professor of learning innovation and Director of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance at the University of Leicester. She was previously Professor of E-Learning in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. Her research interests include the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and the impact of technologies on organisational change. She heads up a new research strand of activity within IET: ‘Learning in an Open World”. Two of her current areas of interest are how learning design can help in creating more engaging learning activities and on Open Educational Resources research. Updates on current research and reflections on e-learning research generally can be found on her blog www.e4innovation.com.
She has extensive research, development and project management experience across the educational and technical domains; funding sources have included the EU, HEFCE, ESRC, JISC and commercial sponsors). She serves on and chairs a number of national and international advisory boards, steering groups, committees and international conference programmes. She has published and presented nearly 1000 conference proceedings, workshops and articles, including the use and evaluation of learning technologies and She was co-editor of the RoutledgeFalmer book ‘Contemporary perspectives on e-learning research’ and has just submitted a book entitled: ‘Designing for learning in an open world’ to Springer.