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Joining the OU in the Spring of 1992, my initial projects were related to the transcription of course media for print-disabled students. I was a founder member of KMi when it was launched in 1995. I am now a web applications developer using PHP and mySQL, writing custom code or extensions for open source CMS like Drupal or Wordpress.

I am particularly interested in the application of mobile technology to teaching and learning in remote locations. My most recent projects have included a photo and audio blog for L204, a second level Spanish language course which made custom use of Google Maps for location data http://cnm.open.ac.uk/projects/santiago. I was also part of the team for ERA - the use of wireless networking technology to make geology field trips accessible to disabled and/or remote students.

I built the website that hosts the Open University's immensely popular podcast service http://podcast.open.ac.uk and continue to maintain the OU's webcast hosting system STADIUM. I have been involved in four EU-funded projects related to language teaching and inter-cultural competence.

Outreach projects include collaboration with the Halle Orchestra and the Field Studies Council. I worked on Making The News (a web-based news system being used in schools nation-wide http://mtn.e2bn.net), ROSTRA, CLUTCH, CABER, VDC, MK Schools OnLine and the citischool project (teaching for kids who dropped out of mainstream education in the Milton Keynes area).

I have also created web applications for the OU's Research School including PhDSkills http://phdskills.open.ac.uk (to track the progress of all PhD students at the OU) and the Research Diary http://research-diary.open.ac.uk. I both judge and run the online part of the annual research students' poster competition where new PhD students show off their projects.

In 2008 I was a recipient of two OU Teaching Awards, for my role in T189 'Digital photography: creating and sharing better images' http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/t189.htm and as part of the ERA team. I received a third Teaching Award in 2014 for my part in webcasting the Student Connections conference.

From June 2016 I have joined KMi's blockchain development team where we are looking at the areas of micro-accreditation, badges, educational currency and academic reputation currency.

Keys: PHP, mySQL, JavaScript, Ajax, photography, audio, recording, webcasting, geotagging, geocoding, Google maps, API, wireless, mobiles, blogging, moblogging, audio blogging, photo blogging, video, remote working, social networks, renewable energy, blockchain


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Dovrolis, N., Stefanut, T., Dietze, S., Yu, H.Q., Valentine, C. and Kaldoudi, E. (2011) Semantic Annotation and Linking of Medical Educational Resources, 5th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE MBEC), Budapest, Hungary

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Kelley, P., Tindle, D., Anand, D., Whalley, P., Hogan, P., Valentine, C., Pillinger, P., Gibson, E. and Schwenzer, S. (2011) The Open University-NASA Apollo Virtual Microscope - a tool for Education and Outreach, Poster at 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, USA

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Wild, F., Valentine, C. and Scott, P. (2010) Shifting Interests: Changes in the Lexical Semantics of ED-MEDIA, International Journal on E-Learning, Chesapeake, VA, 9, 4, pp. 549-562, AACE

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Davies, S., Collins, T., Gaved, M., , J., Valentine, C. and McCann, L. (2010) Enabling remote activity: using mobile technology for remote participation in geoscience fieldwork, Proc. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 (EGU 2010), Vienna, Austria

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Comas-Quinn, A., Mardomingo, R. and Valentine, C. (2009) Mobile blogs in language learning: making the most of informal and situated learning opportunities, ReCALL, 21, 1, pp. 96-112, European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning

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ERA (Enabling Remote Activity): A KMi designed system to support remote participation by mobility disabled students in geology field trips
Techreport ID: kmi-06-15
Date: 2006
Author(s): Mark Gaved, Lewis McCann, Chris Valentine

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Senior Research Fellow

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
£49,772 to £55,998
Based in Milton Keynes
Permanent position

The post is intended to strengthen the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) international research reputation and in particular we are interested in candidates who can pursue a robust...


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