All posts by David Collien

I'm the Chief Technology Officer at OpenLearning (although I sometimes spell it as "Teachnology" to see if anyone notices). I love building things in software and tinkering with technology, but my real passion is in its cross-disciplinary applications in the arts and humanities. While my past preoccupations have been with building robotic artworks, I now study the intersection of educational theory and technology practice. I recently started learning how to embroider, but my embroidery style leans toward weaving in some functional electronics.

What does quality online education look like?

We know that a successful online course is one which fundamentally transforms the learner. Compare these classic classroom activities and their suitability for an online medium.

Why students’ full learning potential isn’t maximised in higher education (and what we’re doing about it)

OpenLearning aims to provide the solutions to assist higher education institutions to align with how students really learn.

What to look out for: disruption in the education space

As educators, it is important to take a step back and consider how the long march of technology continues to disrupt the way we learn, work and live. David Collien takes us through some of the ways that emerging online and mobile technologies have transformed teaching and learning.

10 engaging activity ideas to enhance interaction in your online course

Explore interactive activities you can create with our tools to keep students immersed and engaged in your courses.

Five tips to build a thriving social community on OpenLearning

Online learning shouldn’t be a ‘lonely’ experience. Check out these five tips on how to create a thriving social community on OpenLearning.