The Contributors

Dr Trevor Collins

Dr Trevor Collins

Dr Trevor Collins is a Research Fellow at the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute. Working in the area Technology-Enhanced Learning, his research focuses on participatory approaches to technology innovation and organisational change within education. He is particularly interested in design-based research, which engages stakeholders as collaborators in an activity-centred design process. His publications are listed at:

Professor Tom Crick

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Tom Crick is Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy (and Deputy Director of Enterprise) at Cardiff Metropolitan University; he is the Nesta Data Science Fellow, an HEA National Teaching Fellow and previously a Science Media Fellow with BBC Wales. His interests sit at the research/public policy interface, identifying data-driven and computationally-intensive problems across a range of domains, as well as science policy, STEM education and skills/infrastructure for the digital economy. You can find him at @ProfTomCrick or Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything.

Dr. Gareth Davies

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Dr Gareth Davies is a Research Associate at the Open University, UK. Through his post he leads on the evaluation of a school-university partnership initiative project and a community engagement project.  He is particularly interested in improving the quality of impact-evaluation for participatory design research projects carried out with a diverse range of communities. His publications are listed at:

Nicola Dowson

Nicola Dowson

Nicola Dowson is Library Services Manager for research support at the Open University Library. Her role involves working in partnership across the University to develop products and services that support the University’s research activity. She is particularly interested in developments in scholarly communication and their impact on how research is undertaken and communicated.

Carl Gombrich

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Carl Gombrich is Programme Director of UCL’s Arts and Sciences BASc degree. He has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002.
Carl writes and speaks on themes related interdisciplinarity and liberal arts and sciences. Recent engagements include keynotes at the Global Leaders in Arts and Sciences event at the Mori Arinori centre in Tokyo and for the HEA in the UK. His interests include the future of work, notions of expertise and the history of education. He is a member of the British Academy Working Group on Interdisciplinarity. He blogs at and is currently learning Mandarin in order to improve his understanding of education in China.

Professor Richard Holliman

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Dr Richard Holliman is Professor of Engaged Research at the Open University, UK. Through his teaching and engaged research he explores relationships between academic researchers and non-academic stakeholders. He is particularly interested in the interplay between digital technologies and different forms of knowledge and expertise, and how the practises of engagement shape and frame contemporary research. His publications are listed at:

Dr W. Ian O'Byrne

W. Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, and speaker. His research investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online spaces. Ian has been involved in initiatives ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices.

Dr John Oliver

Dr John Oliver
Dr John Oliver is an Associate Professor of Media Management and an experienced academic who has published in international media and business journals. As an executive trainer, he has delivered programmes in Media Strategy to directors, managers and producers from across the European audiovisual sectors. In the UK, he has delivered executive education to clients such as the BBC, ITV, Virgin Media, Sky, UKTV, Channel 4, FremantleMedia and Bell Pottinger. A former Deputy President, and current Executive Board Member, of the European Media Management Association, he contributes to the management of the association’s activities across 28 European countries.

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

Michael Parker is Technology Editor at The Conversation, an online commentary site mixing academic rigor with journalistic flair. A journalist and photographer, Michael has covered everything from crime to culture for British newspapers and magazines, and was formerly associate editor at The Big Issue in London before leaving to write North American travel guides. He founded an IT company specialising in Linux and open source software before entering journalism.

Christian Payne
Using mobile devices to document his surroundings, Christian Payne specialises in creative technology and communications. Talking training and documenting, Christian also consults internationally and likes to travel light, sharing stories in realtime.  He overshares on @Documentally and writes a newsletter which can be found at
Dr Vic Pearson


Dr Vic Pearson is a Senior Lecturer at the Open University, UK.   Her research is in space and planetary science, specifically astrobiology and cosmochemistry, subjects at the interface between a variety of subject disciplines. She teaches on a range of interdisciplinary science and science and society courses and leads on equality and diversity initiatives across the institute’s science curricula and environment.  Her profile can be found here:
Gemma Ware

Gemma Ware

Gemma Ware is Society and Educator editor at The Conversation, an online commentary site mixing academic rigor with journalistic flair. Before joining The Conversation, Gemma worked for over five years as assistant editor at the Paris-based The Africa Report magazine where she focused on business, technology and education. She previously wrote about fundraising and UK charity policy at Civil Society Media.

Steve Wheeler
Steve Wheeler
Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chairs the Learning Futures group and leads the Computing and Science education teams. He researches into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures.  He is an active and prolific edublogger, and his blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development.