Professor of Education (Futures), The Open University

Peter Twining is Professor of Education (Futures) at the Open University. He was the Director of Vital Professional Development, a £9.4million DfE funded programme to support practitioners in enhancing their teaching of Computing (the subject) and the use of digital technology across the curriculum. Peter has been the Head of Department of Education at the Open University and the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology. His career has focused on issues to do with the management of educational change and enhancing education, informed by understandings of learning and the potentials of digital technology.

Useful links:
EdFutures.net: http://edfutures.net
The Schome Initiative: http://www.schome.ac.uk/

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Professor of Education (Futures), The Open University
  • 2015–2017
    Co-Editor in Chief, Computers & Education
  • 2014–2014
    Visiting Scholar, Learning Sciences Institute (Australia)
  • 2003–2013
    Senior Lecturer, The Open University
  • 2013–2013
    Visiting Professor/Scholar, The University of Tasmania
  • 2007–2009
    Head of Department of Education, The Open University
  • 2009–2009
    Associate Dean (Research & Knowledge Transfer), The Open University
  • 2009–2009
    Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, The Open University
  • 2006–2007
    Director of the Centre for Curriculum And Teaching Studies, The Open University
  • 1995–2003
    Lecturer, The Open University
  • 1992–1995
    Senior Lecturer, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
  • 1990–1992
    Lecturer in Primary Education, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
  • 1986–1990
    Teacher (Primary), Tower Hamlets/ILEA
  • 1984–1985
    Database manager, Guildford Educational Services
  • 1984–1984
    Computer specialist, Al Khubairat Community School, Abu Dhabi
  • 1982–1983
    Research assistant (Part time), University of Sussex

Education

  • 2002 
    The Open University, PhD
  • 1986 
    Roehampton Institute of Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • 1983 
    University of Sussex, BA (Hons) Social Psychology with Cognitive Studies

Publications

  • 2017
    Bring Your Own Device - a snapshot of two Australian primary schools, Educational Research
  • 2017
    Some guidance on conducting and reporting qualitative studies, Computers & Education
  • 2016
    Research on ICT in K-12 schools – A review of experimental and survey-based studies in Computers & Education 2011 to 2015, Computers & Education
  • 2013
    Moving Education into the Digital Age: The contribution of Teachers’ Professional Development, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  • 2013
    Enhancing ‘ICT teaching’ in English schools: vital lessons, Distance Education in China
  • 2012
    The Vital Programme: Transforming ICT Professional Development, American Journal of Distance Education
  • 2012
    The Vital Programme: Transforming ICT Professional Development, American Journal of Distance Education
  • 2012
    Distributed cognition in a virtual world, Language & Education
  • 2009
    Exploring the educational potential of virtual worlds – some reflections from the Schome Park Programme, British Journal of Educational Technology
  • 2009
    A learning community for teens on a virtual island - The Schome Park Teen Second Life Pilot project, eLearning Papers
  • 2008
    Learners reconceptualising education: widening participation through creative engagement?, Innovations in Education & Teaching International
  • 2007
    Talking about schools: Towards a typology for future education, Educational Research
  • 2007
    Discussing ICT, Aspirations and Targets for Education: International perspectives, International Journal of Knowledge and Learning
  • 2005
    Should there be a future for Tablet PCs in schools? , Journal of Interactive Media in Education
  • 2002
    Assessing activity-based learning for a networked course, British Journal of Educational Technology
  • 2002
    Conceptualising computer use in education: introducing the Computer Practice Framework, British Educational Research Journal
  • 2001
    Planning to use ICT in schools? , Education 3-13
  • 1999
    ‘Learning Matters’ - Adjusting the media mix for academic advantage, ALT-J
  • 1998
    SoURCE – Software Use, Re-use & Customisation in Education, Active Learning
  • 1995
    Towards an understanding of the links between conceptual understanding of computer systems and IT competence, Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Point of Learning in Early Years
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    CREET
  • 2016
    Point of Learning desk study
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Imagine Education
  • 2015
    NP3: New purposes, new practices, new pedagogy
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    Society for Educational Studies
  • 2012
    Vital Phase 3
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    English Dept of Education
  • 2011
    Vital Phase 2
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    English Dept of Education
  • 2009
    Vital Phase 1
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    English Dept of Education
  • 2008
    Schome Park Programme Phase 3
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    CREET
  • 2007
    Schome Park Programme Phase 2
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    Becta
  • 2007
    Schome Park Programme Phase 1
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    NAGTY & the Innovation Unit
  • 2006
    The Aspire Pilot
    Role:
    Co-Director
    Funding Source:
    Nesta
  • 2005
    The eStrategy Implementation Review
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    Becta
  • 2004
    Evaluation of Tablet PCs in English schools
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    Becta
  • 1998
    Software Use, Re-use & Customisation in Education
    Role:
    Director
    Funding Source:
    TLTP3

Professional Memberships

  • British Educational Research Association
  • National Conference of University Professors