Karen Kear

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

Karen's current research is primarily in e-learning. She has researched student use of forums, wikis, web conferencing and other social networking tools.  

Karen's recent research projects include:

  • Changing the Pedagogical Landscape, which looks at European policy to support new learning approaches in Higher Education
  • E-xcellence Next, which considers quality assessment and enhancement in e-learning
  • a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Co-operative College,UK, to help the College develop e-learning.


Karen's book Online and social networking communities: a best practice guide for educators was published by Routledge in 2010. She was one of three co-editors of Online communication and collaboration: a reader, also published by Routledge in 2010.  

Karen's publications are listed in the Open University's Open Research Online (ORO) repository.

Karen has contributed to a range of undergraduate Open University modules on Information and Communication Technologies.

Karen is a member of the presentation module teams for:

  • Communication and Information Technologies (T215)
  • Technologies in Practice (TM129)
  • Software Engineering (TM354).

She is also a production team member for a new module on web, cloud and mobile technologies (TM352).

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