UK: Research Associate position based at the Open University

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Closing date for applications: 21/08/2008

The Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology at the Open University, UK is seeking a post-graduate researcher to work on a JISC-funded e-learning research project: "Design of Learning Spaces in 3-D Virtual Environments"; Salary range: £25,888 – £30,912; 9 months contract available from 1st October 2008.

The aim of this project is to address: "How 3-D learning spaces should be designed for learner-engagement?" The project involves evaluation of learning spaces within Second Life, a 3-D virtual world ( You will gather data on a variety of learning spaces exhibiting different degrees of ‘realism’ within Second Life, and how these support varied learning-objectives. You will elicit perceptions of learners and educators about the spaces for teaching and learning.
Ideally, should have a Ph.D. in Education, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, or a related discipline. However, candidates who are suitably qualified and have experience of evaluating technology-enabled learning environments will be considered. Previous research experience or training at post-graduate level of applying research methods is essential. Experience of conducting remote-evaluations of interactive-systems would be an added advantage.

For detailed information and how to apply email the Recruitment Secretary at quoting the reference number. [Please quote reference 4877.] For enquiries about the research project, please contact: Dr. Shailey Minocha [].

Further particulars are available in large print, disk or audiotape (Minicom 01908 654901). We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).


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