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Professor Andy Lane

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Professional biography

I am Professor of Environmental Systems and have a BSc in Plant Sciences and a PhD in Pest Management from the University of London. I am a Member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management and served on their Training, Education and Career Development Committee from 2010 to 2016.  I am also a Chartered Environmentalist and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have been at The Open University since 1983 and held various offices in the former Technology Faculty including being Head of the Systems Department (1998-99), Associate Dean (1992-97) and Dean (2000-06). I am currently the Qualification Lead for the BSc Environmental Management and Technology and External Engagement Lead in the School of Engineering and Innovation and belong to both the Environmental Management and Technology and Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Groups in the School.  

I was seconded as the founding Director of The Open University’s multi-award winning OpenLearn Initiative from 2006-09. I have taken a prominent role in the OU's work on Open Educational Resources including serving as a Board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008-10 and being involved in a number of European OER initiatives such as MORIL  and OER-HE . I was also a Senior Fellow in the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at the OU from 2009-12.

I am currently a Board member of the Bucks and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership.

 

Research interests

My research and scholarship covers (i) the management of complex environmental situations and (ii) systems of open education. I use systems approaches to frame the research and scholarship in both domains coupled with an action research philosophy; both use visual methods (normally diagramming) as a means to engage participants and to elicit and sometimes analyze data and evidence provided by the participants; and both use innovation and social learning as key theoretical concepts for explaining the outcomes of the research and scholarship.

The work on the management of complex environmental situations looks in particular at attitudes, intentions and behaviours of the main participants in these rural or urban situations ranging from famers use of new technologies such as GM crops to organic waste recycling.

The work on systems of open education takes the phenomenon of open education resources and extends that to open educational policies and practices and how that influences formal, non-formal and informal education for both classroom-based and distance learning-based HEIs. This includes looking at how diagramming and visual media in all its forms enhances or not the learning experience.

The two strands of research and scholarship come together in my work evaluating the environmental impacts of higher education.

 

Teaching interests

My teaching mirrors my research interests: systems thinking, environmental management and the use of diagramming to aid studying and professional practice. I have contributed to study packs on pest and disease management, practical conservation, systems thinking and systems diagramming; to modules on food production systems, teaching technology in schools, working with systems, systems thinking and most recently environmental management. I was also a co-author of the Sciences Good Study Guide. Some of this teaching material features on OpenLearn.

 

Publications

Teaching Environmental Management Competencies Online: Towards “Authentic” Collaboration? (2017)
Bell, Simon; Lane, Andy; Collins, Kevin; Berardi, Andrea and Slater, Rachel
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 20(1) (pp. 22-44)
Design of higher education teaching models and carbon impacts (2015)
Caird, Sally; Lane, Andy; Swithenby, Ed; Roy, Robin and Potter, Stephen
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16(1) (pp. 96-111)
Conceptualising the role of Information and Communication Technologies in the design of higher education teaching models used in the UK (2015)
Caird, Sally and Lane, Andrew
British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(1) (pp. 58-70)
Inclusion in, and exclusion from, open education communities (2014-12)
Lane, Andrew; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Thomson, Simon
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014, Article 1(2)
Placing students at the heart of the iron triangle and the interaction equivalence theorem models (2014-12)
Lane, Andrew
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014, Article 5(2)
The potential social, economic and environmental benefits of MOOCs: operational and historical comparisons with a massive ‘closed online’ course (2014-04)
Lane, Andy; Caird, Sally and Weller, Martin
Open Praxis, 6(2) (pp. 115-123)
A review of diagramming in systems practice and how technologies have supported the teaching and learning of diagramming for systems thinking in practice (2013-12)
Lane, Andy
Systems Practice and Action Research, 26(4) (pp. 319-329)
Editorial. JIME Nottingham OER2013 Special Issue: The potential of openness for engaging communities. (2013-10)
Lane, Andrew; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Carter, Jackie
Journal of Interactive Media in Education
Out of Africa: a typology for analysing open educational resources initiatives (2012-10)
Bateman, Peter; Lane, Andrew and Moon, Robert
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2 (pp. 1-14)
A review of the role of national policy and institutional mission in European distance teaching universities with respect to widening participation in higher education study through open educational resources (2012-07)
Lane, Andy
Distance Education, 33(2) (pp. 135-150)
Developing innovative systems for supportive open teaching practices in higher education (2011-07)
Lane, Andy
Journal for the Systemic Innovation of Education, 1(1) (pp. 32-46)
Diffusion and adoption of Open Educational Resources (2011-02)
Lane, Andy and van Dorp, Cornelis Adrianus
eLearning Papers, 23
Are open educational resources systematic or systemic change agents for teaching practice? (2010-11)
Lane, Andy and McAndrew, Patrick
British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(6) (pp. 952-962)
Integrating strategic views about Open Educational Resources through collaborative sensemaking (2010-09)
Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Lane, Andy
International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 6(6) (pp. 165-186)
The role of networks of practice and webs of influencers on farmers’ engagement with and learning about agricultural innovations (2010)
Oreszczyn, Sue; Lane, Andrew and Carr, Susan
Journal of Rural Studies, 26(4) (pp. 404-417)
Designing for innovation around OER (2010)
Lane, Andy
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2010 (pp. http://jime.open.ac.uk/jime/article/view/2010-2)
The impact of openness on bridging educational digital divides (2009-11)
Lane, Andy
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(5) (pp. 1-12)
Re-invigorating openness at The Open University: the role of Open Educational Resources (2009)
Gourley, Brenda and Lane, Andrew
Open Learning, 24(1) (pp. 57-65)
Reflections on sustaining Open Educational Resources: an institutional case study (2008)
Lane, Andrew
eLearning Papers, 10(2008) (article no. 2)
Teaching diagramming at a distance: seeing the human wood through the technological trees (2001-12)
Lane, Andy and Morris, Dick
Systemic Practice and Action Research, 14(6) (pp. 714-734)
The meaning of hedgerows in the English landscape: Different stakeholder perspectives and the implications for future hedge management (2000-09)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
Journal of Environmental Management, 60(1) (pp. 101-118)
How hedgerows and field margins are perceived by different interest groups (1999)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
Aspects of Applied Biology(54)
From teaching to learning: technological potential and sustainable, supported open learning (1998-12)
Bell, Simon and Lane, Andrew
Systems Practice and Action Research, 11(6) (pp. 629-650)
Emancipation through Open Education: Rhetoric or Reality? (2016-12-19)
Lane, Andrew
In: Blessinger, Patrick and Bliss, TJ eds. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education (pp. 31-50)
ISBN : 9781783742790 | Publisher : Open Book Publishers
Systems diagramming and modelling (2016-08-01)
Lane, Andrew
In: Bhodya, Shamim ed. Large Scale Systemic Change: Theories, Modelling and Practices. Business Economics in a Rapidly-Changing World (pp. 243-260)
ISBN : 9781634849845 | Publisher : Nova Science Publishers | Published : New York
Embedding sustainability through systems thinking in practice: some experiences from the Open University (2015-04)
Blackmore, Chris; Reynolds, Martin; Ison, Raymond and Lane, Andrew
In: Wyness, Lynne ed. Education for Sustainable Development Pedagogy: Criticality, Creativity, and Collaboration. PedRIO occasional papers (8) (pp. 32-35)
Publisher : Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) | Published : Plymouth University
Greening Higher Education qualification programmes with online learning (2014)
Caird, Sally; Lane, Andrew and Swithenby, Edward
In: Leal Filho, W.; Azeiteiro, U. and Caeiro, S. eds. E-learning and sustainability. Umweltbildung, Umweltkommunikation und Nachhaltigkeit - Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability (pp. 105-116)
ISBN : 978-3-631-62693-1 | Publisher : Peter Lang Scientific Publishers | Published : Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien
ICTs and the design of sustainable higher education teaching models: an environmental assessment of UK courses (2013-11-30)
Caird, Sally; Lane, Andrew and Swithenby, Ed
In: Caeiro, S.; Leal Filho, W.; Jabbour, C. J. C. and Azeiteiro, U. M. eds. Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education – Mapping Trends and Good Practices at Universities round the World (pp. 375-386)
ISBN : 978-3-319-02374-8 | Publisher : Springer International Publishing | Published : Cham, Switzerland
Social and economic impacts of open education (2013-11-04)
Lane, Andrew
In: Meiszner, Andreas; Squires, Lin and Husmann, Elmar eds. Openness and Education. Advances in Digital Education and Lifelong Learning (1) (pp. 137-172)
ISBN : 9781781906842 | Publisher : Emerald Publishing | Published : Bingley
Introducing the opportunities and challenges of OER: the case of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltic States (2012-04)
Bardach, Dendev; Knyazeva, Svetlana and Lane, Andy
In: Glennie, Jenny; Harley, Ken; Butcher, Neil and Van Wyk, Trudi eds. Perspectives on Open Educational Resources (OER) as a Catalyst for Educational Change: Case Studies and Reflections of Practice (pp. 27-39)
ISBN : 978-1-894975-53-7 | Publisher : Commonwealth of Learning | Published : Vancouver
Design and development of OER: a student perspective (2012-04)
Lane, Andy
In: Glennie, Jenny; Harley, Ken; Butcher, Neil and Van Wyk, Trudi eds. Perspectives on Open Educational Resources (OER) as a Catalyst for Educational Change: Case Studies and Reflections of Practice (pp. 141-153)
ISBN : 978-1-894975-53-7 | Publisher : Commonwealth of Learning | Published : Vancouver
Widening participation in higher education through open educational resources (2012-03)
Lane, Andy
In: Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Scott, Peter J. eds. Collaborative Learning 2.0: Open Educational Resources (pp. 1-15)
ISBN : 9781466603004 | Publisher : IGI Global
Collaborating over rich media: The Open University and BBC partnership (2012-03)
Lane, Andy and Law, Andrew
In: Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Scott, Peter J. eds. Collaborative Learning 2.0: Open Educational Resources (pp. 357-368)
ISBN : 9781466603004 | Publisher : IGI Global
Adding flexibility to higher education using OERs: lessons from the Open University (2011-12)
Lane, Andy
In: Burge, Elizabeth; Campbell Gibson, Chère and Gibson, Terry eds. Flexible Pedagogy, Flexible Practice: Notes from the Trenches of Distance Education. Issues in Distance Education (pp. 139-147)
ISBN : 978-1-926836-62-1 (epub) | Publisher : Athabasca University Press | Published : Edmonton, AB
Reusing, reworking and remixing open educational resources (2010-01-15)
Lane, Andrew; Connolly, Teresa; Ferreira, Giselle; McAndrew, Patrick and Wilson, Tina
In: Marshall, Stewart and Kinuthia, Wanjira eds. Cases 'n' Places: Global Cases in Educational and Performance Technology. Educational Design and Technology in the Knowledge Society
ISBN : 9781607523154 | Publisher : IAP - Information Age Publishing | Published : Charlotte, NC
Who puts the education into open educational content? (2008)
Lane, Andrew
In: Katz, Richard N. ed. The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing (pp. 158-168)
ISBN : 978-0-9672853-9-9 | Publisher : Educause | Published : Boulder, Colorado
Widening participation in education through open educational resources (2008)
Lane, Andrew
In: Ilyoshi, Toru and Kumar, M.S. Vijay eds. Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge (pp. 149-164)
ISBN : 0-262-03371-2 | Publisher : MIT Press | Published : London, UK
How long will it take me? Assessing appropriate study times for Open Educational Resources (2007)
Lane, Andrew
In: McAndrew, Patrick and Watts, Jo eds. OpenLearn: Researching open content in education, Proceedings of the OpenLearn2007 Conference 30–31 October 2007 (pp. 111-113)
ISBN : 9780749212810 | Publisher : The Open University | Published : UK
Mapping environmental sustainability: Reflecting on systemic practices for participatory research (2017-09-06)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andy
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andy eds.
ISBN : 978-1447331575 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Squaring the open circle: resolving the iron triangle and the interaction equivalence theorem (2014-04)
Lane, Andrew
In : OER14 Building communities of open practice (28-29 April 2014, Newcastle)
Understanding influences on farmers' practices (2013-09)
Lane, Andrew and Oreszczyn, Sue
In : Sustainable intensification: The pathway to low carbon farming? (25-27 September 2013, Edinburgh) (pp. 41-43)
Data, data everywhere, but ne’er time to think: identifying patterns in user behaviour across changing open media channels (2013-03)
Lane, Andrew and Law, Andrew
In : OER13: Creating a Virtuous Circle (26-27 March 2013, Nottingham)
A small project and a big venture: sharing practices between two different scale OER developments (2013-03)
Connolly, Teresa; Lane, Andrew; Hasseler, Bjorn; Hennesy, Sarah and Connolly, Teresa
In : OER13: Creating a Virtuous Circle (26-27 March 2013, Nottingham)
The potential of MOOCs to widen access to, and success in, higher education study (2013)
Lane, Andy
In : The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013 (23-25 October 2013, Paris) (pp. 189-203)
Fostering communities of open educational practice: lessons from the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (2012-09)
Lane, Andrew and Darby, Jonathan
In : EADTU 25th Annual Conference (27-28 September 2012, Paphos, Cyprus)
Agri-environmental knowledge management and networks of practice: a workshop background paper (2012-09)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andy
In : Hedgerow Futures Conference (3-5 September 2012, Staffiordshire University, Stoke on Trent)
An emerging typology for analysing OER initiatives (2012-04-17)
Bateman, Peter; Lane, Andrew and Moon, Robert
In : Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact – Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, a joint meeting of OER12 and OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012 (16-18 April 2012, Cambridge, UK)
Reuse and repurpose: the life story of an (open) educational resource (2012-04)
Lane, Andrew
In : Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact – Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, a joint meeting of OER12 and OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012 (16-18 April 2012, Cambridge, UK )
Open educational resources and widening participation in higher education: innovations and lessons from open universities (2011)
Lane, A. and Van Dorp, K. J.
In : EDULEARN11, the 3rd annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (04-05 July 2011, Barcelona)
A comparison of production processes for OER (2011)
Schuwer, Robert; Lane, Andrew; Counotte-Potman, Anda and Wilson, Martina
In : Open Courseware Consortium Global Meeting (4-6 May 2011, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Sharing and reusing rich media: lessons from The Open University (2011)
Lane, Andrew and Law, Andrew
In : OCWC Global Conference, ( 04-06 May 2011, Boston, Massachusetts)
Production of OER: a quest for efficiency (2010-11)
Schuwer, Robert; Wilson, Tina; Valkenberg, Wllem van and Lane, Andrew
In : 7th Annual Open Education Conference (2-4 November 2010, Barcelona, Spain)
Visual mapping approaches for considering the strategic rationale for the implementation of OER in higher education institutions (2010-09)
Lane, Andy
In : EADTU Annual Conference Strategies and Business Models for Lifelong Learning (27-29 Sep 2010, Zermatt, Switzerland) (pp. 241-254)
Diffusion of innovation through formal institutional networks (2010)
Van Dorp, Kees-Jan and Lane, Andy
In : ICL2010 International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (15 -17 Sep 2010, Hasselt, Belgium)
Recycling organic waste resources to land – communicating the issues (2009-10)
Thomas, Christine; Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue; Schiller, Frank and Yoxon, Mark
In : ISWA/APESB 2009 World Congress, Turning Waste into Ideas (12-15 October 2009, Lisbon, Portugal)
The networking effects of OER (2009)
Lane, Andrew; McAndrew, Patrick and Santos, Andreia
In : 23rd ICDE World Conference 2009 (7-10 June 2009, The Netherlands)
Am I good enough? The mediated use of open educational resources to empower learners in excluded communities (2008)
Lane, Andrew
In : Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (13-17 July 2008, London, UK)
Open Content: when is it effective educationally? (2007)
Lane, Andrew
In : Open Education 2007: Localizing and Learning (26-28 Sept 2007, Utah State University)
Farmer communities of practice and high tech futures (2006-04-05)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
In : The Rural Citizen: Governance, Culture and Wellbeing in the 21st Century (5-7 Apr 2006, Plymouth, UK)
Farmer communities of practice and high-tech futures (2006)
Oreszczyn, S. and Lane, A.B.
In : Plymouth Rural Futures Conference: The Rural citizen: governance, culture and wellbeing in the 21st Century (5-7 April 2006, Plymouth, UK)
Open educational resources in Europe: A triptych of actions to support participation in higher education (2006)
Kirschner, Paul; Varvick, Peter; van Dorp, Kees-Jan and Lane, Andrew
In : Proceedings: Conference: Open Education 2006 Community, Culture & Content (27-29 Sept 2006, Eccles Conference Centre, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA,) (pp. 69-84)
Should farmers be landscape planners too? (2005)
Lane, A.B. and Oreszczyn, S.M.
In : Planning, people and practice: The landscape ecology of sustainable landscapes: Proceedings of the 13th Annual IALE(UK) Conference (13-15 September 2005, Northampton, UK)
Farmers' attitudes, perceptions and the management of field boundary vegetation on farmland (2002)
Morris, R. M.; Oreszczyn, S. M.; Stoate, C. and Lane, A. B.
In : Conservation Pays? Reconciling environmental benefits with profitable grassland systems: British Grassland Society Occasional Symposium No. 36 (15-17 April 2002, Lancaster, UK)
Hedgerows of different cultures: implications from a Canadian and English cross-cultural study (2001)
Oreszczyn, S. and Lane, A.B.
In : Proceedings of the 10th Annual IALE(UK) Conference (5-8 Sept 2001, Birmingham, UK)
The assessment and management of wildlife areas: what can Systems offer? (1997)
Lane, Andrew and Oreszczyn, Sue
In : 5th International Conference for the UK Systems Society - Systems for Sustainability: People, Organisations and Environments (July 7-11, 1997, Milton Keynes) (pp. 73-78)
A Systems view of teaching and learning: technological potential and sustainable, supported open learning (1997)
Bell, Simon and Lane, Andrew
In : 5th International of the UK Systems Society - Systems for sustainability: people, organisations and environments (July 7-11, 1997, Milton Keynes) (pp. 171-176)
The SusTEACH Methodology: Assessment of the environmental impacts of Higher Education Teaching Models and development of an Environmental Appraisal toolkit (2015)
Caird, Sally; Swithenby, Edward and Lane, Andrew
The Open University
SusTEACH at the Open University (2013-01-15)
Caird, Sally; Lane, Andrew; Potter, Stephen and Sackett, Mike
The Open University
Mapping knowledge exchange in the UK hedgerow management system: a report on a Workshop held at Hedgerow Futures, the first International Hedgelink Conference (2012-12)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
The Open University
Collaborative Development of Open Educational Resources for Open and Distance Learning (2012-07)
Lane, Andy
Higher Education Academy
Open Engagement Through Open Media (2012-07)
Lane, Andy and Law, Andrew
Higher Education Academy
Case Studies on Institutional Open Approaches: The Open University (2012-03)
Lane, Andrew
JISC
The role of contexts in knowledge brokering systems (2012-01)
Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew
The Open University
Best Practice Report on Widening Participation in Higher Education Study through Open Educational Resources (2011-09)
Lane, Andrew
European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Heerlen, Netherlands.
Global trends in the development and use of open educational resources to reform educational practices (2010-10)
Lane, Andy
UNESCO, Moscow.
Attitudes to the use of organic waste resources to land (2009-12)
Thomas, Christine; Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue; Schiller, Frank and Yoxon, Mark
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
OpenLearn Research Report 2006-2008 (2009-05)
McAndrew, P.; Santos, A.; Lane, A.; Godwin, S.; Okada, A.; Wilson, T.; Connolly, T.; Ferreira, G.; Buckingham Shum, S.; Bretts, J. and Webb, R.
The Open University, Milton Keynes, England.
Farmers' understandings of genetically modified crops within local communities (2007)
Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue and Carr, Susan
ESRC
Farmers' understandings of genetically modified crops within local communities (2007)
Lane, Andrew; Oreszczyn, Sue and Carr, Susan
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Swindon, UK.

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