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Mr Mark Endean

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
  • mark.endean

Research interests

My main scholarship interest is in a variety of aspects of the education of engineers through distance learning. This is already becoming a matter of major concern for many conventional universities and the expertise and experience of the established open and distance learning community has much to contribute to the future success of engineering education globally. One emerging area of lively interest is the 'virtualisation' of practical work, which is gaining momentum in various science disciplines. Adapting the lessons of the science community for effective use with engineers is going to be a fascinating challenge over the next few years.

In addition to engineering education, I try to follow the evolution of quality management in higher education and take every opportunity to participate in quality-related activities in my own and other institutions.

Teaching interests

My background is in polymer engineering and, while at the OU, I have pursued interests primarily in materials processing and manufacturing. I currently chair T885 Team Engineering, which is the compulsory project course for our MEng degree and I have recently contributed to T174 Engineering the future. My principal focus for the last couple of years, though, has been the redevelopment of Manufacture, Materials, Design, which has taken shape as T805. This has involved revamping much legacy material into a form suitable for online presentation. It has been quite a challenge and the full implications will take some time to emerge.


Quality standards in online distance education (2010-11)
Endean, Mark; Bai, Bin and Du, Ruo
International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, 3(1) (Art. no. 4)
Team project work for distance learners in engineering – challenges and benefits (2008-10)
Endean, Mark; Weidmann, George; , ; , and ,
Engineering Education, 3(2) (pp. 11-20)
The philosophy and pedagogy of practical work for engineering undergraduates and the potential for online practical activities to enhance their experience - An exploratory workshop (2012-09-20)
Endean, Mark; Goodyear, Alec; James, Jon; Kowal, Jan and Williams, Keith
In : EE 2012 - International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education, Conference Proceedings (18-20 Sep 2012, Coventry University)
Evaluation of residential school activity ‘Product re-engineering for enhanced end-of-life performance (2012-09-19)
Endean, Mark; Clay, Kath and Burnley, Stephen
In : Engineering Education 2012 (18-20 Sep 2012, Coventry)
Inter-cultural comparisons of staff perceptions on quality in online distance learning (2009-06-12)
Endean, Mark; Swithenby, Stephen and Bai, Bin
In : Innovation in Learning Communities (10-13 Jun 2009, Gdansk, Poland)
Technology supports distributed team working: the case of the T885 Team Engineering at the Open University (2009)
Moffatt, J.; Thorpe, M.; Edmunds, R.; Endean, M.; Jones, B.; Reuben, B. and Weidmann, G.
In : ICL2009 (23-25 Sep 2009, Villach, Austria)
An investigation into the adoption of CDIO in distance learning (2008-07-12)
Ferguson, Clive; Brodie, Lyn; Endean, Mark; Goodhew, Peter and Palmer, Stuart
In : EE2008 International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education (12-14 Jul 2008, Loughborough, UK)
Meeting the growing demand for engineers and their educators: the potential for open and distance learning (2007-11)
Bissell, Chris and Endean, Mark
In : Meeting the growing demand for engineers and their educators 2010-2020 (9-11 Nov 2007, Munich, Germany)

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