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Mr Brian Richardson

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I have been designing and producing interactive multimedia in the STEM faculty for over 20 years as a producer and now manager of the Science Web and Interactive Media Team (SWIM). Working with module teams to facilitate ideas and design and produce innovative, interactive multimedia teaching materials for science courses and also advising the faculty on all things related to learning technologies, digital media and online learning. 

I've worked on the production of many different modules over the years (mainly in the Life Sciences), SD226, S204, SD329 and SDK125 to name a few and more recently S288, SDK100, S317, S112, SK298 and S290. In 2012 I became a Production Co-ordinator for the THE award winning OpenScience Laboratory an online centre that aims to transform the teaching of practical science.


BSc (Hons) Environmental Biology

Certified PRINCE2 Practioner

Teaching interests

Environmental and life sciences along with innovative ways of teaching it and the use of media and technology to inspire life long learning.


Practical STEM at the Open University: The Use of Live Video in the OpenStem Labs to Innovate Teaching and Create a Community of Practical STEM Students (2019)
Richardson, Brian; Bradshaw, Kate; Collins, Trevor and Hawkridge, Ben
In : EdMedia & Innovate Learning Conference 2019 (24-28 Jun 2019, Amsterdam)

3D virtual geology field trips: opportunities and limitations (2014-06-11)
Minocha, Shailey; Davies, Sarah-Jane; Richardson, Brian and Argles, Thomas
In : Computers and Learning Research Group Annual Conference 2014 (10-11 Jun 2014, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK)

A 3D virtual geology field trip in Unity (2013-07-27)
Minocha, Shailey; Argles, Thomas; Richardson, Brian and Burden, David
In : Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (24-27 Jul 2013, Second Life (3D virtual world))

The OpenScience Laboratory: a globally available online lab at the cutting edge of practical science teaching (2013-06-13)
Garrow, Kat; Braithwaite, Nicholas; Richardson, Brian and Swithenby, Stephen
In : ED-MEDIA 2013: Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (26 Jun 2013, Victoria, Canada)

3D virtual geology field trips: opportunities and limitations (2013-04-17)
Argles, Tom; Richardson, Brian; Davies, Sarah; Minocha, Shailey and Braithwaite, Nick
In : HEA STEM: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013: Where practice and pedagogy meet (17-18 Apr 2013, Birmingham)

Practical science at the Open University: developing an interactive and immersive module teaching experimentation and practical skills at a distance (2011-06-27)
Richardson, Brian and Bradshaw, Kate
In : World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2011 (27 Jun - 1 Jul 2011, Lisbon, Portugal) (pp. 981-982)