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Mr Mark Endean


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Professional biography

My first degree is in chemistry and polymer science and technology. I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Research interests

Over the last few years I have been heavily engaged in staff development in various guises. This has led to involvement in a number of scholarship studies exploring the relationship between staff development activities organised and centred on the Open University for the primary benefit of staff from other distance teaching institutions.

A picture is emerging of a web of interrelationships between individuals and institutions across the globe. There seems to be potential to more explicitly promote and nurture these relationships in a variety of ways, ultimately to benefit the experience of the distance learner.


Teaching interests

My background is in polymer engineering and, while at the OU, I have pursued interests primarily in materials processing and manufacturing. I chaired T885 Team Engineering, the compulsory project course for our MEng degree, from 2004 to 2019. I was responsible for redevelopment of T805 Manufacture, Materials, Design, which involved revamping much legacy material into a form suitable for entirely online presentation. Reactions to the new module remain mixed.

I work with colleagues in STEM and Open University Worldwide to provide learning design and course creation workshops for staff in distance teaching institutions in China.


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)

How might the cultural learning preferences of the participants of the enhancement of lifelong learning in Belarus (BELL) project impact on their learning designs? (2020-10)
Olney, Tom; Endean, Mark and Banks, Duncan
In : Final Conference on Erasmus+ project Enhancement of Lifelong Learning in Belarus (13-14 Oct 2020, Brest, Belarus) (pp. 20-28)

Evaluating the impact of the Learning Design and Course Creation (LDCC) workshop on the participants of the enhancement of Lifelong Learning in Belarus (BELL) project (2020)
Olney, Tom; Endean, Mark and Banks, Duncan
In : Proceedings of the final conference on the Erasmus+ project. Enhancement of Lifelong learning in Belarus (13-14 Oct 2020, Brest) (pp. 12-19)

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)