Dr Trevor Collins

KMI Research Fellow

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Here's an overview of my current activities with links to more details and online resources. Further information is available on the publications, research, teaching and contact pages.


Recent publications

Collins, T.D., Mulholland, P. and Gaved, M.B. (2012). Scripting Personal Inquiry. In: K.Littleton, E. Scanlon and M. Sharples (Ed.), Orchestrating Inquiry Learning. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-60113-9.

Stokes, A., Collins, T.D., Maskall, J., Lea, J., Lunt, P. and Davies S.J.M. (2012). Enabling remote access to fieldwork: Gaining insight into the pedagogic effectiveness of 'direct' and 'remote' field activities. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. Volume 36, Issue 2, 2012. pp. 197-222. Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group.

Sharples, M., Collins, T., Feisst, M., Gaved, M., Mulholland, P., Paxton, M., Wright, M. (2011) A "Laboratory of Knowledge-Making" for Personal Inquiry Learning. In G. Biswas, S. Bull, J. Kay & A. Mitrovic (eds.) Artificial Intelligence in Education: Proceedings of 15th The International Conference, AIED 2011, Auckland New Zealand, June/July 2011. Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 6738. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 312-319.

Gaved, M., Collins, T.D., Mulholland, P., Kerawalla, L.J., Jones, A., Scanlon, E., Littleton, K., Blake, C., Petrou, M., Clough, G. and Twiner A. (2010). Using netbooks to support mobile learners' investigations across activities and places. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning. Volume 25, Issue 3, pp. 187-200. Routledge.

Research interests

I am interested in exploring how technologies can be used to support learning. I am curious about how people understand and interpret things, and how technology can be applied to help support these processes. My first degree is in Computer Engineering, I have a masters degree in Human-Computer Systems and a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence.

Here are some example projects to illustrate my research.

Teaching and development

I am involved in providing training workshops for PhD students as part of the university's 'Doing Postgraduate Research' workshop series. I was a postgraduate tutor in KMI, supporting the development of PhD students within the OU's Centre for Research in Computing. I have also worked as a residential school tutor for the OU's cognitive psychology courses.

Contact details

The easiest way to contact me is to drop me an email - t.d.collins@open.ac.uk