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Okada A. (2016) Responsible research and innovation in science education report. Milton Keynes: The Open University – UK. ISBN 9781473020191





Okada A. & Bayram-Jacobs D.(2016) Opportunities and challenges for equipping the next generation for responsible citizenship through the ENGAGE HUB. International Conference on Responsible Research in Education and Management and its Impact. London 2016.


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Okada, A.; Costa, A.; Kowalski, R.; Torres P.; Nakayama, M. & Souza, K.(2016) Open Educational Resources for Responsible Research and Innovation: a case study with Brazilian universities and schools. International Conference on Responsible Research in Education and Management and its Impact. London 2016.


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Journal Papers ( Innovative Teaching of RRI )

Okada, A., Young, G. and Sherborne,T. (2015) Innovative Teaching of Responsible Research and Innovation in Science Education. Open Education Europa Journal – eLearning Papers  V 44(1)

Short Abstract: This qualitative analysis focuses on the first year of ENGAGE HUB in the UK with 3,500 teachers and 18,000 materials downloaded. Findings indicate more than seventy strategies shared by teachers on how students are engaged through dilemma materials. Teachers’ examples present evidence that learning science concepts can be set within the context of its implications to society.
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1. LiteMap MOOC
2. LiteMap OER

Short Papers and Posters (Communities of Practices)


Okada, A., Young, G. and Sanders, J. (2015) Fostering Communities of Practices for teachers’ professional development integrating OER and MOOC, EC-TEL The 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Short Abstract: This research reports on challenges and strategies to start a community of practice (CoP) for teacher’s professional development through open educational resources (OER) integrated to massive open online courses (MOOC). Preliminary outcomes based on qualitative data from ENGAGE platform and quantitative data from its users’ analytics indicate key strategies to integrate OER and MOOC to foster CoP, such as collaboration among participants to set up group identity and guidance for more interaction.

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Okada, A., Rossi, L.C. and Marino, A. (2015) Online argumentative maps for facilitating international debates with experts at large scale, EC-TEL The 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Short Abstract: This exploratory study focused on the use of the online argumentation tool LiteMap used in the first international seminar on Responsible Research and Innovation and Science Education organised by the ENGAGE project with fifty experts from various fields. Preliminary findings show that  argumentative mapping helped the community to visualise the debate later to reuse the content in different ways: new maps, open educational recourses and papers.

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What are the benefits and challenges of using argumentative visualisation tool in community-based participatory research?

LiteMap RRI teacher’s CPD,
LiteMap RRI informal learning
LiteMap RRI partnerships

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Questionnaire on Participatory Research with Visual Argumentation

Short Papers and Workshops (Students’ Inquiry Projects)

Okada, A., Wolff, A. and Mikroyannidis, A. (2015) Fostering young smart citizens through personal learning environments for urban inquiries, Workshop: Smart Learning Ecosystems in Smart Regions and Cities at EC-TEL The 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Short Abstract: This work investigates two technologies weSPOT and nQuire for co-inquiry based learning. It also analyses  pedagogical approaches of ENGAGE and MkSmart city projects for designing short inquiry activities integrated into the school’s curriculum. Our research question was how students use a PLE to interact and collaborate for creating scientific questions. This qualitative study focused on three urban inquiries developed by 27  secondary students (Y7)  related to Responsible Research and Innovation: Electric Cars, Energy Consumption and Solar Panels. Findings indicate how students interact as co-investigators through online co- inquiry environments.  This study indicates clear evidence on students’ progress on creating questions mediated by social PLE.  The most relevant factors that support it are: easy-to-use PLE design, conceptual knowledge and pedagogical tools such as dilemma  and interactive group work, which promoted students’ interest.

Short Paper

RRI seminar

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Presentation (PPT)

Video Clip: Urban Inquiries – Electric cars, Energy Consumption, Solar Pannel

Okada, A., Wolff, A., Mikroyannidis, A. and Ashton, S. (2015) Promoting partnerships among Universities, Schools and Research Centres to foster Responsible Research and Innovation for smart citizenship, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Technology, Policy and Innovation


Presentation (PPT)

Students’ Posters

Big Stuff Blog:

An inspiring conference, say science educators.

The second International conference on Engaging Science for teachers coordinated by Dr. Ale Okada, at the Open University on March 23rd of 2019, presented evidence that the project is sustainable. Some of the key topics discussed by Science teachers were practices and strategies developed to address the key issues raised by the ENGAGE community in the previous conference:

  • What are the benefits and challenges  to promote open schooling through Engaging Science?   
  • How can  science curriculum be more inclusive and unbiased about gender?
  • How can the Science Education curriculum be reshaped so that it’s more fit for purpose?
  • How can an approach focussed on examination success still lead to an enlightened science education?


Funded by the the engaging science network, this annual event brought together more than 80 Science teachers from ...


Open Education Global Award !

The Open App to foster inquiry skill for Responsible Research and Innovation developed by the ENGAGE project received a special Award by the Board of Directors and Awards Committee of the Open Education Consortium

The Open App Award for Excellence is presented to an exceptional instrument proven to be an essential tool for professionals, trainers and teachers for building, and delivering open education.

This award is selected by the OE Awards Committee to recognize truly exceptional work in Open Education.

The OU’s new interdisciplinary RUMPUS research group is based in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education, and Language Studies but has members from across the university and outside it. We examine the role of fun in learning and life, for both children and adults, and from both children’s and adults’ perspectives with new educational approaches including open schooling. 

The Open App project is an initiative of Rumpus Centre led by Dr. Alexandra Okada with a group of partners in the UK (David Wortley) and Brazil (Sangar Zucchi, Simone Fuchtler and Karine, Rocha). It focuses on Open Educational Resources (OER) to be designed by youth based on ‘open schooling’ approach to foster skills for Responsible Research and Innovation underpinned by the ENGAGE project (Okada & Sherborne, 2018) . It is funded by Brazil government and supported by 360 in 360 Immersive Experiences (2018-2019). These OER for mobile devices about topical socio-scientific issues can be used, openly and freely, in formal and non-formal settings to enhance students and citizens’ immersive learning with fun and engagement. Our studies suggest that Virtual Reality (VR) can transform the way educational content is delivered making it easy to immerse learners in time and space with real-life settings relevant for society.

The Open App project team will be applauded for their dedication to ...