Prof. Denise Whitelock

The Open University

Professor Denise Whitelock is the Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning and has over twenty-five years’ experience in Artificial Intelligence for designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education.

She is currently leading an innovative research programme for the Skills for Prosperity project which is supporting the Kenyan government to provide at scale, quality, open and distance learning opportunities, through training 320 staff at 37 public universities.  

Denise recently led the UK’s contribution to the Adaptive Trust e-Assessment System for Learning (TeSLA). The overall objective of the TeSLA project was to define and develop an e-assessment system, which ensures learners authentication and authorship in online and blended learning environments while avoiding the time and physical space limitations imposed by a face-to-face examination. She is currently the Editor of Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance & e-Learning. Her work has received international recognition through holding visiting Chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai. Denise is currently a serving Board Member and Vice President Research for EDEN Digital Learning Europe. Denise is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of EDEN and awarded a Commonwealth of Learning Chair in April 2023.

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