About the Author

Photo of the authorKaren Kear is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Systems Department of the UK Open University. Karen joined the Open University in 1994 as an educational software designer. She became a lecturer two years later, and was also an Open University tutor for several years, teaching on modules which pioneered the use of online communication with students.

Karen has more than 15 years’ experience of writing distance learning modules for the Open University. All of these involved online communication, together with a variety of other modes of technology enhanced learning.

Karen’s undergraduate study was at Cambridge University UK, where she gained a BA in theoretical physics. She also has an MSc in Information Technology from Keele University UK, and a PhD from the Open University. Karen’s PhD investigated the design of online communication systems, researched from the perspectives of students and teachers.

Karen is a fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. She is an active researcher in the field of online communication for learning. Karen’s publications also include Online Communication and Collaboration: A Reader, published by Routledge, which she co-edited with colleagues Helen Donelan and Magnus Ramage.

Contact details:

Dr Karen Kear
Communication and Systems Department,
Faculty of Maths Computing and Technology,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

email: karen.kear@open.ac.uk