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Dr Perry Williams

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Profile summary

  • Academic Related Staff
  • Senior Manager (Production)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • Faculty Office
  • Professional Services
  • perry.williams

Professional biography

My current role in the Faculty of Wellbeing Education and Language Studies encompasses:

  • coordination and oversight of course production activity

  • development of Faculty approach to operational delivery issues

  • support, guidance and training for online teaching and learning.

Between 1994 and 2003, I was producer of bespoke education and training materials at the independent company Learning Materials Design. Projects on which I was an author, learning designer or project manager included the National Training Programme for New School Governors, the National Training Programme for Gifted and Talented Coordinators, and the Marie Curie Cancer Care BSc in Palliative Care / Cancer Care. Following this, I conducted doctoral research at on learners’ experience of self-direction in online learning at the Institute of Educational Technology.

Between 1984 and 1993, I was an academic at the Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science, where I taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and published on the history of science, history of medicine, and women’s history.

Research interests

Learners' experience of online learning

Learning design and pedagogy of online learning

Teaching interests

Learning design

Writing and authoring of education and training materials


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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