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Educational Technology

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) is one of the leading education research units in the UK. It is an internationally respected centre of excellence, pursuing innovative and rigorous research that influences policy and practice. CREET research is multidisciplinary and is united by:

  • a focus on learning through diverse media in a wide range of social, cultural and disciplinary settings
  • a radical, challenging approach to established orthodoxies in policy, pedagogy, theory and research methods
  • a major thread of sociocultural theorising across all research areas
  • a focus on the role of language and literacies in education.

We provide research students with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities. For research of an interdisciplinary nature, we liaise with schools in other faculties such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for technology, communication and education topics. All of our programmes were designed following Economic and Social Research Council guidelines. We offer a three-year full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme and Professional Doctorates programme.

CREET offers a unique opportunity to study the theory, application and practice of education and educational technology with guidance from world-class experts in the field.

Key facts

  • Four broad research themes: Childhood Studies, Education Futures, Languages and Applied Linguistics and technology-enhanced learning.
  • A large community of researchers including over 70 PhD students and approximately 120 EdD students.
  • A vibrant interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Opportunities and support provided for research students to attend workshops, seminars and conferences at other national and international institutions.


One of our exciting research facilities at The Open University is the Jennie Lee Research Laboratory complex which provides state-of-the-art facilities for research in educational technology and related areas. It includes eye-tracking equipment that is used, for example, for usability testing and has also been used for postgraduate research that collected data on student interactions. Another facility within the laboratory is the gaming room and observation suite, which have also been used for postgraduate research into gaming and informal learning.



Research topics

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Education futures

Technology-enhanced learning