Chris Valentine

Project Officer

Joining the OU in the Spring of 1992, my initial projects were related to the transcription of course material for print-disabled students. I was a founding member of KMi when it was launched in 1995. I am now a web applications developer using PHP and mySQL, writing custom code or extensions for open source CMS like Drupal or Wordpress.

I am particularly interested in the application of mobile technology to teaching and learning in remote locations. Projects have included a photo and audio blog for L204, a second level Spanish language course which made custom use of Google Maps for location data. I was also part of the award-winning team for ERA - the use of wireless networking technology to make geology field trips accessible to disabled and/or remote students.

I worked on the website that hosts the Open University's immensely popular podcast service and the OU's webcast hosting system STADIUM. I have been involved in four EU-funded projects related to language teaching and inter-cultural competence.

Outreach projects include collaboration with the Halle Orchestra and the Field Studies Council. I worked on Making The News (a web-based news system being used in schools nation-wide, ROSTRA, CLUTCH, CABER, VDC, MK Schools OnLine and the citischool project (teaching for kids who dropped out of mainstream education in the Milton Keynes area).

I have also created web applications for the OU's Research School including PhDSkills (to track the progress of all PhD students at the OU) and the Research Diary. I both judge and run the online part of the annual research students' poster competition where new PhD students show off their projects (

In 2008 I was a recipient of two OU Teaching Awards, for my role in T189 'Digital photography: creating and sharing better images' ( and as part of the ERA team. I received a third Teaching Award in 2014 for my part in webcasting the Student Connections conference. I have since contributed to the OU's new photography course 'Creating a Professional Portfolio' including a Raspberry Pi-powered remote SLR and hosted on FutureLearn.

I now work mostly on Citizen Science projects including iSpot (


PHP, SQL, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, photography, audio, recording, webcasting, API, social networks, renewable energy, citizen science, mobile learning


Cooke, Julia , Wheeler, Philip , Maseyk, Kadmiel , Davies, Sarah-Jane , Collins, Trevor, Bradshaw, Kate , Hawkridge, Ben, Valentine, Chris and Morgan, Gwyneth (2020). Broadcasting from the field: enabling student-led investigations by distance. In: Enhancing Fieldwork Learning 2020, 8 Sep 2020, Online, United Kingdom.

Ramachandran, Manoharan, Chowdhury, Niaz, Third, Allan, Jan, Zeeshan, Valentine, Chris and Domingue, John(2020). A Framework for Handling Internet of Things Data with Confidentiality and Blockchain Support. In: IoT4Safe, in conj. with Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2020, 31 May - 1 Jun, Heraklion, Greece.

Third, Allan, Tiddi, Ilaria , Bastianelli, Emanuele , Valentine, Chris and Domingue, John(2017). Towards the Temporal Streaming of Graph Data on Distributed Ledgers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10577 pp. 327–332.

Dovrolis, Nikolas, Stefanut, Teodor, Dietze, Stefan , Yu, Hong Qing , Valentine, Chris and Kaldoudi, Eleni(2011). Semantic annotation and linking of medical educational resources. In: 5th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE MBEC), 14-18 Sep 2011, Budapest, Hungary.

Kelley, Simon , Tindle, Andrew , Anand, Mahesh , Whalley, Peter , Hogan, Paul , Valentine, Chris, Pillinger, Colin , Gibson, Everett and Schwenzer, Susanne (2011). The Open University-NASA Apollo Virtual Microscope – a tool for Education and Outreach. In: 42th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 7-11 Mar 2011, Houston, TX, USA.

Davies, Sarah-Jane , Collins, Trevor, Gaved, Mark , Bartlett, Jessica , Valentine, Chris and McCann, Lewis (2010). Enabling remote activity: using mobile technology for remote participation in geoscience fieldwork. In: Proc. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 (EGU 2010), 02-07 May 2010, Vienna, Austria.

Wild, Fridolin , Valentine, Chris and Scott, Peter (2010). Shifting interests: changes in the lexical semantics of ED-MEDIA. International Journal on E-Learning, 9(4) pp. 549–562.

Gaved, Mark , Collins, Trevor, Bartlett, Jessica , Davies, Sarah-Jane , Valentine, Chris, McCann, Lewis and Wright, Michelle (2008). ERA: On-the-fly networking for collaborative geology fieldwork. In: mLearn 2008 'The bridge from text to context', 8-10 Oct 2008, Wolverhampton, UK.

Comas-Quinn, Anna , Mardomingo, Raquel and Valentine, Chris(2009). Mobile blogs in language learning: making the most of informal and situated learning opportunities. ReCALL, 21(1) pp. 96–112.