The Open Education Professional Directory

Andy Lane, Professor of Environmental Systems


The Open University UK
Milton Keynes,


Native/near native level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Oversight of open education at an institution
Open Education policy development
Implementation of open education policies
Business Models for open education
Research in open education
Accessibility in open education
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for online education
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Technology for OER
OER and lifelong learning
Geographic regions of professional expertise


Personal statement

I have a BSc in Plant Sciences and a PhD in Pest Management from the University of London. I have been at The Open University in the UK since 1983 and held various offices in the former Technology Faculty (now Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology) including being Head of the Systems Department, Associate Dean and Dean. Promoted to Professor of Environmental Systems in 2005, I was Director of The Open University’s OpenLearn Initiative from 2006-09 (, served as a Board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008-10 and been involved in a number of European OER initiatives such as MORIL ( and OER-HE ( I was also a Senior Fellow in the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at the OU ( from 2009-12 and also lead the recently completed JISC funded SusTEACH project ( investigating the carbon impacts of HE teaching models which has been shortlisted for a Green Gown award ( I haveauthored or co-authored many teaching texts, research papers and other publications dealing with systems thinking and environmental management; the use of diagramming to aid systems thinking and learning; and systems of open education, especially the use of open educational resources.

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