Martyn’s expertise and interests are in the applications of new and emerging technologies to enable and empower disabled people, and to provide them with effective access to a wide range of technologies. With a widespread engineering background in the broadcasting, computing and the oil industries, and a BSc in Cybernetics and Control Engineering with Maths, he is able to bring a broad systems view and analytical skills to bear on situations. While at the Open University (OU) his work had a strong emphasis on access to education, in particular where this is mediated by technology.

Experience

1991 – PRESENT (intermittently 1995-2016 as then also in full-time employment)
Proprietor and lead Technical Consultant, Technology for Disabled People (TDP)

Consultancy work for organisations supporting disabled and elderly people or disabled people themselves.  This includes systems design, equipment recommendations, accessibility consultations, training courses, user requirements research, etc.

2001 – 2016
Senior Research Fellow – Accessibility in Educational Media (AEM), Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University 

Martyn had overall responsibility for accessibility in the OU’s VLE program. He headed the working group which developed the OU’s Web Accessibility Guidelines and authored various accessibility guidance documents about e.g. Maths and other Symbolic Languages and about document accessibility in Word, PDF and XML.  Actively involved since 2000 in the development of international standards for eLearning technologies with reference to accessibility in IMS Global and Dublin Core Metadata International.  Among other diverse research and consultancy roles, Martyn was also Lead Investigator for the major EU project EU4ALL (European Unified Approach for Accessible Lifelong Learning).

1998 – 2001
RESEARCH LECTURER, THE KNOWLEDGE MEDIA INSTITUTE, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

Lead Investigator and Project Manager for the EU project PEARL (Practical Experimentation by Accessible Remote Learning).  EPSRC funded researcher in the use of Ambisonic Sound as a means of realising Virtual Reality for blind people.

1993-1998
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH: TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CYBERNETICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

Responsible for coordinating all the department’s research relating to disability.  Lead Investigator and Project Manager for the EU project HS-ADEPT (Home Systems – Access for Disabled and Elderly People to this Technology).

1981-88
ENGINEER WITH THE BBC (BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Initially undergoing their excellent engineering training programme – then in various operational, maintenance and project roles at the BBC’s Monitoring Service, Caversham and Local Radio.

EDUCATION

JULY 1991
B.SC. CYBERNETICS AND CONTROL ENGINEERING WITH MATHS (2:2), UNIVERSITY OF READING

Dissertation: The measurement of Rayleigh modes of vibration in microphone membranes

JULY 1979
A LEVELS IN MATHS (B), PHYSICS (B), AND CHEMISTRY (E), KING ALFRED’S SCHOOL, WANTAGE

July 1977 – 11 O Levels including: English Language and Electronics

SKILLS

• Systems Understanding/Analysis
• Data Science especially Leaning Analytics
• Writing: Funding Proposals, Papers, Reports
• Presentation and Workshop Skills
• Systems Approaches to Accessibility
• Human-Centred Engineering
• Project Management
• Good Interpersonal Skills

ACTIVITIES

• Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) – Member of Board (2000-2002), founder member and formally a member of Candidates Committee
• Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) – Member of Professional Group A5 (Human Interface Systems Engineering) formally a member of Professional Group A10 (Personal Technologies) 1995-98 with a remit for the issues in these areas relating to disabled and elderly people being the users.
• British Computer Society (BCS) – Member of Disability Group’s Management Committee 1991-99
• Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology (IPEMB) [now called IPEM] – Former member of Rehabilitation Special Interest Group. 1994-1998
• Martyn Cooper was a member of the Consultative Team for the ACE Centre Advisory Trust, a leading national centre for the use of technology as communications aids for people with a disability.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

• Cooper, Martyn; Ferguson, Rebecca and Wolff, Annika (2016). What Can Analytics Contribute to Accessibility in e-Learning Systems and to Disabled Students’ Learning? In: LAK ’16: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge, ICPS: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, pp. 99–103.
• Cooper, Martyn (2014). Meeting the needs of disabled students in online distance education – an institutional case study from The Open University, UK. Distance Education in China, 2014(12) pp. 18–27.
• McAndrew, Patrick; Farrow, Robert and Cooper, Martyn (2012). Adapting online learning resources for all: planning for professionalism in accessibility. Research in Learning Technology, 20(4) pp. 345–361.
• Cooper, Martyn; Sloan, David; Kelly, Brian and Lewthwaite, Sarah (2012). A challenge to web accessibility metrics and guidelines: putting people and processes first. In: W4A 2012: 9th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility, April 16-18, 2012, Lyon, France.
• Cooper, Martyn (2010). Remote laboratories extending access to science and engineering curricular for disabled students. In: Rev2010 Remote Engineering & Virtual Instrumentation, 29 June- July 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.
• Seale, Jane and Cooper, Martyn (2010). E-learning and accessibility: an exploration of the potential role of generic pedagogical tools. Computers and Education, 54(4) pp. 1107–1116.