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Dr Diogo Casanova

Senior Lecturer

I have worked at Kingston University London since September 2013. Previous to this I was a research fellow at the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey where I was involved in a Nominet Trust research funded project named Tailoring Technology, which consisted of co-designing and developing internet-enabled ICT appliances for and with older people. My academic background is in education and more specifically technology-enhanced learning and how we enhance its use in learning and teaching in higher education.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education. I have been awarded a Managing Information MSc and Multimedia in Education PhD from the University of Aveiro, in Portugal. My doctoral research related to establishing the foundations of active e-learning and designing a quality framework for both sustaining the effective use of tools and developing procedures for evaluating active e-learning.

I have been involved in teaching and training in different contexts and countries including Portugal, the UK and also in Brazil, Moldova and Ukraine. I have participated in different European projects related to staff development, virtual mobility and students' retention. Currently I am module leader for Active Learning in Curriculum Design, part of the PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert, which is delivered online and I will be involved in lecturing on the Research and Practice in Higher Education MA. I am also delivering workshops around the topic of technology enhanced-learning and teaching small and large groups.

My perception of a future higher education is that it should be a place where learning happens everywhere and where students have a sense of ownership of their learning. I envision higher education as an innovative and creative place wherein students and staff learn and experiment together.

As a lecturer in CHERP I try to encourage more active, innovative and creative learning aiming, with these values, to promote more engagement and satisfaction.

Projects funded

  • Augmented reality in healthcare education, can it bridge the theory-practice gap? (co-bidder). Funding from the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP) funding scheme, Kingston University (2015). Total funding: £1,000.
  • Our university designed by us! Building learning spaces through involving students in participatory design (project co-ordinator). Project funded by the SADRAS (Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme), Kingston University (2013–14). Total funding: £1,250.
  • Tailoring technology – co-design and development of internet-enabled ICT appliances with older people (research fellow) – see more on the Nominet Trust website (2012–13). Total funding: €73,000.
  • Gestión Universitaria Integral del Abandono (GUIA) / Integral Management of University Withdrawal (institutional team member): DCI-ALA/2010/94 see more on the GUIA website (2011–14). Total funding: €1,118.
  • TRACER – the use of communication technologies in the Portuguese public higher education (co-bidder): PTDC/CPE-CED/113368/2009COMPETE:FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-014394 – see more on the TRACER website (2011–14) Total funding: €200,000.
  • TeaCamp – teacher virtual campus: research, practice (institutional team member): 502102-LLP-1-2009-1-LT-ERASMUS-EVC – see more on the TeaCamp website (2009–11). Total funding: €393,000.
  • Western-Eastern Teacher Education Network in Higher Education (WETEN) (institutional team member): 145035-TEMPUS-2008-LT-JPTHN TEMPUS IV – see more on the WETEN website (2009–11). Total funding: €587,000.

Research interests

Currently my research interests are around technology-enhanced learning and participatory research. More specifically, I am interested in learning spaces and their symbiotic relationships with active learning and technologies and the innovative use of technologies in classrooms and the impact on pedagogy of emergent technologies and concepts such as learning with tangible technologies and augmented reality. I am also interested in different research topics around quality enhancement and quality assurance in higher education.

Publications

Publications include monograms and conference/keynote presentations – read more in Kingston University's Research Repository (a digital archive of published research produced by Kingston University staff and researchers).

Contact details

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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Contact us

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice