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Suzan Orwell

Lecturer

I'm a lecturer in technology-enhanced learning in the Centre of Higher Education Research and Practice. I also have lecturing experience in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University, where I taught web development and programming modules to undergraduate students.

Recently, I worked as a research associate on a pilot ‘Clickers' project' for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. I worked with a number of academics to develop resources, deliver training and evaluate this project with staff and students. As a result of this pilot, the Clickers technology is being deployed across the whole University and I am taking a lead role within the working group of that project including a University-wide evaluation. I am piloting a further project in this area focusing on students' use of personal mobile devices for in-class activities. I am also evaluating undergraduate geography students' use of e-portfolios.

For a number of years I worked as an academic e-learning developer. In this role I ran staff development workshops using tools and environments such as Xerte, Classroom Response Systems, e-portfolios and Wordpress blogging. I have also run workshops for staff to discuss the pedagogical use of technology in teaching. Further, I collaborated with the Learning and Teaching Group to evaluate personal development plans (PDP) tools in the context of the UK Professional Standard Framework. I helped implement the new strategy for PDP and I created a new bespoke platform (http://ep.kingston.ac.uk) for private reflective writing.

I have worked as a usability consultant on a KTP project (Bike Register) and an adviser on a number of internal projects to analyse users' requirements, design use-case scenarios, create experimental interfaces and prototypes, apply usability testing methods, data gathering and statistical analysis. I have also worked in various web development roles in the private publishing sector and in Wimbledon College of Arts (University of Arts London).

In Kingston University, I've carefully followed accessibility guidelines in my teaching, research and technical work. I have participated in a number of schemes run by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, which has increased my awareness on the attainment gap, progression, equality and inclusion. Recently, I took part in a mentoring scheme as a mentor.

I'm a member of the KU Women's Network and the Race Equality Charter Mark self-assessment team. The team has recently achieved a level Bronze Race Equality Charter Mark. My role was to work on looking at staff progression and promotion data and making recommendations to improve the process for under-represented BME staff.

Qualifications and memberships

  • 2016–20 Enrolled on PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning, Lancaster University
  • 2013: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2007: MSc User Interaction Design, Kingston University
  • 2003: BSc Computer Science, Kingston University

Research interests

I'm interested in students' online learning, in-class interaction and feedback, learning analytics, the role of technology in teaching large groups, peer instruction, flipped learning, feedback, students' engagement and motivation especially in group work.
I'm also interested in user interaction design, usability and the role of responsive web design in learning.

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

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

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