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Dr Tania Dias Fonseca

Lecturer

I joined CHERP as lecturer in technology-enhanced learning in September 2016 as part of the team for Kingston University's Succeed Programme.

In my previous position, I worked as Open Digital Educational Resource Co-ordinator for the Secretariat for Education of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Portugal. In this role, I designed and led the development of an online educational resource platform for teachers and students (http://reda.azores.gov.pt). In addition, I evaluated strategies, policies and initiatives related to learning, teaching and assessment, and delivered expert advice, guidance, consultancy and support for educational political decision-makers on ICT education, science education, and citizenship education.

Leadership and management

Early in my career I took a leading role in two pioneering international citizen science research projects, PEOPLE-Citizenship (2002) and EuroLifeNet (2006–10), studying exposure to air pollution across Europe (in partnership with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre). During my PhD, in addition to my thesis research, I co-developed two pilot online platforms: one to manage and promote participatory management of urban gardens in Lisbon, and one for the management and coordination of cultural activities for disadvantaged communities.

As an educational project manager, I have designed and led a number of media and digital literacy programmes involving different stakeholders, such as mayors, researchers, students, teachers, and librarians.

Teaching

I have taught in secondary and middle schools since 2002, and throughout this time I have designed and delivered continuing professional development courses for primary and secondary school teachers on a wide range of topics, including education and innovation, ICT and education, educational project design, organisation and development and experimental pedagogy.

I have supervised undergraduate students in science education at the University of the Azores for their Professional Teaching Certificate and led seminars and workshops on e-governance and participatory technologies for researchers and political decision-makers in a number of universities and international organisations.

External roles

In September I accepted the challenge to work with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as one of their mentors for designing short online courses in dance and theatre.

Qualifications and memberships

    I hold a PhD (2015) in e-Planning jointly awarded by the Universities of Lisbon and Aveiro and the Nova University of Lisbon. During my PhD, I was an invited research student at the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London (now UCL). I also hold a Master of Education with a specialisation in ICT and Education, and a Licenciatura in physics and chemistry (including a teaching certification for physics and chemistry), both from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.

    I am a member of the e-Planning Lab, University of Lisbon and University of Aveiro, the Children's Identity and Citizenship European Association (CiCea), and the National Association for Media Literacy (NAMLE, USA), and a founding member of the Burra de Milho Cultural Association (Portugal).

Grants/projects funded

    I was awarded a nationally competitive PhD scholarship by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2011–14). In 2013, I obtained funding (€31,920) from the European Union Youth in Action programme for the international "Mobile Tech & Citizenship" project. As a founding member of youth arts collective Burra de Milho, I co-authored successful applications for funding (a total of €350,000, 2006–12) for a number of participatory youth media and arts projects.

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of education, technology, and participatory citizenship. I am specifically interested in digital and media literacy, educational planning with technology (eg future classroom scenarios, mobile learning), 21st-century skills and the role of technology in widening participation in higher education. I am also interested in research methods (qualitative and quantitative) for investigating the social, cultural and political aspects of students' participation, its relationship to technology and how technology can contribute to the development of active citizenship.

Publications

Publications include monograms and conference/keynote presentations.

Contact details

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Kingston University
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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