Head of Technology Enhanced Learning and Professor of Educational Technology
I am Head of Technology Enhanced Learning and Professor of Educational Technology in the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre. I am also a professor of engineer education in Lund University, Sweden. Prior to my appointment at Kingston University, I was associate dean, learning and teaching, and a senior lecturer in educational technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University. I have also worked in three further education colleges in Northern Ireland teaching computer science, digital literacy, and digital education. Preceding this, I worked in industry as a computer programmer/analyst.
Qualifications and memberships
- 2015: PFHEA Principal Fellow of the Higher Educations Academy (admission by portfolio review)
- 2009 – present: Member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL)
- 2004 – present: Member of the European Research Association for Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
- 2002: PhD in Educational Technology, Open University, UK
- 1994: MSc in Computer Science Education (Distinction), University of Ulster, NI
- 1993: ADFE (Advanced Diploma in Further Education), University of Ulster, NI
- 2015: HEFCE, £375,000 CoI, grant to pilot and evaluate measures of learning gain
- 2011–13: Flanders Scientific Network, £1,000, grant to research collaboration in Flanders
- 2010: Erasmus £1,200 grant to support invited five-day seminar series on evidence-based practice in using technology in learning and teaching in HE
- 2009–11: Higher Educational Academy £20,000 PI on grant to perform synthesis on professional learning and academic practice
- 2006–09: OU Strategic Funding £15,000 Grant to support research on institutional policy and practice with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- September 2014: External reviewer for the e-learning strategy and implementation at Mid-Sweden University, Sweden
- June 2013: Adviser on evaluating blended learning, Aarhus University, Denmark
- April 2013: Adviser to Bergen University College, Norway on digital policy
- October 2012: Adviser to Malmö University, Sweden on policy for the implementation pedagogically driven digital technologies
- May 2011: Adviser to the University of West England on the implementation and use of a university-wide electronic assignments system
- November–December 2009: External reviewer for the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Scotland
- January–March 2004: External Reviewer for the Masters in Education Programme, Department of Education, Warwick University, Warwick.
PhD/EdD and MSc supervision
- 2014 – present: Claire Englund ‘A longitudinal study into Swedish HE teachers' approaches to and conceptions of teaching and learning with technology', co-supervised with Anders Olofson
- 2014 – present: Lise Jensen ‘An investigation into the effects of using digital technologies on Swedish Engineering HE teachers' beliefs and practices in teaching and learning', co-supervised with Thomas Olsson
- 2010 – present: Valerie Bentnick ‘An investigation into factors relating to low-engagement in Learning Technology in Distance Learning students within Social Science courses', co-supervised with John Richardson
- 2010 – present Edwin James ‘The nature of student consumerism among post-secondary students in British Columbia', co-supervised with John Richardson
- 2009–14: Neil McLean, ‘Changing approaches to teaching in social science seminar tutors; a longitudinal study of new faculty at the London School of Economics', co-supervised with John Butcher (awarded with no amendments)
- 2009–13 Bethany Alden, (full time), ‘A study of reflection in distance learners and its role in their learning', co-supervised with John Richardson (awarded)
- 2003–06 Mpine Makoe, (full time), ‘The conceptions of learning of rural black South African women', co-supervised with John Richardson (awarded)
I have been researching and promoting pedagogically driven uses of educational technology in a range of contexts in higher education for more than 20 years. My recent research focuses on investigating and developing models of scholarly practices using technology. It is distinguished by its strong synergistic approach to research and practice, traversing the fields of education and educational technology research and scholarship. It brings together the two research areas of conceptions and perceptions of learning and teaching in higher education and technology enhanced learning. My research has provided theoretical frameworks illustrating the range of complex factors to be considered in digital interventions in teaching and learning, enabling knowledge transfer that transcends national and disciplinary boundaries. I have led the convergence of the theoretical approaches to teaching and learning in HE with the experiential approaches to educational technology. My research is leading current approaches to evidence-based practice in both learning design and academic development. I have given keynotes and workshops on theses topics, nationally and internationally in countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, South Africa, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates.
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).