About me

I am a educational researcher, with several years experience working in higher education with a focus upon Technology-Enhanced Learning. At present, I am a PhD student in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, which I expect to complete in 2016. Additional relevant qualifications I hold include a postgraduate certificate in Technology-enabled Academic Practice from City University London, and an MPhil in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a certified member of the Association of Learning Technology.

Current projects

PhD, provisional thesis title: "Reshaping the Higher Education network? Analysis of academic social networking sites"

I am currently a research student with CREET (the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology), based in IET (the Institute of Educational Technology) supervised by Dr. Canan Blake and Professor Martin Weller. My doctoral research focuses upon academic social networking. Academic social networking sites are a relatively new type of online social media, which apply some of the aspects of generic social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn) to an academic context. The project is underpinned by a general question of the impact of such sites upon academic practice; does this new online space merely replicate existing working academic relationships or facilitate a new paradigm of academic working? Do take a look at my publications for the latest findings from my doctoral research.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Since Spring 2012, I've been an avid MOOC student and have been blogging about my experiences at MoocMoocher.wordpress.com. My work on MOOCs, particularly about gathering data in relation to enrolment and completion figures, has been featured in several publications, including:

I am also co-investigator with Professor Martin Weller on a project funded by the MOOC Research Initiative, entitled "Characteristics and completion rates of distributed and centralised MOOCs".

Previous projects

During the 2011/2012 academic year, I studied full-time toward a Masters degree in Educational Research. I was based at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Christine Howe.

Ensemble: Semantic technologies to support case-based learning in Higher Education

The Ensemble Project, was a three-year project funded under the Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme. It focussed upon the potential role of semantic technologies in supporting case-based learning in Higher Education, across a wide variety of academic settings and institutions. I held parallel posts as a research assistant at both the University of Cambridge and City University, London.

The Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme

I have been working with the TLRP Technology Enhanced Learning programme, directed by Professor Richard Noss at London Knowledge Lab. I have overseen web development and work on cross-programme themes.

Transkills

The Transkills Project, funded by HEFCE, sought to develop resources and support for students in the transition between school and Cambridge University. My role in the project included survey analysis and developing online resources. Further information about the project can be found here.

The Teaching for Learning Network

The Teaching for Learning Network was funded by the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) to carry out educational research and e-learning development in a range of disciplinary settings. I worked as a research assistant on the project, based in the Department of Plant Sciences. I have put together a browser containing all the publications from the project; you can access it here. This includes papers presented at a range of conferences, and bundles of resources setting out the methodologies and approaches the project used. It includes links to the full documents, and information about how to cite each resource if you would like to refer to them in your own work.