I have an interest in teacher education and professional learning; on-line learning and the use of ICT for enhancing learning and teaching across all areas. I completed my PhD (Education) as a part-time student in June 2011, thesis title: Learning Through Online Discussion - Case Studies of Higher Education Students' Experiences.
I was appointed as a Professor (Personal Chair) in August 2019, and previously as a Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) (Alternative Routes & New Initiatives Strategic Coordinator) with responsibilities for developing new pathways for teacher education in the School of Education.
Other roles have included: Lecturer in Education at the University of Dundee (2017-2018) including Acting Programme Director for TQFE; and various roles in my earlier employment at the University of Aberdeen: TQFE Programme Director (2011-2017); Depute Head of School (Strategic Planning) (2012-2016); PGDE(S) Programme Director (2005-2007); and PGDE(P) Depute Programme Director (2003 - 2005). I have many years of experience in teacher education and professional development within teacher education over many years.
Prior to that, I have a background in Secondary teaching having been a Principal Teacher of Computing Studies and previously a teacher of Physics and Computing in Secondary Schools.
My current research and scholalry activity is around the professional learning of teacher educators (through the work of InFoTED - see the publications for more information) and the impact of alternative routes such as Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE).
I have been involved in researching online professional learning through partnerships (DLITE).
I have been involved in the MODIS project (Mobile Devices in Schools) to research aspects of learning and teaching impacted by the introduction and use of mobile devices.
I was a founder member of the PICTAL research group, with interests in learning through online discussion, e-learning, using e-portfolios for professional development, and using ICT for learning, teaching and research, which ran successfully for a number of years, and involved having a lead role in creating an online three day conference event.
My current research interests are around the use of online learning, and supporting professional development of teacher educators and teachers as a collaborative partnership approach (through the work of InFoTED).
Member of InFoTED Council. See https://info-ted.eu/
Current teaching, learning and assessment:
- iPGDE Master's level courses
- Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) courses
- PGDE Secondary Programme: Professional Studies
- PhD supervision
Previously have taught on:
- MEd supervision of Masters projects relating to ICT for learning and teaching
- Masters level: Coaching and Mentoring in schools
- Further Info
Development of new intitiatives in the School of Education.