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The University of Aberdeen
Room 402 MacRobert Building King's College Aberdeen AB24 5UA
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.
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.
Internal Memberships and Affiliations
Development of new intitiatives in the School of Education.
(Interim) Head of Department of Postgraduate Taught and Professional Learning.
My current research and scholarly activity is around the professional learning of teacher educators (through the work of InFoTED - see the publications for more information) and the use of online technology to support professional learning.
Previous work has explored the development of alternative routes for Initial Teacher Education such as the Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE); the professional learning impact of the Teaching Qualification for Further Education (TQFE); and joint supervision experiences for PhD supervisors and students.
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).