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Dr Tunde Varga-Atkins BA, BSc, MA, MSc, PgCert, PhD, SFHEA

Senior Educational Developer (Digital Education) Centre For Innovation In Education

About

Personal Statement

As a Senior Educational Developer with a specialism in digital education at the Centre for Innovation in Education, I support staff across the University in their curriculum review and enhancement developments, and a considered and critical use of digital tools for learning and teaching. This support role is one I really enjoy. We support staff with aligning their programmes to the Liverpool Curriculum Framework (Curriculum 2021 earlier). One of my particular roles is to coordinate our Centre's support for digital education and digital fluency as a graduate attribute in programmes. The former involves support for our core institutional technologies, which include Canvas, O365 tools, Microsoft Teams, PebblePad, Canvas Studio, Buddycheck etc. My doctoral thesis was a case study of digital capabilities in disciplines. I also represent our Centre in various education committees, internal periodic review and approval panels.

I am passionate about student evaluation, curriculum design and evaluation, and pedagogic research. I act as peer reviewer in a number of educational journals. I am regional co-lead ALT ELESIG and member of its national committee (was Chair between 2018-2021), a special interest group aimed at building capacity of practitioners in HE and FE across and beyond the UK. My specific areas of research encompass areas in curriculum evaluation, assessment and feedback, digital capabilities, and more recently artificial intelligence in education and organisational learning. In addition to my interest areas in education, I seek out and explore multimodal and creative methods in both my research and education practice. I have worked with using drawings and diagrams for data elicitation, used poems for data analysis, and created new methods for in student and curriculum evaluation, see a combined technique, the nominal focus group. I led a number of institutional research and evaluation projects, such as evaluating the VLE Baseline and EMA (Electronic Management of Assessment), and particularly keen to involve students as partners in the research process. I am editor of Research in Learning Technology and associate editor of the Developing Academic Practice journals.

Areas of expertise:
• Curriculum design and evaluation
• Pedagogic research and evaluation
• Digital capabilities
• Digital technologies for education
• Collaborative learning and knowledge building
• Multimodal and creative methods (both in research and education)