As a Learning Technology Developer and a member of the eLearning Unit, Centre for Innovation in Education, I support staff across the University in their curriculum and e-learning development. This support role is one I really enjoy. I contribute to the development of our Curriculum 2021 framework and the running of programmes and workshops for academic staff on TEL (technology-enhanced learning) and the institutional VLE. I have also led a number of institutional research and evaluation projects, such as evaluating the VLE Baseline and EMA (Electronic Management of Assessment). For 5 years, up to 2015/16, I have contributed at a more strategic level, including co-leading the Digital Literacies Working Group which succeeded in raising this agenda for the QAA review at the time.
I am also developing a specialism in research and evaluation, focusing on technology-enhanced learning. I convene a regional research group, ELESIG NW with colleagues from Manchester and LJMU. My specific areas of interest recently have included writing about the educational uses of wikis, and learner experiences of e-learning and the development of digital literacies. I am currently writing up my doctoral thesis on digital capabilities in the disciplines. My interest in visual and other research methods, such as the nominal group technique all feature in my research and evaluation work.