Janet Strivens

Job Title: Educational Developer

Telephone: 0151 794 1167

Fax: 0151 794 2512

Email: strivens@liverpool.ac.uk

Job Role:

I am a member of the educational development team and teach in several modules on the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. I am also part of the programme team for the Professional Doctorate in Education and act as Lead for the Technology-Enhanced Learning research cluster on the EdD.


After working at the Universities of Exeter, Aston and York, I joined the Department of Education at the University of Liverpool in 1979. During the 80's I was involved with all aspects of the department's work including initial teacher training. In the early 90's I became closely involved in the University's Enterprise in Higher Education Initiative, running staff development for academic staff on teaching, learning and assessment issues, and was seconded to the University's Centre for Careers and Academic Practice, the forerunner of the Centre for Lifelong Learning, where I have worked ever since. Currently a key area of activity is medical education: I provide educational support to the European Hematology Association for the development of online training of young specialists and am also involved in a project training new staff in medical and dental colleges in Pakistan.

I also work for the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) as Senior Associate Director, contributing to its work in the areas of e-portfolio development and personal development planning. This position gives me access to national and international developments in both technology and pedagogical practice to support the lifelong learner: CRA is currently a partner in an EU-funded project to build a network of e-portfolio practice and expertise across Europe.

I became a National Teaching Fellow in 2012.


My interests all cluster around supporting the learner and the learning process. I have special interests in collaborative learning; all aspects of assessment; personal development planning and the development of self-managed learners; curriculum design; and the use of technology to support all of the above. Outside work my activities and interests include gardening, choral singing, textiles (spinning, weaving, dyeing and embroidery) and food.


2003 (with Simon Grant) “The Liverpool University Student Interactive Database (LUSID): A web-based system for recording achievement in HE” in D.Gosling (ed.) Personal Development Planning, SEDA Paper 115, June 2003: SEDA, Birmingham

2004 (with Rob Ward and Norman Jackson) Progress Files: Are We Achieving our Goal? CRA/Higher Education Academy at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/employability/employability709

2005 (with Simon Grant and Adam Marshall) "Implementation of a Portable Skills Framework" in: A.Méndez-Vilas (ed.), Recent Research Developments in Learning Technologies vol III (2005), FORMATEX, pp.940-945. ISBN 609-5997-X. Third International Conference on Multimedia and Information & Communication Technologies in Education.

2006 Efficient Assessment of Portfolios, a report for the PPBL CETL at the OU, at http://www.open.ac.uk/pbpl/resource...

2006 A Survey of e-PDP and e-Portfolio Practice in UK Higher Education, CRA/Higher Education Academy at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/resource_database/id631_survey_of_epdp_and_eportfolio_practice

2006 "From the inside: supporting and assessing personal development" in Personal Development Planning and Employability, (ed. Rob Ward), Learning and Employability Series Two, York: CRA/Higher Education Academy at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/employability/ESECT_PDP.pdf

2007 (with Rob Ward, Steve Porter and Simon Grant) Good practice in supporting learners throughout application to and induction in higher education, and in the use of technology to support this, Study 3, JISC Studies on good practice and technology-supported approaches to recruitment and admissions, at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2007/supportingapplicantsreport.aspx

2007 "What theory should we use – if any? Interpreting scholarship on programmes for new university teachers", Pedagogical Research in Maximising Education Vol 2, No 2, pp.81 -90.

2009 (with Baume, D, Grant, S, Owen, C, Ward, R, Nicol, D) The Role of e-Portfolios in Formative and Summative Assessment: Report of the JISC-funded Study. At: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearningcapital/studyontheroleofeportfolios.aspx

2009 (with Ward, R) “An overview of the development of Personal Development Planning” in J STRIVENS (ed.) Personal Development Planning Walsall: Foundation Degree Forward

2010 (with Ward, R) Higher Education Employer and Employee Engagement through e-Portfolios Final Project Report. At: http://www.recordingachievement.org/employers-cpd/he5p/project/reports/item/reports/he5p-final-project-report.html

2010 (with R Ward) “An overview of the development of personal development planning (PDP) and e-portfolio practice in UK higher education”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education No. 2. At: http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/ojs/index.php?journal=jldhe&page=issue&op=view&path%5B%5D=10&path%5B%5D=showToc

2013 (with Ward, R) "Reflection as a strategy to enhance students' engagement in their learning" in EJ Dunne and D Owen (eds.) The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education, Emerald Publishing Group