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January to April 2022 Organising Group
Dr Jonny Johnston (Academic Practice, Trinity College Dublin) works as an academic developer with research and teaching interests in curriculum, assessment, and digital teaching enhancement. He leads modules on Trinity’s SpCert in Academic Practice (a M-level qualification in teaching and learning for academics and staff with roles supporting teaching and learning) and coordinates Trinity’s teaching and learning development modules for graduate teaching assistants. Jonny is currently exploring professional interests in lived experiences of hidden curricula in higher education, in critical digital pedagogy, and in Students-as-Partners approaches to teaching and learning.
Louise Rees – Following 8 years in Canada initially undertaking a Masters degree, followed by employment, Louise has worked at Swansea University since 2000, initially in the area of quality assurance/enhancement. Between 2000 and 2015, she oversaw the QA functions for taught programmes and coordinated the preparations for Institutional Review Preparations and supported a number of Working groups and sub-committee and the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee. It was during that time, in writing policies for learning teaching and assessment and in trying to guide programme directors through their challenging role, that Louise’s attention turned towards academic development. In 2015, Louise took on the role of Senior Academic Developer at Swansea University’s Academy for Learning and Teaching (SALT). She leads on the internally accredited programme for HEA Fellowship recognition and teaches on their PG Cert in teaching in Higher Education regarding professional identity for HE educators and in assisting participants reflect on their PG Cert journey.
Danielle Hinton (Mentor) – Danielle is an Educational Developer at the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham. Danielle has worked in a variety of roles in Higher Education over the last 20 years including instructional design, e-learning and librarianship. In particular Danielle teaches on Birmingham’s PGCHE (as module lead and programme lead for our new online PGCHE) supports HEA Fellowship scheme, enhancement projects and CPD provision. She is particularly interested in active learning, the emotions of learning and teaching, enhancement of learning through technologies, distance learning, serious play in Higher Education and Education for Sustainable Development. @hintondm e-mail: email@example.com
September-December 2021 organising team
Danielle Hinton (SFHEA) – Danielle is an Educational Developer at the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham. Danielle has worked in a variety of roles in Higher Education over the last 20 years including instructional design, e-learning and librarianship. In particular Danielle teaches on Birmingham’s PGCHE, supports HEA Fellowship scheme, enhancement projects and CPD. She is particularly interested in active learning, the emotions of learning and teaching, enhancement of learning through technologies, distance learning and serious play in Higher Education. @hintondm e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Huskinson – Building on a background in art and interface design Sandra is an experienced educational consultant. Working for a variety of institutions over a number of years she has designed and developed a range courses, CPD developments for online and classroom based programs. @FieryRed1 e-mail: email@example.com
Suzanne Faulkner (mentor) – Suzanne is a teaching fellow in Prosthetics and Orthotics, within the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, she is also a facilitator trained in the LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) methodology. Suzanne is passionate about enhancing the student experience by focusing on improving student engagement, utilising social media in learning and teaching and incorporating playful learning. She has been nominated and shortlisted for several teaching excellence awards and is currently undertaking an EdD at the University of Strathclyde with a view to exploring the use of LSP to enhance participation of non-native speakers of English in group work activities. @SFaulknnerPandO e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
April-June 2021 Organising group
Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas – British School of Fashion, GCU London
Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas EdD FRSA is Professor in Marketing and Sustainable Business at the British School of Fashion, GCU London where she runs the innovative postgraduate Module in Sustainable Luxury for the School’s MBA Luxury Brand Management programme. Natascha is a National Teaching Fellow, Vice Chair ofPRME UK&I Chapter and Vice Chair of The Costume Society. Natascha is co-author of Fashion Management: A Strategic Approach and Editor-in-Chief for Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, a digital resource helping students develop essential fashion industry business skills. Natascha’s cross-disciplinary research spans creative industries practice; sustainable fashion; social enterprise and responsible business; cultural heritage, consumer behaviour and international fashion marketing. She is an advocate for globally responsible education and won the Case Centre 2020 Award for Ethics and Social Responsibility and was Highly Commended in the 2020 Women in Marketing Awards Marketing Scientist category recognising her leadership in teaching and research in marketing education. Natascha is a knitter, stitcher and passionate make-do-and-mender!
In my role as a Lecturer in Chemistry (Learning, Teaching & Scholarship track), SoTL plays an important role and underpins both my teaching practice and development of L&T resources. I have discovered that the skill- and knowledge-base, developed through my years of training as a scientist, often differs to those needed for scholarship (where social science based skills may be more applicable). Therefore, I am in the process of learning new skills and developing a grounding in SoTL and I am striving to marry these with my pre-existing research skill-set, grounded in the approach taken by the hard sciences. This transition is challenging, as it requires a re-wire of my brain, but also very rewarding because it opens up new horizons. In addition to collaborations with my Chemistry colleagues, I am also fortunate to undertake cross-disciplinary SoTL projects with colleagues from Engineering, Archaeology and the Arts. I enjoy sharing experiences with other academics regarding their SoTL experiences, especially those within the “hard sciences”, who face similar challenges in becoming Scholars. I feel that we can all learn from each other and help each other on this, sometimes frustrating but always exciting, path.
My interests include the creation of novel chemistry education resources, in partnership with my final year chemistry undergraduate project students, for use in HE and in secondary school environments. I am a firm believer in harnessing the power of fun (gamification) and the power of technology to make learning more engaging, interactive and powerful. I am keen to support student transition into HE and to help foster a sense of belonging. I am currently enthralled with the chemistry found within Heritage Science and I continue to work on enhancing the learning, assessment and feedback in chemistry labs using multimedia approaches.
Smita has been investigating the provision of training and support given to GTAs in the School of Chemistry, using a student partnership approach to involve postgraduates and undergraduates in decision-making. She has presented this work at several conferences and has contributed to international discussions on the changing role of the GTA in the pivot to online teaching. Interests include active learning approaches, use of technology to support student learning and well-being, and imbedding good-practice to enhance inclusivity in lab environments.
Team Mentor: Dr Nathalie Tasler- Academic and Digital Development, University of Glasgow
I am delighted to support this term’s amazing LTHEchat organising team! And look forward to participating in all the exciting topics over the next couple of months.
I am a lecturer in academic and digital development. My background is Erziehungswissenschaften (Sciences of Education). My current focus is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). I have a strong background in Creative Learning and Teaching and Culture Education. I am founding editor for oSoTL journal, run the UofGSoTL network and am the SoTL curator for the National Teaching Repository.
January – March 2021 organising team
Rachelle O’Brien (mentor) is a Senior Digital Learning Designer at Durham Centre for Academic Development at Durham University. Rachelle has worked in education for 10 years and has particular interests in digital education, play and games. Recently, this interest has led her to develop and deliver multiple Escape Rooms for use in education across the sector. She has also written a paper relating to the use of Escape Rooms for Teaching Technology which can be accessed here https://openjournals.ljmu.ac.uk/index.php/JSML/article/view/395. She is a recent graduate of the MSc in Digital Education from University of Edinburgh, is a Certified member of the Association for Learning Technologists and is a Fellow of the HEA.
Sarah Wright is a Faculty Senior SOLSTICE Fellowship Lead. Her role has seen her develop projects on the use of social media and online teaching, as well as lecture engagement and seminar design. Sarah is an Apple Distinguished Educator, has written for the Times Educational Supplement, contributing on a range of educational issues and sat on the Board of Management for NAACE, the national association for educational technology. Last year, she co-chaired the National Conference for Social Media in Higher Education and is now proud to sit on the editorial board for the journal. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching where she also enjoys reviewing for ‘Impact’ journal. Sarah was shortlisted for the Guardian Excellence in Teaching award in 2019 and the Educate North award in the same category. She was proud to win the Student Led Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.
Steve Rowett is the manager of the Digital Education Futures team at UCL. This role involves horizon scanning and evaluation of new technologies for supporting education at UCL, in partnership with students and staff. He has also been heavily involved in the institution’s COVID-19 response, particularly in supporting teaching staff who are newly teaching from home.
September – December 2020 organising team
Dawne Irving-Bell (mentor)
April – June 2020 organising team
Caroline Cooke is Head of Library and Learning Services and Acting Head of Student Services at AECC University College. Caroline is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of Student and Library Services, and Technology Enhanced Learning.Caroline has a passion for education, libraries, and information and digital literacy; and particularly how services enhance student engagement when embedded effectively into the learning environment. @CarolineCooke
Kate Wright is the manager of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit at Aberystwyth University. She has worked as a learning technologist for the last 15 years and has a particular interest in online assessment. She is a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technologists and Senior Fellow of the HEA. She is also a Welsh learner and is to keen to support the use of Welsh in learning technology software and tools. @kateawright
Emily Chapman-Waterhouse is a Senior Lecturer in Student Academic & Professional Development at Harper Adams University, specialising in postgraduate animal- and veterinary education. @cwaterhouse_e
(January – March) The Spring 2020 organising team is:
Dr Chris Jobling (mentor)
Dr Nathalie Sheridan
Nathalie is a lecturer in academic and digital development at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in creative learning and teaching and marginalized learners. She leads on promoting and supporting SoTL in her institution and is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is delighted to support LTHEchat this semester!
Dr Dawne Irving-Bell
Dawne is the Centre for Learning and Teaching Projects Lead at Edge Hill University. Her research interests include the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching and pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching, with a particular focus on STEM subject disciplines. She also enjoys lecturing on visual thinking and advocates for technology and design education. Dawne is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in her current position chairs institutional enquiries and leads on university-wide strategies to enhance the student learning experience… and Dawne is really looking forward to supporting @LTHEchat!
Rachelle O’Brien is an Educational Developer at University of Liverpool’s Centre for Innovation in Education and an MSc in Digital Education student at the University of Edinburgh and is currently researching perceptions of using game-informed learning in education.
Emily Chapman-Waterhouse is a Senior Lecturer in Student Academic & Professional Development at Harper Adams University, specialising in postgraduate animal- and veterinary education
Chris Jobling is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering at Swansea University, where he is currently the Programme Director for Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He has been teaching in higher education for 34 years and has been enthusiastically using technology in his teaching since the invention of photocopiable overhead foils. He is a Chartered Engineer and has recently been appointed as an accreditor of Engineering and Technology programmes in Higher Education Institutions for the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET). However, his biggest achievement so far was the award of the #LTHEChat Golden Tweeter award!
May – June 2019
Dr Rossana Espinoza is an Online Learning Content Developer at the Centre of Academic Practice Enhancement at Middlesex University, helping staff with active practice based learning, collaborative learning classrooms or social media. She supports the Staff Development Forum as Communications Officer since November 2016 on a pro bono basis. She is passionate about Education and technology (please note the capital E and lower case t!). She is formerly a lecturer in Languages, Business and Research Methods at Coventry University. Find her on Twitter. Find her on LinkedIn.
Dr Hassan Osman FHEA is a lead lecturer in research methods in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Bolton. Main academic interests: technology driven pedagogy, accelerated learning & education development in crisis or emergency settings (@drhassanosman1).
January – Easter 2019
Dr Katherine Haxton – is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Keele University @kjhaxton
Sep 2018 – December 2018
Dr Jen Lawrence PFHEA, AFSEDA is a Teaching Enhancement Advisor at the University of Hull, Advance HE Associate, and independent consultant in academic practice. She is interested in radical critical pedagogies and HE teacher and student wellbeing.
Dr Marianna Karatsiori is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. Main academic interests: teacher education and professional development, educational policy guidance and reform. Classes taught: Intercultural Education, Pedagogy, ICT in Education, Adult Education. Loves traveling, libraries and the Aegean sea.
April 2018 – June 2018
Hala Mansour – Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Northampton. @HalaMansour
Laura Burden – Currently an MA Journalism student at Sheffield Hallam Uni with an interest in teaching and learning in higher education, particularly looking at the uses of social media within that context. Laura is part of the #hallaminsiders student marketing team at Hallam. @lburdenmedia
Suzanne Faulkner – Teaching Fellow in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Strathclyde @SFaulknerPandO
Jan – April 2018
Kathrine Jensen – Anthropologist working in Higher Education. Developed a Higher Education Academy project ‘Students as Teaching and Learning Consultants‘ which included a student and staff partnership model and worked with students to publish their research in Fields: Journal of Huddersfield student research. Interested in learning spaces, collaborative learning, qualitative research, user experience and open access @kshjensen
Kiu Sum – Currently studying MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition) at Imperial College and previously graduated from BSc(Hons) Human Nutrition at University of Westminster. Kiu was heavily involved in a number of ‘Students As Co-Creators’ Projects at Westminster with interests in student engagement, and qualitative and quantitative research. @KiuSum
Sept – December 2017
Jenny Lewin-Jones – University of Worcester
Rebecca Sellers – Leeds Beckett University @becksell2001
Dr Scott Turner – University of Northampton @scottturneruon
April – June 2017
Dr Rebecca Jackson – University of Sussex @chasing_ling
January – March 2017
Sept – December 2016
Hayley Atkinson – Manchester Metropolitan University @ladyculottes email@example.com
Isobel Gowers – Writtle University College @Isobel_Gowers firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa MacKinnon – Warwick University @WarwickLanguage email@example.com
April 2016 – June 2016
Debbie Baff – Swansea University @debbaff firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Jobling – Swansea University @cpjobling email@example.com
Kate Soper – Manchester Metropolitan University @KateSoper firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2016 – March 2016
Dr Stephen Powell – Manchester Metropolitan University
Ian Tindal – Anglia Ruskin University
Chris Jobling – Swansea University
Sept 2015 – December 2015
Sue Beckingham – Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Jenny Fisher – Manchester Metropolitan University
Chris Rowell – Regents University London
Oct 2014 – June 2015
Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi – Manchester Metropolitan University
Sue Beckingham @suebecks – Sheffield Hallam University
Dr David Walker @drdjwalker – University of Sussex
Peter Reed @reedyreedles – University of Liverpool