About Me

Who am I?

Well first and foremost I am a proud Mum of two daughters. We are very close and I constantly learn from them. I currently work at Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems within the Department of Computing. I am also an Educational Developer, and often work with academic colleagues to enhance the way we as professionals learn, the way we teach and the way we assess our students. I am regularly invited to give Guest Lectures to students across many disciplines on the use of social media to develop a professional online presence.

I hold an MA in Communication and Media Studies and an MSc in Technology Enhanced Learning Innovation and Change. Other qualifications include a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and the SEDA-PDF Supporting Educational Change. I hope to commence a PhD in the summer of 2017. 


My research interests are in the use of social media in higher education, digital literacy, online presence/identity and the concept of collaborative learning through our individually created personal learning networks. I have presented widely in these areas internationally. A list of these can be found here and on my Academia.edu and Slideshare profiles. My publications can be found in the Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive.


I was a co-opted member of the Staff and educational Development Association (SEDA) Exec Committee for four years 2012-2016, the SEDA Papers Committee, co-founder of the SEDA Technology Enhanced Learning in Practice SIG and have been a facilitator at the SEDA Summer School. In addition I have supported the AUA as stakeholder adviser for the JISC funded Developing Digital Literacies project. I am also a Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologies (CMALT). 

I am the co-founder of the National #LTHEchat (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) and the cross-institutional open online course Bring Your Own Device for Learning.

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Certified Facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA)
  • Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT)
  • Fellow of the Association of University Administrators (FAUA)


Other Awards

European Conference in Social Media. Best Poster of the 2014 Annual Conference

The Jisc 50 most influential UK higher education professionals on social media


Publications

My list of publications can found here, ResearchGate and SHURA the Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive. 

Stream Editor for 'The Influence of Social Media on Online Education, in the International Journal on Innovations in Online Education. http://onlineinnovationsjournal.com/editorial_board/


Press

Wired-up Sheffield Hallam students become wired-up jobseekers UK Authority (2014)

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Chat. Inside Higher Ed. (2015)

The 50 most influential UK higher education professionals on social media. Times Higher Education. (2015)

Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed Chat. ALTC Blog (2016)


Mentions

https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/socialmedia/2016/03/30/socmedhe2015-starting-the-conversation-about-social-media-for-learning/


Groups

Internal Digital Capabilities Steering Group membership (2016)

Jisc Student Experience Experts Group (ongoing)