Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA) at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where I work with colleagues across the university to develop and support strategic learning and teaching developments, funded educational research projects, engagement in educational scholarship and research, and the development, sharing and recognition of learning and teaching practice.
In my current and previous roles I have led a number of educational policy and strategy developments, led or co-led externally funded educational research and development projects, and contributed to various sector wide projects and consultations.
Prior to joining UHI I was programme leader for an award winning MSc Blended and Online Education. I also developed Edinburgh Napier University’s Benchmark for the Use of Technology in Modules, which is based on the 3E Framework I originally produced for a cross-institutional curriculum redesign project. The 3E Framework, and the related Benchmark resources, has since been implemented (in original or adapted form) by a range of institutions and projects within and beyond the UK.
Wider activities include reviewing for a number of education journals, membership of various committees and reference groups, and External Examiner for a number of education-related programmes. I’m also one of the founding editors of the online, open-access Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (@JofPAAP).
Away from Higher Education, I’ve supported or volunteered with third sector organisations that have a focus on education and outreach. This has included periods as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Lead (Linking Education and Disability) Scotland, and as a Trustee of the social innovation charity People Know How.
I use this blog to share thoughts on aspects of education, learning, technology and inclusion in a purely personal capacity, and to keep track of presentations and papers.