My research interests cross the areas of Education and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I’m particularly focused on the design and evaluation of systems that support inclusion, creativity, and openness in learning.
I am the Accessibility Coordinator for the Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) curriculum, and also an Open Media Associate. The OU has a mission to widen participation and success in education, and through these roles my work involves understanding how we can offer the most effective learning opportunities to the most people.
I am a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Empowering Design Practices project and a core member of the Leverhulme-funded international network: Disabled students, ICT, post compulsory education and employment: in search of new solutions
Previously I worked as a Horizon Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. I was involved in a range of research projects including ArtMaps, Creativity Greenhouse, and Stories of User Appropriation.
Areas of interest and expertise include:
Creativity support tools
Open data as a material for learning activities
Design for inclusion and widening participation
Computer Science education, digital skills and literacies
Technology in the home
Mobile and Ubiquitous computing
Device and display ecologies
Processes of User-centred, participatory and co-design
Co-chair of H810: Accessible online learning
Module team for H880: Technology enhanced learning: practices and debates
Associate Lecturer on TM470: The Computing and IT Project
I also have a role as a Data Wrangler, using analysis of Open University student data to inform teaching.
Previously, I taught introductory programming at the University of Nottingham, and maintain a strong interest in learning to code, and computer science education.
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||21 Oct 2014||20 Oct 2020||AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council|
Empowering Design Practices is a five-year research project exploring historic places of worship and their potential as community resources. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and includes the following partners: The Open University, Historic England, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Glass-House Community Led Design. Through this collaboration, the project aims to explore how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance the heritage. The project also aims to build national capacity for community-led design practice by developing open educational resources and training for design students, communities, as well as the professionals and support bodies who work with them. More information: http://empoweringdesign.net