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Dr Linda Price

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Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK Linda Price and Professor of Engineering Education at the Engineering Faculty (LTH)  in Lund University in Sweden.  I have been researching and promoted pedagogically-driven uses of educational technology in a range of contexts in higher education for almost 20 years.  I use my research and that of others to foster academic practice that promotes student-centred learning and engenders scholarly approaches to teaching and learning with technology. I have given national and international keynotes, seminars and workshops on these topics. I have also collaborated with international colleagues on how to promote scholarly practices in teaching and learning, through the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). My recent research focuses on investigating and developing models of scholarly practices using technology through understanding academics’ conceptions of and approaches to teaching and learning.

 

Research interests

My research area is student learning and academic practice in higher education and the contextual influences of technology in this endeavour. I have developed a model that considers the factors that contribute to improving student learning and how variations in those factors impinge on outcomes. This adopts a holistic view to investigating improvements in student learning. It considers the students: their conceptions and approaches to learning, their personological and contextual factors; the teachers; their conceptions and approaches to teaching, their personological and contextual factors; and the institution: the environment, policies and practices.

In developing a synergistic approach to my work I use my  research and teaching knowledge to promote the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and its role in supporting and improving student learning. I have been part of the Carnegie Association for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning group working on institutional Culture: Philosophy, Policy and Infrastructure. This has several collaborative projects between three USA universities and two UK universities.

My extensive work is in evaluating the student experience of learning in higher education and using this to promote the synergy between research and practice. I am interested in investigating how variations in the context, particularly in relation to technology, relate to students’ perceptions of their educational experience and whether this impinges on their perceptions of the quality of their experience. I have conducted many evaluations of online learning and have specialized in understanding whether the online context mediates students' perceptions. I have been a pioneer in the research and development of online learning and support.

 

Teaching interests

My main area of responsibly is Academic Lead for Scholarship and Knowledge Exchange.  The Scholarship and Knowledge Exchange Programme distils and disseminates investigations about learning and teaching.  This is particularly linked to the context of the Open University’s distinctive approach to distance education. It advances the external recognition and impact of Open University excellence in scholarship and research in the field of higher education.  It brings benefits through shared knowledge to the University’s teaching, learning and curriculum development. The programme spearheads evidence-driven scholarship that is theoretically informed, drawing on robust educational research methods.  It provides an evidence-centre of robust experimental or quasi-experimental research about effective interventions in Open University teaching and learning that enhance retention, progression and completion.  A key strength of the Scholarship and Knowledge Exchange Programme is its ability to locate practice-based pedagogic interventions within a wider theoretical framework.  This aids the advancement of knowledge beyond the scope of the individual micro practitioner interventions into a collective awareness that forms new meso and macro discernments that expand the field of higher education research.

I support the professional development  needs of those involved in learning and teaching at the Open University. This is a research-driven, evidenced-based approach that utilised both institutional research findings and innovative theories and practices from the wider HE context. The  approach underpins individual personal development and the university’s commitment to improving the quality of the student experience. In particular my work focuses on helping colleagues to consider how new technologies can be pedagogically employed effectively to enhance the student experience. This is to encourage educational uses of technology that link with assessment in order to constructively align course outcomes with course intentions.

I have been an educational consultant on numerous online learning courses in the OU and I have contributed to the development of innovative uses of technology in the support of student-centred learning. This includes the consultation, development, and evaluation of online learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous communication, and electronic assessment and assignment handling. I have also been a consultant for other universities advising on how effective e-learning could be realized in their courses. Additionally I provide keynotes and external workshops on the use of technology higher education.

Impact and engagement

Have a look at my ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Linda_Price   Most of my publications are found under the publications tab.

I have given invited keynotes, seminars and  workshops  in UK, UAE, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, Belgium, Iceland and Switzerland.  These include:

Workshop on Students as 21st Century Professionals,  23rd Jan 2015,  Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Plenary Session at 8:e Pedagogiska Inspirationskonferens, Developing a roadmap for E-learning, 17th December, LTH, Lund University, Sweden

Presentation at Digital Scholarship Colloquium, Using digital technologies in Engineering Education: how can we be scholarly? 10th June , Lund University, Sweden

Organiser of a Digital Scholarship Colloquium, Lund University, Sweden, 10th June

Seminar: Teaching and Learning with TechnologyIKDC (Engineering Design Centre), 15th May, Lund University, Sweden

Keynote: How can ‘blended learning’ help us prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s professions? Blended Learning Conference, 28th April, Rekjavik, Iceland

Workshop: Towards Blended Learning?  University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 29th April

Presentation to Danish Government Select Committee on Higher Education:
How does educational IT support the quality of teaching? And how can we measure the effect of educational IT? 25th April, Copenhagen, Denmark

Presentation to e-learning policy group. Learning in a Connected World - Experiences from the UK Open University, 24th April, Lund University, Sweden

Keynote at the SEFI Convention for Engineering Deans entitled Learning in a Connected World, Convention for Engineering Deans  2-3 April, Lund

Keynote: Technology Enhanced Learning at University – How Can Learning Enhancement Be Demonstrated? Education 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Keynote: Technology, Technology, Technology – is it improving learning? Education 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Keynote: What skills do today’s students need as tomorrow’s professionals in a 21st century world? Education 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Keynote: Digital Learners of the 21st Century:  What do we know about them? Academic Development conference, Åarhus University, Åarhus, Denmark

Keynote: Teaching and learning with technology: why? Academic Development conference, Åarhus University, Åarhus, Denmark

Workshop: Educational Development: Supporting Colleagues in Teaching and Learning with Technology, Academic Development conference, Åarhus University, Åarhus, Denmark

Keynote Scholarly Approaches to using Technology in Teaching and Learning, Learning and teaching conference, Malmö, Sweden

Keynote: Learning and teaching with technology for Science and Technology, The College of Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Magaliesburg, South Africa

Lecture: Scholarly approaches to using technology in teaching and learning, University of South Africa, South Africa,

Workshop: Cultivating ODL professional practice in enhancing learning and teaching through technology, University of South Africa, South Africa,

SeminarResearch in capacity development towards technology enhanced learning and teaching, University of South Africa, South Africa,

Keynote: Learning and teaching with technology, Association of Dental Education Europe, Birmingham, UK

Seminar: ‘Digital Learning in the 21st Century: a look at the learners’ Lund University, Sweden

Keynote: Learners in the 21st century – are they any different? TESOL Arabia conference, Dubai

Featured presentation: Learning and Teaching in the 21st century, TESOL Arabia conference, Dubai

Workshop: Mobile learning for the 21st Century Classroom, TESOL Arabia conference, Dubai

Keynote: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, Humanities Teaching and Learning Conference, Lund University, Sweden.

Keynote: Enhancing teaching and learning through technology’, Teaching and Learning conference, Malmö University, Sweden.

Symposium paper: ‘Evidence-based approaches in the professional development of university teachers’ use of technology in learning and teaching’, European Association of Research into Learning and Instruction, SIG Professional Development and Learning, Antwerp

 

 

External collaborations

Lund University, Sweden.

Malmö University, Sweden

Åarhus University, Denmark

 

Flanders Scientific Network, Belgium

University of Alberta

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Higher Education Policy and Practice Research Group (HEPPRG)GroupInstitute of Educational Technology

Publications

Using technology for teaching and learning in higher education: a critical review of the role of evidence in informing practice (2014)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
Higher Education Research and Development, 33(3) (pp. 549-564)
Technology-enhanced learning and teaching in higher education: what is ‘enhanced’ and how do we know? A critical literature review (2014)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
Learning, Media and Technology, 39(1) (pp. 6-36)
Informed design of educational technology for teaching and learning? Towards an evidence-informed model of good practice (2014)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 23(3) (pp. 325-347)
Promoting reflection in asynchronous virtual learning spaces: tertiary distance tutors’ conceptions. (2014)
Alden Rivers, Bethany; Richardson, John T. E. and Price, Linda
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 15(3) (pp. 215-231)
Examining some assumptions and limitations of research on the effects of emerging technologies for teaching and learning in higher education (2013-07)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(4) (pp. 536-543)
Missing: evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching and learning with technology in higher education (2013)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
Teaching in Higher Education, 18(3) (pp. 327-337)
Approaches to studying and perceptions of the academic environment among university students in China (2011-06-24)
Price, Linda; Richardson, John T. E.; Robinson, Bernadette; Ding, Xia; Sun, Xiaoling and Han, Cuiling
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 31(2) (pp. 159-175)
Which way to SoTL utopia? (2011-01)
Draeger, John and Price, Linda
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning , 5(1)
Student and tutor perceptions of effective tutoring in distance education (2009-11)
Jelfs, Anne; Richardson, John T. E. and Price, Linda
Distance Education, 30(3) (pp. 419-441)
Conceptions of learning in adult students embarking on distance education (2008-03)
Makoe, Mpine; Richardson, John T. E. and Price, Linda
Higher Education, 55(3) (pp. 303-320)
Assessment and Student Learning – a fundamental relationship and the role of information and communication technologies (2008-02)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
Open Learning, 23(1) (pp. 5-16)
Face-to-face versus online tutoring support in distance education (2007-02)
Price, Linda; Richardson, John T. E. and Jelfs, Anne
Studies in Higher Education, 32(1) (pp. 1-20)
Lecturers' vs. students' perceptions of the accessibility of instructional materials (2007)
Price, Linda
Instructional Science, 35(4) (pp. 317-341)
Adaptation for a Changing Environment: Developing learning and teaching with information and communication technologies (2006)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 7(2)
Gender differences and similarities in online courses: Challenging stereotypical views of women (2006)
Price, Linda
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 22(5) (pp. 349-359)
Learners and learning in the twenty‐first century: what do we know about students’ attitudes towards and experiences of information and communication technologies that will help us design courses? (2005-06)
Kirkwood, Adrian T. and Price, Linda
Studies in Higher Education, 30(3) (pp. 257-274)
Individual differences in learning: cognitive control, cognitive style and learning style (2004)
Price, Linda
Educational Psychology, 24(5) (pp. 681-698)
Approaches to studying and perceptions of academic quality in electronically delivered courses (2003-01)
Richardson, John T. E. and Price, Linda
British Journal of Educational Technology, 34(2) (pp. 45-56)
Modelling factors for predicting student learning outcomes in higher education (2014)
Price, Linda
In: Gijbels, David; Donche, Vincent; Richardson, John T. E. and Vermunt, Jan D. eds. Learning Patterns in Higher Education: Dimensions and Research Perspectives. New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction (pp. 56-77)
ISBN : 978-0-415-84252-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
E-portfolio: a practical tool for self-directed, reflective, and collaborative professional learning (2014)
Daunert, Anna Liza and Price, Linda
In: Harteis, Christian; Ruasch, Andreas and Seifried, Jürgen eds. Discourses on Professional Learning: On the Boundary Between Learning and Working. Professional and Practice-based Learning (9) (pp. 231-251)
ISBN : 978-94-007-7011-9 | Publisher : Springer Science and Business Media | Published : Dordrecht
The influence upon design of differing conceptions of teaching and learning with technology (2011-08)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
In: Olofsson, Anders D. and Lindberg, J. Ola eds. Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching (pp. 1-20)
ISBN : 978-1-61350-080-4 | Publisher : IGI Global
Technology in the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Context (2008)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
In: Scott, Shelleyann and Dixon, Kathryn C. eds. The Globalised University: Trends and Challenges in Teaching and Learning (pp. 83-113)
ISBN : 9780975751954 | Publisher : Black Swan Press | Published : Perth
'Am I still doing a good job?': Conceptions of tutoring in distance education (2007)
Jelfs, Anne; McDonald, Janet; Price, Linda; Richardson, John T. E. and Cannell, Pete
In: Rust, Chris ed. Improving Student Learning Through Teaching
ISBN : 978-1-873576-75-5 | Publisher : Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development | Published : Oxford, UK
Why is it difficult to improve student learning? (2004)
Price, Linda and Richardson, John T. E.
In: Rust, Chris ed. Improving Student Learning: Theory, Research and Scholarship
ISBN : 1 873576 71 4 | Publisher : Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development | Published : Oxford, UK
Improving quality and validity in research and evaluation studies of learning technologies (2014-07)
Kirkwood, A. and Price, L.
In : EDULEARN 14 Conference (6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies) (7-10 July 2014, Barcelona, Spain) (pp. 5397-5404)
Modelling factors for predicting student learning outcomes in higher education (2011-12-01)
Price, Linda
In : ‘Learning in transition: dimensionality, validity and development’ scientific research network conference (1-2 December 2011, University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Technology enhanced learning – where’s the evidence? (2010)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
In : Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future. Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010 (5-8 December 2010, Sydney, Australia)
Enhancing professional learning and teaching through technology: a synthesis of evidence-based practice among teachers in higher education (2011)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
Higher Education Academy, York, UK.
Enhancing learning and teaching through technology: a guide to evidence-based practice for academics (2011)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
Higher Education Academy, York, UK.
Enhancing learning and teaching through technology: a guide to evidence-based practice for academic developers (2011)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
Higher Education Academy, York, UK.
Enhancing learning and teaching through technology: a guide to evidence-based practice for policy makers (2011)
Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda
Higher Education Academy, York, UK.
Enhancing learning and teaching through technology: a table of resources for academics (2011)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
Higher Education Academy, York, UK.
Enhancing learning and teaching through technology: a table of resources for academic developers (2011)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
Higher Education Academy, York, UK.
Enhancing learning and teaching through technology: a table of resources for policy makers (2011)
Price, Linda and Kirkwood, Adrian
Higher Education Academy, York, UK.