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Dr Donna Smith

Profile summary

  • Academic Related Staff
  • Tuition Delivery Lead
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Politics
  • donna.smith

Professional biography

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Film and English Studies

MA Politics

PhD Politics and Media

Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education

Certificate in Management (Level 5)

Research interests

Politics and media, media regulation, representation and sexuality, teaching and learning.

Smith, D., and Smith, K., 2019. Understanding barriers to participation in online tuition. Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference: ‘Teaching in the spotlight: Innovation for Teaching Excellence’.

Smith, D., and Blakeley, G., 2019. Teaching political ideas at an online and distance university - an interactive workshop. Poltical Studies Association International Teaching and Learning Conference.

Smith, D., and Manning, R., 2018.  Creating spaces for learning: online forums. In Baxter, J. et al [eds]. Creativity and critique in online learning: exploring and examining innovations in online pedagogy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, D., and Robson, J., 2018. Recording online tutorials: a consideration of the issues. Widening Participation Conference.

Smith, D., 2017. Participation in online/distance undergraduate politics module forums at The Open University and implications for teaching and learning strategy 2. Political Studies Association Annual Conference – Teaching and Learning Group Panel.

Smith, D., 2016. Looking behind the headlines: participation in assessed collaborative forums and implications for assessment. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Seville).

Smith, D., 2016. Participation in online/distance undergraduate politics module forums at The Open University and implications for teaching and learning strategy. Political Studies Association Annual Conference – Teaching and Learning Group Panel.

Smith, D., and Smith, K., 2015. Understanding Passive Learning in Online Distance Education. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Seville).

Smith, D., and Smith, K., 2014. The Case for 'Passive' Learning – The 'Silent' Community of Online Learners. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp.85-98.

Smith, D., 2014. Review of ‘The same-sex unions revolution in Western democracies: International norms and domestic policy change’. Political Quarterly, Issue 85, Volume 2, pp.236-238.

Smith, D., and Middleton, D., 2013. 'It needs to be better than face to face': Introducing Elluminate into a social sciences distance learning programme. Enhancing Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.3-14.

Smith, D., and Smith, K., 2013. Fifty shades of forums: the trouble with fantasy and dominance in asynchronous teaching and learning. UNISA Cambridge International Conference on Open, Distance and eLearning (University of South Africa).

Knightly, M., and Smith, D., 2013. Different or Difficult? Collaborative Online Learning in Psychology. BPS Qualitative Methods Conference.

Smith, D., 2012 (hardback), 2013 (paperback). Sex, Lies and Politics: Gay Politicians in the Press. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Politics; Social Sciences and Global Studies Scholarship Lead.

Currently a member of the module team for DD316 (Modern Political Ideas, production and presentation) and DD313 (International Relations, presentation). Previously a member of the Module Team for The uses of social science (DD206) and Living political ideas (DD306).

Previously Senior Faculty Manager (2010-2019), Tuition Delivery Lead (2015-2019), Scholarship Lead (2014-2016), and Deputy Chair of the Social Sciences Programme Team (2015-2016). I was also an Associate Lecturer for many years, teaching Living political ideas (DD306), The uses of social science (DD206), and various Level 1 social sciences modules.

Member of editorial board/article reviewer for the following journals: Higher Education Studies, Journal of Education and Training Studies, Journal of Open Learning.

Higher Education Academy/APPLAUD (previously OpenPAD) assessor and panel member.

Impact and engagement

Higher Education Academy (HEA) – Senior Fellow
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – Chartered Member (CMgr MCMI)
Political Studies Association (PSA):
  • Currently:
    • Teaching and Learning Network - Co-Chair
  • Previously:
    • Trustee, Director and Executive Committee member
    • Publications Committee - trustee member and Co-Chair Publications Strategy 
    • Teaching and Learning Committee - trustee member
    • Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Working Group - committee member
    • Teaching and Learning Specialist Group - Co-Convenor