I am a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (EEES) and have been with the Open University since 2006. My teaching area is Environmental Science, particularly soils, plants and ecosystems.
My research interests centre on technology enhanced learning in the earth and environmental sciences, with particular reference to fieldwork learning.
I am involved in developing science education research as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Lead for EEES and through eSTEeM. I also have a role in sharing good practice in technology enhanced learning through co-running the OU's eLearning Community.
I am currently working on the Education and Engagement workstream of AstrobiologyOU
My research interests are in science education, particularly technology enhanced learning in the earth and environmental sciences, fieldwork learning and inclusion. I have been involved in the Enabling Remote Activity project (http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/era/) which won an OU teaching award and a Handheld Learning Award. I have also worked on the Out There In Here project (Social inclusion through synchronous distributed team collaboration) and the fieldwork strand of the OU’s Open STEM Laboratory project.
A further strand of my research focuses on networked resources for STEM learning, particularly on new blends of physical and digital resources in the ‘Hybrid/Digital/Material/Networked learning project.
My teaching is in Environmental Science; especially plants, soils and ecosystems. I have been involved in a number of module teams at the Open University: Environmental Science (S216), Environmental Science in the Field (SXR216), Ecosystems (S396), Practical Science (S288), Practical Environmental Science (SXE288), Science Project Course: Environmental Science Practical Project (SXE390). I have also taught Environmental Management and Environmental Law at Masters Level at De Montfort University.
|Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)||Centre||Faculty of Science|
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01/Mar/2010||31/Dec/2011||EPSRC EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council|
Mobile technologies bring the digital and the physical worlds together by providing just-in-time/contextual information related to what people are observing, visiting or walking past. However, people with mobility disabilities or socio-economic limitations are often prevented from experiencing these new forms of user experience. We are proposing an alternative approach through developing hybrid ‘social inclusion’ solutions that aim to support collaboration between teams moving around ‘in the field’ and those ‘in the home’. This proposal will develop new ways of connecting existing mobile and shared table-top technologies to support synchronous distributed team collaboration that enables innovative forms of vicarious experiences. An educational prototype system for investigating aspects of the environment will be built to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of the approach for supporting distributed team collaboration. With this project we seek to build systems with middlewear that will link information resource systems and co-located table-top collaboration applications at the home-base with and mobile data collection and communication devices. This will require seamless translation of mobile data collection (i.e. audio, video, geological readings) into table-top displays e.g. mash-ups between geological readings in the wild linked to mappings on table-tops. Partner companies will support the development of viable propositions. The software company, specialising in mobile learning applications, OOKL, will support the synchronous collaboration between mobile and home-based applications. SMART, who specialise in tabletop solutions for educational applications, are in the business of developing ‘ecology of technologies’ through the seamless interaction between devices and displays i.e middleware for table-tops.