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Dr Katharine Jewitt


Dr Katharine Jewitt

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Professional biography

Dr Jewitt is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at The Open University (Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) in the Faculty of Business and Law). She is also an Associate Lecturer for 16 years, working on academic course teams, writing courses and teaching at access, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in four faculties (Business and Law; Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics; Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies and The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnership).

Also, an Educational Technology Consultant at The Open University’s Learning and Discovery Services and International Development Office contributing to, developing and leading on areas of research, scholarship and teaching activities both independently and as part of a team, with regional, UK and international bodies. A mentor for new Open University Associate Lecturers and Mentor for Advance HE’s Fellowship and Aurora programme.

Additionally, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Society for Education and Training and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). Founding Co-Chair of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab Education and Digital Skills E-Team. Technical editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education and Administrator for the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE).

Previously, Director of Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Quality at an FE college and at Heriot Watt University as a Learning Technologist, Learning Designer and course writer for the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree. Prior to working in HE and FE, held senior positions in industry, including DHL, Exel and Fujitsu.

Dr Jewitt completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow’s School of Education in using virtual reality for work-based learning with apprentices in SMEs.She holds one doctorate degree, six postgraduate degrees and one Bachelor degree. 

Research interests

Research activities are in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), learners' experiences and uses of technology in learning, mobile learning environments, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), learning in virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

Katharine is an advocate of causes such as education equality and social justice. She works as a Prison Educator. Katharine is particularly interested in how technology enhanced learning can help people to develop key life skills and realise their full potential. 

If you are interested in talking about potential research projects, please do get in touch.

Current research interests are focused on:

  • Online learning in schools, FE and HE
  • Developing virtual environments to support and enhance learning in the workplace
  • Social Media and interactive platforms for the support and development of Communities of Practice
  • Student Retention
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Learning Development, Learner Experience and Student Partnership
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Learning in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Flipped Learning
  • Makerspaces
  • Work-based learning and apprenticeships
  • Mobile learning and games for education
  • Technical and cultural interactions in quality logistics and supply chains
  • Technological interfaces between IT, strategic and operations management

Teaching interests

Faculty for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics 

Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Faculty of Business and Law

The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships

Impact and engagement

Katharine is Co-Chair of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab's Education and Digital Skills Team. She is also a mentor on the Advance HE Aurora and Fellowship programmes. She is Technical Editor for the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education and Administrator for the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education. Katharine’s greatest achievements include working with county councils in England to build an online distance education system for young people excluded from school to be educated from their home. She also developed a virtual learning environment to support and enhance psychological well-being for young people going through key life transition points and developed virtual reality training systems with councils to support newly qualified social workers working with vulnerable children and young people. For her PhD research, she worked with SMEs to use virtual reality to support apprentices’ work-based learning developing a three-way partnership between education provider, SME and apprentice. Katharine was awarded a digital learning fellowship at Prospects College of Advanced Technology, funded by The Education and Training Foundation, to lead a transformational project to develop and implement a digital learning strategy, for delivery of vocational education of the future. 


External collaborations

Katharine founded the Digital Learning Community of Practice and is Co-Lead of the Education and Digital Skills Team within UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab. She is a School Governor and Technical Editor for the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. She works on ALT's communications and publications committee and Administrator for the Association for Learning and Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE). Katharine is former Chair of the Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELESIG). Katharine has won several awards including The Open University Tutor Award for excellence in tuition and support for students in 2021 and was voted as “One to Note” in the Edtech 50 2020 yearbook for her work in virtual reality.  

With 20 years in the supply chain & logistics sector, whilst working across retail, manufacturing, education, government, technology and pharma sectors; which includes specialist experience for many large organisations, Katharine has significant experience of the development and implementation of strategy in many FTSE 100 organisations, as well as, from working at The Open University. Throughout her career Katharine has worked internationally including Europe, USA and Africa. She has worked with world class organisations and educational institutions, including BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence, Marks and Spencer, Kingfisher, Pearson, AstraZeneca, Morrisons, Tesco, Whitbread and the Home Retail Group.

Katharine worked with The Open University’s International Development Office and NESTA in a project to develop ground-breaking innovation learning through a first of its kind modular curriculum on innovation tools and methods. She wrote some of the modules and learning materials that are available on demand to students, practitioners, social entrepreneurs and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the globe. It is a key resource for social business accelerator and innovation programmes in Africa.



The Scheme of delegation as a sensemaking framework in Multi Academy Trusts in England: Useful tool or constraint ? (2022)
Baxter, Jacqueline and Jewitt, Katharine
Educational Management Administration and Leadership ((Early access))

The value of relationships in moving through recovery following the Covid-19 global pandemic (2021-10-15)
Jewitt, Katharine
UKSG eNews, 500

Connecting Students with Customized Technology Solutions: Embedding Partnership in a Digital Learning Strategy (2020-12)
Jewitt, Katharine
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Leadership Studies, 1(3) (pp. 16-25)

Do you want virtual fries with that? (2017-10)
Jewitt, Katharine and Claman, Marianne
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (pp. 44-46)

The MOOC Revolution massive open online courses: the answer to problems facing education or an experiment that could destroy centuries of tradition. (2017-05)
Jewitt, Katharine
Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 10(1)

Improving assessment and feedback through virtual reality mobile learning, for higher degree apprentices in the workplace (2017-12-14)
Jewitt, Katharine
In: Crompton, Helen and Traxler, John eds. Mobile Learning and Higher Education: Case Studies in Practice (pp. 56-66)
ISBN : 9781315296739 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Assessment, Identity and Agency (2022)
Fox, Alison; Jewitt, Katharine; Kagoya, Anne; Burrell, Susannah; Stutchbury, Kris and Ruiz Martinez, Alejandro Tomas
In : Seminar on Assessment, Identity and Agency (30 Mar 2022, Online at The Open University)

What does psychoneuroimmunology mean to you? (2021-12-02)
Jewitt, Katharine
In : What does psychoneuroimmunology mean to you? (2 Dec 2021, The Open University [Online])

Self-care Espresso – Reflect, Restore, Re-assert (2021-12-02)
Jewitt, Katharine
In : The Open University Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference (02 Dec 2021, [Online])

Educational leadership for the future (2021-09-28)
Baxter, J A; Floyd, A and Jewitt, Katharine
In : Educational leadership for the future: World Education Leadership symposium 2021 (28-30 Sep 2021, Geneva)

Strategic management of online education in English secondary schools during Covid 19 and beyond (2021-07)
Jewitt, Katharine; Baxter, Jacqueline and Floyd, Alan

Inequalities in secondary school online learning through Covid-19 (2021)
Jewitt, Katharine; Baxter, Jacqueline and Floyd, Alan
In : The Open University Covid-19 response research: social inequalities in a pandemic event (25 Jun 2021, [Online])

Leading and managing online learning in schools during Covid-19 and beyond (2021)
Jewitt, Katharine; Baxter, Jacqueline and Floyd, Alan
In : EDEN Annual Conference 2021 (21-24 Jun 2021, Online)

What are the “Covid Keepers” for September? (2021)
Jewitt, Katharine; Baxter, Jacqueline and Floyd, Alan
In : The Open University Children and Covid-19: A conversation event (3 Jun 2021, [Online])

Implementing a digital learning strategy - Keynote Speaker Dr Katharine Jewitt (2017-12-08)
Jewitt, Katharine
In : Digital Transformation of Vocational Education Showcase Conference (8 Dec 2017, Ecos Visitor and Conference Centre Ballymena, Ireland)

Leading School Online Learning beyond Covid-19
Jewitt, Katharine; Baxter, Jacqueline and Floyd, Alan
In : The Northern Celebration of Education: CelebrateEd 2021 (30 Jun 2021, Online)

Resilience for riding the Coronacoaster
Jewitt, Katharine
In : Equality, Diversity and Inclusion AL Development Event (Thursday 3 Mar 2022, The Open University)

Integrating online learning provision: What will schools take forward post-pandemic? (2021-06-11)
Jewitt, Katharine and Baxter, Jacqueline
SecEd The voice for secondary education

Key themes emerging from the qualitative pilot study (2021-04-30)
Jewitt, Katharine
The Open University

Take 5: The best way to generate ideas? (2020-10-29)
Jewitt, Katharine
London Metropolitan University

An exploration of rationale behind non submission of final assignment in B100 An introduction to business and management. (2020-05)
Jewitt, Katharine
The Open University

Evaluation of B205 Exploring Innovation and Entrepreneurship Retention Small-Scale Scholarship Project (2018-05)
Jewitt, Katharine
The Open University

Best practice across the wider HE Sector in relation to student support in preparing for examinations, EMAs, revision, resits and resubmissions. (2017-03)
Jewitt, Katharine
The Open University

Implementing a Digital Learning Strategy [Keynote Lecture] (2017)
Jewitt, Katharine
Digital Transformation of Vocational Education Showcase Conference, Ballymena, Ireland, 8th December 2017

Benchmarking OU Assessment Feedback Practice and Mechanisms (2016-07)
Jewitt, Katharine
The Open University

An investigation into students' expectations and experiences when using technology in an FE college. (2015-09)
Jewitt, Katharine
Prospects College of Advanced Technology

An investigation into students' expectations and experiences when using technology in an FE college (2015)
Jewitt, Katharine
PROCAT (Prospects College of Advanced Technology)

Enhancing the digital experience of students (2015)
Jewitt, Katharine

An audit of level 1 Open University courses (2008-06)
Jewitt, Katharine
The Open University

UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab Education and Digital Skills: A Conversation Event
Jewitt, Katharine

Collaborative Analysis Between Staff and Students of Interviews About Assessment, Agency, and Identity
Fox, Alison; Kagoya, Anne; Stutchbury, Kris; Jewitt, Katharine; Ruiz Martinez, Alejandro Tomas and Burrell, Susannah