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Associate Members

Fiona CurtisFiona Curtis is a Lecturer in Medical Education in Lancaster Medical School. Her research interests focus on the intersection of medical education and technologies. Fiona is currently investigating the use of technologies, including mobile apps, simulation and social networks by medical students.   

Paul DaviesPaul Davies is a researcher in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University. The main focus of his work is on transitions, and in particular the transition from school to work and the transition from military to civilian life.  Paul is currently working with Don Passey investigating the possible use of digital technologies in supporting former members of the armed services adjust to civilian life.   

Vivien Hodgson Vivien Hodgson is a Professor of Networked Management Learning in the Management School.

Cormac O'KeefeCormac O'Keeffe is co-founder and director of teaching and learning at YES ’N’ YOU, a network of professional training centres based in Paris, France. With a strong commitment to educational innovation, YES 'N' YOU is working with Lancaster University's Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning to explore new ways of applying current research. Cormac is also a doctoral student at the Centre and his thesis is entitled 'Assembling the adult learner: global and local e-assessment practices'. Cormac's research interests include e-assessment, e-learning, digital ethnography, software studies, STS, and organisational learning.

Gale ParchomaGale Parchoma is an Associate Professor of Educational Studies in the Learning Sciences at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Gale worked at Lancaster University from 2007 to 2012 and was a member of the team that developed the Educational Research Department’s e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning doctoral programme. Her research interests include cultural historical and actor network theory approaches to the study of technological affordances, simulation based education, distributed and networked learning.

Alberto Ramirez-MartinellAlberto Ramírez-Martinell is a full-time researcher at the Institute of Educational Research at the Universidad Veracruzana, México. His research interests revolve around virtual education, the digital divide, ICT4D, video and multimedia production, and open educational resources among others. He is an active member of social movements through SocialTIC, a Mexican NGO that procures topics of infoactivism. Alberto completed his PhD at Lancaster, and his supervisor was Dr. Julie-Ann Sime.

Photo of Michael Reynolds Mike Reynolds is Professor of Management Learning in the Management School. He is interested in the design and application of experiential learning events, critical perspective and management learning design, the application of group dynamics and social theory to educational design.

Chryssa ThemelisChryssa Themelis is a researcher, lecturer and instructional designer based in Athens, Greece. Her research interests cover interdisciplinarity, vocational training, video-enhanced learning and gamification. Chryssa works as a European Union project partner and designs experiential learning events for professionals in the field of industry and commerce. Chryssa’s doctoral thesis was entitled: “Tele-Proximity: The Experienced Educator Perspective on Human to Human Connection in Distance Education”.

Maria Zenios Maria Zenios worked at Lancaster University for 10 years and she has researched and published extensively on technology-enhanced networked learning. Her interests focus on knowledge creation, collaborative learning and professional development, as well as on research methodologies in Technology Enhanced Learning.

Joana ZozimoJoana Zozimo is a part-time researcher for the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University and a PhD student currently exploring how evaluative practices are constructed within development education organisations. Joana lived in Africa where she worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) consultant, mainly with educational programmes. From this long-term African experience she developed particular interest into the evaluation of learning processes, in general. Recently she applied this interest into the mobile learning area by collaborating with the Centre on the production of MLEARN research reports.

Visiting researchers

Professor Mpine Makoe is Head of the Institute for Open and Distance Learning at the University of South Africa (Pretoria). Her work focuses on the development of online distance learning in Africa.

Slavişa Radović is a lecturer in the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade, Serbia. His main research is focused on investigating issues related to the technology enhanced education and mathematics curriculum development in primary and secondary schools.

Mikko Ruohonen is the Professor of information systems at the University of Tampere (Finland) and chief executive of CIRCMI - Research on information, customer and innovation management. His work includes a focus on the uses of mobile devices to support professional learning in developing countries.


Jane DavisJane Davis is a researcher based in Colchester. She has worked as a senior manager supporting college based higher education for much of her career and has a particular interest in the learning experience of 'non-traditional' students. Jane's research is situated in the fields of education and technology enhanced learning, and her doctoral research focused on dimensions of identity and their impact on the student experience. Jane is currently working as part of a team from the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges, and she is undertaking research into the nature of scholarly activity and its impact on college based higher education.

Rob GrahamRob Graham has been working at Nipissing University in the Schulich School of Education iTeach Mobile Computing Program for the past 8 years. Now as an assistant professor at a Canadian University that has made a commitment to excellence in teaching with technology, Rob is looking forward to advancing the unique theoretical lens he developed during his doctoral studies at Lancaster for studying technology integration in schools that he calls ‘techno-resiliency’. The focus on the protective factors and identified resilient professional practices, instead of on well documented and commonly cited risk factors and barriers that impede the effective integration of TEL, represents a distinguishing feature of his work. 

Jeffrey KeeferJeffrey Keefer is a researcher and lecturer based in New York City, USA. His research interests cover educational research and interdisciplinarity. Jeffrey focuses on distance and online learning, internet research, digital identity, social learning and social media, networked and technology enhanced learning, threshold concepts and liminal experiences in higher education, teaching and program design in adult and organizational learning, communities of practice, qualitative methodologies, narrative inquiry, and actor-network theory.

Marguerite KooleMarguerite Koole is a researcher, lecturer, and instructional designer based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Marguerite has worked in online and distance education for over 15 years. Her research interests include distance, open, mobile, and technology-enhanced learning, digital identity, social positioning theory, threshold concepts, and social constructionism. Most recently she is exploring post-humanist approaches to (post-)qualitative research. Marguerite's doctoral thesis was entitled “Identity Positioning of Doctoral Students in Networked Learning Environments”.

Gearoid O SuilleabhainGearóid Ó Súilleabháin is a researcher and lecturer based in the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland. He has worked in the "education-meets-technology" space for over 15 years and has, over this time, published and presented widely on a range of topics as well as personally managing over 20 national and EU-funded research and development projects. His current research interests include the use of games and social media for learning, user experience and learning transfer. In a short video Gearóid summarises his research about learning transfer and he gives a fuller explanation in a video entitled Foregone Conclusions; How Old Learning Makes New.

Debbie Prescott is a researcher and the Head of the eLearning Unit  within the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Liverpool  She has worked in HE and supported the use of technology in education for most of her career. Debbie’s research interests are in the adoption and implementation of Technology Enhanced Learning, identifying and developing effective support mechanisms for staff and students, organisational processes to support technology implementation, distance and online learning and the use of mobile devices to support learning.

Steve WrightSteve Wright is a Learning Technologist for the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. Watch a video of Steve talking about his PhD study.

Student members

James McDowellJames McDowell is a PhD student on the Technology Enhanced Learning Doctoral Programme, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Informatics at the University of Huddersfield. James is currently researching the influence of asynchronus video and mobile technologies on learner engagement with the assessment and feedback process, and is the Winner of the 2011 ALT-Epigeum Award for Most Effective Use of Video.

Julia McDowellJulia McDowell is a PhD student on the Technology Enhanced Learning Doctoral Programme. Her research interests broadly encompass the use of technology in education, and my PhD is investigating the influence of mobile learning on engaging primary school children in informal settings and outdoor spaces.

Armineh Shahoumian is a PhD student on the Technology Enhanced Learning Doctoral Programme who is investigating the use of Blended Simulation Based Medical Education. Armineh worked as a research associate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between Lancaster University and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHTR) where she focused on the expansion of educational and business practices in the simulation centre.



Forthcoming conferences with Centre members on organising or programme committees:

12th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2015)

Maynooth, Ireland
24-26 October 2015

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10th International Conference on Networked Learning

Lancaster, UK
9-11 May 2016

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