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Dr Christine Smith

Chris Smith


Degree: B.Ed (Hons); Dip Lib; PhD (Lancaster)

Associated research centres and groups: Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology

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Current Teaching

Christine Smith was the director of Lancaster University's Advanced Learning Technology (ALT) programme from 1994-2007. The ALT programme is a highly developed flexible learning programme, making use of online information and communication technologies for tutorial contact and to support learner collaboration. This is a modular, part-time distance learning programme for continuing professional development to Masters level.

Christine was also the Part II Director of the Department of Educational Research's Educational Studies undergraduate degree scheme until summer 2007.

Christine has also many years experience of planning and running workshops (nationally and internationally) for HE staff and e-learning organisations on all aspects of online teaching and learning.

Christinebecame an honorary associate of the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster Universityin November 2007, upon her early retirement. Christine will continue to be associated with the department working on the Intel project and supervising postgradaute research students.

Research Interests

Christine's research work (eg on BT, ESRC, JISC and EU funded projects) primarily focused on qualitative research methods, centred around an 'action research' approach eg to gathering user perceptions on design of online learning environments.

She was a principal investigator on the BT-funded Computer Mediated Communications in Higher Education project (1994-1996) and on the EU-funded JITOL, SHARP and E-LEN projects. She has also had an ESRC funded project, VAMA on using voice annotations to videoclips for supporting professional development in distributed learning environments.

Christine was a principal researcher on a DfEE sponsored Technologies for Training project to identify tutor roles when the primary learning method was interactive multimedia. she was also a principal investigator on the JISC/CALT funded project, Networked Learning in Higher Education.

Her current projects include:

Potential Doctoral Proposals

Networked learning; online tutoring; the use of multimedia in networked learning environments; distance learning

Career details and external interests

Since September 2000 she has been an Accreditor for the UK's Higher Education Academy, providing consultancy on programme accreditation and individual routes to membership of the Academy.

Other Interests and Hobbies

In my spare time I love to make soups, including unusual concoctions of fruits with vegetables. Yummy!

Associated Keywords: Action research, Adult learning, E-learning, Evaluation, Higher education HE, ICT, Participatory research, Qualitative research methods


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