Dr Steve Wright

Learning Technologist

Research Interests

My work:

I work developing materials and providing learning technology support to staff and students across the Faculty of Health and Medicine. I am a certified ATLAS.ti trainer and have developed a series of workshops on using QDA software (ATLAS.ti and NVivo) for qualitative research in 2015.

I work to ensure that the we deliver a quality programme and support for our distance learning programmes through the Moodle VLE and via Webex and Panopto for synhcronous seminars and events, and to priovide opportunities for peer assessment and class interaction in face-to-face lectures via WebPA and student response systems. I also convene the induction module with a focus on good academic practice. I work closely with academic members of staff in setting up and running their learning activities and modules. I'm also keen to experiment with and assess the potential of new technologies and systems to support learning and research.

Research interests:

I completed my PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning in 2014.

I am interested in mobile work, mobile methods and developing theory around the use of technologies in complex, fluid mobile environments and research methods for exploring these. I draw extensively on actor-network theory, ethnomethodology and ethnographic methods. I have undertaken small-scale research projects into mobile learning in informal learning communities.

Previous Work and Research

I have previously worked with the Department of Management Leadership and Learning on the HEIF funded Leadership For Sustainability Learning Network through the Managament Leadership and Learning departmentand the Leadership for Sustainability the Dept Educational Research as Learning Technologist setting up the Doctoral Programme in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning and as learning technologist (maternity cover) for the Dept. Linguistics on their MA in Language Testing (By Distance) and MA in English Language (By Distance) programmes in 2009. I ahve also supported the Networked learning Conference.

I have an MSc in TESOL from the University of Stirling in which I specialised in Computer Applications for Language Learning. I have previously worked for the BBC as an Interactive Course Developer and as a web designer in the UK, South Africa and Australia.

Exploring actor-network theory and CAQDAS: provisional principles and practices for coding, connecting and describing data using ATLAS.ti
Wright, S.T. 10/08/2016 In: ATLAS.ti User Conference 2015 – qualitative data analysis and beyond. Berlin : Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin 31 p. ISBN: 9783798328228.
Conference contribution

Teaching-led research?: Exploring the digital agencies of software in qualitative research
Wright, S.T., Bhatt, I.U. 9/05/2016 In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Networked Learning 2016. Lancaster : Lancaster University p. 489-498. 10 p. ISBN: 9781862203242.
Conference contribution

Accounting for taste: conversation, categorisation and certification in the sensory assessment of craft brewing
Wright, S. 07/2014 Lancaster University. 278 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Mobile learning and immutable mobiles: using iPhones to support informal learning in craft brewing
Wright, S., Parchoma, G. 2014 In: The design, experience and practice of networked learning. Springer Verlag p. 241-261. 21 p. ISBN: 9783319019390. Electronic ISBN: 9783319019406.

Supporting creativity in craft brewing: a case study of iPhone use in the transition from novice towards mastery
Wright, S., Parchoma, G., Short, B. 09/2013 In: International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning. 5, 3, p. 52-67. 16 p.
Journal article

Accounting for taste: conversation, categorisation and classification in sensory judging.
Wright, S. 11/01/2013
Conference paper

Mobile learning and immutable mobiles: using iPhones to support informal learning in craft breweries
Wright, S., Parchoma, G. 04/2012
Conference paper

Technologies for learning?: an actor-network theory critique of ‘affordances’ in research on mobile learning
Wright, S., Parchoma, G. 11/2011 In: Research in Learning Technology. 19, 3, p. 247-258. 12 p.
Journal article