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My Resume


I have recently submitted a PhD thesis that investigated how postgraduate professional learners engage in courses that use online collaboration tools.

My interest in online learning pedagogy developed during my participation in a PG Diploma course in Online Tutoring, and my trials as a lecturer in health, to develop online learning experiences for trainee nurses.

My background is as nurse with experiences in HIV/AIDS care, Women's Health, Learning Disabilities and Community Health. My Bachelors degree was in Health Promotion, with a focus on Women's Health and Public Health.

My career as an educator has involved facilitating learning experiences for undergraduate nurses (in community and public health and social policy). Until recently I also facilitated an online course for the Open University, UK, for health and social care professionals.

In the future, I aim to be involved in facilitating and researching online learning. I would like to make some sense of the complexities and diversities in learning. I aim to develop expertise and a critical perspective in the use of multi-media and additional resources, which may facilitate more individualised learning experience. I feel inspired by the ideas of Personal Media as described by Professor Shigeru Miyagawa

Academic Seminars & Presentations

City University, Open University, Institute of Education, University College London, University of Surrey, Thames Valley University, University of Maryland (Baltimore, USA), Royal College of Nursing.

Research Interests

Impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on higher education (in different countries); Social and economic changes due to ICT use in higher and professional learning; Developments in personal media and personal learning environments; Open course ware and informal learning; Emotional and social changes due ICT use for learning and communication; Impact of language and cultural differences on collaboration using ICT; Social and group identity in online collaborations; Effectiveness of ICT tools and e-learning strategies to link theory and professional practice; Empowerment versus power differences due to varied e-literacy skills (in learning and other areas of work).

Teaching Experience

Research Methodology; Using technology for teaching and learning; Using ICT for Evidence Based Healthcare; Impact of E-government policies on healthcare; Social Policy; Public Health and Epidemiology; Health Promotion theories and practice in Primary Care; Women’s Health; Sexual Health; and Access and Health Promotion Issues for people with learning disabilities.

Completed Projects

     Learning in Online and Blended courses (2005/6): Doctorate study investigating postgraduate learner engagement and meaning construction in professional online and blended courses. The research was completed using qualitative and quantitative method and analyses. The results contribute to the developing understanding of knowledge construction using new information and communication technologies. (Thesis submitted 11th October 2005; Viva due on 16th Feb 2006)

      Online learning developments in healthcare education in the USA (2003): Planned and executed visit to nine US higher education institutions to investigate the institutional and pedagogical issues related to online learning developments for healthcare professional education. (Report available online: http://www.yourlearning.com/churchillreport.html)

      Barnet Access to Health (BATH) Project (2000): Proposed, planned, developed and evaluated user-led health promotion and training materials, for people with learning disabilities and for carers and healthcare professionals. (Reports available from the Community Learning Disabilities Team at Barnet Healthcare Trust, Finchley)


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