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2012-2016 – member of the ARTIST ROOMS University Research Consortium, Engagement and Learning strand. Consortium Lead: Andrew Patrizio.
2012 – co-investigator, Social History Timeline Application. (PI Tim Fawns)
2011-12 – co-investigator, New geographies of learning: Distance education and being “at” Edinburgh. (PI Dr S Bayne)
2010-11 – co-investigator, Digital Futures for Cultural Heritage Education in Scotland seminar series.
2009-11 – principal investigator, Principal’s Teaching Award funding for “Student Writing Online: innovative online strategies for assessment and feedback”.
2009-10 – co-investigator with Z Williamson, Roberts Funding for Researcher-Led initiatives, “Research Perspectives: discussion, debate and dialogue” series for doctoral students and early career researchers in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
2007-09 – research associate, National Museums Online Learning Project. (PI, Dr S Bayne)
2005-06 – principal investigator, Principal’s E-Learning Fund supported ERDEE project: E-portfolio Research and Development in Education at Edinburgh.
Unmasking online reflective practices in higher education.
My thesis analysed qualitative interview data to explore how students and teachers negotiate issues of audience, performance and authenticity in their high-stakes online reflective practices, by which I mean online reflection (for example in blogs or e-portfolios) which is summatively assessed, or which serves a gatekeeping function in terms of entry or progression into a profession or professional body. I used the metaphor of the “mask” to examine key themes of performance, trace, disguise, protection, discipline and transformation. My central argument was that the effects of both compulsory reflection, and writing online, destabilise and ultimately challenge the humanist ideals on which reflective practices are based: those of a ‘true self’ which can be revealed, understood, recorded, improved or liberated through the process of writing about thoughts and experiences.