Debbie is Professor of Learning Innovation and Head of the Centre of Excellence in Learning (CEL) at Bournemouth University (BU). She manages three teams; the educational development team, charged with delivering the Advance HE offerings for Fellowship and Senior Fellowship and University wide strategic priorities; Technological Development and a team of Learning Technologists. Her research interests are around how technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual/ Immersive Realities and Mobile Learning can motivate and engage students inside and outside the formal classroom at a time and place of their own choosing.
Her current role supports both REF and TEF policy agendas at institutional level, and with her educational expertise Bournemouth University is planning to submit its first Unit of Assessment 23 (Education) submission to REF 2020. Debbie, with a personal 3* research profile, co-convenes this University wide unit, and has been a key player in developing a potential Fair Access Research Impact Case study. The TEF portfolio work has seen significant work undertaken by the three CEL teams to engage both staff and students with more innovative, engaging and challenging perspectives for facilitating excellence learning, teaching and assessment practices.
The Technology Enhanced Learning and Academic Learning Design teams have made significant inroads to technological culture change at BU in the past 18 months, with the implementation of Brightspace, the new institutional VLE. This has been utilised as a springboard encouraging the redesign and move to pedagogical approaches by programme teams. The moves toward more blended approaches to learning has seen the body of work feature as a JISC National ‘good practice’ case study at organisational level Ongoing work is the embedding of the JISC Digital Insights tools, to enable strategic benchmarking across the sector.