Debbie Holley is a Reader in the Department of Education at Anglia Ruskin University; a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport; a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow.
Entering academia from industry, she quickly realised that students on her transport courses, with their patterns of shift working, had very limited opportunities to attend regular classes. These difficulties, not unique and indeed shared with other students, led to her research interests in overcoming challenges/barriers faced by students seeking to access learning outside the formal classroom.
An experienced biographic narrative researcher, and submitted to REF 2014, Debbie captures the lived experiences of students, influencing and engaging students and the academic teams supporting them.
By seeking digital solutions to enable learning at a place and time of the learners’ choice, her digital scholarship draws on a sustained body of pedagogic research. Her research exploring how learners interact with their technology has made a significant difference to education, nursing and social work students, when working away from their University base in practice and on professional placements.
Debbie is committed to the use of open educational resources (OERs), and sees the sharing of these resources as making a significant difference in overcoming the educational digital divide through supporting and modelling best practice in availability, accessibility and acceptability. All her digital work is available via creative commons (CC) licensing, enabling free repurpose/reuse for educational purposes. In April 2015 she was elected to the ALDinHE National Steering Group, and will focus on developing policy for creating and sharing digital resources internationally.