Debbie Holley is Professor of Learning Innovation at Bournemouth University, where she leads innovation in research, teaching and professional practice within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Her expertise lies with blending learning to motivate and engage students with their learning inside /outside the formal classroom, at a time and place of their own choosing. This encompasses the blend between learning inside the classroom and within professional practice placements, scaffolding informal learning in the workplace. The forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF), will see Bournemouth’s first UoA23 (Education) submission, which Debbie is co-covening. With a personal 3* research profile, she writes extensively the affordances of technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual/ Immersive Realities and Mobile Learning. She is currently working as part of the iLRN’s State of XR and Immersive Learning Expert Panel, which reports early in 2020.
A passionate and committed educator, Debbie is a National Teaching Fellow, and an elected member of their National Committee. She has served on the Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education (ALDinHE) National Steering Group for the past six years. Previously as Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning at BU she managed three teams to deliver digital culture change following the procurement of Brightspace, a new institutional VLE. This was been utilised as a springboard to encourage the redesign and move to pedagogical approaches by programme teams. The move toward more blended approaches to learning has seen the body of work feature as a JISC National ‘good practice’ case study (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-organisational-approaches-to-digital-capability). Debbie is a JISC digital expert on their student experience panel, and a regular keynote speaker at educational, technological and policy conferences, both in the UK and internationally.