Hello all! I’m a PhD student in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. My research interests broadly fall within Technology-Enhanced Learning and Digital Scholarship. Before I started my PhD I worked as a Research Assistant and Learning Technologist on a range of projects in Higher Education, notably including the Semantic Web for Education, and data visualisation.
I have been working on social network analysis of academic online social networks in my PhD, and plan to focus upon academics’ ego-networks and their interpretations of the role they play in relation to developing an identity as an academic. Alongside this I have also developed a research agenda based on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – I am an avid MOOC student and this emerged from blogging about my experiences at http://moocmoocher.wordpress.com .
I’m always keen to try out new tools and ideas and apply them to my own interests and find it hard to resist dabbling in mini-projects. I’m really excited about being part of the HASTAC scholars program and I look forward to sharing posts about my work and finding out more about the wonderfully diverse community here!