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  • 1. The career trajectory for PhD – making the most of opportunities and changes Gráinne Conole, University of Leicester 23rd May 2014 PGR Student conference, Southampton University National Teaching Fellow 2012 Ascilite fellow 2012EDEN fellow 2013
  • 2. Outline • Career history • Turning points and reflections • Current role and research interests • Harnessing the power of social media
  • 3. Early years… • Born in Cork, Ireland • Moved to London when five years old • One sister, Moya • Dog named James Joyce! • Schools – Holy Mary, Kingston – St Philomenas, Carshalton
  • 4. Academic performance • Secondary School 74- 82 – A late developer! – 10 O’ levels – 4 A levels (Chem, Biol, Maths, Art) • University 82-85 – Chemistry, 2.1. Sheffield University
  • 5. The Thatcher influence… • …..or life in the ‘real’ world • 85-86 – Graduate training programme – Allied bakeries – Area retail manager – 150 staff in 10 outfits across London!
  • 6. Life as a Chemist • 86-90 – PhD X-Ray Crystallography – P/T demonstrating and lecturing • 90-91 – Lecturer on newly established Foundation Science course – HITECC • 91-96 – Lecturer (Inorganic Chemistry)
  • 7. Changing roles • UNL June 96 - Sept 99 – Project Director Learning and Teaching Innovation – Director of Teaching and Learning Technology Centre – Head of Technology- based Learning • Bristol Sept 99 –April 02 – Director of Institute for Learning and Research Technology
  • 8. Changing roles…. • Southampton 2002 – 2006 – Chair in educational innovation in post- compulsory education • OU 2006 - 2011 – Professor of e-learning • Leicester 2011 - now – Professor of Learning Innovation
  • 9. Early turning points • Moving to England – Identity crisis – Irish or English? Integrating into a new society • O’ and A’ level choices – Switch from Sociology to Chemistry O’ level – Switch from Geography to Maths A’ level – Lack of career advice or choice of university
  • 10. Turning points • Retail manager! and switch to PhD (phew) • Securing lectureship • Promotion to Principle Lecturer (96) • Birth of Eleanor (94) & Tabby (98) • Taking the Bristol post, Tabby 6 months • Nannies and au pairs! • Chair at Southampton, then OU & now Leicester • JISC & EU funded projects • Increasing involvement in national and international activities
  • 11. Focus of research • Enhancing the learner experience • Effective & innovative use of technologies • New approaches to design • Open practices in learning, teaching and research
  • 12. E-Learning timeline Multimediaresources 80s TheWeb 93 LearningManagementSystems 95 OpenEducationalResources 01 Mobiledevices 98 Gamingtechnologies 00 Socialandparticipatorymedia04 Virtualworlds 05 E-booksandsmartdevices MassiveOpenOnlineCourses 07 08 LearningDesign 99 Learningobjects 94 LearningAnalytics 10
  • 13. Institute of Learning Innovation • Research • Teaching • Supervision • Consultancy • Visiting scholars • Institutional advice http://www.le.ac.uk/ili
  • 14. Four phases • Multimedia • The Internet • Learning Design • Social and Participatory Media
  • 15. My network
  • 16. Blogs • Of the moment reflections • Digital archive • The power of peer review • Record of events, reviews and resources • Wider audience reach and hence profile • Link into facebook and Twitter • Complements traditional publication routes e4innovation.com gconole.wordpress,com
  • 17. Using facebook
  • 18. Ideas for harnessing Web 2.0? Twitter
  • 19. Twitter and facebook #fb
  • 20. Conferences • Purpose: presentation & feedback • Network, network, network! • Potential collaborators & bid partners • Put in a symposium of experts • Expert validation workshops • Put papers/presentations online • Follow up contacts afterwards: email, fb, Twitter, blogs, etc. • Work up into a research paper • Work the hashtag • Live blog or follow conference-related blogs A personal example
  • 21. Publishing •Write books and chapters •Become an editor ofa special issue of a journal •Keep publication list up to date in your research repository •Set up a writing group or workshop (real/virtual) •Co-write with lots of different people •Disseminate publications via Tweet, fb etc •Set up a blog •See Twitter, blogs, journals, books as complementary GO OPEN!!!!
  • 22. Networking • Build international links • Join professional bodies • Become a reviewer • Do a special issue • Sit on committees • Do a study visit
  • 23. Reflections • Difficulty of balancing home and work • Significance of turning points • Importance of support – partners, friends and childcare support • Clash of having children and career breaks • Politics!
  • 24. Importance of relaxation! Porthcurno, Cornwall Seascamp
  • 25. http://www.le.ac.uk/ili http://www.slideshare.net/GrainneConole grainne.conole@le.ac.uk http://e4innovation.com @gconole