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Talk at Bournemouth University reflecting on my career trajectory: challenges and opportunities

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  1. 1. From Chemistry to E-learning: an interdisciplinary journey Gráinne Conole, 8th March 2018 International Women’s Day, Bournemouth University National Teaching Fellow 2012 Ascilite fellow 2012EDEN fellow 2013
  2. 2. Outline • Career history • Turning points and reflections • Current role and research interests • Harnessing the power of social media
  3. 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 Philomena’s, Carshalton
  4. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. Changing roles…. • Southampton 2002 – 2006 – Chair in educational innovation in post-compulsory education • OU 2006 - 2011 – Professor of e-learning • Leicester 2011 - 2014 – Professor of Learning Innovation • Bath Spa University Feb 2015 - 2016 – Chair in Education • A new direction… – Visiting Professor Dublin City University – Independent Consultant
  9. 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 help choosing a university
  10. 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, OU, Leicester and Bath Spa • JISC & EU funded projects • Increasing involvement in national and international activities • Move to consultancy
  11. 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. 12. Four phases • Multimedia • The Internet • Learning Design • Social and Participatory Media
  13. 13. Find your niche… Conceptualise Vision CommunicateCreate ConsiderCollaborate Activities Combine Synthesis Consolidate Implementation http://e4innovation.com/?p=831
  14. 14. Building international capacity • Build your professional network • Work social media – Blogs, Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn • Put research online – Slideshare, webinars, dropbox • Participate in events • Link research and teaching • Support students and early career researchers
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Push against closed publications • Learning design – Springer book – Live blogging – ‘Near final’ pdf on dropbox • For the craic… – New book proposal sent – Live blogging – Some open access chapters – Call out boxes by international researchers
  17. 17. Twitter
  18. 18. facebook
  19. 19. A flair up on facebook
  20. 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. 21. Publishing • Write books and chapters • Become a reviewer or an editor of a special issue of a journal • Keep publication list up to date! • 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 and read and comment on other blogs • See Twitter, blogs, journals, books as complementary
  22. 22. Networking • Build international links • Join professional bodies • Become a reviewer • Do a special issue • Sit on committees • Do a study visit
  23. 23. Reflections • Difficulty of balancing home and work – Clash of having children against career opportunities • Significance of turning points – Planned and serendipitous • Importance of support – Partner, family, friends and childcare support • Politics of e-learning!
  24. 24. Importance of a work/life balance!
  25. 25. Email: g.conole@gmail.com Website: e4innovation.co.uk Blog: e4innovation.com Twitter: @gconole

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