Supervisors, examiners and Anna drinking champagne post viva

Anna celebrating after her viva

I am currently supervising four doctoral students: Sarah Huxley, Barbara Conde, Janice Ansine,  and Derek Robertson.

Sarah Huxley began her PhD studies in October 2019. She is working with Coaches across Continents and exploring the relationship between fun and learning as part of the Rumpus Group.

Janice Ansine began her EdD studies in May 2017. She is Exploring citizen science learning journeys through

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Barbara at WorldCALL2018

Derek Robertson began work on his EdD research at The Open University in May 2012, focusing on the research question How can digital video and audio be used to support a sociocultural approach to teaching and learning in Higher Education?

Barbara Conde began her PhD studies in October 2017 as part of the cohort of Leverhulme-funded students working on Open World Learning. Her work focuses on Self-regulated language learning in massive open online learning.

Completed supervision

Anna Comas-Quinn began work on her EdD research in May 2015 and successfully completed her via in January 2020. Her examiners were Jorge Diaz-Cintas (UCL) and Alina Secara (Leeds), and the viva chair was Indra Sinka. Her thesis is on Experiences of online volunteer translation and implications for translator education.

Champagne bottle and thesis text

Tina Papathoma began her PhD research in 2014 and successfully completed her viva in January 2019. Her examiners were Jen Ross and Martin Weller, and the viva chair was Karen Kear. Her thesis is on MOOC educators – who they are and how they learn.

Hannah Gore began work on her EdD in May 2014 and researched Engagement of informal learners undertaking open online courses and the impact of design. She successfully completed her viva with minor corrections in July 2018.

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Duygu Bektik celebrates submitting her thesis

Duygu Bektik began her PhD in The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) in October 2012 and passed her viva with minor corrections in December 2016. Her subject was Learning analytics for academic writing thorough automatic identification of meta-discourse. Her PhD formed part of The Open University’s Open Science Laboratory project, funded by the Wolfson Foundation. Duygu now works as a lecturer at The Open University.

Claudia Favero (pictured below after her viva) began work on her EdD research at The Open University in May 2010. Her work focused on digital historians and on Innovation in digital history teaching and research, and she presented on this subject at The Open University and at the University of Sheffield. She submitted her thesis in February 2014 and defended it successfully. Research from her thesis is written up in Favero, C. (2014) Storici digitali in italia: riflessioni ed esperienze, Memoria e Ricerca 47, p. 183

Claudia and her viva examiners

Claudia with me and examiners Martin Weller and Tim Hitchcock

See also Digital Historians in Italy and the United Kingdom: Perspectives and Approaches by Claudia.

Sian Beavers began work on her Leverhulme-funded PhD research in October 2015. At the Future and Reality of Gaming Conference, part of Vienna’s Game City event. Sian’s presentation was on the topic Looking Beyond: Historical Gameplay beyond the content, where she discussed information seeking behaviour and multimedia relationships in relation to historical games, amongst other ideas. I supervised Sian from April 2016 until February 2017, to cover for the maternity leave of her lead supervisor. Sian passed her viva successfully on 8 October 2019.

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Previously I supervised Katharine Jewitt as she worked on her Research Methods masters dissertation on the experiences of technology-enhanced learning by teenagers excluded from school. Katharine went on to study for a PhD at The University of Glasgow and passed her viva in July 2017 with her thesis entitled ‘Using Virtual Reality To Enhance Informal Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises’.

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