Christine is an Associate Professor in the Quality Assurance and Enhancement team. She supports the development of quality enhancements at the University, with a particular emphasis on effective learning, teaching and assessment. She works across the University and its partner institutions to promote new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, for example through staff development events, team consultancy, bespoke activities and engaging in pedagogic research.
Christine is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is involved with a number of other professional bodies and interest groups including the Staff and Educational Development Association; Heads of Educational Development Group; UK Society for Research in Higher Education; and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. Prior roles include Director of Open Learning, University of Windsor, Canada; Head of Academic Practice, Academic Development Unit, University of Salford; Student Quality Adviser, University of Cumbria; Honorary Research Fellow, Lancaster University; and Lecturer in Educational Research, Lancaster University.
Christine's research interests and associated publications have concerned the design and development of open, distance and flexible learning environments, particularly using learning technologies and social media for continuing professional development. Her PhD was on networked learning: continuing professional development and the creation and use of multimedia artefacts. She has interests in exploring conceptions of student engagement, learning transition and evolving academic identity within HE, especially from a community of practice theoretical perspective. She also seeks to promote understanding around and application of creativity in teaching and learning. A new area of research and focus for academic development is looking at the intersections between digital fluency and teaching excellence, within the HE context.
Christine has been involved in a broad range of external projects and consultancy work, including: 2016-17: The intersections between digital fluency and teaching excellence case study-based and media-rich explorations with HE tutors. SEDA Research and Evaluation Small Grants 2016 funded project. Co-lead and principal investigator with Dr Simon Lygo-Baker, University of Surrey. 2015: Towards a connected approach for positive and inclusive transitions into higher education. QAA funded project linked to the QAA initiative: How does the transition to HE support the increasing diversity of prior educational experiences of entrants? An exploration of issues and identification of good practice. Co-lead and principal investigator with Dr Clare Gartland, University Campus Suffolk. 2014-15: Evaluating teaching development in HE: towards impact assessment. HEA funded project led by Plymouth University. Leading on University Campus Suffolk involvement including in design of an impact assessment toolkit and pilot testing of the toolkit within the institution. 2013-14: A mixed method analysis of participation and learning engagement in online discussion forums on the University of East Anglia's Master's programme in Oncoplastic Surgery (distance learning programme for surgeons). Funded by University of East Anglia.