Dr Ellen Buck is Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of Suffolk. As Director of Learning and Teaching, Ellen is a member of our University’s Senior Leadership Team and has a strategic role in the enhancement of learning, teaching and assessment across the institution. She also has responsibility for the University’s Library and Learning Services provision and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Ellen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a member of the AdvanceHE Strategic Advisory Group for Teaching and Learning.
Learning and teaching expertise
Ellen has led the University’s work in the development of a bold new block and blend pedagogy.
She is currently supervising two PhD students.
Current PhD students:
Mahmuda Akhter. Thesis title: Multiple Intelligence theory in online education: Focus on learners’ involvement and performance. Second supervisor with Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, University of Suffolk.
Anthony Harvey. Thesis title: A study on the evolution of professional identity and experiences of professional standards for newly qualified teachers in Further Education. Second supervisor with Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, University of Suffolk.
Research and knowledge exchange
Ellen’s research interests focuses on innovation in learning and teaching including learning design, the use of technology and block and blend. She also writes in relation to the development of identity as learner, and as professional – particularly the professional identity of librarians.
Ellen has recently participated in a panel discussing the digital transformation of education at the Online Educa Berlin (OEB) conference, and has delivered at the Digital Leaders conference on delivering learning through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chapters in books:
Buck, E. and Nunn, A. (2021) “Libraries, learning and porous boundaries: reimagining the library landscape and its inhabitants”. In Bakers, D. and Ellis, L. (ed) Libraries, digital information and COVID: practical applications and approaches to challenge and change. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp.99-101.
Phippen, A., Bond, E, and Buck, E (2020) Effective strategies for information literacy education: combatting ‘fake news’ and empowering critical thinking. In Baker, D and Ellis, L (eds) Future direction in digital information. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Buck, E. and Tyrell, K. (in press) ‘Block and blend: a mixed method investigation into the impact of a pilot block teaching and blended learning approach upon student outcomes and experience.’ Journal of Further and Higher Education.
‘Digital Transformation in Education: Insights into the Future of Teaching and Learning’ (Panel discussion) Online Educa Berlin (February 2022).
‘Elevating student engagement during and beyond COVID through block learning’ (with Aaron Burrell) Fusion Desire2Learn International Conference, July 2021.
‘Delivering learning through the COVID-19 pandemic: a sustainable response from the University of Suffolk and how we have measured success’ Digital Leaders Conference, June 2021.
‘Realising our Bright Space for Change: a journey of aspiration through our Learning Environment.’ Fusion Desire2Learn International Conference, December 2020.
Professional bodies and memberships
Ellen works as part of the AdvanceHE Strategic Advisory Group for Teaching and Learning and has Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She is Chair of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching for the University of Suffolk. Ellen is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).