UWE appoints new professor in Technology Enhanced Learning

Issue date: 21 January 2011

The University of the West of England has appointed Dr Liz Falconer to a new post as Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning. Dr Falconer is based in UWE's E-Learning Development Unit.

Dr Falconer began her working life as an environmental health officer. After six years of public sector practice she joined private industry as a hygiene and safety manager with British Oxygen. Her academic career began in 1987 when she was appointed as a 'new blood' lecturer in environmental health at University College Salford, with a remit of research and teaching innovation.

Whilst at Salford Dr Falconer developed a Master's programme that blended full time, part time and distance learning modes of study with learning technologies to both deliver teaching and support student learning, and supervised doctoral research in technology enhanced learning.

In 2001 she joined the University of Bath as the director of the centre for distance education, managing a team of specialists in flexible learning design and delivery, and in 2003 she moved to UWE to lead technology enhanced learning (TEL).

Since then she has led the development of a number of learning and teaching innovations, carried out research and evaluation studies into the impact of technology on learning and teaching, and developed UWE's policy and strategy for TEL implementation.

Currently she is leading exciting developments in online simulations of learning experiences, using a range of technologies from collaboration suites to virtual worlds. She was the project director of the Hewlett Packard Global Higher Education Technology for Teaching award in 2007, and the SHE project, which she leads, was short listed for a 2010 Times Higher Education award in the Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year category.

More recently Dr Falconer has been developing UWE's initiative to build an Education Innovation Centre at the heart of its Frenchay Campus with partner Hewlett Packard.

Dr Falconer said, “I'm delighted to have been appointed Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at such an exciting time for UWE. We can already demonstrate tremendous depth in the use of learning technologies, and enthusiasm amongst staff and students to develop new and effective methods of learning and teaching.

“Novel and emerging technologies that enable collaboration and experimentation in virtual environments, together with imagination in curriculum design, are beginning to provide opportunities for UWE students to learn in exciting new ways. I'm really looking forward to taking a lead in putting UWE at the forefront of flexible and innovative opportunities for learners around the world.”

For further information see:

FFI: Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers


Tel: 0117 32 82208

E-mail: Jane.Kelly@uwe.ac.ukor Mary.Price@uwe.ac.uk

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