I am currently Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies responsible for Curriculum, Qualifications and Scholarship.
I came to the OU in 3004 from a background in secondary science teaching in London and overseas. I have also worked as an Advisor for a local Education Authority in England, materials producer, project director and manager in a number of education organisations in the UK and in Asia.
Since joining the OU I have directed a number of teacher education programmes including the online professional development programme for teachers, teachandlearn.net, and the Masters in Education programme.
From 2008 to 2012 I was Director of the TESSA programme. TESSA – Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa, is a large research and development initiative exploring the use of Open Educational Resources to improve the quality of pre-and in-service teacher education at scale. Having embedded TESSA use in teacher education programmes across 10 countries, I is now focussing on leading research associated with the programme. In 2009 the Open University was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for TESSA and in 2011 TESSA was a WISE Award winner (http://www.wise-qatar.org/awards).
I teach on the Masters in Education at the OU and between 2007-2010 directed this programme. My particular interest is in Education for Development (ET821) and I have taught on a number of other courses in the programme. I am currently also teaching on the Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning.
TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa): Continuing research on teacher education, in particular the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to support teacher educators and teachers in developing new pedagogic practices in countries in Sub Saharan Africa (www.tessafrica.net). Publications on OER( creation and adaptation for different contexts), teacher professional development and developing women teachers, particularly in rural areas.
last updated 25-Aug-2012