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Biography

Qualifications: CertEd (PCET), BEng(Hons), PhD, SFHEA

Liz Bennett is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Education and Professional Development. Liz joined the University in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer and was promoted to University Teaching Fellow in 2014.  Liz joined the University after working at the Open University where she was Course Team Chair for You, Your Computer and the Net and worked on other large online courses.

Liz is an active member of the Association for Learning Technology, ALT. She has served as Trustee, one of the Editors of ALT’s Newsletter, and as reviewer for the annual conference.

Research and Scholarship

Liz’s research focusses on the way that technology has brought changes to higher education teaching and learning with a particular focus on lecturers’ responses to change. Liz’s reseach has shown that there is an emotional cost to being at the vanguard of developments in technology, and that some lecturers, even the most experienced can feel isolated and in need to greater support as they introduce practices which challenge dominant approaches. 

Liz is the Principal Investigator for a Society of Research in Higher Education Scoping Award for a research project titled “Students’ emotional response to feedback on their progress using learning analytics dashboards” The research aims to begin to understand how students are affected by seeing data about their progress presented via a dashboard and will identify some of the issues raised by their use.  The work is important to the sector because of the impact that dashboards can have on student attainment and retention.

Liz’s work on institutional change has been cited by the QAA as an example of good practice in relation to enhancing employability within the higher education curriculum.

Liz, working with Sue Folley has developed a model for curriculum development, branded as D4 Curriculum Development Workshops, which has received interest from many parts of the sector. She was invited to present it as model of good practice at Jisc events in Birmingham, Belfast and Liverpool and to author a chapter on the approach for a book title “Digital Literacy Unpacked” being published in 2017.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Bennett, L (2017) ‘Social media, academics’ identity work and the good teacherInternational Journal for Academic Development , 22 (3), pp. 245-256. ISSN 1360-144X

2016

Bennett, L. and Folley, S. (2016) ‘Critical evaluation of the features on one student dashboard’. In: Exploring freedom and control in global higher education, 7-9 December 2016, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales, UK

Jensen, K. and Bennett, E. (2016) ‘Enhancing teaching and learning through dialogue: a student and staff partnership modelInternational Journal of Academic Development , 21 (1), pp. 41-53. ISSN 1470-1324

2015

Bennett, E (2015) ‘The case for a curriculum development approach to developing students’ digital literacies’. In: Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international Perspectives. SRHE Annual Research Conference, 9 - 11 December 2015, Celtic Manor, Newport

Bennett, E (2015) ‘A critical focus on digital literacies’. In: Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international Perspectives. SRHE Annual Research Conference, 9 - 11 December 2015, Celtic Manor, Newport , pp. 89-92

Bennett, E. and Folley, S. (2015) D4 Strategic Project:Developing Staff Digital Literacies.Internal Scoping Report Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Bennett, E. and Folley, S. (2015) D4 Strategic Project:Developing Staff Digital Literacies.External Scoping Report Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Bennett, E (2015) ‘Going into Space: learning using digital tools’. In: VocTEL: Case Studies and Tools in Practice, 17th - 18th June 2015, Athens

Bennett, E., Burton, S., Iredale, A., Reynolds, C. and Youde, A. (2015) ‘Learning and teaching with technology’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning : a guide to theory and practice. : Open University Press. . ISBN 9780335263325

2014

Bennett, E (2014) ‘Putting in more: emotional work in adopting online tools in teaching and learning practicesTeaching in Higher Education , 19 (8), pp. 919-930. ISSN 1356-2517

Bennett, E (2014) ‘Learning from the early adopters: developing the digital practitionerResearch in Learning Technology , 22, p. 21453. ISSN 2156-7069

Bennett, E. and Folley, S. (2014) ‘A tale of two doctoral students: social media tools and hybridised identitiesResearch in Learning Technology , 22, p. 23791. ISSN 2156-7069

Bennett, E (2014) Learning to accept reviewer feedback as a gift Available at: http://patthomson.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/learning-to-accept-reviewer-feedback-as-a-gift/

2013

Jensen, K. and Bennett, E. (2013) ‘A student and staff partnership model to enable dialogue and enhance teaching and learning’. In: The Future of Student Engagement: Partnerships, Practices, Policies and Philosophies, 12-13 September 2013, Nottingham Trent University 12-13 Sep 2013

Jensen, K., Bennett, E. and Kendrick, J. (2013) ‘A Partnership Model: Student Teaching and Learning Consultants’. In: HEA Annual Conference, 3-4 July 2013, University of Warwick

Jensen, K., Bennett, E. and Bagnall, D. (2013) ‘A Model for Meaningful Student Engagement: Student Teaching and Learning Consultants’. In: Students as Producers, 26-27th June 2013, University of Lincoln

2012

Bennett, E (2012) ‘Teachmeets: Guerilla CPDEducational Developments , 3 (4), pp. 23-27. ISSN 1469-3267

Bennett, E (2012) ‘Web 2.0 and its impact on lecturer identity: juggling tensions’. In: British Educational Research Association, 4-6 September 2012, Manchester, UK

Bennett, E (2012) Learning from the early adopters: Web 2.0 tools, pedagogic practices and the development of the digital practitioner Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Bennett, E (2012) ‘Learning from the Early Adopters: the digital practtitioner framework.’. In: ALT-C 2012 A confrontation with reality, 11-13 September 2012, Manchester, UK

Bennett, E (2012) Learning from the early adopters: Web 2.0 tools, pedagogic practices and the development of the digital practitioner Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Bennett, E (2012) ‘Web 2.0 and its impact on pedagogy: radical or reined in?’. In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference), 4-6 September 2012, Manchester, Uk

2011

Wormald, J., Findlay, I. and Bennett, E. (2011) ‘The value of 'soft skills' for blended learning.’. In: ALT C conference 2011, 6th-8th September 2011, Leeds, England

Bennett, E (2011) ‘The impact of large scale online delivery, how it works in practice’. In: ALT-C 2011 Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate, 6-8 September 2011, University of Leeds

Bennett, E. and Conlon, Z. (2011) ‘Facebook challenges and opportunities : getting down with the kids’. In: Teaching and learning conference, 9th September 2011, University ofHuddersfield

Bennett, E (2011) ‘The value of 'soft skills' for blended learning’. In: ALT-C 2011 Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate, 6-8 September 2011, University of Leeds

Bennett, E. and Folley, S. (2011) ‘"Don't normally do facebook" The use of facebook on a large online course’. In: Education in a changing environment 6th international conference, 6th-8th July 2011, The University of Salford

Bennett, E (2011) ‘Ratemyprofessor: being a teacher in an online world’. In: JISC RSC YH e-Learning Conference 2010: Active Learning, 10 June 2011, Leeds, UK

Bennett, E. and Boyer, K. (2011) ‘Brave New World - a Student Perspective on Social Media and Learning’. In: JISC RSC YH Annual e-Learning Conference, 16th June 2011, The Rose Bowl Leeds

Bennett, E (2011) ‘Brave new world - a student perspective on social media and learning’. In: JISC RSC YH Annual e-Learning Conference, 16th June 2011, The Rose Bowl, Leeds

Bennett, E (2011) ‘Scaling up and its impact on pedagogy’. In: CAL conference. Learning futures, education, technology and sustainability, 13th -15th April 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University

Bennett, E (2011) ‘Scaling up: how does it impact on pedagogy?’. In: The CAL Conference 2011: Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Sustainability, 13-15 April 2011, Manchester, UK

2010

Watkins, M. and Bennett, E. (2010) ‘I don't want any help!! A survey of attitudes to help packagesALT Newletter (21). ISSN 1748-3603

Bennett, E (2010) ‘Activity theory: what does it offer elearning research?’. In: ALT-C 2009 In Dreams Begins Responsiblity, 8-10 September 2010, Manchester

Bennett, E (2010) ‘HE practice and Web 2.0 - what's stopping us?’. In: ALT-C 2010 Into something rich and strange - making sense of the sea-change, 7-9 September, Nottingham Uk

Bennett, E (2010) ‘Rate my professor : being a teacher in an online world. Petcha Kucha presentation’. In: JISC RSC-NW E-learning conference, 10th June 2010, Leeds Metropolitan University

Bennett, E (2010) ‘It's a web 2 world, so what does it mean for us in HE?’. In: JISC RSC YH EVENT: Pedagogy and e-Learning in HE: Strategy and Practice, 22nd February 2010, Sheffield

Bennett, E., Iredale, A. and Reynolds, C. (2010) ‘Teaching with technology’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. Maidenhead: Open University Press. pp. 144-152. ISBN 9780335234691

Bennett, E. and Youde, A. (2010) ‘E-Tutoring’. In: Teaching in Lifelong Learning: A Guide to Theory and Practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press. pp. 154-162. ISBN 9780335234684

2009

Bennett, E (2009) ‘Activity theory : what does it offer elearning research?’. In: ALT-C 2009 In Dreams Begins Responsiblity, 8-10 September 2010, Manchester

Reynolds, C. and Bennett, E. (2009) ‘Learning and teaching in a social network’. In: The seventh annual e-learning@greenwich conference: Making It Personal, 8th July 2009, University of Greenwich, London, UK

Bennett, E (2009) ‘Ning versus VLE:What Does Social Networking Offer Teaching and Learning?’. In: JISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire & Humber Annual e-Learning Conference 2009, 2nd June 2009, York Racecourse, York, UK

Bennett, E (2009) ‘Ning versus VLE; what does social networking offer teaching and learning?’. In: JISC RSC Northwest Annual Conference 2009, 25 June 2009, Southport

Bennett, E (2009) ‘More Than Words on a Piece of Paper: Getting Started with Podcasting’. In: JISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire & Humber Annual e-Learning Conference 2009, 2nd June 2009, York Racecourse, York, UK

Reynolds, C. and Bennett, E. (2009) ‘Learning in a Social Network’. In: Making IT Personal, 2nd June 2009, Greenwich

2008

Bennett, E. and Reynolds, C. (2008) ‘Getting started with podcasting: a demonstration’. In: ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide, 9 - 11 September 2008, University of Leeds, Leeds

Bennett, E. and Reynolds, C. (2008) ‘Can podcasting be used as an effective component of online learning?’. In: ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide, 9 - 11 September 2008, University of Leeds, Leeds

Reynolds, C. and Bennett, E. (2008) ‘A social constructivist approach to the use of podcastsAlt N (62), p. 3. ISSN 1479-2222

Bennett, E (2008) ‘Can podcasting be used as an effective component of on-line learning?’. In: Learning from the Learners' Experience, 8th July 2008, The University of Greenwich

Bennett, E (2008) ‘Is podcasting effective?’. In: Learning from the Learners' Experience, 8 July 2008, University of Greenwich

Bennett, E (2008) ‘Getting started with podcasting’. In: JISC RSC Northwest Annual Conference 2008, 4 July 2008, Liverpool

2007

Bennett, E (2007) ‘Using Skype: learning with voice over Internet.’. In: ALT-C 2007: Beyond Control. Learning Technology for the social network generation, 4 - 6 September 2007, Nottingham , p. 13

2006

Bennett, E (2006) ‘Building on ideas of Community of Practice using social software tools.’. In: ALT-C 2006, 4th-7th September 2006, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Bennett, E (2006) ‘Is it necessary to assess it? Online learning and communities of practice’. In: Diverse Practices; Common Futures, 21st June 2006, The University of Greenwich

2005

Bennett, E (2005) ‘Developing a cross-institutional / cross-sector managed learning environment: a case study’. In: ALT-C 2005, 5-8 September 2005, University of Manchester

Bennett, E () ‘HE practice and Web 2.0 - What’s stopping us?’. In: ALT-C 2010 Into something rich and strange - making sense of the sea-change, 7-9 September, Nottingham Uk

Esteem

  • Keynote at VocTEL: Case Studies and Tools in Practice, Athens June 2015.
  • Invited speaker Jisc Experts Group Birmingham March 2016
  • Invited speaker Jisc Connect More Belfast & Liverpool 2016
  • Invited to contribute a case study for QAA Quality Code Enhancement Publication titled ‘Employability Curriculum Development Workshops’ (in press)
  • Invited speaker at QAA/NUS/HEA seminar Developing Student Engagement and Partnership May 2014, Manchester.
  • Trustee, Member and Honorary Secretary, Association of Learning Technology 2007-2012;
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy 1999 to current;
  • ALT Programme Committee Member 2007-2014;
  • Reviewer for Research in Learning Technology Journal 2010 to current;
  • Reviewer for Teaching in Higher Education 2016 to current;
  • Reviewer for Innovations in Education and Teaching International 2016 to current;
  • Current External Examiner Appointment University of Derby, MA Education; University of Wales MA Technology Enhanced Learning;
  • Previous External Examination Appointments; University of Cumbria PGCE ICT, Northern College External Moderator ICT, University of Huddersfield Women in Engineering, Women in Science, University College Northampton BSc Engineering;
  • JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group member 2012 to current
  • JISC Bid Marker Digital Literacies and Assessment and Feedback calls 2012
  • Promoted to University Teaching Fellow July 2014

Research Degree Supervision

Research topics of particular interest include

  • technology and its impact on pedagogical practices
  • technology and its impact on student and teacher identities
  • teachers’ professional development

Current research supervisions:

  • Trust and Internet Safety in Parents of Reception Aged Children
  • Performance in the Classroom – how do we come to know it, and the relevance it might have for future staff development and learning space design?
  • Educational researchers’ use of technology: understanding experiences, conceptions and strategies
  • The social impact of research: tools you can use to increase it, and how to measure their success
  • Libyan EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of the use of ICT at Secondary School Level
  • Formative assessment and feedback its value and impact on student learning in clinical education

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Liz Bennett

2017-18

EdD
MA
PhD

2018-19

EdD
MA
PhD

Enterprise Activities

2010 Use of online medium for action learning sets in SMEs Creative Partners Ltd, Pickering. Virtual Insights Through Action Learning

2010 Business Link Innovation Voucher £5k Creative Partners Ltd, Pickering. Virtual Insights Through Action Learning

2011-2012 JISC Assessment and Feedback £10k Evaluating the Benefits of Electronic Assessment Management eBeam

Administrative Responsibilities

Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Education and Professional Development which carries with it a number of responsibilities :

  • Chair of School Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Chair of School Accreditation and Validation Panel
  • Member of University Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Member of Teaching and Learning Institute Board.
  • Member of School Extended Senior Management Team.

The Director of Teaching and Learning role involves strategic and operational management of aspects of teaching and learning across the school. The role is particularly concerned with the Teaching Excellence Framework agenda.

Particular initiatives that are being progressed within the school are:

  • SEPD Employability Group
  • Peer Observation of Teaching
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment Seminars
  • 3 Teaching and Learning Projects
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Embedding Critical Writing
  • Discovery approach to research methods
  • Promoting uptake of PebblePad eportfolio

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Director of Teaching and Learning in School of Education and Professional Development
  • Chair of School Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Chair of School Accreditation and Validation Panel
  • Member of University Teahcing and Learning Committee
  • Member of Teaching and Learning Institute Board.
  • Member of School Extended Senior Management Team