I am an Educational Developer and work at Sheffield Hallam University in the City of Sheffield, England.  I have received Fellowship Awards from the Staff and Educational Developers Association, the Association of University Administrators and am currently working towards becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education as well as a Masters Degree in Communication and Media Studies. I have been offered a place to commence a Doctorate in Education in 2012. My full professional profile can be found on LinkedIn

The purpose of this study visit is to explore how social media tools and other emerging technologies can both engage and enhance students in higher education. I will be attending the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin where I will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts and meet with Educators who are already successfully using social media in education.

On a lighter note, here are some things you may not know about me..

  • I was born in Sheffield but emigrated to the US when I was just one. I lived in Cheshire, Connecticut and then Montague, Michegan until I was eight; returning back to England where I still live.
  • I went to school and remain good friends with Rik Savage (Def Leppard) and he was the first boy I ever kissed.
  • I am allergic to potatoes and cannot touch or eat them in any shape or form. 
  • When I am not studying I love gardening and grow my own tomatoes and herbs.
  • I enjoy baking and make a rather good chocolate cake!
  • My career aspirations as a child, included being a presenter on Blue Peter and follow in the footsteps of Valerie Singleton!

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