Professor and Head of Department of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Surrey. Previously a Senior Lecturer at the University of London. I am a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education within the International Academy where I chair the research strategy group. I am also a Visiting Research Fellow at King's Learning Institute, King's College London. I have worked on a range of projects have included: Rhizome - digital identity project; a study of social software in distance education settings; developing a virtual library space (Bibliospace) using social referencing software; and as part of the EMERGE project team supporting a UK wide community of practice in user innovation and development in the area of Web 2.0 and emerging technologies. Currently I am working on OERs in academic development and ePublishing and eBooks development models. My research interests are focussed on questions of identity in online learning, the dimensions of space and time in multi-user virtual environments such as Second Life, social presence, social networking, the changing notion of community and finally the sociology of emotion.
design patterns and pattern languages; mobile and flexible study; educational blogging; social software; theories of knowledge; web 2.0; networks and communities; 3D immersive environments; second life; sociology of emotion; distance education; business intelligence - learning analytics.