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I am the Assistant Vice Chancellor (digital futures) at Victoria University of Wellington, former Director of the Centre for Academic Development and the current Director of the University's edX MOOC programme. I previously worked as Professor and Head of Department of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Surrey; and before as a Senior Lecturer at the University of 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. My research interests are focussed on design patterns and pattern languages, questions of identity in online learning, social presence, social networking, the changing notion of community and finally the sociology of emotion.


Design patterns and pattern languages; Learning Analytics; Digital Transformation; Participatory Design; UX; User centred design; Mobile and Flexible Study; Social Software; Theories of Knowledge; Networks and Communities; VR/AR & 3D immersive environments.