FSLT course team
Rhona Sharpe (course leader)
Rhona has been an online tutor since the early 1990s, mainly supporting staff in further and higher education with their own learning and development. This year, 2015, she is teaching on 'The Networked Practitioner (H818)' for the UK Open University and 'First Steps into Learning and Teaching' for Oxford Brookes University.
She is Professor at Oxford Brookes, and Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD), where she conducts research and consultancy in topics related to learning and teaching, particularly learner experiences of technology and digital literacy. See her work profile on the OCSLD website or find her on Twitter @rjsharpe.
Tel: (0)1865 485923
George Roberts (course tutor)
I am a Principal Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in Educational Development with a focus on learning technology and recently had my first collection of poetry When Life Looks Like Easy Street, published by Albion Beatnik Press.
I have been at Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006. Among other things, I lead the PCTHE and collaborate in course design and development, teaching, assessment and evaluation. And I play a part in the strategic development of the University’s learning technology innovation: perhaps now best illustrated by the Brookes Open Online Courses.
I completed a PhD at the University of Southampton on Biographical narratives of adult users of a community IT centre, looking at the relationships between identity, community and IT use.
Marion Waite (course tutor)
Marion is from a healthcare background with a 17 year career in the UK NHS as a nurse, midwife and health visitor prior to moving into a career in higher education.
Marion has pioneered the development of online distance learning programmes in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences including the MSc Nursing Studies which bring together a global network of experienced nurse practitioners to collaborate using the latest teaching and learning technologies. She is also currently researching with colleagues in the Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment on developing mobile applications to support decision-making for people with diabetes.
Marion is seconded to OCSLD as a tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and has been part of a team who have recently ran one of the UK's very first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), #FSLT12. Marion also teaches on the online tutoring course for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Marion was awarded a Brookes Teaching Fellowship in 2012 in order to lead a project aimed at supporting lecturers and students to collaboratively write for publication.