Teaching Fellow in Distance Learning with Technologies
Gabi is currently a researcher on POERUP, a European Commission funded project that is carrying out research to understand how governments can stimulate the uptake of open educational resources (OER). Previously she led the SPEED project, in which a team from the Institute for Learning Innovation (formerly Beyond Distance Research Alliance) supported colleagues at four partner universities in embedding good practice in learning design within their institutions. She is also
From September 2011 to July 2012, Gabi worked on TOUCANS project (Testing the OER University Concept and Aspirations: a National Study), a SCORE fellowship in which she investigated the possible implementation of the OER university concept in the UK Higher Education sector.
From Sept 2010 to Aug 2011, Gabi was responsible for supporting project teams at the Universities of Bath and Derby in the development and release of open educational resources as part of the OSTRICH project. Before that, as coordinator of the OTTER project, she facilitated the publication of a number of the University of Leicester’s teaching materials as open educational resources (www.le.ac.uk/oer). Gabi also worked as a Teaching Fellow on the online MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics for the DUCKLING project during 2009 and 2010. In this role she was responsible for spearheading the use of specific innovative technologies – podcasting, e-book readers, voice boards and virtual worlds – in distance learning. Gabi is still a tutor on this programme for distance students.
Gabi started her career in the NGO sector in South Africa in the eighties, and later established a training consultancy that worked with a wide range of clients, including South African Airways, the national electricity supplier ESKOM, and several large mines. Gabi facilitated the South African Qualifications Authority’s standards generation body which created qualifications for adult basic education practitioners in the late nineties, and participated in developing the Independent Examinations Board’s adult basic education exams. She has worked in Spain as an EFL teacher and in Oman as an author of EFL materials, and spent five years leading a curriculum development team that produced multimedia EFL training materials for Qatar's energy industry.
As of February 2013, Gabi began working part-time for the University of Bradford's School of Management, as their Distance Learning Manager, alongside her role at the Institute for Learning Innovation in Leicester.
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- Masters in Training and Development, University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2009)
- MA in English Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (1999)
Papers and journal articles
- Bird, T. and Witthaus, G. (2012). 'iTunes U and the OERu: Two Different Ways to Reach the World'. Unpublished paper for Higher Education Academy and JISC.
- Conrad, D., Mackintosh, W., McGreal, R., Murphy, A. and Witthaus, G. (2013). Report on the assessment and accreditation of learners using OER. Athabasca University. [This is a pre-print draft of a report published by the Commonwealth of Learning, Fall 2013]
- Murphy, A. and Witthaus, G. (2013). 'Findings from a survey of openness in assessment and accreditation practices in post-secondary institutions'. Working paper commissioned by Athabasca University.
- Nie, M., Armellini, A., Witthaus, G. & Barklamb, K. (2011). How do e-book readers enhance learning opportunities for distance work-based learners? ALT-J, Research in Learning Technology, 19(1), 19-38.
- Nikoi, S., Rowlett, T., Armellini, A. & Witthaus, G. (2011). CORRE: A framework for evaluating and transforming teaching materials into Open Educational Resources. Open Learning, 26(3), 191-207.
- Hawkridge, D., Armellini, A., Nikoi, S., Rowlett, T. & Witthaus, G. (2010). Curriculum, intellectual property rights and open educational resources in British universities-and beyond. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 22(3), 162-176.
- Witthaus, G. (2009). The Implications of SCORM-Conformance for Workplace Learning. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 7 (2), 183-190
- Witthaus, G. (2012) The OER university: from vision to reality. In Okada, A. (ed) (2012) Open Educational Resources and Social Networks: Co-learning and Professional Development. Scholio Educational Research & Publishing. Milton Keynes. Creative Commons License 3.0. Available from http://oer.kmi.open.ac.uk/?page_id=2343 (accessed 29 September 2012).
- Hawkridge, D., Armellini, A., Nie, M., Witthaus, G. & Padilla Rodriguez, B. C. (2012). Digital audio for asynchronous interactive learning in curriculum design at an English university. In Jia, J. (Ed.) Educational stages and interactive learning: from kindergarten to workplace training (pp. 468-484). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
- 2009 with D. Hawkridge: Rethinking e-learning research, by Norm Friesen (2009). British Journal of Educational Technology 40(6), 114301144
Selection of recent conference papers
- Nie, M., Witthaus, G., Conole, G. and Armellini, A. (2012). The 7Cs: a learning design intervention at Leicester. ALT-C annual conference, Manchester, UK (11-13 Sept). Programme available from http://www.alt.ac.uk/alt-conference/alt-c-2012/programme, accessed 6 September 2012.
- Witthaus, G. and Armellini, A. (2012). UK Higher Education Institutions and the OER University: Snog, Marry, Avoid?. Higher Education Academy Annual Conference, 3-4 July, Manchester, UK.
- Witthaus, G. (2011). Invited keynote: Open to Sharing in Higher Education. 11th Annual E-learning Festival of the Durban University of Technology. Durban and online (23-25 Nov 2011).
- Armellini, A., Witthaus, G., Prior, J. and O’Neill, S. (2011) Developing workflow models for the creation of sustainable Open Educational Resources. OER11 Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.
- Armellini, A., Davies, E., Mobbs, R., Nikoi, S., Rowlett, T. & Witthaus, G. (2010) CORRE: A framework for transforming teaching materials into OERs. ALT-C 2010: Into something rich and strange - making sense of the sea-change, Nottingham, UK. Association for Learning Technology, available from http://repository.alt.ac.uk/798/2/Abstracts_Handbook_web.pdf pp.16-17 (accessed 2 February 2011).
Nie, M., Witthaus, G., Barklamb, K. & Armellini, A. (2010) Does the e-book reader make distance learners’ lives easier? ALT-C 2010: Into something rich and strange - making sense of the sea-change, Nottingham, UK. Association for Learning Technology, available from http://repository.alt.ac.uk/798/2/Abstracts_Handbook_web.pdf p.18 (accessed 2 February 2011).
Witthaus, G., Armellini, A. & Barklamb, K. (2010) A Second Life pilot in two online M-level programmes ALT-C 2010: Into something rich and strange - making sense of the sea-change, Nottingham, UK. Association for Learning Technology, available from http://repository.alt.ac.uk/798/2/Abstracts_Handbook_web.pdf p.123 (accessed 2 February 2011).
Armellini, A., Witthaus, G., Mobbs, R., Rowlett, T. and Nikoi, S. 2009. Out in the Open: Beyond Distance and Open Educational Resources - an online workshop. Learning Futures Festival Online, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester, 9 Jan 2009.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
- Witthaus, G. with South African Institute for Distance Education, 2009. Supporting Distance Learners. Available at www.oerafrica.org/supportinglearners