Terese Bird


Educational Designer, SCORE Research Fellow

Leicester Learning Institute/Department of Medical and Social Care Education

Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), 2012

On 25th April 2013, Terese was interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester about her work as a learning technologist. Have a listen:

Terese Bird joined the Beyond Distance Research Alliance in July 2009 to work on the DUCKLING (Delivering University Curricula: Knowledge, Learning, and INnovation Gains) project. Terese came up with a method of transforming text-based learning materials to ereader-ready learning materials as part of this work, as well as implementing podcasts, voice boards, and Second Life into existing courses. Terese also helped launch and continue the Networked Researcher initiative centered at the University of Leicester Library, which offers postgraduate students workshops about innovations and technologies to facilitate their research and network with others in their field, with the goal of equipping postgraduates to develop as both digital scholars and academics of the future.

Among Terese's current endeavours is Places, a JISC-funded project evaluating the use of iPads in two distance-learning masters-level courses at the University of Leicester. Terese recently completed Manufacturing Pasts, a JISC-funded project in which artefacts of Leicester's industrial history are being digitised, copyright-cleared, and released to the world in the form of online collections and put together into open learning materials for use in University of Leicester Urban History programmes.

Terese spearheaded the Learning Futures Festival Online 2010, Beyond Distance's first international academic conference to be held entirely online.

In September 2010, Terese was awarded Highly Commended in the Association for Learning Technology Learning Technologist of the Year Individual Award. In November 2010, Terese was named a SCORE Research Fellow to research the use of iTunes U as a distribution channel for open learning material amongst UK universities - the SPIDER project. Terese was instrumental in the University of Leicester's recent launch of its iTunes U channel.

Chapters in books, selected project reports, selected conference presentations

1. Bird, T. (2012). iTunes U: Learning and Research Channel for Students, Showcase to the World.  Higher Education Academy Annual Conference. Manchester, UK.

2. Bird, T. (2013). iTunes U Reach: Case study of University of Leicester’s release of Open Educational Resources for International Students through iTunes U | Terese Bird - Academia.edu (p. 14). Leicester. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/2557694/iTunes_U_Reach_Case_study_of_University_of_Leicesters_release_of_Open_Educational_Resources_for_International_Students_through_iTunes_U

3. Bird, T., Jay, R., Orton, C., Singhania, K., & Rogers, D. (2014). A community of sharing open learning for medical professionals: Leicester, UK and Gondar, Ethiopia. OER14 Conference. Newcastle, UK.

4. Bird, T., & Witthaus, G. (2012). iTunes U and the OERu: Two Different Ways to Reach the World. Retrieved from http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research-alliance/projects/toucans/Case Study - mass models for OERs_final.pdf/view

5. Nie, M., Bird, T., & Edirisingha, P. (2013). E-book readers and PDAs for work-based learners. In Z. L. Berge & L. Y. Muilenburg (eds). Handbook of Mobile Learning. Routledge.


    Terese Bird, The Impact of iTunes U Open Educational Resources from Media Zoo on Vimeo.


    Terese has worked in Higher Education in the UK and overseas since 1995, and in previous appointments did action research into and implemetation of such technologies as automatic lecture capture, audience response systems, and student-created websites and multimedia.  Terese graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in International Education with the University of Leicester School of Education.

    Contact details

    Direct line: + 44 (0)116 373 6820
    Email: tmb10@le.ac.uk
    Second Life: Aallyah Kruyschek  -- Twitter: tbirdcymru

    Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/tbirdcymru

    Academia.edu: http://leicester.academia.edu/TBird

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