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Denise Sweeney is an Educational Designer and her remit is to lead and manage the design and development of flexible educational resources for postgraduate research students. She manages the design, development and delivery of educational resources and programmes for full time, part time and distance learning postgraduate research students that align to the Research Development Framework (VITAE). Denise also teaches and mentors on the Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education and is Module Convenor of Module D: eLearning: Resource Development & Student Support (ED7035).
Denise has degrees in French, Drama and Adult Education and is a current candidate on the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme at the University of Leicester. The title of her thesis is: How university teachers and students use learning technology in university classroom contexts to optimise the quality of teaching and learning: a study of purposes, principles, processes and perspectives.
She has over 25 years’ experience in further and higher education as both a teacher of TESOL/TEFL and project manager/educational designer in Australia, Japan and the UK. Her research interests include learning and teaching in higher education, learning design, learning technologies and new media to promote learning and academic and digital literacies.
Recent Publications & Conference Papers
Sweeney, D. 2013 ‘eLearning Design and Development: a journey through murky waters’, Building new cultures of learning, Association of Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2013), University of Nottingham, UK.
Sweeney, D. 2013 ‘How do students and teachers use learning technologies to support learning in university classrooms? Indicative findings from a pilot study’. School of Education Postgraduate Researcher Conference, University of Leicester, June 2013
Cook, P. & Sweeney D. 2013, Research-lead Teaching; Theory, Practice and Policy, University of Leicester Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Leicester, January 2013.
Armellini, A.; Moseley, A.; Hayes, N.; Sweeney, D.; Padilla Rodríguez, B.C.; Conole, G. and Beard, J. 2012 ‘An inclusive review of current uses of the institutional VLE by staff and students at the University of Leicester’, A confrontation with reality, Association of Learning Technology Conference, (ALT-C 2012) University of Manchester, UK.
Sweeney, D. & Kear, S. 2012, PiLC: A small web-based lecture capture project’, A confrontation with reality, Association of Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2012), University of Manchester, UK.
Booth, G. Sweeney, D. & Cole, A. 2009, ‘Facilitating Trainee Learning: Learning Needs Analysis/Learning Plan’ Medical Education Program, Physicians Week 2009, Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, Australia.
Sweeney. D. Forsyth, K. Wilson, J. & O’Keefe, M. 2009 ‘Facilitating Reflective Practice: Using the significant incident analysis tool (SIAT)’ Medical Education Program, Physicians Week 2009, Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, Australia.