Staff and Students

Current Staff

All numbers start 0116 (or +44-116 from outside the UK).
Professor Gráinne Conole Director of Institute of Learning Innovation
252 5720
Mobile: + 44 (0)7795 417 922
Terese Bird
Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow 252 5763
Dr. Palitha Edirisingha Lecturer in E-learning 252 3753
Mobile: + 44 (0)7905 090 352

Dr. Paul Rudman

Research Associate in E-learning 252 5774

Gabi Witthaus

Teaching Fellow in Distance Learning with Technologies and SCORE Fellow 252 5745


Visiting Staff

NamePositionOrganisation and email

Prof. David Hawkridge

Visiting Professor of E-learning

Chair (Retd.), Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK

Prof. Gilly Salmon

Honorary Visiting Professor

PVC Learning Transformations
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Prof. Alejandro Armellini
Honorary Fellow and PhD supervisor

Professor and Director, Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
University of Northampton

Dr. Mark Childs
Visiting Fellow

Senior Research Fellow for E-Learning
Coventry University

Research Students

Alison Ewing
Prof. Alejandro Armellini

Brenda Padilla
Prof. Alejandro Armellini

Bernard Nkuyubwatsi
Prof. Gráinne Conole

Chokwe Matlou Dr. Palitha Edirisingha

Konstantina Kontopoulou Prof. Gráinne Conole

Marion Waite Prof. Gráinne Conole

Meng Jie Jiang
Dr. Palitha Edirisingha

Nada Alsaleh
Dr. Palitha Edirisingha

Natalia Auer
Prof. Gráinne Conole

Oznur Soyak Dr. Palitha Edirisingha

Tony Ratcliffe
Dr. Palitha Edirisingha

Visiting Scholars


Dr. Francesca Pozzi

Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche (ITD) - CNR

09/2013 - 09/2013 Italy

Dr. Hengjun Zhao

The Open University of Sichuan

10/2012 - 02/2013 China
Dr. Huang Qingan

The Open University of Fujian

01/2013 - 05/2013 China
Qiongying Du

Yunnan Open University

11/2011 - 02/2012 China
Mingjie Tan

The Open University of Sichuan

03/2011 - 07/2011 China

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The Institute of Learning Innovation (formerly the Beyond Distance Research Alliance) has now closed.

This website preserves an archive of the projects we worked on.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the BDRA/ILI over the years.