Terese Bird

Educational Designer, SCORE Research Fellow

Leicester Medical School

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

In November 2018, Terese was the keynote speaker for the Panopto Users Conference in London. This article summarises her talk.

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

Terese Bird is an Educational Designer with the Leicester Medical School, leading on the work of utilising iPads as a digital platform for students to learn and collaborate via multimedia. For this work, the University of Leicester awarded Terese the Digital Excellence Award in 2016, the first winner of this award. Terese's research focuses on mobile learning, medical education, virtual reality in learning, digital literacy, social media, and open education and practice.

Terese joined the University of Leicester with the Beyond Distance Research Alliance in July 2009 to work on the DUCKLING (Delivering University Curricula: Knowledge, Learning, and INnovation Gains) project, as well as Places, a JISC-funded project evaluating the use of iPads in two distance-learning masters-level courses at the University of Leicester, and  Manufacturing Pasts, a JISC-funded project in which artefacts of Leicester's industrial history were 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 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 spearheaded the Learning Futures Festival Online 2010, one of the (if not the) first international academic conferences 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.

Now focusing on Medical education, Terese is implementing innovative virtual reality, e-assessment, and social media professionalism teaching for Leicester Medical Students.

Book chapters, selected project reports, selected conference presentations

Bird, T. & Whittaker, S., 2018. Googling is core and the textbook is extra: Information-seeking behaviour of first-year medical students in an age of information overload. Gateshead: ASME Scientific Meeting 2018.

Mahmood, M. N., Rodwell, V., Bird, T., 2018. Can virtual reality clinical scenarios improve medical students' clinical learning? Leicester: Discovering Teaching Excellence at Leicester Conference. Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/tbirdcymru/can-virtual-reality-clinical-scenarios-improve-medical-students-clinical-learning

Hamilton, M. & Bird, T., 2016. iPads as digital platform for medical study: The SAMR model for mapping impact. Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries, 12(1), pp.19–23.

Bird, T. & Fox, A., 2016. Exploring Digital Literacy to Connect Less-Advantaged Pupils with Opportunity.  Coventry: Association for Learning Technology Conference. Available at: https://altc.alt.ac.uk/2016/sessions/exploring-digital-literacy-to-connect-less-advantaged-pupils-with-opportunity-1418/.

Bird, T. & Jones, O., 2016. TeachMeAnatomy: How a medical student built a sustainable, crowd-sourced, peer-reviewed, open online textbook in his spare time. Edinburgh: OER16 Conference. Available at: http://www.slideshare.net/tbirdcymru?utm_campaign=profiletracking&utm_medium=sssite&utm_source=ssslideview.

Bird, T., 2016. An Evaluation of Medical Students’ Responses to Structured Exam Feedback from Formative E-Assessments. Belfast: Association for the Study of Medical Education. Available at: http://www.slideshare.net/tbirdcymru/an-evaluation-of-medical-students-responses-to-structured-exam-feedback-from-formative-eassessments.

Hamilton, M. et al., 2015. Delivering assessment through iPads: Initial reflection on feasibility. In ASME Annual Scientific Meeting 2015 Proceedings. Edinburgh.

Bird, T., 2015. Students Leading the Way in Mobile Learning Innovation. In D. Hopkins, ed. The Really Useful #EdTechBook. Hopkins, David.

Fox, A. & Bird, T., 2015. The challenge to professionals of using social media: teachers in England negotiating personal-professional identities. Education and Information Technologies, pp.1–29. Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10639-015-9442-0 [Accessed September 27, 2016].

Bird, T., Hamilton, M. & Norman, B., 2015. One iPad per student for undergraduates: Students leading the way in mobile learning innovation. Edinburgh: Association for the Study of Medical Education. Available at: https://www.academia.edu/28125304/One_iPad_per_student_for_undergraduates_Students_leading_the_way_in_mobile_learning_innovation.

Hamilton, M., Conole, G. & Bird, T., 2014. Evaluating the use of iPads with first-year Medics. In Changing the Trajectory: Quality for Opening Up Education. Crete: International EIF/LINQ Conference 2014.

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.



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 the University of Leicester with a Masters in International Education and from University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teresebird/

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