Curriculum Vitae

In helping to form the new research field of knowledge media I have a body of 60 peer-reviewed papers which can be directly associated with excellent evidence of national and international research esteem, including 30 keynotes; and prize-winning enterprise. This work comes from 22 major grants that have helped me build a personal team, which currently consists of 17 researchers, project officers and students.

In my teaching career I had a strong conventional teaching track before joining the Open University, where I have developed teaching and learning-related support systems ranging from, what is now 'classical' webcasting, to live online meetings, to innovations in podcasting. My learning support work has resulted in an iTunes U channel, which has showcased the Open University to over 5 million international users. Finally, in academic service to my University I have lead a significant 'development' agenda in direct leadership of the Knowledge Media Institute since 2007.

Higher Education

1983 - 87

PhD Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK.

1980 - 83

BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Warwick, UK.

Appointments and Experience


Head of Centre for New Media
Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK.
Directorship is a 3 year appointment; re-appointed for 3 further years from 2010.


Professor of Knowledge Media;


Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Media;


Lecturer in Knowledge Media, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK. (Permanent).

1988 - 95

Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK. (Permanent).

1986 - 87

Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK. (Fixed-term).

Research and scholarship


Research interests

Current research interests centre on the theme of knowledge media for technology enhanced learning, and in particular telepresence, reflection and awareness.

Awards arising from Research


e-Well being Award 2008 in the category "Better Ways of Working" for FlashMeeting technology. See:


Commendation in Research Councils UK Business Plan Competition 2008. See:




Knowledge Media Institute,
The Open University,
Milton Keynes,
MK7 6AA,
United Kingdom.

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