Lecturer, School of Education, University of Edinburgh
Beltane Fellow: 1st October 2013-31st March 2014
Dr Jen Ross is Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. She teaches and researches in the field of Digital Education, and is the director of one of the University of Edinburgh’s largest and longest-established online distance programmes – the MSc in Digital Education (formerly E-learning). She has expertise in the development of and research into Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – she teaches the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC and is on the development team of the forthcoming Warhol MOOC, as part of the ARTIST ROOMS research partnership. Her research, as part of the Digital Cultures and Education Research Group spans higher education and cultural heritage sectors, and she is particularly interested in aspects of place and space, assessment, reflection and the changes happening to formal and informal education in the digital age.
Between October 2013-March 2014, Jen’s Scottish Parliament Engagement Fellowship will involve her in working with MSPs and other parliament colleagues to explore the theme of “Distance and online learning for an innovative and inclusive Scotland”. By bringing together Scottish policymakers with students, teachers, thinkers and researchers who have experience with a variety of forms of online education, including MOOCs, accredited courses and programmes, and work-based learning, the aim of this engagement fellowship is to inspire new insights, challenge assumptions, and create a space for discussion of the many fascinating questions, problems and ideas that emerge when the spaces of learning and teaching are reimagined. With a particular emphasis on Scotland’s role in pushing forward an agenda of online and distance education that is geographically, culturally and socially inclusive, Jen’s engagement events will combine understanding of innovative current practices and important theoretical debates with imaginative and intelligent visions of what might be possible in the future.