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Dr Anne Adams Associate Director Academic Professional Development

Associate Director Academic Professional Development

BACKGROUND

An infamous past acting in theatre and film led to years of work experience in Market Research. My reputation as a researcher was then saved by a degree in Psychology with IT. It was here that I realised computers can do quite useful things as long as they were designed for mere mortals to use them. I continued with this notion by studying an MSc in HCI (human computer interaction) at the UCL interaction center [formerly known as the ergonomics group]. I furthered my knowledge with a PhD at UCL, CS & psychology department looking at security, privacy and multimedia communicaitons. After a research fellow posts & consultancy work at Middlesex University & UCL my quest to make computers work through 'elearning' took me into an academic position at Nottingham Univesity.  I now continue my 'elearning' research in IET at the Open University.

CURRENT WORK

Dr. Adams is the IET Associate Director for Academic Professional Development.  This work builds on her strategic coordination of practitioner inquiry and action research support within the OU OpenCETLS, as well as developing a mentoring programme for the CETL Fellows.  Dr Adams is also the research lead for innovating pedagogy and a senior lecturer in IET. 

More recent research activities include Associate Director for knowledge exchange and technology pathways in 'The National Centre for Policing Research and Professional Development'.  This project began work in September 2015 and is funded by a grant from the Home Office and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and managed by the College of Policing.  It is coordinated and works closely with the OU policing consoritum with 12 policing forces / bodies, overseen by a Steering Group chaired by Dr Steven Chase, Director of People at Thames Valley Police, and Professor Jean Hartley as the Academic Director.  Dr Adams also leads a research project working with highskillz (a serious gaming company)within the national centre on 'interview simulation for interviewing children'

Dr Adams is Principle Investigator on policing CPD and eLearning development work has now been funded with CEPOL (the European Policing College) to develop requirements and a procurement process for their eNet systems. 

Dr Adams is also Principle Investigator (with Oxford University Education Dept) on the ESRC Impact Accelerator Award developing teacher training and CPD open educational resources around 'tricky topics' a practice based application of threshold concepts. 

Dr. Adams also engages in scholarship activities and has completed two scholarship projects:

GET-IT Project: Participatory Video techniques have been used to support AL staff development across the faculties of business, Education, Healthcare and educational technology.  The results from this project identify that not only are these methods useful at an immediate tool but as an ongoing resource for workshop reflections.  The videos have currently been used by OUBS Course Teams to support international collaboration and understanding aroudn practice based learning.

Mobile Clinical Learnig Project:  Working with UCL CHIME and Turkish Teaching Hospital mobile devices are currently being distributed to clincians to support them in their work-based learning activities.  A comparative mixed method evaluation of these mobile support mechanisms will support an international viewpoint on the use of mobile learning in a global arena.

Dr. Adams has also been commissioned by the NHS to complete consultancy work on digital libraries and information provision in safety critical contexts.

 

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  • Adams, Anne and Sasse, Angela (). The User is not the enemy. In: Cranor, Lorrie Faith and Garfinkel, Simson eds. Security and Usability: Designing secure systems that people can use USA: O’Reilly, pp. 610-630.

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Current

MAZI (MAZI:Developing a DIY networking toolkit for location-based collective awareness ) 2016 - 2018
OWL (Open World Learning) 2015 - 2020

Completed

MIAG (Migration for Inclusive African Growth) 2017 - 2018
PKF (Police Knowledge Fund) 2015 - 2017