Dr Liz FitzGerald is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Educational Technology at the Open University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is the chair for the OU's Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), module chair for the microcredential HZFM888 'Teacher Development: Using Scholarship to Improve Practice' and was the founding Director of the LTI Scholarship Centre (LATIS) from 2018-2020. She provides expertise in distance learning and teaching and knowledge exchange and previously taught on the Masters (MA) in Online and Distance Education. She is also the EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) champion for IET.
Her overarching research interests are concerned broadly with professional digital learning, situated learning and sense-making in educational technology. This has included research into mobile and location-based learning; the role of technology in changing or maintaining professional practice; and how personalisation in TEL can contribute to effective learning and teaching. She supervises doctoral students in a number of educational technology areas.
She worked previously at the University of Nottingham, at the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI); the Schools of Computer Science and Biology; and in the Graduate School. She is also a qualified secondary school teacher.
Podcast: Misconceptions about learning
Is intelligence fixed and predetermined by genes? Is fun a distraction that should just be used as a reward after learning? Learning styles aren’t really as effective as they appear to be and misconceptions are more difficult to overcome than you might think. In this podcast episode, PhD student Katherine Langford discusses four misconceptions about learning with interviews from Emily Dowdeswell from the RUMPUS research group and Dr Liz FitzGerald.
Research @ Graduate School, on Soundcloud | 23rd September 2021
Zuckerberg is ploughing billions into ‘personalised learning’ – why?
The Conversation | 9th December 2015
Best Paper Award (2006)
Best Paper Award at ICALT 2006 conference
Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2009)
Co-recipient, as part of the Graduate School Research Training Team, University of Nottingham. Awarded in 2009.
Theodore Holm Nelson Prize (2007)
Best paper award + $1000 prize money for Best Newcomer Paper at Hypertext 2007 Conference.
WISE Tech Innovation Award (2017)
Co-recipient as part of an all-female team, this award recognises outstanding contributions to gender balance in science, technology and engineering.
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy