I am a senior research fellow in Technology-enhanced learning at the Institute of Educational Technology.
My research focuses on learning and teaching in open and scaled online educational contexts (specifically MOOCs). I am particularly interested in online educators and their practices to facilitate learning. This includes exploring educators’ contributions to online discussions, their facilitation strategies and their communications with learners. My other research interests are:
Digital technology in higher education
Open online education
Since I joined IET, I have worked on the following projects:
- 2021 Co-investigator, Digital Decisions: Understanding and supporting key choices in online and blended teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa (Funder: British Council)
- 2020-21 Co-investigator, Impact of COVID-19 on Equitable Access to Quality Education in the Context of Higher Education in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Funder: OU RES)
- 2020-21 Academic Lead [maternity cover], Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Low-and-Middle Income Countries (Flunder: Fleming Fund)
- 2020-24 Co-investigator [maternity cover], Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal (Funder: AHRC and GCFR)
I am currently working on the FCDO funded Skills for Prosperity Kenya project (2020-2023) as the capacity development lead.
Fereshte has over ten years of teaching experience in UK higher education as a lecturer and programme co-ordinator in digital education and TESOL (Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages). Her main area of research and teaching has been technology-supported learning and teaching particularly in language education, higher education and professional contexts.
PhD in Education (2019).University of Leeds (UK)
Trinity CertTESOL (2010). University of Manchester (UK)
MA in TEFL(2009). Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
BA Translation Studies (2003). Azad University (Iran)
Best Presentation Award
The 8th International Conference on Distance Learning and Education, Barcelona, Spain.
Best Presentation Prize for Education, Childhood and Youth Pathway
The 7th White Rose DTP Annual Conference, York, UK.
Staff Award (Highly Commended) for Exceptional Contribution to Student Experience
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.