I am a lecturer in Online Teaching at the Institute of Educational Technology.
My research focuses on learning and teaching in open and scaled online educational and professional contexts. I am particularly interested in online educators and their practices to facilitate and scaffold learning in such settings. My recent research activity has focused on educators and digital education in low-resourced settings and in Global South while developing the educators’ expertise in offering inclusive digital education. This contributes to understanding decisions and actions educators take to offer digital education in a more accessible, inclusive and contextualised manner. My other research interests are:
- Digital technology in higher education
- Open online education and OER
- Online communications
- Professional learning
Since I joined IET in 2020, I have worked on the following research and international development projects:
- 2020-23 Capacity development lead, Skills for Prosperity Kenya (Funder: FCDO)
- 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)
- 2020-21 Co-investigator [maternity cover], Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal (Funder: AHRC and GCFR)
Before joining The Open University as a Co-I, I collaborated on (i) Co-creating a Digital Research Living Lab by and for educational psychology students (Funded by Manchester Metropolitan University); (ii) Approaching summative assessments through student-staff partnership (a case study of the use of assessment podcasts, discussion forums and simulated recall in a PGT module) funded by Manchester Metropolitan; and Enhancing communication: Understanding the needs of non-native speakers in higher education (Funded by: UKCISA).
My teaching responsibilities include contribution to the IET curriculum portfolio. I am the presentation chair for IET microcredential (Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners) and MA in Online Teaching module (Research and Scholarship in Digital Education). I have also been contributing to the revision, production and evaluation of a number of IET modules and microcredentials.
Additionally, I sever as the co-lead of Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG) within IET and contribute to the organisation and delivery of CALRG weekly seminars, events and annual conference. I am also a steering committee member for FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) that organises research informed events and talks about FutureLearn courses and act an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME).
I have 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). My 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.
Finalist- The 8th e-Learning Excellence Awards
21st European Conference on e-Learning, Brighton, UK.
Staff Award (Highly Commended) for Exceptional Contribution to Student Experience
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.