I am a Lecturer working in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). I have worked at the Open University and IET since 2018, supporting teaching and research in Academic Professional Development. My role in the past had been mainly focused around the development of scholarship training and supporting pan university scholarship. I currently work within the Curriculum strand of IET where I support the development of curriculum and courses such as microcredentials.
I am currently chairing two microcredentials - HZFM883 'Teacher Development: Embedding mental health in the curriculum' and HZFM888 'Teacher Development: Using Scholarship to Improve Practice'. I am the acting Academic lead for the PGCAP (Posgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice) for the university.
My research interests include digital technology, teaching, learning, strengths-based approaches and practice-based research. I also explore the combination of digital technologies and pedagogy to investigate how digital technology can support teaching and learning in different contexts such as physical education.
Julia is a Lecturer who has been working in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University since 2018. She currently works in the curriculum part of IET working on the microcredentials courses. Her research involves exploring digital technology and it's relationship with teaching and learning in different contexts.
Previously, Julia has worked in the field of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and has explored the use of digital technology to support learning and teaching.
Careers Clinic - Online Education
A series of careers clinics where questions posed from the public are answered by academics
Online forums | 30th December 2020
Esports model ‘could be future direction’ for student engagement
An article discussing the Innovating Pedagogy and the section on esports
The Times Higher Education (THE) | 9th January 2020
Hip-hop pedagogy promises to turn tables on traditional teaching
An Article from The Times Higher Education regarding the Innovating Pedagogy Report 2021
Online article | 6th January 2021
A podcast interview with the 'PE Geek'
Podcast | 3rd February 2018
This research podcast discussed by latest paper on flipped learning.
Playing with Research in Health & Physical Education Podcase | 2nd February 2019
Julia Sargent from The Open University in the UK and Antonio Calderon from the University of Limerick discusses the article “Technology-Enhanced Learning Physical Education? A Critical Review of the Literature. In this critical literature review, we discuss the aspects of pedagogy that are claimed to be enhanced using digital technology in PE.
Playing with Research in Physical Education | 22nd February 2022
Video narratives and democratic assessment in higher education – lessons from physical education
TPEA blog | 24th November 2021
Highly Commended Award
Employability Scholarship Funding
Connecting Open Routes to Employability Skills (CORES): learner experiences and effects
Global Challenges Research Fund
IMPEC: Inclusive Migration Policy through Evidence Cafes
Teaching Innovation Award
Loughborough University Internal Bid
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Association of Learning Technologists
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the British Educational Research Association
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy