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Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman PhD MEd BA (Hons) FHEA PGCTLHE

Academic Staff Tutor

I am Qualification Director for the Institute of Educational Technology's Masters in Online and Distance Education (MAODE), responsible for the academic development of the qualification and its modules. I am also IET's Faculty Lead for Student Support Teams and Chair of our Masters module H819 The critical researcher. I have many years of teaching experience in the tertiary sector, specialising in arts subjects and teacher education.

I am also an active researcher, currently focusing on the impact of open educational resources and open educational practices in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 5, Target 5b, which covers women's empowerment through ICTs. More broadly, my research interests cover open educational practices and resources in development contexts and in the voluntary sector. I am passionately committed to social justice and this informs my research.

Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman is Qualification Director for the Institute of Educational Technology's Masters in Online and Distance Education (MAODE), responsible for the academic development of the qualification and its modules. She is also IET's Faculty Lead for Student Support Teams and is co-leading the development of the MAODE's badged open course and MOOC.

Research interests

Leigh-Anne is an active researcher, currently focusing on the impact of open educational resources and open educational practices in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in low income countries, specifically Goal 5, Target 5b, which covers women's empowerment through ICTs. Leigh-Anne's current research interests also include the ethics of online research in social media spaces and the impact of student-only Facebook groups on retention and progression.

Until 2016 Leigh-Anne was a Fellow of the Hewlett Foundation-funded OER Research Hub project, led by Martin Weller. Her OER Research Hub Fellowship research was broadly focussed on exploring the impact of OER in low-income countries (with a particular focus on India, and theTESS-India project) and various informal learning contexts (including OpenLearn). Leigh-Anne's Fellowship work built on her previous role as a Research Associate for the OER Research Hub, where she was responsible for overall project evaluation. In 2012 she led a research project for the UK’s Big Lottery Fund researching the use of peer-support and online learning communities within the UK voluntary sector.  Prior to that she worked within IET as an author and learning materials (re-)designer on the Next Generation Learning Challenges-funded Bridge to Success project.  

Leigh-Anne was awarded her IET-based PhD in 2011. Her research explored adults’ cognitive and affective responses to contemporary art and the implications for arts pedagogy, resulting in her developing a multi-emotion appraisal theory-based model of aesthetic perception and visual arts pedagogy.

Teaching experience

Leigh-Anne is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Institute for Learning and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTLHE). She has extensive and wide-ranging teaching experience gained through 12 years spent as an OU tutor, 8 years spent as a member of various OU module teams and 12 years’ teaching within other adult education contexts, including two years spent teaching and mentoring FE tutors taking the City & Guilds 7407 qualification.

Twitter: @laperryman

Scoopit Sites: Researching OER; Commonwealth Education; Commonwealth OER; India OER and Teacher Education; MAODE

Blog: Art of OER Research

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Past

Conference Presentation

19th April 2016

Conference Presentation

6th November 2013

Conference Presentation

26th March 2013

Awards

Open Education Consortium Open Research Award of Excellence

Awarded as member of OER Research Hub

Open Education Consortium Open Research Award of Excellence

Awarded for research with Patrina Law