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Dr Elizabeth FitzGerald BSc (hons), PGCE, PhD, SFHEA


I am a Lecturer at the Open University, working in the Learning and Teaching Innovation portfolio/Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach on the Masters (MA) in Online and Distance Education and also work in the APD (Academic Professional Development) programme. My overarching research interests are concerned with sensemaking in educational technology and I supervise students in a number of educational technology areas.

I 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. I am also a qualified secondary school teacher.

My publications can be found in the 'Publications' tab of this page; alternatively pre-prints can be downloaded from my WordPress site or page. Many of my presentations can be found on Slideshare and you can find me on Twitter as elara99.









  • Brown, Elizabeth (). Introduction to location-based mobile learning. In: Brown, E. eds. Education in the wild: contextual and location-based mobile learning in action. A report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous workshop series. Nottingham, UK: Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, pp. 7-9.
  • Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike; Wishart, Jocelyn; Tangney, Brendan; Taylor, Jacqui; Beddall-Hill, Nicola L.; Glahn, Christian; Börner, Dirk; Clough, Gill; Wijers, Monica; Jonker, Vincent; Cook, John and Lyons, Leilah (). Reflecting back, looking forward: the challenges for location-based learning. In: Brown, Elizabeth eds. Education in the Wild: Contextual and Location-Based Mobile Learning in Action. A Report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous Workshop Series Nottingham, UK: Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, pp. 52-53.






Zuckerberg is ploughing billions into ‘personalised learning’ – why?

The Conversation | 9th December 2015


Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award at ICALT 2006 conference

Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Co-recipient, as part of the Graduate School Research Training Team, University of Nottingham. Awarded in 2009.

Theodore Holm Nelson Prize

Best paper award + $1000 prize money for Best Newcomer Paper at Hypertext 2007 Conference.

External Appointments