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Dr Nashwa Ismail

Research Career Development Lecturer

I have MSc and PhD from Southampton Education School - University of Southampton. I am passionate about Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and searching for how the applications of information and communication technologies are embedded within teaching and learning. My current role is Research Career Development (RCD) Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University. My role implies developing academic development capacity across the university’s academic and professional units. Besides, contributing to programmes, both formal and informal, to support the academic development capacity of individuals and teams (such as theme days etc.). Moreover, I have experience in teaching Qualitative Research Methods, NVivo and Atlas as qualitative data analysis packages.

I take part in different projects in the UK and overseas that fit into my research interests, which are;

• Academic Professional Development (APD)

• Games-Based Learning (GBL)

• Qualitative Research Methods

My recent projects are; Child Witness Interview Simulation (CWIS) for Police Forces Training in the UK; Games-Based Sex Education in Secondary Schools in Thailand. Recent Worksop; “Tricky Topics” as Self-Reflection Tool in APD in Thailand.

My parallel professional career is Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) in Network and Database. This nature of job encourages me to research in-depth about TEL in sense of how tutors can help their students' motivation, engagement and satisfaction; and to produce enterprising graduates with the skills required to compete in the job market.

In the OU, Dr. Ismail was Research and Enterprise Fellow in the Institute for Educational Technology within the Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning. her role implies generating and developing research ideas that reflect the aims of the Centre. She worked collaboratively with academics and practitioners associated with the Centre and other IET initiatives.

Before joining the OU, Ismail was a Research Fellow in the University of Bath, Department of Education. She worked in a qualitative comparative research project in Malaysia and Indonesia funded by the Head Foundation. The project title is “Leading School Turnaround and Improvement in Malaysia and Indonesia”. To pursue her work, she used extensively NVivo and Atlas.ti, as Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis packages.

Before joining the University of Bath, Ismail had long teaching experience in delivering IT in Further Education (FE) and business-to-business IT sector. As Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) qualified assessor. Her main duties were to: (1) plan and deliver full ICT vocational training programmes and workshops (NVQ2 and NVQ3 for City&Guilds qualifications) (2)Carry out enrollment, induction and initial assessment processes with each learner. (3) Prepare, agree and review assessment plans with each learner. (4) Visit learners in their workplace at contractually agreed intervals to provide support, review action plans, undertake assessments and provide feedback on performance. (5) Operate the assessment process in accordance with TAQA standards. (6) Managing VLE modules for learners.