Professor Liz Falconer

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About me

I am Visiting Professor in Pedagogic Enquiry at UWE and I work as a consultant in Higher Education, helping universities to bring about innovation and change in learning and teaching. I am currently undertaking a 2-year contract at Bournemouth University as learning designer on the Vision for Learning project. I was previously Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning and Director of the Education Innovation Centre at UWE; prior to that, I was Director of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of Bath, having started my academic career as a lecturer at the University of Salford. Whilst there, I was part of the Research Centre for the Built and Human Environment, which received 5* ratings in two successive RAEs. I have departmental management experience in both private industry and HEIs and am a Chartered Manager and member of the CMI. I was a finalist in the National Management and Leadership Awards in 2013 and am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have over 30 years' experience as a lecturer, researcher, professor and manager in HE, and an established international publication record in the field of education research. I am on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Educational Technology and the Internation Journal of Learning Technology, and review papers for a wide range of journals and conferences in education. 

Area of expertise

My current area of research is in learning in immersive virtual environments and virtual worlds, majoring upon situated and contextual learning in immersive virtual environments to support simulation and practice-based learning. I have worked with colleagues in a wide range of academic disciplines, including forensic science, law, history and heritage, business and management and a range of subjects allied to medicine, to help them to successfully embed appropriate learning technologies in their teaching practice. First and foremost I am an educator, with a love of teaching and enabling students to learn. I have developed innovative programmes in education and am an active pedagogic researcher. I've managed and taken part in research and consultancy grants from private industry and public bodies, including Hewlett Packard, Reading University, EU, HEFCE and HEA, and am currently Principal Investigator on an AHRC/EPSRC funded project at Bournemouth University to develop a virtual simulation of Avebury Henge in Wiltshire, in partnership with immersive virtual reality companies and the National Trust. 


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