Welcome to HE Innovate


HE Innovate Academic Lead – Paula Shaw – University of Derby

Paula joins HE Innovate as our Academic Lead and will have responsibility for helping to shape and steer the community so that it is engaging and pertinent to the needs of its members. With a strong background in delivering great online experiences, Paula will be engaging in a variety of community activities including webinars, sharing content and overseeing the academic integrity of good practice, collaboration and research.


About Paula

All my adult working life has been spent delivering education and training to adults of varying ages. I began 30 years ago in Further Education, in 1998 I moved into Higher Education and from 2000 I began to specialise in online education. As a lifelong online learner I am able to demonstrate that online learning can offer a rich and rewarding, equivocally different HE experience.

In 2011 I began working as an Academic Manager for the newly formed department UDOL (University of Derby Online Learning) through which I have significantly influenced UDOL’s expansion from 650 students to circa 4000 students. Reaching beyond my role I have influenced the University’s ‘Centre for Student Life’ to support us in providing a ‘virtual campus’ and not a deficit model of University Experience. This work was recognised in the Vice Chancellor Excellence Awards; in 2008 for Innovative methods and approaches, and in 2014 I was awarded the Excellence Award for Outstanding Personal Impact of the year. In 2018 I was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship, and became an Associate Professor in online learning in 2019. Through my research I have published and presented my ‘PROPHET Framework’™ (Pedagogic Realignment with Organisational Priorities and Horizon Emergent Technologies), ensuring that horizon scanning, pedagogy and educational planning are integral to online students’ experiences. With colleagues, we are currently exploring unbundling, rebundling, the online ‘hidden curriculum’ and online student satisfaction.

As we move into a new era of blended experiences my tenacity for championing the marginalised will ensure that transitioning between study modes won’t compromise students’ experiences; acknowledging that University life may be experienced in different ways but all students should feel welcome, supported and valued irrespective of their study mode.

Professional Memberships

Associate of National Teaching Fellows

European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)

Publications

Shaw, P, Rawlinson, S and Sheffield, D (2020). Exploring the problem of establishing horizon emergent technologies within a higher education institution’s operational framework. European Journal of Open, Distance and Elearning. Available from https://www.eurodl.org/?p=current&sp=full&article=832

Shaw, P. (2018). A practice orientated framework to support successful higher education online learning. European Distance and E-Learning Annual Conference, 19th June, Genoa. Available from ISBN: 978-615-5511-23-3

Kotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Green, P., Hutchinson, L., Shaw, P., & Bowskill, N. (2019). Towards another kind of borderlessness: online students with disabilities. Distance Education, 40(2), 170-186. Available from https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2019.1600369

Conference Proceedings and Conference Presentations

Sutherland, S., Jubb, E., Owen, E., Shaw, P. (2013). University of Derby Online Learning Academic Framework University of Derby.

Shaw P. (2013). Rules, Tools and Communities Presented to Innovative Learning conference, Central Hall Westminster, London (July 2, 2013)

Shaw, P. (2013). Digital Bookmarking Presented at the University of Derby LTA Conference 2013 the University of Derby-Buxton (July 1, 2013)

Shaw, P. (2013). The Online Student Journey Presented to Stenden University, Leeuwarden, Netherlands (December 4, 2013)

Shaw, P. (2014). Personal Development Planning in the Digital Age Workshop at University of Derby LTA Conference 2014, the University of Derby-Buxton (June 31, 2014)

Shaw, P. (2014). How to Catch a Cloud and Pin It Down Presented to University of Derby LTA Conference 2014, the University of Derby-Buxton (June 31, 2014)

Shaw. P. (2014). Enhancing Employability and Career progression through Engaging Social Learning in Online Degrees Presented to Military eLearning and Smart Devices Conference London October 2014

Shaw. P. (2014). Investing in local talent in emerging markets Panel representative for online learning at World Travel Market 4th November 2014

Shaw, P. (2015). Personal Development Planning in the Digital Age Presented to University of Derby Strategic Student Leadership Action Research Group, University of Derby, Derby (July 2, 2015)

Shaw.P. and Robertshaw, D. (2015). Using and creating Open Educational Resources. Presented to University of Derby LTA Conference 2015, the University of Derby-Buxton (July 6, 2015)

Shaw, P., Gardener. C. and Gration, M. (2017). Micro-Lectures: How to Teach Online. Presented to University of Derby LTA Conference 2017 the University of Derby-Buxton (July 1, 2017)

Shaw, P., Green, P. and Cockerill, V. (2018). Bringing the student experience framework alive with authentic activity. Presented to UDOL Academic Conference March 2018 the University of Derby, Derby (5 March, 2018)

Kotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Green, P., Hutchinson, L., and Shaw, P. (2018). Towards another level of borderlessness: Qualitative investigation into online learning experience of students with disabilities. Presented at the LTA Conference 2018, the University of Derby-Buxton (July 2, 2018)

Shaw, P. (2018). A practice orientated framework to support successful higher education online learning. Presented to European Distance and E-Learning Network Conference 2018, University of Genoa, Italy (June 24, 2018)

Shaw, P. and Stone. J. (2019) Exploring a Framework for Shaping Tomorrow Tacking Emerging Challenges Today. Presented to EDUCAUSE Education Learning Initiative, Anaheim, USA (February 20, 2019)