I worked first at the Australian National University – initially in admin roles as I got through my undergraduate degrees (a BA (Hons) in History, a BSc in Psychology). I then worked as part of a project looking at undergraduate learning, where I created and coordinated the University’s campus-wide peer mentoring system (SIGN).
After moving to Edinburgh, I worked on a number of projects related to e-learning and curriculum design, some of which tied closely to ideas of work-based learning (e.g. the Scottish CLD Consortium project). During this time I also completed a Masters in Online Education (with USQ) and another in Science and Technology Studies (with the Uni of Edinburgh).
I’m now happily ensconced with the MSc in Digital Education working with colleagues there on research around online, distance learning. I’m also working towards a PhD on ‘Kinds of learning and kinds of play: an exploration of identity development in formal and informal digital environments’.
My research interests coalesce around ideas of digital culture and education, with specific interests around how we learn within online spaces (touching on community, place, identity, presence, enculturation, self regulation, assessment and feedback).
Email: clara.oshea (at) ed.ac.uk
Skype at clara_oshea
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