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Ruth Whitfield MEd SFHEA SFSEDA

Educational Developer

Ruth Whitfield MEd SFHEA SFSEDA

Contact Ruth for:

  • Learning & Teaching Professional Development & Recognition Scheme (HEA Fellowships).
  • Peer Supported Review of Teaching Practice.
  • Professional Practice Programme (seminar bookings).
  • Programme Leader Forum.
  • Teaching Awards.
  • Learning, Teaching & Research Conference.
  • Postgraduates who Teach.
  • Programme Focused Assessment.

Responsibilities

Summary biography

Ruth moved to the educational development team in 2007 to develop online learning objects and web resources for Develop Me! as part of the University's HE Academy Pathfinder programme to support the "extended induction" model being piloted by the then Learner Development Unit. Since 2008 Ruth has championed and project managed two collaborative National Teaching Fellowship Scheme funded projects, Outduction and PASS (Programme Assessment Strategies), building on previous project experience, utilising her strong organisational skills and expanding her research. She was also involved in HEA funded OER projects, ORICORHEP and ECCTOERP.  She is now a key player in the Centre for Educational Development team and was awarded the University's Baroness Lockwood Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2008 (Video of the VC's citation). 

Ruth has extensive experience of skills development and portfolio assessment and played a pivotal role in the University's e-portfolio evaluation project.  She is now channelling this expertise toward the professional development of teaching and learning support staff.

Ruth joined the University in 1985 and was appointed to a new role in 1992 to develop staff word processing skills. She successfully initiated the University's IT NVQ and ECDL test centres and managed the university-wide Web 2000 initiative, a change management process for embracing emerging IT and web technologies.

From 1998 Ruth extended and complemented her role as a staff trainer in IT Services by joining the School of Lifelong Education & Development as a part-time lecturer teaching and supporting foundation and undergraduate students to develop their information and communication technology skills, and improve their own learning and performance. She was one of the original teachers on the University of Bradford's Junior University programme, was involved in a collaborative project with AimHigher teaching a progression module for Gifted & Talented Year 12 children from local schools and between 2004 and 2011 taught an "ICTs for Academic Study" accredited module for the Compact Summer School. From early 2000 Ruth worked for 7 years with colleagues in Geography and Environmental Sciences (Dr Peter Hopkinson & Dr Liz Sharp) to develop and deliver a PDP module. In 2006, following a successful bid for HEFCE e-learning funds, Ruth developed a skills module "Communicating in an Information Age" module that she delivered as a core module on the BA/BSc Combined Studies programme until 2011; this was recognised by Learning Literacies in a Digital Age as a best practice example.

From 2005 to 2009 she was a cohort tutor and dissertation supervisor on the School of Lifelong Education & Development's Training & Development Masters programme.

Research activities

  • SEDA Small Grant, Investigating Educational Developers' Perceptions of Assessment Literacy (2015-16).
  • Project Manager, NTFS PASS: Programme Assessment Strategies (2009-2012).
  • Project Officer, NTFS Outduction: Improving the final year experience (2008-2011).
  • Member of Cohort IV of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Eportfolio Research (2007-2010).
  • Online developer for Develop Me! as part of the University's HE Academy Pathfinder programme to support the "extended induction" model being piloted by the then Learner Development Unit (2006-2007).
  • JISC funded Enhancing Learner Progression project (ELP) (2005-06).
  • Should the initial professional development for academic staff include accreditation of key skills? Masters dissertation (2003)

Publications and presentations

  • Whitifield R, Hartley P, 2017, Whatever happen to Programme Assessment Strategies?, SEDA Edducational Developments 18.1 ISSN 1469-3267
  • Whitfield R, 2016, Messages from the sector: The challenges and successes of implementing Programme Focused Assessment, Invited speaker, Programme & Assessment Event, Sheffield Hallam University - 11 November 2016.
  • Whitfield R, Hartley P, 2016, Whatever happened to programme-focussed assessment?, Invited speaker, SOLSTICE & CLT Conference, Edge Hill University - 9/10 June 2016.
  • Whitfield R, Hartley P, 2016, Whatever happened to Programme-Focussed Assessment? SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2016 - Innovations in Assessment and Feedback Practice - 12/13 May 2016.
  • Whitfield R, 2013, Resolving assessment issues in higher education: learning from innovation in programme focused assessment in Rust C, Improving Student Learning Through Research and Scholarship: 20 years of ISLOxford, The Oxford Centre for Staff & Learning Development, pp 67-82
  • Hartley P, Whitfield R, 2012, Programme Assessment Strategies (PASS) Final Report, HE Academy.
  • Whitfield R, Walton S Resolving assessment issues in higher education: learning from innovation in programme focused assessment, Improving Student Learning Symposium 2012 "Improving student learning through research and scholarship:  20 years of ISL" 29-31 August 2012, Lund University, Sweden.
  • Hartley P, Whitfield R Engaging students through programme focused assessment SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2012 - The Student Journey - 17-18 May 2012.
  • Hartley P, Whitfield R Programme Assessment Strategies for Empowering Student Learners in Higher Education, 5th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference 'Empowering student learners in Higher Education 17 April 2012.
  • Hartley P, Whitfield R, 2011, The case for Programme-Focused Assessment, SEDA Educational Developments 12.4 ISSN 1469-3267
  • Whitfield R, 2011, Final year projects/dissertations/showsOutduction Conference, Kew Gardens.
  • Whitfield R, 2011, TransitionsOutduction Conference, Kew Gardens.
  • Whitfield R, 2011, Varieties of programme based assessment, Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Northumbria.
  • Hartley P, Whitfield R et al, 2011, Changing assessments - what can programme based assessment achieve fro staff and students?, SEDA Spring Conference.
  • Hartley P, Whitfield R et al, 2010, Evaluating and Enhancing the Impact of Programme-based and Programme-level Assessment: Theory and Methodology, EARLI/Northumbria Assessment Conference.
  • Whitfield R, Hartley P, 2010 Embedding professional standards the SMART way, Higher Education Academy, Annual Conference. 
  • Hughes P, Whitfield R et al, 2010, Designing Eportfolio Based Learning Activities to Promote Learner Autonomy, Final report to the Fourth Cohort of the Inter/National Coalition for Research into Electronic Portfolios, April 2010
  • Hughes P, Whitfield R et al, 2010, Situated Personal Development Planning, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Special Edition: Researching PDP Practice, ISSN: 1759-667X.
  • Currant N, Whitfield R, 2009 ADEPT - the role of e-portfolios in staff CPD, JISC/Flourish Project - Putting the E into Educational Development.
  • Currant N, Hughes P, Currant B, Whitfield R, 2008, From PDP to CDP? Exploring PDP & Web 2.0 connections at Bradford, CRA Seminar - PDP and Web 2.0 - Opportunity for Partnership?, University of Bradford.
  • Currant B, Whitfield R (2008) Helping Students Develop Their Skills Pathfinder Briefing Paper, Higher Education Academy
  • Whitfield R, Currant R, 2008, Anytime, Anywhere, Develop Me!, 7th Annual Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference, University of Bradford.
  • Currant N, Currant R, Whitfield R, Hartley P, 2008, "Defining Generation Y: towards a new typology of digital learners." in Pieterick, J, Ralph, R. & Lawton, M EFYE Conference Proceedings 2008, ISBN 978-0-9560611-1-9.
  • Currant N, Whitfield R, 2007, Students aren't prepared for web 2.0 learning, are they?ALT-C 2007: Beyond Control, University of Nottingham.
  • Currant N, Whitfield R, 2007, Communication in the Information Age: introducing students to Web 2.0 technologies - blogs and wikis etc (ppt 371KB restricted access), Learning, Teaching & Assessment Conference, University of Bradford.
  • Whitfield R, 2006, A pick'n'mix approach to lifelong learning,  Learning, Teaching & Assessment Conference, University of Bradford.
  • Hartley P, Whitfield R, 2006, E-portfolios with Blackboard, Learning, Teaching & Assessment Conference, University of Bradford.
  • Whitfield R, 2006, Book review: Transforming Training: A Guide to Creating a Flexible Learning Environment - The Rise of the Learning Architects, David Mackey & Sian Livsey, Kogan Page, Industrial and Commercial Training Vol 38, Iss 6/7, p 330.
  • Whitfield R, 2005, Book review: A practical guide to learning in the workplace, Samuel A Malone, The Liffey Press, Industrial and Commercial Training Vol 38, Iss 4/5, p 217.
  • Hopkinson P, Whitfield R, 2005, Measuring key skills through progress files, Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Bradford.
  • Eyre S, Whitfield R, 2004, Encouraging debate and reflection using Blackboard, Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Bradford.
  • Whitfield R, 2003, Should initial professional development for academic staff include accreditation of relevant key skills? MEd Dissertation, University of Bradford.
  • Hopkinson P, Sharpe E, Whitfield R, 2003, Demonstrating progress in key skills - stories from the front line, Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Bradford.
  • Whitfield R, 2001, Book review: The E-learning Revolution Martyn Sloman CIPD London, Industrial and Commercial Training. Vol. 34, Iss. 6/7; p. 290.