Debby Cotton

Role: Head of Educational Development

Institution: Plymouth University

Key areas of expertise:

I have been working as an educational developer for around 15 years, and have expertise in various areas of educational development work as well as in pedagogic research and the REF (Research Excellence Framework).

A fuller biography is available here:

Research interests:

My key interests are around pedagogic research (teaching and learning in higher education), primarily in the following areas:

Sustainability and Pedagogy in Higher Education – I am interested in lecturers’ and students’ beliefs about and understandings of sustainability, and the ways in which sustainability is taught and learnt in higher education. My current research is exploring students’ energy literacy.
Student use of Technology for learning – I have been involved in a number of projects looking at the role of online discussions in learning, and on students’ use of learning and non-learning technologies (including Facebook, Twitter etc.)
Experiential learning through Fieldwork – I have been involved in a project investigating the impact of prior preparation on ‘novelty space’ (the ability of students to adjust to a new environment and start learning).
Widening Participation in Higher Education – I am currently involved in several projects investigating the experiences of non-traditional students in HE, including work onthe National Scholarship Programme and on Care Leavers in HE.
I also have a keen interest in the use of innovative research methodologies, including the use of the ‘think aloud method’, and using student-led video diaries in research.

My full publication list is available here:

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