Abigail Ball, MA, PCTHE, FHEA, SCMALT, WIHEA Fellow - Senior Academic Technologist
Abi is responsible for planning and delivering staff development activities in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) across all of our PGCE phases and our Masters programme. She leads projects that embed innovative TEL approaches into mainstream teaching and learning activities to promote deeper learning, collaboration and student self-authorship. She mentors staff in the use of appropriate technologies to develop their teaching practice and research, supporting staff with the design of engaging blended and online learning activities. Additionally she runs TEL focussed curriculum development workshops to develop programme level staff and student digital capabilities.
Professional and Teaching Expertise
Abi is a qualified university lecturer with an MA in Management. She has extensive experience of designing and facilitating online programmes and is a proponent of continuing professional development and lifelong learning. She runs workshops on subjects such as ‘Blogging for Impact and Reputation’ and ‘Using the ABC Learning Design Model to develop online programmes’. She is a Senior Certified member of CMALT and holds Microsoft Office Specialist Certificates in PowerPoint and Word.
Abi sits on the CTE Academic Research Group which defines the remit of research and professional enquiry within CTE and is a member of the CTE Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team. She is an assessor working with colleagues at the University to assess staff applications for Associate Fellowship and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She is also an Association for Learning Technology assessor, assessing applications for Certified and Senior Certified membership.
Academic Interests and Teaching and Learning Specialisms
- The role of and career opportunities for Third Space Professionals (Whitchurch, 2008).
- Learning theories relevant to online distance learning programmes specifically and TEL more generally.
- The development of synchronous and asynchronous learning technologies within online learning.
- The development of Virtual Learning Environments and their enhancement through synchronous learning technologies.
- Online assessment and feedback.
- Reusable Learning Objects.
- Reflective practice.
Publications and Projects
- Davies, E. and Ball, A. (2021) LDCU Podcasts: Talking Online Learning. Available at: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/its/servicessupport/academictechnology/ldcu/podcasts/?podcastItem=podcast_episode_9.mp3 (Accessed 13 April 2021). Please note this resource is only available to Warwick staff and students as a login is required.
- Ball, A. (2020) 'JISC Student Experience Meeting Feedback'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/jisc_student_experience/ (Accessed 27 October 2020).
- Ball, A. (2020)'Digifest 2020 part three'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/digifest_2020_part_1_2/ (Accessed 02 July 2020).
- Ball, A. (2020) 'Digifest 2020 part two'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/digifest_2020_part_1/ (Accessed 11 May 2020).
- Ball, A. (2020) 'Digifest 2020 part one'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/digifest_2020_part/ (Accessed 11 May 2020).
- Ball, A. (2019) 'Reflections on the Warwick Education Conference Antiracist Pedagogy Workshop'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/reflections_on_the/ (Accessed 03 June 2019).
- Haywood, W. and Ball, A. (2019) 'Audio feedback: the solution for effective feedback', University of Warwick Education Conference, 14th May 2019.
- Ball, A. (2019) 'The Rise of Third Space Professionals: Implications for Academic Practice'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/the_rise_of/ (Accessed 13 May 2019).
- Ball, A. (2019) 'Using and Creating RLOs'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/using_and_creating/ (Accessed 04 March 2019).
- Ball, A. (2018) 'Running ABC Workshops'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/running_abc_workshops/ (Accessed 01 March 2019).
- Ball, A. (2018) 'Research-tutored teaching'. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching Blog. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/wjett/entry/research-tutored_teaching_abigail/ (Accessed 18 April 2018).
- Ball, A. (2018) 'Blogging for impact and reputation', Warwick and Schools Partnership Conference, 21st June 2018.
- Ball, A. and Fenn, C. (2018) 'Student-Centred Rapid Curriculum Development', University of Warwick Education Conference, 15th May 2018.
- Ball, A. (2017) 'Reflecting on learning through technology: A study of postgraduate student experiences', Centre for Teacher Education Research in Action Conference, 3rd February 2017.
- Ball, A., Lovegrove, E.J. and Waite, M. (2015) 'Designing assessed group work for MOOCs', Education online en-masse: Lessons for teaching and learning through MOOCs (Reading University), 24th April 2015.
- Ball, A. 'A review of postgraduate distance learning students’ experiences of technology in their studies', Oxford Brookes University (OBU) School of Education Research Seminar Series, 29th September 2015.
- Ball, A. 'Are synchronous technologies the answer to poor online engagement?', Teal@b (Teaching and Learning at OBU), 3rd February 2014.
Abi has previously held roles such as Course Tutor for Teaching Online Open Courses and Module Leader for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Management programme at Oxford Brookes University (OBU). She has also held the role of Undergraduate Seminar Tutor for the BA Management Consultancy and BA Entrepreneurial Management modules in the Business Faculty at OBU. She is currently:
- a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- a Senior Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (SCMALT)
- an Alumnus Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA)
- an Oxford Brookes University Teaching Fellow
- a member of the Warwick Digital Accessibility Network
- a member of the Warwick Trans & Queer Pedagogies Learning Circle
- a member of the Warwick Teaching Recognition and Reward Learning Circle.