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Abigail Ball


Abigail Ball, MA, PCTHE, SFHEA, SCMALT, WIHEA Alumnus
Assistant Professor: Head of Technology Enhanced Learning
Tel: 024 7657 5846
Room: WA 0.05a
Email: A dot Ball dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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. A current example is the development of CTE's new digital PGCE programme. She also 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 ALT 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. She is an assessor working with colleagues at the University to assess staff applications for accreditation 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, presentations and projects

Other Positions

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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • a Senior Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (SCMALT)
  • a member of the Association for Learning Technology (#altc) Blog Editorial Team
  • a member of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • an alumnus of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA)
  • co-lead of the WIHEA Third Space Learning CircleLink opens in a new window
  • 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
  • a member of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) Women in Technology Network 
  • a member of the ALT Anti-racism and Learning Technology Group
  • a member of the ALT West Midlands Group
  • an Oxford Brookes University Teaching Fellow.