Dr Martina A. Doolan graduated from the University of Hertfordshire (UH) in 1996 having studied a BTEC HND in Computer Studies and a BSc in Computer Science. She then joined the University as an academic member of staff and in 5 years progressed from Visiting to Part-time Lecturer and Senior to Principal Lecturer in Computer Science. Martina completed the UH Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma, is the first at UH to achieve the award of MA in Teaching and Learning and one of the first five recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her Doctorate in 2011 is in Education and based upon innovative uses of social networking technologies in teaching practice.
Martina is passionate about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in other words enhancing learning and teaching in Higher Education. To this end her current pedagogic research includes: embracing socially constructivist approaches to learning and teaching. Martina researches the development and integration of blending technology and pedagogy into effective student collaborative/community learning environments; understanding the student experience and the effective use of educational technology in developing collaborative/community learning environments. Her expertise as a Computer Scientist is in Human Computer Interaction and includes: designing for usability and sociability, social interaction and technology mediated communication and collaboration.
Martina leads and works on funded projects i.e. Martina was one of 12 academics chosen from across the University of Hertfordshire to work on a £4.5 million five-year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council in England (HEFCE) - An institution wide Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CETL) was established with a focus on Blended Learning, £200,000 two-year Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) project. Martina’s national and International presence has been gained through various steering groups, committees and advisory boards, as a journal and book editor, a reviewer, conference organiser and chair, running symposia and workshops. Martina has published widely: conference papers, posters and other publications i.e. conference abstracts, journal articles and book chapters. Martina is a prolific speaker at conferences and other events and has presented many papers, keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally. Martina regularly accepts invitations to visit other universities both nationally and internationally to share, learn and collaborate.
In addition to her expertise in Pedagogy and as a Computer Scientist, Martina is active in Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity with 8 years’ experience of writing successful Athena SWAN bids. As chair and Athena SWAN champion Martina plays a key role in influencing and shaping generations of women as learners, educators, workers, role models and leaders in technology. If you would like to learn and share contact Martina at : http://www.madoolan.com