Research and Technical Development Projects

Over the years, I have been involved in many research and development projects of various kinds. They were all highly innovative in their area. Some of these I saw through from the application to completion stage, as the project director, manager, or on the steering committee.



EU research project to improve impact of self-regulated learning in formal education using learning analytics as feedback and monitoring element.




Teacher Mobile Application for Innovative Learning designs, develops and trials a mobile app for teacher CPD in self-regulated learning.




The Learning Analytics Community Exchange was set up to explore plausible futures for learning analytics and EDM.




A project to pilot a European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA), providing a system for the provision of free, open, online courses from diverse European universities with the goal of enhancing European integration and promoting social and cultural inclusion.

Open Discovery Space



A project to develop a socially-powered and multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adoption of eLearning resources.




A project to link web data for education. LinkedUp looks at the challenges of big data in education, such as compatibility, curation, and exchange of educational data, an evaluation framework establishing key indicators to assess the educational value and quality of datasets, including privacy issues.




This project aims at accelerating the use, improvement and distribution of open content in the field of management education and training. It covers the whole value-chain of user-generated and community-improved content: from skill-based search/retrieval to improving existing and generate new content.




Language Technologies for Lifelong Learning (LTfLL) is a FP7 research project looking into the potential of advanced language technologies like latent semantic analysis (LSA) and ontologies for enhancing learning.

mobile eBooks


As mobile technologies become more important, this project explores the benefits of mobile ebook readers and ebook content delivery to faculties.



Another FP7 project that looks to develop a platform for creative solution building in a corporate learning context, including SMEs. It analyses creative processes and methodologies to identify technologies to support these.

IT Usability and NGVC


This project looked at the usability and methodologies for measuring the implications of institutional IT service provision. The goal was to improve the acceptance and desirability of institutional learning and information services with users. The New Generation Videoconferencing (NGVC) project evaluated and extended traditional videoconferencing provisions with user-centric pedagogic and managerial facilities



European funded FP6 IST project aiming to create an infrastructure for lifelong competence development. As an integrated project this is very large both in funding and in partnership.

E-Portfolio Strategy Project


National Austrian project to look into cross-institutional requirements for supporting e-portfolios to make them transferable and interoperable on a wider scale and even across education sectors.

The Language Café


A LINGUA 1 European project across university and commercial partners in 9 countries. The aim is to develop guidance and support structures for informal self-directed language learning using IT technologies.

WP3 Careers Project


Another project funded by the government, this is a national project that looks at e-learning as a career path in HE. One aspect is the motivational aspects of e-learning for staff, another is the recognition and incentives that can be applied to encourage staff into e-learning.

E-Learning Strategy Project


This project is funded by the Austrian Ministry for Education and Research and aims to embed sustainable e-learning in the University of Klagenfurt. Main goals are to build a stable support structure, a research network, and to develop open content ideas for the institution.



TrustDR can be interpreted as Trust in Digital Repositories or as Trust in Digital Rights. The project looks at legal issues connected to repositories, the application of DRM Systems using DRELs (Digital Rights Expression Language) and licenses like the Creative Commons UK license.



This £1.7m ERDF project aims to provide learners with access to support services through an integrated facility via broadband, so that businesses and individuals in even the most remote locations will have an equitable service to that available on campus at a traditional university, such as lecture theatres, library facilities, laboratories, registry, administration, guidance and counselling, social facilities, etc.

GOAL - Generating Online Adult Learning



This project tries to understand the expectations and needs of mature learners in an online learning environment. It has been set up in response to a growing number of adult returners to higher education due to the lifelong learning and widening access agendas.


ESF Lifelong Learning - Phase II and III


Through this project it is sought to improve access to and delivery of further and higher education for communities in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands. Providing an equitable experience for the isolated remote learner at Learning Centres is at the heart of this project.

SWELL - Scottish Workforce Empowerment through Lifelong Learning


This EQUAL Theme E project intends to look into breaking down barriers to progression for people disadvantaged in some kind or other. UHI Millennium Institute's participation in this partnership is to look into access to education for people in remote and rural areas.



I was asked to co-chair the e-Learning work group on this trans-national European project which looks at professional development through innovative ways of training as part of the EQUAL programme.



Advisor to this project which looked at implementing accessibility for disabled students in virtual
learning environments in UK further and higher education.

INLEI - Impact of large-scale
Networked Learning on Educational Institutions


A JISC funded project to look into how higher education institutions have to adjust their management and other structures when introducing large-scale e-learning.

The project is a recognition that e-learning has far-reaching consequences to educational institutions.




This Grundtvig II Learning Partnership aims to involve adults from different cultures in digital storytelling, by asking them to present their personal story on the internet.



A Grundtvig II lifelong learning project, this European learning partnership looks at motivating adults to return to education through their wish to preserve endangered cultures.

Network Learning and Skills


This research and development project consists of three major areas: (1) the establishment of a number of networking training centres across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; (2) Improving the online learning experience for students of UHI; and (3) exploring the impact of networking technology on a remote rural economy and how the necessary skills can be developed in the local community.

Outreach Education


A JISC funded project to look at the use of ICT in Further Education College outreach centres. The findings were particularly relevant for UHI's strategic use of its 80 strong Learning Centre network and its future sustainability.

Research Register for the Highlands and Islands


This project has two parts to it. Firstly, a network of active researchers within the UHI will be established and linked to the online Scottish Research Information System (SRIS). Secondly, all people with research expertise across the Highlands and Islands will be invited to join an expertise register, which hopes to promote Scottish research within and outwith the Highlands. This will be published as a book and CD-Rom and will include researchers for private companies and currently inactive researchers as well.

Online literacy for Gaelic and Sámi


A course development project which aims to improve the confidence of adult native speakers of the two minority languages in their writing skills. This is probably the first language course for First Language development through the Internet. The goal is to train more authors and editors for these underserved languages so more variety can enter the book and media market.

International good practice in the delivery of rural services


A survey study for the Scottish Executive to look at how public services, especially confidential services, can be provided better to a remote rural community in Scotland. The study looked into examples from other countries and their transferability to Scotland.

Collaborative language learning using videoconferencing


I managed this trans-national project involving Spanish and English students of Fashion, Design, and Fine Arts learning the others' language and using videoconferencing to communicate and collaborate with each other.

ALLADIN - Applied Language Learning for Art and Design through Interactive Networks


This project of the TLTP3 phase looked at how ICT can enhance language learning for Art, Design and Media students. These being disciplines with a strong visual element in them, the study tried to support the development of language skills through modern technology, e.g. various language learning software packages. A considerable focus lay on dyslexia support for Web-enhanced learning, due to the higher percentage of dyslexic students in Art and Design.

RAPPORT - Residence Abroad


Part of the FDTL series of HEFCE-funded projects, we looked at the importance and impact a period of living abroad had on students. This time abroad could be spent at a university, a school (as assistant teacher) or in a work placement.

CIEL - Independent Learning


Another FDTL project, this looked at how to enhance students' independent learning portfolio, and how to embed this within the curricula.

Minority Folk Legends


I initiated and project managed this inter-cultural Trans-European project which produced a children's publication as a co-edition between five minority language publishing houses. Contains a collection of folk legends from seven minorities plus educational introduction to promote minority cultures. Available in six languages including English.

Welsh-German Dictionary


As the initiator and project manager I was in charge of this ground breaking dictionary development in a minority language. This pioneering work was funded by the Welsh Curriculum and Assessment Authority to improve foreign language teaching through the medium of Welsh up to A-Levels and beyond.

Provision and Regulation of the Sámi Languages


EU research project into the promotion of minority languages. The study looked at the mechanisms in place to give speakers of the Sámi languages the possibility to use their language.

Welsh-German school dictionary and grammar


The earlier of two projects funded by the Welsh Curriculum and Assessment Authority to improve foreign language teaching through the medium of Welsh. The material covered GCSE level.

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