A Big Welcome to Suzy Houston- Senior Lecturer, Learning Enhancement

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Suzy came to Glasgow from Stamford in Lincolnshire in 1998 to do my undergraduate degree in English Language at Glasgow University and remained in academia for the following decade, going on to do an MPhil and a PhD at Glasgow University, in Sociolinguistics and Phonetics, looking at the ways in which Glaswegian call centre workers learn and take on new identities when they begin work as new employees of a large organisation. As a PhD student, she was involved in teaching on undergraduate programmes as well as helping to develop online materials to support face-to-face teaching. I worked for the University’s Learning and Teaching Centre as a Moodle administrator, assisting academics to transform their paper-based materials into an online, interactive format at a time when virtual learning environments were very new and experimental. Around the same time she took on an Associate Lectureship with the Open University which gave me the opportunity to engage with teaching in Higher Education in a distance learning context; a position that she continues to enjoy today and one which enormously enriches and guides my own teaching practice.

After being awarded her doctorate in 2008, she moved away from academia and took up a post with ACCA as their Learning Technologies manager, leading on the development of online CPD for accountants , enabling subject matter experts and educators to innovate in their approach to learning and teaching as part of a global organisation; helping to develop, amongst other things, a  3-D computer simulation for forensic accounting, an accountancy firm in Second Life and she has also led on the launch of the organisation’s new virtual learning environment (Moodle). In 2010, she took up a post within the School of Law at the University of Glasgow as their e-Learning Development Manager. The post was created as part of the creation of a new Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Glasgow, which required someone to lead on curriculum design for a professional practice programme with a special focus on learning technology. During my time in the University of Glasgow School of Law, she was involved in a number of high profile and successful learning innovation projects, including the development and delivery of the University of Glasgow’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in collaboration with FutureLearn and the BBC, and the successful development of a range of blended and online courses. Much of my role involved working closely with academic and professional legal staff to innovate and develop their use of learning tools and technologies in order to enhance the student learning experience.

She lives with my husband and two small children in Milngavie. In my spare time she writes a regular piece for an online satire website, plays the flute and the piano (not very well) and tries to make her garden look less wild and overgrown, with limited success.

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