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Debbie is Professor of Learning Innovation and the Deputy Head at the Centre of Excellence for Learning at BU. Previously a Reader in Education & Technology at Anglia Ruskin University, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She co-convened the Anglia Ruskin University UoA25 submission for REF2014; and in her role at Bournemouth is the co-convenor responsible for Impact.
Entering academia from industry, she quickly realised that students on her transport courses, with their patterns of shift working, had very limited opportunities to attend regular classes. These difficulties, not unique and indeed shared with other students, led to her research interests in overcoming challenges/barriers faced by students seeking to access learning outside the formal classroom.
By seeking digital solutions to enable learning at a place and time of the learners’ choice, her digital scholarship draws on a sustained body of pedagogic research... Her research exploring how learners interact with their technology has made a significant difference to education, nursing and social work students, when working away from their University base on professional placements. An experienced biographic narrative researcher, Debbie captures the lived experiences of students, influencing and engaging students and the academic teams supporting them.
Debbie is committed to the use of open educational resources (OERs), and sees the sharing of these resources as making a significant difference in overcoming the educational digital divide. All her digital work is available via creative commons (CC) licensing, enabling free repurpose/reuse for educational purposes. She is on the OER-SIG committee at ALT; a JISC ‘digital expert’ and a member of the ALDinHE National Steering Group.more
- Biggins, D., Holley, D. and Zezulkova, M., 2017. Digital Competence and Capability Frameworks in Higher Education: Importance of Life-long Learning, Self-Development and Well-being. EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, 4 (13).
- Quinney, C., Lamont, M., Holley, D. and Biggins, D., 2017. Embedding the value of learning by extending professional boundaries. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.
- Davis, G., Wright, H. and Holley, D., 2016. Write away from it all! The Value of Running a Writing Retreat for Doctoral Students. Practitioner Research in Higher Education.
- Roushan, G., Holley, D. and Biggins, D., 2016. The Kaleidoscope of Voices: An Action Research Approach to Informing Institutional e-Learning Policy. ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF E-LEARNING, 14 (5), 293-300.
- Pokorny, H., Holley, D. and Kane, S., 2016. Commuting, transitions and belonging: the experiences of students living at home in their first year at university. Higher Education, 1-16.
- Evangelinous, G., Holley, D. and Kerrigan, M., 2016. IMPLEMENTING A MODEL AND PROCESSES FOR MAPPING DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE CURRICULUM (ONLINE BADGES). Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network 2016 Annual Conference.
- Holley, D., Santos, P., Dennerlein, S., Theiler, D., Cook, J., Treasure-Jones, T., Attwell, G., Kowald, D. and Lex, E., 2016. Going beyond your personal learning network, using recommendations and trust through a multimedia question-answering service for decision-support: A case study in the healthcare. Journal of Universal Computer Science., 22 (3), 340-359.
- Holley, D. and Hobbs, M., 2016. AUGMENTED, ASSESSED, ADDRESSED: REFRAMING THE CURRICULA FOR FIRST YEAR STEM STUDENTS. INTED2016 Proceedings, 7182-7189.
- Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D., 2016. Investigating the Digital Literacy Needs of Students in Healthcare Education (Project Report). Networks, 19, 53-60.
- Holley, D., Hobbs, M. and Menown, C., 2016. The Augmented Library: Motivating STEM Students. Networks, 19, 77-84.
- Holley, D., Santos, P., Cook, J. and Kerr, M., 2016. "Cascades, torrents & drowning" in information: seeking help in the contemporary general practitioner practice in the UK. INTERACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, 24 (5), 954-967.
- Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D., 2015. A Qualitative Exploration of the DIGCOMP Digital Competence Framework: Attitudes of students, academics and administrative staff in the health faculty of a UK HEI. EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, 2.
- Holley, D. and Sentance, S., 2015. Mobile ‘Comfort’ Zones: Overcoming Barriers to Enable Facilitated Learning in the Workplace. Journal of Interactive Media in Education,. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 15 (1), 1-9.
- Holley, D., Kane, S. and Volpe, G., 2014. ‘My Ideal First Day’: Implications for induction from a three (London) university project. Networks, 17 (1), 87-95.
- Sentance, S., Howlett, P., Holley, D. and Miller, M., 2014. Supporting students on placement: developing observational skills using mobile technology. Networks, 17, 25-33.
- Feist, A. and Holley, D., 2013. The 9/10 project: working towards getting 9/10 students to recommend us to a friend. Networks, 16, 31-36.
- Holley, D., Hobbs, M., Howlett, P. and Sawyerr, W., 2013. ‘The chaotic science lab’: supporting trainee Science teachers a cross-departmental project. Networks, 16, 51-57.
- Holley, D. and Johnson, T., 2012. Health and safety training in 3D. Logistics and Transport Focus, 46-48.
- Holley, D., 2012. Student attitudes to socially responsible business: A case study of mine workers in Chile. Social Responsibility Journal, 8 (2), 174-185.
- Shoderu, R., Kane, S., Husbands, D. and Holley, D., 2012. Developing a sense of belonging: findings from a three institution study with implications for BME students and staff engagement. Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich.
- Greaves, L., Bradley, C. and Holley, D., 2012. Learning journeys: exploring approaches to learner digital literacy acquisition. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences.
- Holley, D. and Boyle, T., 2012. Empowering teachers to author multimedia learning resources that support students’ critical thinking. European Journal of Open and Distance Learning.
- Burns, T., Sinfield, S. and Holley, D., 2012. The shipwrecked shore and other metaphors : what we can learn from occupation of, and representations in, virtual worlds. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 8, 119-126.
- Bradley, C. and Holley, D., 2011. Empirical Research into Students’ Mobile Phones and their Use for Learning. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3 (4), 38-53.
- Bradley, C. and Holley, D., 2011. Learning on The Move. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 7, 106-112.
- Holley, D., Burns, T., Sinfield, S. and Hoskins, K., 2010. 'Very urgent, very difficult and quite possible' : changing student's attitudes to notemaking by encouraging user generated content. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 2.
- Holley, D. and Oliver, M., 2010. Student Engagement and Blended Learning: Portraits of Risk. Computers & Education, 693-700.
- Agombar, M. and Holley, D., 2010. Overcoming student fear and loathing of exams : a collaborative project. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 6, 102-108.
- Emmanuel, M., Holley, D., Johnson, L., Neill, P.O. and Sinfield, S., 2010. Reading and writing skills for business : the students’ voice. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 6, 93-101.
- Sinfield, S., Holley, D. and Burns, T., 2009. A journey into silence: Students, stakeholders and the impact of a strategic governmental policy document in the UK. Social Responsibility Journal, 5 (4), 566-574.
- Holley, D. and Oliver, M., 2009. A private revolution - How technology is enabling students to take their work home. Journal of Enhanced Learning in the Social Sciences, 1 (3).
- Chalk, P., Holley, D., Pokorny, H., Andrew, D. and Wilson-Medhurst, S., 2009. E-portfolios and personal construct theory : the case of computing students. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 5, 103-110.
- Sinfield, S., Burns, T., Wallace, M., Davies, C., Holley, D. and Albon, D., 2009. Facilitating student engagement with academic writing : review of an online resource in a widening participation context. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 5, 185-193.
- Holley, D. and Dobson, C., 2008. Encouraging student engagement in a blended learning environment: The use of contemporary learning spaces. Learning, Media and Technology, 33 (2), 139-150.
- Holley, D., 2008. Using biographic narrative to explore students' experiences of online learning in Using Auto/biography in Learning and Teaching. SEDA Paper 120, 53-58.
- Holley, D. and Tusco, C., 2007. Tam airways: swimming against the stream. Logistics & Transport Focus, 37-40.
- Holley, D., Sinfield, S. and Burns, T., 2006. 'It was horrid, very very horrid' : a student perspective on comint to an inner-city university in the UK. Social Responsibility Journal, 2 (1), 36-42.
- Pheiffer, G., Holley, D. and Andrew, D., 2005. Developing thoughtful students: Using learning styles in an HE context. Education and Training, 47 (6), 422-431.
- Holley, D., 2005. Can online assessment motivate students to engage with the learning process? Investigations in university teaching and learning, 2, 83-88.
- Holley, D., Pheiffer, G., Andrew, D. and Green, M., 2005. How can we use learning styles? An identity approach. International Journal of Applied Human Resource Management, 6 (1), 101-117.
- Holley, D., Sieber, V.K., Haynes, R., Dobson, C., Skinner, J. and Andrew, D., 2004. Reusing interactive elements between disciplines. Journal of Interactive Multimedia Education.
- Holley, D., Andrew, D. and Pheiffer, G., 2004. Exploring the usefulness of new technology with new students : a case study. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 2, 38-43.
- Holley, D. and Haynes, R., 2003. The “INCOTERMS” challenge: Using multi-media to engage learners. Education + Training, 45 (7), 392-401.
- Holley, D. and Andrew, D., 2003. Pedagogic issues in designing a module to include online assessment : a case study. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 1, 55-58.
- Holley, D., Andrew, D., Pheiffer, G. and Green, M., 2003. Orienting students to higher education : a business example. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 1, 19-22.
- Holley, D. and Andrew, A., 2003. Travel and Society – pedagogic issues in designing a module to include on-line assessment. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 1 (1), 55-58.
- Holley, D., Simpson, R. and Woods, A., 2003. The Significance of Seniority for Women Managers’ Interpretations of Organizational Restructuring. Journal of Managerial Psychology,, 18 (7), 680-690.
- Pheiffer, G., Andrew, D., Green, M. and Holley, D., 2003. The role of learning styles in integrating and empowering learners. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 1, 36.
- Holley, D., 2002. Informal learning – a useful tool in the workplace? Road Transport managers briefing series.
- Holley, D., 2002. Working in transport: what do female transport managers really think? Road Transport Management Series).
- Holley, D., 2002. The effects of restructuring on women transport managers. Coach and Bus Management series).
- Holley, D. and O'Higgins, T., 2002. Raising awareness – taking the bus to the people. Coach & Bus management series).
- Holley, D., 2002. Which room is my Virtual Seminar in please? Education and Training,, 44 (3), 112-121.
- Holley, D. and Simpson, R., 2001. One Year On: the effects of restructuring on Women Transport and Logistics managers. Centre for Equality Research in Business, Research Paper.
- Holley, D., 2001. Milton Keynes: Car City? Logistics & Transport Focus.
- Holley, D. and O’Higgins, T., 2001. Czech railways – social service and commercial reality. Logistics & Transport Focus,, 3 (8), 58-66.
- Holley, D., 2001. Technology in passenger transport: a speedy future. Logistics & Transport Focus.
- Holley, D., 2001. Career Opportunities in the bus & coach industry for young people. Logistics & Transport Focus.
- Simpson, R. and Holley, D., 2001. Can restructuring fracture the glass ceiling? The case of women transport and logistics managers. Women in Management Review, 16 (4), 174-182.
- Holley, D., 2001. Careers in Road Transport,. Logistics & Transport Focus.
- Holley, D. and Simpson, R., 2001. Women in Transport & Logistics Management: Career progress and career barriers in restructured industries. Women In Management Review, 16 (4), 174-182.
- Holley, D., Glass, R., Burns, T. and Sinfield, S., 2010. When worlds collide: the paradox of Learning Development, E-learning, and the 21st Century University. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Beetham, H., Perotta, C. and Holley, D., 2016. TEL: crisis & response. In: Fischer, F., Wild, F., Sutherland, R. and Zim, L., eds. Grand Challenges in Technology Enhanced Learning: Outcomes of the 4th Alpine-Rendez-Vous. Berlin: Springer.
- Holley, D., 2016. Setting Up and Sharing: Introducing Labyrinth Practice in Two University Settings. In: Sellers, J. and Moss, B., eds. Learning with the Labyrinth Creating Reflective Space in Higher Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Cook, J., Ley, T., Maier, R., Mor, Y., Santos, P., Lex, E., Dennerlein, S., Trattner, C. and Holley, D., 2016. Using the hybrid social learning network to explore concepts, practices, designs and smart services for networked professional learning. In: Li, Y., Chang, M., Kravcik, M., Popescu, E., Huang, R., Kinshuk and Chen, N.-S., eds. State-of-the-Art and Future Directions of Smart Learning. Singapore: Springer, 123-129.
- Holley, D., 2014. A Qualitative Exploration of the EU Digital Competence (DIGCOMP) Framework: A Case Study Within Healthcare Education. In: Vincenti, G., Bucciero, A. and VA de Carvalho, C., eds. E-Learning, E-Education, and Online-Training (ELEOT) First International Conference, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering.. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
- Holley, D., Bradley, C., Greaves, L. and Cook, J., 2010. “You Can Take Out of it What you Want” – How Learning Objects Within Blended Learning Designs Encourage Personalised Learning. Technology Supported Environment for Personalised Learning: Methods and Case Studies.. IGI Global, 285-304.
- Holley, D., 2010. Raising the student voice: learning development as socio-political practice in Universities into the 21st century. Learning Development in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan London.
- Holley, D., 2008. How to use computers and e-learning to support your learning. In: Burns, T. and Sinfield, S., eds. Essential Study Skills: The complete guide to success at University (2nd edition). Sage publishers,, 80-97.
- Holley, D., Dobson, C. and Yau, H., 2005. Using Multimedia to engage marketing students: a case study of collaboration with industry. In: Greenland, S. and Caldwell, N., eds. Contemporary issues in marketing. 0, 51-64.
- Holley, D., Sinfield, S. and Burns, T., 2004. Outsiders looking in or insiders looking out? Widening Participation in a post 1992 University. In: Satterthwaite, J., Atkinson, A. and Martin, W., eds. The Disciplining of Education: new languages of power and resistance. Trentham books, 137-152.
- Holley, D. and Oliver, M.. Diversity and design: an emergent model of matching curricula design to student need. IGI Global.
- Holley, D. and Oliver, M.. Negotiating the digital divide: narratives from the have and the have-nots. Sense Publishers.
- Emmanuel, M., O Neill, P., Holley, D., Johnson, L. and Sinfield, S.. Taking action in business. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Holley, D.. Computers: anyplace, anywhere, anytime. Sage.
- Marciniak, R., Holley, D. and Dobson-Davies, C.. Encouraging students to engage with their subject matter: a case study of fashion. Intellect.
- Holley, D., Hajdari, S., Hummal, D. and Scibior, T.. International student views of ethics within a UK Business School curriculum. Emerald.
- Biggins, D., Holley, D., Evangelinos, G. and Zezulkova, M., 2017. Digital competence and capability frameworks in the context of learning, self-development and HE pedagogy. 46-53.
- Hobbs, M. and Holley, D., 2016. Using Augmented Reality to Engage STEM Students with an Authentic Curriculum. 110-117.
- Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D., 2016. Investigating the digital literacy needs of healthcare students: Using mobile tablet devices for the assessment of student-nurse competency in clinical practice. 60-67.
- Holley, D. and Howlett, P., 2016. Engaging our school teachers: An augmented reality (AR) approach to continuous professional development. 118-125.
- Holley, D. and Howlett, P., 2015. Holley, D & Howlett, P. (2015) Engaging Our School Teachers: an Augmented Reality (AR) Approach to Continuous Professional Development curriculum accepted for the 2nd EAI International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training Novodrate (Como) Italy 16/18 September. In: E_LEOT 16 September-18 October 2015 Novodrate Italy. Springer.
- Mor, Y., Cook, J., Santos, P., Treasure-Jones, T., Elferink, R., Holley, D. and Griffin, J., 2015. Patterns of practice and design: Towards an agile methodology for educational design research. 605-608.
- Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D., 2014. Developing a digital competence self-assessment toolkit for nursing students. In: EDEN 2014 Annual Conference, From Education to Employment and Meaningful Work with ICT E-learning at Work and the Workplace. 11-13 June 2014 Zagreb, Croatia. European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), 206-212.
- Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D., 2014. A qualitative exploration of the EU digital competence (DIGCOMP) framework: A case study within healthcare education. 85-92.
- Holley, D., 2013. Sojas’ Trialectic: offering a re-imagining of learning spaces. In: ‘The Alpine rendezvous’ a TELEARC and EATEL EU Technology Enhanced Learning Conference 28 January 2013-1 February 2016 Villard de Lans, Vercors, French Alps.
- Holley, D., Bradley, C., Weiss, M. and Dobson, C., 2010. A little less conversation, a little more texting please - A blended learning model of using mobiles in the classroom. In: “Developing Blended Learning Communities”, 16-17 June 2010 University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK,. 1-11.
- Holley, D. and Wilson-Kennard, A., 2009. Overcoming student fear and resistance: the role of SAP-EF V2 July 2015 Page 30 podcasting in formative exam feedback. In: Fourth International Blended Learning Conference 1-2 July 2009 University of Hertfordshire. 281-289.
- Cook, J., Holley, D. and Andrew, D., 2007. A stakeholder approach to implementing e-learning in a university. 784-794.
- Holley, D., Smith, C., Cook, J., Bradley, C. and Haynes, R., 2007. Learning objects and blended learning designs for the next generation. In: Second Blended Learning Conference 14-15 June 2007 University of Hertfordshire,.
- Holley, D., Cavanagh, G. and Dobson, C., 2007. “A little less conversation, a little more action please” Using Multimedia to engage the first year student during induction and post induction: lessons learning from a twin institution collaboration. In: The First Year Experience in Continuing Education 1-3 May 2007 HEA Subject Centre for Education. 19-26.
- Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D.. Embedding Digital Competences in the Curriculum: A Case Study on Student-Experience of an Online Technology-enhanced, Activity-based Learning Design. European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN).
- Holley, D.. ’My ideal first day’. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10540/303543.
- Biggins, D. and Holley, D., 2016. Demonstration of the BU TEL Toolkit. 3rd EAI International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training, 2016. Univerity College Dublin.
- Biggins, D. and Holley, D.. The BU TEL Tooklit. Jisc Student Experience Experts’ Group Meeting. Birmingham. 12 October 2016.
- Holley, D., 2014. Using biographic narrative to analyze student transition stories. In: Higher Education Academy Conference, Manchester, UK.
- Holley, D. and Webster, H., 2014. Research methods ‘Flipping students attitudes’. In: ‘Flipping Project Conference’ University of Bath.
- Invited presentation UCET: Holley, D., Cook, J., & Santos, P. (2014) Developing Hybrid Social Learning Networks Presentation to University Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) International Research Committee http://www.slideshare.net/debbieholley1/developing-hyrbidsociallearning-networks-ucetoctober2014
- EU research seminar: Holley, D. (2014) Vygotsky and the ‘more capable peer’ theory and design in the EU LearningLayers IP Research seminar, School of Education and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University http://www.slideshare.net/debbieholley1/vygotsky-themorecapablepeer-aru
- EU symposium invited contributor: Holley, D. (2014) Methodological ‘Monsters’: a creative strategy to support student engagement Presented as part of the ‘Participate! Learning and Teaching Symposium, The CASS part of the EU Timecase Project http://timecase.org (24/10/2014)
- Expert contribution: Holley, D. (2016) "Capturing the voice of the child: a co-design approach to developing calmer classrooms" at the Digital Citizenship Summit UK, and international event hosted by Bournemouth University 23/01/2016 https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/cel/2016/01/14/bu-to-host-the-next-digital-citizenship-summit-uk-digcitsummituk/
- Conference Keynote: Holley, D: Outsiders looking in or Insiders looking out: Challenges for educators negotiating shared learning spaces presented to the Irish International Conference on Education (IICE-2015) Dublin, Ireland
- Conference Keynote: Holley, D An Open Education Resource (OER) approach to CPD presented to the London International Conference on Education (LICE 2015) London
- An Ontology of digital toolkits (Bournemouth University, 01 Nov 2016). In Progress
- Mobilising the marginalised middle (National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO), 01 Sep 2015). Awarded
- Doctoral Writing Retreat (Anglia Ruskin University Alumni, 16 Jun 2015). Completed
- Balancing the demands of in-school placement with out-of-school study (ESCalate (Education Subject Centre), 01 Sep 2011). Completed
- Second Blended Learning Conference, Learning objects and blended learning designs for the next generation, 14 June 2007, University of Hertfordshire,
- Fourth International Blended Learning Conference 2009, Overcoming student fear and resistance: the role of SAP-EF V2 July 2015 Page 30 podcasting in formative exam feedback, 1 January 2009, University of Hertfordshire
- Fifth International Blended Learning Conference, A little less conversation, a little more texting please - A blended learning model of using mobiles in the classroom, 16 June 2010, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK,
- ENGAGE-13th-Annual-Learning-and-Teaching-Conference-2012, The 9/10 project: working towards getting 9/10 students to recommend us to a friend, 1 January 2012, Anglia Ruskin University
- Higher Education Academy Conference, Using biographic narrative to analyze student transition stories, 3 July 2012, Manchester
- ‘Flipping Project Conference’, Research methods ‘Flipping students attitudes’, 29 April 2014, University of Bath
- Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, 1993)
- Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (Royal Society of Arts, 2002)
- Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy (Higher Education Academy, 2013)
- National Teaching Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2014)