Welcome to the Eden Centre

The Eden Centre, established in October 2019, is a pro-active, developmental centre of education expertise with a clear focus on academic staff development, curriculum enrichment and digital innovation. Drawing on an evidence-base it works at both strategic and operational levels to enable education enhancement in line with the priorities of LSE2030 and higher education sectoral requirements emerging from the Teaching Excellence Framework and the School’s Access and Participation Plan.

Meet the Eden Centre team below.

Our work is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Enhancing education in the social sciences and the student experience at LSE through leading and supporting the review and enrichment of curricula including through harnessing learning technologies;
  • Engaging colleagues at all stages of their career in the development of their educational practice as individuals, teams and education leaders;
  • Enabling a consistently good and inclusive education experience for all our students.

Our team offers a range of developmental and funding opportunities to all staff who teach and support students’ learning including:

  • Induction: We run annual induction programmes for Heads of Departments, New Academics and Graduate Teaching Assistants.
  • Departmental advising: We offer support, guidance and expertise to individuals and departments on all aspects of teaching and learning.
  • Learning systems: We oversee and support School-wide learning systems such as Moodle and lecture recording.
  • Programmes: We run the HEA accredited LSE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and the LSE Introduction to Teaching and mentor members of staff working towards SFHEA fellowship.
  • Events: We organise workshops, practice exchange forums and networks for academic staff to exchange ideas and develop their educational practice.
  • Teaching resources: We have an ever-growing range of resources for all LSE staff including notes of guidance, case studies of good practice and handbooks for Academic Advisers, GTAs and PhD Supervisors. We also oversee three portals: the LSE Assessment Toolkit, the Academic Mentoring Portal and the new GTA Portal.
  • Funding: We fund and support education enhancement and innovation initiatives through the  Eden Fund for Strategic Innovation and Change, the Eden Catalyst Fund and the Student Experience Enhancement Fund.
  • Innovation: We pilot new education initiatives in collaboration with colleagues across the School such as Showcase Portfolios and the Change Makers.
  • Research-rich education: We encourage the development of undergraduate research opportunities through LSE GROUPS and Posters in Parliament.

We hope that you find this site informative and useful but if you cannot find what you are looking for then please do get in touch with us at eden@lse.ac.uk.

To receive regular updates from the LSE Eden Centre team, please email them to subscribe to their mailing list. You can view the latest issue (16 October 2019) here

Dr Claire Gordon, LSE Eden Centre for Education Enhancement

Meet the Team

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Dr Claire Gordon, Head, LSE Eden Centre

KSW 5.01

phone: 0207 107 5344

email: c.e.gordon@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am the Director of the LSE’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education for career track staff, sit on a number of School Committees and working groups, and am the departmental adviser to the departments of Economic History, the European Institute, Government, International Relations and Sociology. I have particular interests in reward and recognition in higher education, developing research-based curricula to empower students in their learning, and assessment and feedback.

Prior to joining the Eden Centre (formerly the Teaching and Learning Centre) on a full-time basis I worked for ten years as a teaching fellow at the LSE’s European Institute with a particular focus on transition, EU enlargement and emerging political economies in Central and South East Europe. I have also been involved in a number of higher education and research capacity building projects in the Westerns Balkans.

Fung, Dilly and Claire Gordon (2016), 'Rewarding educators and education leaders in research-intensive universities' here: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/rewarding_educators_and_education_leaders.pdf 

Corbett, Anne and Claire Gordon. (2016 ). Written and oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education inquiry on the impact of exiting the EU on higher education

 

Academic Development team 

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Akile Ahmet, Academic Developer

KSW 5.12

phone: 0207 106 1424

email: a.ahmet@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am the Academic Developer for Inclusive Education, I also hold Senior Fellow status from the Higher Education Academy. I was previously a Senior Lecturer in the sociology of race and racism at Middlesex University where I developed, taught and led modules on race and racism, deconstructing sociology and race and social justice.

My research is focussed on having a direct and significant impact in terms of student experience and curriculum. I have developed an innovative and unique research area on spaces of power and resistance in higher education, and have worked on three key research projects in this field: ‘Progression and Diversity of Social Work Students across eight different UK Universities’ and ‘Race in the Academy’ and ‘Decolonisation: meaning and action’.

I have bridged my teaching and research in innovative ways so that knowledge garnered from my research projects is always used to improve teaching delivery, curriculum design and impact the institutions where I am working. This is through having direct impact with policy makers. I have led two national research projects with external stakeholders. In 2008 after completing my PhD I worked on a Department of Health funded project entitled ‘Progression and Diversity of Social Work Students in England (DH, 2011)’. The project explored the experiences of social work students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled students and students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The project’s wider pedagogical impact was on teaching, learning, and practice through providing evidence based approaches which advocates for diversifying the curriculum teaching and delivery.

In 2016 I was appointed the lead researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science on a project entitled ‘Race in the Academy’. The research focused on the experiences of race and racism of both postgraduate students and staff of colour studying at Russell group institutions.

I am also an active member of the RACE in Geography Royal Geographical Society working group for which I have delivered two workshops based on my research and teaching and I have a forthcoming paper entitled ‘Who is worthy of a place on these walls?’ which is currently being considered for publication.

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Mark Baltovic, Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

phone: 0207 955 7729

email: m.p.baltovic@lse.ac.uk

Biography

My primary focus is on teaching in quantitative disciplines, supporting teachers and developers of quantitative courses across the School through workshops and individual consultations.

I am also responsible for the Eden Centre's new GTA induction programme, as well as various workshops on our PGCertHE and Academic Development programmes.

I have a long association with the School, having first started as an undergraduate here before becoming a teacher and educational researcher.

Experiencing the School from both sides of the 'podium' gives me an intimate understanding of the teaching we do here, but I still find myself surprised and inspired through this job.

My continuing teaching of mathematical subjects, both on campus-based as well as distance-based courses, fuels and informs my educational research interests; specifically, active learning approaches in quantitative disciplines and the use of web-based technologies to support learning in such disciplines.

I have recently started to look into the gamification and course design which lies atop the intersection of these seemingly diverse research interests.

I am on Twitter as Mark Baltovic (@SubliminalMaths)

 

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Dr Jenni Carr, Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

phone: 0207 107 5097

email: j.carr4@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Department adviser for Accounting, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences and Social Policy.

The other main areas I work on within the Eden Centre are:

  • Teaching research methods practice exchange forum
  • Supervising PhD students workshops.
  • ‘Evaluating teaching’ module for the PG Certificate in Higher Education.
  • Development of teaching and learning resources.

Before coming to LSE I worked as Academic Developer for Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy. My role involved providing leadership and academic guidance on the development and implementation on strategic projects. Themes for strategic projects included teaching research methods; active and experiential learning; employability and global citizenship; and, and supporting development teaching and learning in disciplines affected by significant policy changes.

For further details of experience and publications LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jennicarr

I have a particular interest in the role of creativity in teaching and learning and explore this topic with academic development colleagues from three other universities via lacunaeblog.com.

Twitter @jennicarr8 

 

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Dr Laura Hills, Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

phone: 0207 955 6573

email: l.a.hills@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I contribute to LSE's Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. I am also involved in supporting academics seeking to gain Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)/ AdvanceHE.

I have a long-standing interest in the professional development of Higher Education teaching staff and, in particular, practitioner research and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). I have a background in researching how best to support engagement in SoTL, including the use of online technologies, and how SoTL can contribute to change at the level of the individual academic, their students and the wider institution. At my previous institution, The Open University, I worked in a unit to encourage widening participation into HE and was also involved in the development of Open Educational Resources aimed at students from widening participation backgrounds.

I have Fellowship of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and am a member of SEDA's Research and Scholarship Committee. I have Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and am an Accreditor for the HEA Fellowship scheme and a reviewer for the Collaborative Awards in Teaching Excellence (CATE).

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Francesca Humi, Graduate Intern (Inclusive Education)

KSW 5.12

email: f.g.humi@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am a Graduate Intern at the Eden Centre, supporting the implementation of LSE’s Inclusive Education Action Plan. My work focuses mainly on academic mentoring, with some work on decolonisation.

I recently completed my MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation at LSE’s Department of International History. My dissertation was on American colonial discourses of discipline in the Philippines from 1898 to 1910. I organised the LSE Filipino Film Series – funded by the Department’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Before coming to LSE, I worked from 2016 to 2018 as a programme officer for the peacebuilding NGO International Alert’s Philippines country office. I specialised in anti-discrimination research and advocacy, as well as supporting the communications team. I have also worked at CNN, Human Rights Watch, and as a research assistant. I have a BA in International Development Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While at McGill, I facilitated workshops on gender identity, sexual orientation, consent, racism, and colonialism for first-year students living on campus.

I am interested in making the university experience more accessible, especially for BAME students, and decolonising institutions of knowledge. 

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Dr Colleen McKenna, Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

phone: 0207 955 6623

email: c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk

Biography

At LSE, I lead the PGCertHE Associate level (for GTAs) and Full level.

Before joining LSE, I was a lecturer at UCL, where I led the Academic Communication Programme in the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching. I also contributed to the PGCLTHE and I taught undergraduates and masters students and supervised PhDs in higher education studies. I was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education/UCL in the Department of Lifelong and Comparative Education. I also co-founded (with Dr Jane Hughes)  HEDERA, a research/consultancy group concerned with academic practice.

My research interests lie in assessment and feedback, open education, academic practice, academic literacies and digital texts.

  • McKenna, C.  with Spowart, L., Turner, R., Winter, J., Muneer, R. (2017 in press) "Evidencing the Impact of Teaching-related CPD: Beyond the 'Happy Sheets'. International Journal of Academic Development
  • McKenna, C. (2017) ‘Ownership, regulation and production’ in Lillis, T. Ed. The politics of language and creativity in a globalized world. Open University Press. 

  • McKenna, C. (2016) Digital writing as transformative: instantiating academic literacies in theory and practice. In Lea, M., Lillis, T. and Mitchell, S. Eds. Working with academic literacies: Research, theory, design. Parlor Press. 


Personal website: https://colleenmckenna.org/

 

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Dr Ellis Saxey, Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

phone: 0207 955 7412

email: e.saxey@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I work as an academic developer in the Eden Centre. I coordinate two LSE student research initiatives:  Change Makers and LSE GROUPS. I also support the PG Certificate HE, and work with the Departments of Anthropology, Gender Studies, Media and Communications, and LSE100 and the Language Centre.

I have particular interests in innovative assessment, deterring plagiarism, and the politics of pedagogy. I have worked in teaching and learning units at Goldsmiths, and the University of East London. Before joining LSE, I taught in Universities for over a decade in fields connected to literature and to gender/sexuality (see selected publications here).

 

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Lee-Ann Sequeira, Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

phone: 0207 106 1164

email: l.sequeira@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I joined the LSE as an academic developer who teaches on the PGCert and other Eden Centre workshops. I am also the department adviser for Economics, Finance, International Development, and Management and work closely with them on teaching and learning projects. I am interested in understanding how critical thinking and deep learning can promote a more rewarding learning experience. Past research I have been involved in has focussed on journal clubs, online education and most recently, developing conceptual understanding. Having lived, studied and taught in a number of education systems and countries, I am passionate about fostering all forms of diversity (intellectual, cultural, etc.) in education.

Sequeira, L., Bozzani, F. and Guiness, L. 2016. Formative Multiple Choice Questions: How can technology-enhanced learning promote deep learning among distance learners? RIDE Conference 2017, University of London, London.

Sequeira, L. and Colliety, P. 2010. Bridging the Gap Between Campus and Placement:Improving the Student Learning and Placement Experience through Virtual Action Learning Sets. Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE). Guildford: University of Surrey

Learning Technology team

 

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Kevin Brett, Learning Technology Systems Support Specialist (Lecture Recording)

KSW 4th floor

phone: 0207 955 1308

email: k.brett@lse.ac.uk

 

Biography

Kevin is the System Administrator for Echo360. My lecture recording system duties are to ensure integrations between Echo360 and other systems are functional and to make sure timetabled lectures are scheduled for recording. Furthermore, through training and working closely with academics this post holder will help them to use the system more effectively by integrating the use of it into curriculum design and in turn develops a better learning experience for students.

 

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Athina Chatzigavriil, Senior Learning Technologist

KSW 4th floor

phone: 0207 852 3763

email: a.chatzigavriil@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for Geography and Environment, International History, Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and School of Public Policy.

Athina is a learning technology specialist, who can advise you on both pedagogic and technical issues when putting your course online. Athina’s interests are in assessment and feedback to enhance learning, and the impact of assessment in student learning. She is also interested in learning design, use of Turnitin as a student development tool, and blended approaches to learning. Athina has lots of experience in online learning and blended learning delivery, to enhance student learning and experience. Athina is currently line managing the Assistant Learning Technologist posts in the Eden Centre.

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Geraldine Foley, Assistant Learning Technologist

KSW 4th floor 

phone: 0207 107 5469

email: g.foley@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Geraldine is happy to advise on pedagogic and technical issues with the aim to empower teachers and students to use technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. She is especially interested in collaborative projects and those that involve students as producers of content, peer learning, students as agents as change, diversifying assessment and games based learning.

 

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Chris Fryer, Systems Administrator

KSW 4th floor

phone: 0207 955 6314

email: c.j.fryer@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Chris Fryer is the Eden Centre's Systems Administrator. He is responsible for managing the servers that support Moodle, Mahara, Echo360, and LSE Blogs. He also works to integrate teaching and learning systems with line of business applications, magically enrolling students and teachers on their Moodle courses, and (somewhat less magically) integrating the Lecture Recording System with our timetable.

 

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Sonja Grussendorf, Senior Learning Technologist

KSW 4th floor

phone: 0207 849 4678

email: s.grussendorf@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for European Institute, Government, International Development, Media and Communications and Sociology. 

Sonja is particularly interested in the use of social media for teaching, interactive classroom technologies, e.g. voting systems, digital identity and changing assessment practices (incl. academic integrity). Her approach to educational technologies is deliberately critical, and educationally led rather than kit-led: educational technologies must be fit for educational purpose; ideally technology should provoke change where necessary, i.e. where it aids to progress & improve teaching practice.

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Dan Lewis, Learning Technology Systems Support Specialist

KSW 4th floor

phone: 0207 107 5496

email: d.lewis2@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Dan is one of the Eden Centre's Echo360 lecture recording System Administrators. Dan’s lecture recording system duties are to ensure integrations between Echo360 and other systems are functional and to make sure timetabled lectures are scheduled for recording. Furthermore, through training and working closely with academics, Dan can help them to use the system more effectively by integrating the use of it into curriculum design and in turn develops a better learning experience for students.

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Anastasia Leyva, Learning Technology Systems Officer

KSW 4th floor 

phone: 0207 955 7876

email: a.leyva@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Anastasia is the Eden Centre's systems officer. She is responsible for providing users of systems such as Moodle with timely support and training.

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Aggie Molnar, Assistant Learning Technologist

KSW 4th floor

phone: 0207 955 6987

email: a.molnar1@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for Anthropology, Gender, Language Centre, Law and LSE100.

Aggie is interested in exploring different ways to offer students an engaging and inspiring learning experience with the help of technology. She is involved in projects related to gamification and personalised learning. After years of working as a teacher, she can advise on how to incorporate innovative yet easy-to-apply solutions into teaching.

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Darren Moon, Senior Learning Technologist

KSW 4th floor

phone: 0207 955 6219

email: d.p.moon@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for Economics, Finance, International Relations and Management.

Darren works closely with departmental colleagues to develop pedagogically sound use of technologies and improve student learning outcomes. Darren co-teaches the course ‘IR318: Visual International Politics’ and advises colleagues across the school on filmmaking and visual methods for teaching and assessment. He has presented widely both in the UK and internationally, is experienced in designing and developing online and blended learning solutions in a variety of contexts. Darren manages the learning technology content development function within the Eden Centre.

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Kris Roger, Senior Learning Technologist

KSW 5.10

phone: 0207 955 7833

email: k.roger@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for Economic History, Mathematics, Methodology and Statistics.

Kris has a wide range of interests and expertise including use of technology for flipped learning such as screencasts and lecture recording; innovation in learning spaces design for more active forms of learning; educational use of digital media and effective and active use of the VLE. Kris reports to the Head of the Eden Centre (Claire Gordon) and is jointly responsible with Chris Fryer for the day to day running of the Learning Technology team. Kris is currently line managing the Senior Learning Technologists.

Administrative staff

 

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Nicole Nathan, Senior Administrator

KSW 5.02

phone: 0207 955 6325

email: n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Responsible for:

  • PGCertHE programme Management
  • Centre Administration
  • Financial administration and planning
  • HR in the Eden Centre

Previous employment:

  • Queen Mary University of London: Centre Manager.
  • BT: Middleware VVT Manager – CSS.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature

 

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Chris Doughty, Department Administrator

KSW 5.04

phone: 0207 107 5343

email: c.g.doughty@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Responsible for:

  • Atlas Programme for academic development
  • GTA Induction
  • LSE Groups
  • Centre Administration

Previous Employment:

  • King’s College London
  • Kaplan Financial
  • INTO University Partnerships

BA (Hons) Politics with North American Studies

 

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David Blake-Faggiani, Department Administrator

KSW 5.04

phone: 0207 955 6638

email: a.d.blake-faggiani@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Responsible for:

  • Internal and External Comms
  • New Academic Induction Programme/Posters in Parliament 
  • Web Layout and Content Reviewer
  • Eden Centre publications supervisor
  • Eden Centre Social Media Officer
  • Centre Administration

Previous Employment:

  • London South Bank University
  • Leeds Building Society
  • Scottish Government

MA (Hons) English and Film

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Dilruba Sulthana, Department Administrator (temporary)

KSW 5.16

Email: d.sulthana@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Responsible for:

  • Events planning
  • Website Maintenance
  • New Academic Induction Programme Administration
  • Centre Administration

Previous Employment :

Queen Mary University of London

BSc(ENG) Computing, Information Communication Technology with Business Management