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 and a commitment to inclusive practice, 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:

Director/Deputy Director

Academic Development

Eden Digital

Inclusive Education

Student partnership

Administrative team

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 high quality, research-rich 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:

We hope that you find this site informative and useful but if you cannot find what you are looking for, 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 also view recent announcements on our Latest News page.

Meet the Team

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Dr Claire Gordon, Director, LSE Eden Centre

KSW 5.01

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

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Stella Ekebuisi, Head, Digital Education Futures and Deputy Director, LSE Eden Centre

email: s.i.ekebuisi@lse.ac.uk 

Biography

As Head, Digital Education Futures, Stella is responsible for shaping how the LSE will use digital technologies to transform teaching and learning, both on campus and online. Her initial focus is to develop a plan that is ambitious - learning from and building on innovations in HE institutions across the globe - but that reflects the unique culture of the school and addresses the needs of our staff and students. 

Stella is also head of the Eden Digital team who provide support and staff development for LSE’s suite of educational technologies, such as Moodle, Turnitin and Echo 360. In this role, Stella and the team are to ensure that this range of technologies meets the current and future needs of the school, overseeing pilots, service reviews and institution-wide projects and programmes. 

Before joining LSE in October 2021, Stella worked at Queen Mary University of London where she was Head of E-Learning for 8 years and a senior learning technologist for a further 7 years prior to that.  She has extensive experience working with university staff at all levels, to realise their ambitions in digital education across all disciplines including social sciences, engineering and medicine. 

Academic Development 

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Mark Baltovic, Senior Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

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 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, Senior Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

email: j.carr4@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Department adviser for Accounting, Geography and Environment, 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 Ellis Saxey, Senior Academic Developer

KSW 5.05

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, 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, Senior Academic Developer

KSW 5.03

email: l.sequeira@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am the department adviser to Economics, International Development, Management, Finance and the School of Public Policy and work closely with them to enhance and evolve their teaching and learning programmes and practice. I lead the Atlas programme for the Eden Centre, which is a year-round series of academic development workshops and events for staff at the school. I also teach on the PGCert and other professional development programmes run by the Eden Centre.

I am interested in understanding and adopting a critical, multi-perspectival approach to higher education, and am the editor of two blogs – the LSE Higher Education Blog and the Contemporary Issues in Teaching and Learning blog. Having lived, studied, and taught in different education systems and countries, I am passionate about fostering all forms of diversity (ideological, cultural, etc.) in HE. Past research I have been involved in has focussed on journal clubs, online education, developing conceptual understanding, and most recently, on the nature and perception of silence in the classroom.

Sequeira, L. 2021. The problem with silent students – it’s us, not them. In M. Heron and D. Dippold (eds), Meaningful Teaching Interaction at the Internationalised University: Moving from Research to Impact. Routledge.

Sequeira, L. 2021. Academic developers should be critical in the culture wars. WonkHE

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.

Eden Digital 

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Gian Battaglia, LT Systems Support Specialist

email: g.battaglia1@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Gian is an AV specialist (AVIXA CTS) working within the Eden Centre. Gian works in a two-man team of Echo360 lecture recording System Administrators who are responsible for the entire lecture recording activity that takes place across campus as well as remotely, including maintenance of physical equipment, scheduling of module recordings, publishing recordings to the LMS, editing video and audio enhancement on recordings where necessary.

Gian started his journey at LSE in the DTS department working within the AV team and was seconded to the Eden Centre in March 2020. His role was made permanent in March 2021.

Aside from his position within the Eden Centre, Gian is deeply passionate about electronic/ambient and neoclassical music.

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Athina Chatzigavriil, Senior Learning Technologist

KSW 4th floor

email: a.chatzigavriil@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for Accounting, Geography and Environment, Language Centre, Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, Psychological and Behavioural Science 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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Dr Sarah Crofton, Learning Technologist

email: s.crofton@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Dr Sarah Crofton is a Learning Technologist with a background in academia. Before joining the Eden Centre she taught in universities for six years, designing and delivering undergraduate and MA courses in literary studies. She has experience in developing digital solutions for research projects and in helping others to learn new tools.

Sarah believes strongly in the capacity of technology to help make HE more open and inclusive. She is particularly interested in issues of accessibility and usability - for both students and educators.

 

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Chris Fryer, Systems Administrator

KSW 4th floor

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

email: s.grussendorf@lse.ac.uk

Biography

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

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

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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Eoin Meade, Learning Technologist

KSW 4.02

email: e.a.meade@lse.ac.uk

Biography

With a background in Media education, Eoin is interested in the ways technology can be used to support independent learning and encourage collaboration.

He is keen to develop multi-modal approaches to teaching and learning, using technology to increase participation and student engagement.

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Darren Moon, Senior Learning Technologist

KSW 4th floor

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

Biography

Adviser for Anthropology, Economics, Finance, Gender Studies, 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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Abigail Myers, Learning Technologist 

email: a.a.myers@lse.ac.uk 

Biography

Abigail is a Learning Technologist based in the Eden Centre at the LSE. She has experience working within UK Higher Education Institutions to support and develop the use of learning technologies by faculty and students. Particularly, she has been involved in projects focusing on the use of learning technologies for assessment, blended learning, and interactive learning content.  

With an academic background in Biological Sciences, Abigail has an interest in Environmental Policy/Sustainable Development and the use of technology to tackle climate change. She is also involved with Thames21 as a volunteer Citizen Scientist.  

Connect with Abigail on LinkedIn

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Kris Roger, Senior Learning Technologist

KSW 5.10

email: k.roger@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for Law, 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 Director 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.

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Alex Spiers, Senior Learning Technologist

email: a.spiers@lse.ac.uk

Biography

Adviser for Economic History, Health Policy, International History, LSE100 and Sociology.

Alex Spiers is an experienced Learning Technologist who has worked in a variety of institutions within UK Higher Education. He has significant knowledge in blended learning, EMA (electronic management of assessment), VLE administration, use of audio and video for feedback, and the use of social media in Higher Education. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and has contributed to writing and research within his field. He is a keen collaborator and active participant in a wide range of technology focussed user groups and online open education courses. He is also obsessed with music. Connect with him on LinkedIn or on Twitter @alexgspiers

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Pete Whelpton, Learning Technology Systems Specialist

email: p.whelpton@lse.ac.uk

Biography

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Inclusive Education

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Dr Akile Ahmet, Head, Inclusive Education

KSW 5.12

email: a.ahmet@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am the Head of Inclusive Education at LSE. 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 LSE 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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Thahmina Begum-Thaniya, Graduate intern

email: t.begum-thaniya@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am a Graduate Intern at the LSE Eden Centre. My role is focused on supporting the implementation of the School's Inclusive Education Action Plan.

Prior to joining the Eden Centre, I completed an MSc in International Relations at LSE in 2020. I also received a BA in History and Politics from Queen Mary University of London in 2019.

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Bali Birch-Lee, Graduate Intern

email: b.birch-lee@lse.ac.uk

Biography

As a Graduate Intern with the Eden Centre, I am supporting LSE’s Inclusive Education Action Plan. 

Previous to this role, I completed an MSc in Political Sociology at LSE with Distinction in 2019/20 and was the Education Officer at LSESU from 2020 to 2021 (an elected sabbatical position). As Education Officer, I worked on issues ranging from Covid response to trans inclusion and worked with the Eden Centre on piloting the Student Education Panel. I researched, wrote, and presented papers on topics including Academic Regulations, Course Choice Processes, and Online Proctoring. I also sat on and chaired a variety of boards, committees, and steering-groups – and continue to be a part of the LSE LGBTQ+ Steering-Group.  

Prior to my time at LSE, I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2018 with a BA in Education (specialising in the Sociology and Philosophy of Education). During this time, I taught and conducted research in Italy and China, chaired the Student-Staff Education Faculty Forum (EduForum), as well as co-founding and organising events for the Cambridge University Education Society. 

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Kerry Vandersteen, Learning Technologist

email: k.m.vandersteen@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I am the Learning Technologist supporting Inclusive Education at LSE. I have a strong interest in the arts, inclusion and social justice to support student engagement and learning. I also work as an English teacher for the Kent Refugee Action Network.

I have had an extensive career in education and have delivered a wide range of digital education initiatives and professional training to promote best practice in teaching, learning and assessment in further, higher and medical education.

I believe collaborative research projects are the key to developing digital inclusion and innovation. In my previous role, I set up a successful student digital ambassador programme building staff and student confidence, creativity and enterprise through multiple small-scale staff-student and community partnership projects. We presented at several national conferences and our work featured in a variety of publications and toolkits. I hope to continue this approach to develop inclusion and wellbeing for both staff and students at LSE. 

Student partnership

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Lydia Halls, Student Partnership Co-ordinator

KSW 5.13

email: l.halls@lse.ac.uk

Biography

I primarily work to embed principles of engaging with students as partners across LSE. I look after LSE Change Makers (with Ellis Saxey) and the Student Education Panel, and draw on Students as Partners (SaP) research from across the sector to advise colleagues through workshops, resources and one-to-one guidance. In addition, I work closely with colleagues from across the School and SU to champion students’ voices, feedback and representation.

Prior to joining the Eden Centre, I worked in LSE’s Student Services Centre and Residential Life team. My previous roles centred around student transition (specifically new student induction/orientation); peer mentoring; communities and belonging; and advice and pastoral support.

I earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Student Engagement in Higher Education (Distinction) from the University of Winchester in 2021, and graduated with an MSc in Gender (Merit) from the LSE Department of Gender Studies in 2018.         

Administrative team

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Nicole Nathan, Senior Administrator

KSW 5.02

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

ext. 6325

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, Programme Administrator

KSW 5.04

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

Biography

Responsible for:

Previous Employment:

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

BA (Hons) Politics with North American Studies

 

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David Faggiani, Communications & Digital Manager

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

ext. 6638

Biography

Responsible for:

Previous Employment:

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

MA (Hons) English and Film