Tamsin Treasure-Jones

Tamsin Treasure-Jones

Profile

My work and research interests lie within the area of Technology Enhanced Learning and I have a special interest in informal learning, workplace learning and co-design. I work across a range of TEL projects and initiatives within Leeds Institute of Medical Education. Currently, I am managing the myPAL project (my Personalised Adaptive Learning) and leading on the co-design within this project. Recently I also led the healthcare work within the award-winning Learning Layers EU FP7 project, which explored how to use technology to support informal learning at the workplace. Leeds was a major partner in this project, and our work focused on understanding how learning technologies can best support healthcare professionals working in GP practices. We worked with EU collaborators and healthcare professionals to co-design, develop and pilot these TEL tools.

Overall I have more than 20 years' experience of research and project management in Higher Education, managing large-scale, collaborative programmes with a focus on practice-based learning, technology-enhanced learning, online learning for small to medium-sized enterprises and knowledge transfer.

I worked for 8 years on research projects in the area of computer-based learning research developing software to support mathematical learning and assessment as well as undertaking qualitative research studies using discourse analysis to investigate how computer-mediated communication could support students’ development of critical writing skills.

 Following this, I moved into project and research management with a focus on technology and learning. This involved leading a series of EU funded (ESF and ERDF) projects in the Faculty of Engineering working with small to medium-sized enterprises, as well as projects that developed and evaluated online learning courses. \n In 2008 I moved to the School of Medicine to take up the role of Mobile Technologies Project Manager and ultimately the Programme Manager of the ALPS programme, which developed mobile technologies to support undergraduate medical education and evaluated the use of these technologies by students in 5 universities. 

Research interests

My research interests are broadly within the area of technology-enhanced learning and there are two main strands to my work:

  • Exploring and evaluating the use of technology to support informal learning and workplace-based learning
  • Studying the use of co-design approaches within the development of technology-enhanced learning

Recent projects in which I have explored these research areas include:

myPAL (ongoing) - In this project we are using co-design approaches to involve students and tutors in the design of a student-facing learning analytics tool. The research involved includes understanding how students currently review and manage their workplace-based learning, evaluating the use of the tool and exploring the effects of using co-design approaches.

Learning Layers - This project focused on the design, development and evaluation of technology to support informal learning at the workplace. We took a co-design approach, working with general practice staff to design tools to support their collaborative working and knowledge sharing activities. The research involved identifying triggers and supporting mechanisms for informal learning in the primary care workplace, understanding what role technology could play in supporting informal learning, evaluating the use of the developed tools in real-world workplaces. Learning Layers won the EU Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research award in 2018.

ALPS - This project focused on the design, development and evaluation of mobile technologies to support practice-based learning. This ground-breaking and multi award-winning project led to the embedding of mobile learning within the MBChB curriculum.

Qualifications

  • MSc in Intelligent Knowledge-Based Systems (AI) from the University of Edinburgh 1992
  • BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol (1990)
  • DipSys in Systems Practice from Open University (2006)

Professional memberships

  • National Contact Point Co-Chair for European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL)

Student education

I teach sessions on Technology Enhanced Learning within both undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School of Medicine. I also supervise undergraduate and Masters research projects.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Education