About us

about_usWe are a team of eLearning Advisers based at the University of Roehampton. We support students in their use of various learning technologies and work with staff to explore ways in which learning technologies may improve student engagement and learning outcomes.

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eLearning Innovation and Services Manager

I have worked in both Further and Higher Education for over 10 years and all of my roles have involved e-Learning in some capacity. I am passionate about how new technologies can compliment and enhance learning and teaching.

In my role, I am responsible for the operational management and technical leadership of eLearning Services for the purpose of enhancing, providing and embedding sustainable e-learning services to the Teaching, Learning and Research communities at the University.

Post currently vacant


Sonia Staneland

eLearning Adviser (Humanities | English and Creative Writing | Dance | Drama, Theatre and Performance)

I joined the University of Roehampton in June 2017, after a thoroughly enjoyable two years at Croydon College and University Centre Croydon (https://moodle.croydon.ac.uk/elearning/blog/sonia-s-blog) where I worked alongside the E-Learning Manager on innumerable exciting projects and new developments. Previous to this I gained valuable experience in various Moodle and E-Learning related roles including two years at City of Westminster College, where I played a crucial role in implementing eTrackr throughout the College (http://www.vlesupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Case-study-City-of-Westminster.pdf ) and upgrading Moodle from 1.9 to version 2.

I have a diverse background in Education having worked in primary schools, EFL language schools, universities and colleges.

Having studied completely online with the Open University, I have also experienced E-Learning from a student perspective and it was this that first ignited my interest in Moodle.

Noor Abdulghani

eLearning Adviser (Education; Social Sciences)

I have worked in Education since 2004 in various capacities and eLearning has always been the heart of my roles. I am a teacher qualified, specialising in Web Technologies, VLEs (e.g. Moodle), Joomla, WordPress and Mobile technologies.

My primary interest is in the use of technology to enrich and enhance the learning experience. My role at Roehampton is to provide support for students and staff using technology to enhance learning, teaching and assessment through blended learning and distance modes of delivery.

Over the last two years, I have become more interested in classroom technologies, in particular, audience response systems, (ARS) for polling and quizzing students in class. They may operate with or without handheld devices like “clickers”. I believe that they enhance classroom learning by facilitating broader participation, more interactivity, formative assessment and immediate feedback.

Karoline Hecker

eLearning Adviser (Partnerships) BA, MSc

I joined Roehampton at the start of 2016 to support the e-learning needs of our growing collaborative provision. It is an
exciting and eventful time as we boast an exponentially increasing number of international franchise, validated and accredited programmes and short courses with several thousand students and counting. Most of them are non-traditional, adult learners with conflicting responsibilities whose needs are different than those of campus-based students. What is more, many of them are based abroad and their programmes do not follow standard academic cycles which requires internal process and procedures to be tweaked. To better accommodate those groups of students, we host some of our collaborative programmes on a separate instance called Partnerships moodle which I look after. As part of my role, I am also involved in several university-wide initiatives aimed at improving the partner student experience.

Before joining Roehampton I worked at four other London HEIs in various different capacities as well as in the private & third sector across three different countries. My previous experience ranges from HR, IT, health & safety, key account & project management to primary & secondary teaching. I am also a freelance administrator and research assistant.

Stef Smith stef-1

eLearning Adviser (Media, Culture and Language; Business School)

Email: stef.smith@roehampton.ac.uk

Having worked in HE for over 10 years, I joined Roehampton University in July 2016 as eLearning Advisor for the Business School and Media, Culture and Language. I provide staff and students with support in their use of educational technologies and to promote the many ways in which they can be used to enrich the teaching and learning experience at Roehampton.

My enthusiasm for the role comes from an interest in exploring how technologies and learning environments can be used to enhance teaching and learning activities. In my previous role working within the educational technology team at City University London I supported staff on a range of educational technology and learning environment projects including the support and development of Moodle and Turnitin, use of voting devices, promotion of lecture capture and various multimedia tools and design and evaluation of new learning spaces across the campus.

Ruthine Burton


Interim Technical Development Manager

I have worked in the Educational sector (Further and Higher) as a lecturer and as an instructional designer / developer. I also worked in the Games Industry for many years. This combination has led to my interest in exploring the role of gamification and interactivity to enrich the learning experience.


Crystal Cooper

Crystal Cooper is on maternity leave until Feb 2018

Technical Development Manager
formerly eLearning Adviser (Media, Culture and Language; Drama, Theatre and Performance; Business School)

I began my career in education as a secondary teacher. Since completing my MSc in E-Learning Technology, I have been working in further and higher education in a variety of roles with a focus on educational technology. I believe technology has the power to improve teaching and learning, but this can only succeed when it is considered in the context of users and their needs.

I started at Roehampton in February 2015 as the eLearning Adviser for three departments: the Business School; Drama, Theatre and Performance; and Media, Culture and Language. My role was to support staff and students in using Moodle, Mahara and Turnitin. This included identifying ways that technology can support different learning styles and needs, making the student experience richer and education more accessible. In April 2016 I moved to the role of Technical Development Manager, where I am keen to help develop solutions that offer benefits without adding to workload or getting in the way of learning.

Nicola Avery

eLearning Adviser (Psychology; Life Sciences; GLION)

Email: nicola.avery@roehampton.ac.uk

I have been working in eLearning and online collaboration for over fifteen years in private and public sectors including the eLearning team at Surrey University in 2008. I have recently been working in the NHS at the Royal Marsden hospital so it’s interesting to be on a campus with students instead of patients. We were using Articulate Storyline, Totara, H5P and Big Blue Button. Staff were also keen to experiment with video technologies in clinical and non-clinical educational projects. I have worked with professional development colleagues on projects to investigate use of assessment and evaluation of educational technologies within the workplace.

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