Louise Connelly


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From Dec 2018-Nov 2020, I am seconded, as Senior E-Learning Developer, to the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. This role involves the development of a range of educational resources, including CPD courses, mobile apps, videos, interactive online activities, and websites. I am Principal Investigator and involved in a number of research projects which focus on digital education; digital footprint; social media use in learning & teaching; and animal welfare.

From 2015-2018, I was based in the Digital Education Unit, at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, as Senior E-Learning Developer, where I was responsible for providing e-learning development support for a number of online postgraduate MSc programmes; pedagogical advice; and instructional design. I provided support to students and staff on e-professionalism and managing an effective digital footprint/online identity via workshops, lectures, and one-to-one clinics.

Previously, as Head of Digital Education at the Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh, I provided pedagogical advice to a wide range of University colleagues and engaged with research and external activities in the field of digital education and social media.

Research Interests

  • Principal Investigator for the PTAS funded 'Managing Your Digital Footprint' project (2014-2015). The research aimed to investigate students' digital footprints and use of social media.
  • Co-investigator for the PTAS funded project "A live pulse": Yik Yak for Understanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Edinburgh (2016-2017).
  • Principal Investigator for the PTAS funded project 'Developing a research methods, data analysis and statistics course (RMDAS): engaging students in curriculum development' (2018-2019)
  • In addition, I am interested in social media usage and the possible implications for teaching and learning; as well as research, ethics and social media.


  • MSc Dissertation Supervisor
  • Lecturer undergraduate - eprofessionalism (2015>)
  • Lecturer for online MSc programmes - research ethics and online research. (2015>)
  • Developed and taught on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 'Online Learning Environments' course - Institute for Academic Development (2015-2016).
  • Guest tutor on the MSc Digital Education (Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning course) - School of Education, HSS (2014-2016).


Administrative Roles

CMVM Library Committee - R(D)SVS representative (2021>)

University Steering Group - Digital Safety (2021>)

Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA) Mentor (2020>)

Vice-convenor of the Human Ethical Review Committee (HERC) at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (2016>)

Education/Academic qualification

Digital Education, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Religious Studies, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jun 2012

Information Management & Library Studies, Master of Science

Award Date: 2 Jul 2001

Religious Studies, Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh


  • L Education (General)
  • BQ Buddhism
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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