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Louise Connelly

Senior E-Learning Developer

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Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, University of Edinburgh
Digital Education
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Aspects of the Self: An analysis of self reflection, self presentation and the experiential self within selected Buddhist blogs
Master of Science
Information Management & Library Studies
Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh
Religious Studies

Professional Qualifications

2019Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SFHEA
2018Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologists, CMALT
2006ITIL - IT Infrastructure Library
2004Prince2 Project Management
2003Certificate in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing


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

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>)

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