Allison Littlejohn

Director of the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University

I am Director of the Caledonian Academy, a centre for research in Technology Enhanced Professional Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and Chair in Learning Technology. I've worked throughout my career in the area of learning innovation, technology, knowledge creation and academic-business partnerships.

I work with a number of multinational companies, including Shell, BP International and Conoco-Philips. I was Senior Researcher for Royal Dutch Shell in 2008-2010 when I led a university-industry partnership in technology enhanced learning.

My vision is to bring together ideas from higher education and industry, encouraging cross-sector thinking and working across traditional boundaries between sectors and disciplines to drive blue skies research that can transform the ways professionals learn. To achieve this vision my research has been focused around four areas:

Professional learning, exploring how expertise development can be supported and enhanced by information and communication technologies, including social media. A unique aspect of this research is exploration of learning at the intersection of the individual and the collective.

Organisational learning, examining how group learning can be translated into organisational effectiveness. Recent work with Shell and BP has examined how individuals, teams and organisations can learn from incidents to improve health and safety in highly hazardous environments.

Learner literacies, investigating how learners can be better prepared as lifelong learners. This research links literacies to knowledge curation and questioned current thinking around what constitutes ‘literacies’ and how these might be integrated within the curriculum to ensure learners are better prepared for work.

Sustainable learning, analysing tensions between cost-efficiency, effective pedagogy, and continuous innovative practice. This research identified underlying problems and assumptions around reusable resources, including Open Educational Resources.

My research has generated new knowledge through 25 projects funded by a range of research councils (for example ESRC, NSF), funding councils (for example EU, HEFCE, SFC), higher education organisations (for example JISC, HEA, QAA) and industry partners (for example Shell, Energy Institute, BP). Ideas have been disseminated through writing over 100 academic publications. I am founding series editor for the Routledge book series, ‘Connecting with eLearning’ and have Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy (UK), ASCILITE (Australasia) and the Churchill Trust (UK).

Experience

  • –present
    Director of the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University