Research at Leeds Beckett
About Katharine Stapleford
Katharine Stapleford is an Online Learning Tutor working in the area of online teacher education and continuing professional development. Her research interests include technology enhanced learning, academic skills development and curriculum and learning materials development.
Before joining Leeds Beckett University, Katharine taught languages and in schools and FE colleges overseas and in the UK for 16 years before moving into teacher education and then becoming an Academic Skills lecturer in Higher Education.
Katharine’s current work involves supporting students on distance learning courses in their academic and e-learning skills development. She is particularly interested in e-pedagogy and developing an effective and engaging online learning experience. To this end, she is currently engaged on a curriculum development project to develop a series of live online academic skills workshops as well as a pre-sessional multi-media package of orientation activities for new distance learners.
Katharine is a member of the steering group for the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education and has recently taken on the role of secretary for this association.
She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Distance Learning PGCE
- MA Education - Dissertation supervision
- Distance Learning MA Childhood
Katharine's research interests include e-learning and the experience of distance learners. She is currently working on an internally funded collaborative project to develop and evaluate a series of synchronous online academic skills workshops.
She is a research fellow of Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education working on a literature review on the effective use of social media in teacher education.