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Sue Burnett


Twitter ID: @sueburnett

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Personal Statement

I have nearly three decades of experience as an editor and publisher for the education sector, initially with the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) and then as a freelance editor and consultant for clients such as ACCAC (the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales) and HEFCW (the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales).

I joined the University of South Wales (formerly the University of Glamorgan) in 2001 to support our online academic delivery for specific undergraduate and postgraduate distance programmes. I currently lead a niche, specialist team, which provides consultancy and direct support to the University's academic staff for e-learning / blended learning / technology-enhanced learning.

My team ensures that appropriate consultancy/training services are provided, backed up by high-quality support materials such as videos, PDFs and our much-praised teaching support pack 'Smoothies: Recipes for a Blended Learning Experience'. Most of these are publicly accessible through our TEACH web channel (

Alongside my e-learning responsibilities, I manage 'South Wales on iTunes U' ( which has proved successful in sharing academic and ‘student showcase’ content, with more than two million downloads to date. Latterly, I've also been taking the editorial lead on the University's moves into eBook/iBook publishing, OER and MOOCs.

I serve on a number of external committees, including the National Digital Learning Council, the Welsh Language, Technology and Digital Media Group, the Colegau Cenedlaethol iTunes U Project Board, and the POERUP International Advisory Committee.



ICT Interests

Areas of interest: electronic publishing, e-learning, technology enhanced learning, ebooks, iBooks, iTunes U. 


Research Methods for Business Students, Managers and Entrepreneurs is the first media-rich, Multi-Touch iBooks Textbook on this subject in the world.

DOWNLOAD your FREE copy:

Published by the University of South Wales, Research Methods provides a foundation for research, both for academic study and for practical application in a business environment. It is distributed free on Apple’s iBooks Store to 51 countries worldwide as a contribution to our ongoing commitment to open education resources.

In Research Methods, you’ll find video, audio and image gallery illustrations that bring key concepts and examples to life, while a detailed case study runs through the book, following the experiences of a (fictional) student through the stages of her research project. At selected points in the main text, a reflective activity is introduced to encourage you to consider or explore the aspect under discussion. 

This book is equivalent to a full module of study at Masters’ Level, and is the result of collaboration between a wide range of academic and professional staff of the University of South Wales. The book’s video animations can also be downloaded from South Wales on iTunes U. 

Technical note: iBooks Textbooks can be downloaded and read on an iPad or an Apple desktop/laptop computer running OS Mavericks/Yosemite.


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