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Diane Brewster


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Personal Statement

I work as the Learning Facilitator in the Sussex Creativity zone - part of InQbate: the CETL in Creativity.  Working with tutors to use a technology rich, configurable, new learning space, in innovative but appropriate ways.  I am particularly interested in the use of Models to support pedagogical planning for Technology Enhanced Learning. I am also a Associate Lecturer for the Open University in the Technology faculty. These days most of my focus is on HE, but I was a teacher and have teenage children, so retain a keen interest in the use of ICT for that age group.

ICT Interests

I did some in-service IT training when working for ILEA in the early 80's and was the designated IT person for the home tuition centre where I taught. I retained an interest in IT which led to my being asked to help (1994) buy and set up PCs and peripherals for a new business (in insurance). I did basic maintenance and IT support for the staff then was taken on by the company to do research (as a teleworker)in 1995 (not suprisingly I became interested in computer crime!). Because of teleworking I was on-line in pre-web days and am an enthusiastic user of CMC and belong to a number of very strong on-line communities. My MSc was in Human Centred Computer Systems. I call myself a very confident and competent user of technology, but (so far) have drawn the line at taking the back off the machine.

My DPhil at Sussex critiqued  pedagogical models for TEL from a Systems perspective, particularly with regard to issues around 'failure' - when technology doesn't work to support teaching and learning.

Recent Projects

Currently working in a technologically rich learning and teaching space - devising creative approaches to teaching.  An ongoing interest in Systems Methodology and the use of models to support pedagogical planning.  Another ongoing interest in the issue of Plagiarism and the role and impact of technology on it.


Brewster D and Luckin R.( 2005) Subverting the System? The Need to Understand and Model Disobedience, Autonomy and Strategic Decision Making in Higher Education Students. Proceedings of Elearn2005. E-Learn – World conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education. Pp 1219 - 1225

Rosemary Luckin, Benedict du Boulay, Hilary Smith, Joshua Underwood, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Joseph Holmberg, Lucinda Kerawalla, Hilary Tunley, Diane Brewster and Darren Pearce (2005). Using Mobile Technology to Create Flexible Learning Contexts . Journal of Interactive Media in Education (Portable Learning: Experiences with Mobile Devices. Special Issue, eds. Ann Jones, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and Daisy Mwanza), 2005/22. ISSN:1365-893X [].

Luckin R,  Brewster D, Pearce D,  du Boulay B, and  Siddons-Corby R. (2005) Whether it's m-learing or e-learning, it must be ME learning: a case  study of mobile learning in Higher Education. In Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and John Traxler, editors, Mobile  Learning: A Handbook for educators and Trainers, chapter 12.  RoutledgeFalmer, London 2005.

Luckin R,  Brewster D,  Pearce D,  Siddons-Corby R, and  du Boulay B. Smile: the creation of space for interaction through blended digital  technology. n Jill Attewell and Carol Savill-Smith, editors, Learning with  Mobile Devices, pages 87-93. Learning and Skills Development Agency, 2004.

Brewster, D (2003) "Whose File is it Anyway? Investigating the Ownership Relationship between students and their digital resources" in Square Pegs in Round Holes? The Relationship between Empirical Research and Theoretical Frameworks 7th Human Centred Technology Postgraduate Workshop Dec 15th - 16th 2003,(CSRP 567).  eds Jon Rimmer & Benjamin Zayas pp.53-55.  Dec 2003

Brewster D (2005)  “All My Own work” Are we Supporting or Subverting Learning in Higher Education Students Through the use of Technology?  in Advancing the Potential for Communication, Learning and Interaction. 8th Human Centred Technology Postgraduate Workshop, June 28th - 29th 2005 (CSRP 574) eds Erika Martinez-Miron & Diane Brewster pp 63 – 66 June 2005

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