Bio

Biography

Dr Aileen McGuigan graduated from the University of Glasgow with a joint honours degree in English and Scottish Literature and continued there, completing a PhD in 1998. Her thesis centred on literary history from a feminist perspective. During her postgraduate years, she worked part-time, teaching at the University of Glasgow and in community education with the Workers' Education Association.

Aileen has experience of teaching in a whole range of educational sectors: secondary and tertiary as well as community learning. After completing her PGCE, she taught English and Media Studies in secondary schools and then in the college sector, firstly at Langside in Glasgow and on moving to Tayside with her family, at Angus College. Later on she was employed in outreach work for the University of Dundee, organising a programme of courses for adults in community settings throughout Tayside and delivering a range of short courses herself.

She took up a lecturing post in the Teaching Qualification Further Education team within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education (ESWCE) here at the University of Dundee, in October 2006. She was TQFE Programme Director from 2010-2016.

Research interests

Aileen's research stems from a social constructivist epistemology.  She is interested in:

  • Design for learning in online environments
  • Professional development
  • Online collaboration
  • Web 2.0 social media tools in learning contexts

Awards

Aileen and the TQFE team have won various awards and shortlistings:

  • 2014  TQFE case study shortlisted to final four (highly commended) in the Scotland-wide JISC RSC iTech awards: The Teaching Qualification in Further Education TQFE-Tutor blogosphere at the University of Dundee   http://www.rsc-scotland.org/?p=4604
  • 2012 University of Dundee Honorary Graduates' Award for Innovation in Teaching (for TQFE-Tutor, an integrated tutoring and communications system for the TQFE programme)
  • 2011 College of Arts and Social Sciences (UoD) Award for innovative teaching (for TQFE-Tutor)

Publications

Transforming practice, transforming practitioners : reflections on the TQFE in Scotland
5/2018, Research in Post-Compulsory Education
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The journey from further education to higher education : An investigation into the 'live experiences' of learners as the transition into and through the first year of higher education
11/2018, Scottish Educational Review
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

An unusual transition : lecturer to university student
7/2015
Research Output: Other Contribution > Other contribution

I'm a friend of someone who responds : avoiding the void in online learning communications
/2013
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Conference contribution

Rules of engagement: : developing the online tutor
8/2012, Research in Learning Technology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Blogospheric learning in a continuing professional development context
/2012
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

Evaluating feedback for e-learning : centralised tutors (EFFECT)
/2012
Research Output: Other Contribution > Other contribution

Interactivity or inactivity : a study of blogging in a professional teaching qualification programme for college lecturers
7/2011, Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

A centralised tutor system to support the affective needs of online learners
/2011
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

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Activities

ALT Scotland

Aileen McGuigan (Participant)
7 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Tenth International IAWIS/AIERTI Conference and Twenty-First Annual Scottish Word and Image Group Conference: Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image

Aileen McGuigan (Participant)
2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

ALT-C 2013

Aileen McGuigan (Speaker)
2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) 38th Annual Conference 2013

Aileen McGuigan (Speaker)
2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Sharing Stories (online seminar series for JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland)

Aileen McGuigan (Invited speaker)
2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

The Digital University

Aileen McGuigan (Speaker)
2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

ALT-C 2012

Aileen McGuigan (Speaker)
2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Discovery Days 2012

Aileen McGuigan (Speaker)
2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

Activity Type: Attendance

European Conference on Education Research 2012

Aileen McGuigan (Speaker)
2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Professional usage of multimedia in an educational context (PUMEC)

Aileen McGuigan (Invited speaker)
2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Activity Type: Attendance

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