Rhona Sharpe is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University.

Her interests are around developing online courses and uses of technology and encouraging pedagogic research. She runs workshops, online courses, and offers consultancy on e-learning topics for higher education staff across the UK. Rhona has project directed a number of JISC learner experience projects which have received great interest and national recognition across both the further and higher education sector, in pioneering innovative research methods and techniques for eliciting students’ expectations and experiences of using technology in their learning. Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching and blogs at


Helen Beetham is an independent consultant working in the field of e-learning

She blogs at