About Nick Pearce

I have had a pretty interdisciplinary career so far, with a BSc (hons) as an economics major, an MSc in Information Management serving as an introduction to the world of more serious computing (having grown up as a hobbyist/gamer), followed by a PhD in sociology.

After a few years working at Lancaster University’s Centre for e-science I worked at the Open University, in the Institute of Educational Technology on a project looking at Digital Scholarship. You can read a report of the research i did here 

I then worked at Durham University’s Foundation Centre , where I was a Teaching Fellow running introductory anthropology and sociology courses. I used a variety of social media technologies (Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, YikYak) for various things, which I blogged about.

I now work at the University of West London, and the Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning. My focus has shifted on to thinking about student engagement and retention, although I’m still interested in using social media and other technologies to do this.

I’m using this blog as a way of communicating some half baked ideas and keeping notes from conferences, hopefully getting feedback to help me think through issues relating to new media/technologies and teaching.

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5 Responses to About Nick Pearce

  1. Pingback: Digital Scholarship Blog | Thinking culture

  2. Hi Nick I would like to use the anecdote you wrote on the Guardian chat in my thesis. Just to frame an argument of mine that although one could critique the comment from Les Ebdon that we should ask why the mature student in your study did not go to university at 18 as contributing to the idea that to go to university as a mature student is somewhat deviant and deficit rather than a choice, it is an interesting way of thinking about educational careers for my project which is taking an historical look at people born in 1958 and their participation in education over their lives – why didn’t they do a degree at 18? This then leads nicely into my literature review where I look at the historical and societal context at the time when this cohort were at school and making their further education decisions. So I am not criticising Les Ebdon or even suggesting you are, rather it was a nice post that has helped me in my literature review structure. Is that OK? I know it is a public statement so I do not really have to ask your permission I guess, but I was wondering if you would like me to use your real name in the reference and thought you may like to know that your contributon to the chat was interesting to me!

    • Hi Annika, that’s absolutely fine, although i would caution that my anecdote was based on my memories of about 18 months ago, and i think i caught Les Ebdon off guard. There were lots of witnesses at the event though, so it did happen roughly as i described!

  3. incidentally your thesis sounds very interesting…

  4. Well, I might leave it out of the final version if my supervisors don’t think it has enough evidence etc as it is just an anecdote. But his comment is very interesting as maybe it reflects a lot of assumptions about mature students and the desirablity of HE. I could probably find some sort of ‘offical’ written down quote from someone eventually as I am sure he is not the only one to have thought it/said it.. But like I say, I’m not trying to slate what he said as an individual or a rep of OFFA. So yes, I may change it, but for now it makes my work flow!

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