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Publications, papers and proceedings on distance learning by University staff.


  • Walker, R., Jenkins, M., & Voce, J. (2017). The rhetoric and reality of technology-enhanced learning developments in UK higher education: reflections on recent UCISA research findings (2012-2016), Interactive Learning Environments, 1-11. Routledge: London. Available at 
  • Walker, R. & Forbes, D. (2017). Cross-institutional peer observation by online tutors: Sharing practice 'outside the family'. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, January 2017. ISSN 1470-3297 (Print). 1470-3300 (Online). Available at doi:
  • Brooks, S. H., & Roberts, E. (2015). 'Simultaneous Immersion': How online postgraduate study contributes to the development of reflective practice among public service practitioners. Interactive learning environments. doi:
  • Walker, R. (2015). Peer observation for online distance learning tutors: creating the conditions for effective peer exchange. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.
  • Lund, J. and Snell, C. (2014). Behave yourself! An investigation of the impact of tutor behaviour on the student experience of online distance-based learning. In: T.V. Yuzer, and G. Eby, eds. 2014. Handbook of Research on Emerging Priorities and Trends in Distance Education, PA: IGI Global.
  • Walker, R., Voce, J. and Jenkins, M. (2013). Charting the development of technology-enhanced learning developments across the UK higher education sector: a longitudinal perspective (2001-2012). Interactive Learning Environments.
  • Jenkins, M., Browne, T., Walker, R. and Hewitt, R. (2010). The development of technology enhanced learning: findings from a 2008 survey of UK higher education institutions. Interactive Learning Environments.
  • Roberts, E., and Rostron, J. (2007). Exploring E-learning community in a global postgraduate programme. In: R. Andrews & C. Haythornthwaite, eds. 2007.  The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research, London: Sage.
  • Beastall, L., and Walker R. (2006). Effecting institutional change through e-learning: An implementation model for VLE deployment at the University of York. Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change, 3(3), pp 285-299.
  • Browne, T., Jenkins, M., and Walker, R. (2006). A Longitudinal Perspective Regarding the Use of VLEs by Higher Education Institutions in the United Kingdom. Interactive Learning Environments, 14 (2), pp. 177-192.
  • Mayes, J.T., Dineen, F., McKendree, J., and Lee, J. (2001). Learning from watching others learn. In: C. Steeples and C. Jones, eds. 2001.  Networked Learning: Perspectives and Issues. London: Springer.
  • Lee, J., Dineen, F., and McKendree, J. (1998). Supporting student discussions: it isn’t just talk. Education and Information Technologies, 3, pp. 217-229.

Recent presentations (from 2013)

  • Allinson, J., Cornock, M., and Lund, J. (2014). Using tablets with distance learners. Poster presentation at the Higher York Conference E-learning Conference, June 2014, University of York St John, UK
  • Brownlow, R. Parasocial activity: Professional learning in cyberspace,  International seminar: The future of professions, professionalism and professional learning – a conversation, School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield. 14 July 2015
  • Brownlow, R. The power of parasocial learning: Nurses’ experiences of learning through entertainment-education in the online learning environment (Poster with multimedia presentation) International Seminar Day: Education, Creativity and the Arts, University of Huddersfield, UK, 16 April 2015.
  • Brownlow, R. Parasocial Activity: Nurse Learner's Experience of Entertainment Education. RCN Education Forum conference and exhibition. Partners in Practice. 11 March 2015, Nottingham.
  • Brownlow, R. Tales from the Cardioverse: Nurses experiences of learning about CHD prevention through entertainment-education. (Poster) New Frontiers in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation British Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 2-3 October 2014 Londonderry Northern Ireland.
  • Brownlow, R. Tales from the Cardioverse:  A study exploring the experience of learning with online Entertainment-Education. Higher York e-Learning Conference 4 June 2013
  • Brownlow, R. Using Entertainment-Education to promote active online learning. A practitioner workshop for distance learning providers 31 May 2013 University of York.
  • Jenkins, M., Walker, R., and Voce, J. (2014). Achieving flexibility? The rhetoric and reality of the role of learning technologies in UK higher education. In: B. Hegarty, J. McDonald and S.-K. Loke eds, Rhetoric and Reality: Critical perspectives on educational technology. Proceedings ascilite Dunedin 2014, pp. 544-548.
  • Lund, J. and Roberts, E. (2014).   Assessing online discussions: the good, the bad and the unintended consequences. Asynchronous teaching and learning: A practitioner workshop for distance learning providers at York, 1st July 2014, University of York, UK.
  • Walker, R. (2016). Developing tutoring craft through cross-institutional peer exchange: Reflections on the inaugural Waikato-York programme. DEANZ2016: Charting flexible pathways in open and distance education.  Conference Proceedings, pp. 130-134. April 17-20, The University of Waikato, New Zealand.
  • Walker, R. (2014). Developing Distance and e-Learning Courses in Postgraduate Education at the University of York.   Inside Government: Enhancing the Standards and Quality of UK Postgraduate Education, 13th November 2014. London, UK.
  • Walker, R., and Voce, J. (2014). Ground swells and breaking waves: Findings from the 2014 UCISA TEL survey on learning technology trends, developments and fads. ALT-C 2014 – Riding giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave. 2nd September 2014. University of Warwick, UK.
  • Walker, R. (2014). An overview of asynchronous learning models and practices. Asynchronous teaching and learning: A practitioner workshop for distance learning providers at York, 1st July 2014, University of York, UK.
  • Walker, R. (2013). Reflections on developments with learning technologies: York’s journey and some discussion on sector trends (2003-2013). Keynote presentation. Heads of e-Learning Forum 10th anniversary meeting, Wednesday 6th November 2013. City University London, UK.
  • Walker, R. (2013). The Role of Mobile Technology in Improving Staff and Student Experience in Higher Education.  Mobile Government: Embracing New Technologies and Enhancing New Ways of Working. Inside Government event. Thursday 21st March 2013. Royal College of Surgeons: London, UK.
  • Walker, R., and Britcliffe, W. (2013). Building a community-informed framework for assuring quality in distance learning programmes. ALT-C 2013. Building new cultures of learning. 10th - 12th September 2013. University of Nottingham, UK.