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Jane Seale

 

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Professor Jane Seale

  • School of Education (Faculty of Health, Education and Society)
  • Address: ,
  • Email: jane.seale@plymouth.ac.uk


Role

PhD Programme Leader, Faculty of Education 

Qualifications & background

BSc (Hons), Plymouth Polytechnic, Psychology

PhD, Keele University, 1993, The management of computers in adult special education

 

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of Association for Learning Technology
Member of British Educational Research Association 

Roles on external bodies

Member of Editorial Board for Journal of Assistive Technologies
Member of Editorial Board for International Journal of Research and Method in Education
Member of Research Committee of Association for Learning Technologies
Member of Advisory Group for the ESRC Strategic Advisor for Researcher Development

 



Research interests

·         Accessibility & Digital Inclusion

·         The use of technologies by adults with severe learning disabilities

·         Methodological developments in user involvement and participatory research

 

UoP Research group membership

Research in Education 
Social Science Doctoral Training Centre 
Voice, Inclusion and Participation Research Cluster 

Grants & contracts

Dates

Award Holder(S)

Funder

Title

Amount

Nov 2005- Nov 2007

 

Nind & Seale

 

ESRC

 

Developing a richer theoretical understanding of concepts of access for people with learning disabilities

 

£15,000

 

March 2007- Sept 2008

 

Wald, Seale & Draffan

 

JISC

 

LEXDIS: Disabled learners experiences of e-learning

 

£80,000

 

June 2007-May 2010

Skinner, Martin & Seale

 

ESRC

 

Sustaining on-line resources in research methods. Invited proposal, sole applicants

£271, 516

2009-2014

Skinner, Crow, Heath, Martin, Seale, Wiles & Mickelwright

ESRC

 

National Centre for Research Methods Hub Proposal (second term).

Invited proposal, sole applicants

£4,231,696

2010-2013

Martin, Seale, Skinner & Carr

ESRC

Sustaining on-line resources in research methods. Invited proposal, sole applicants

£360,000

 


Publications

Journal Papers                

Seale, J  Doing Student voice work in higher education: the potential contribution of a participatory framework, Accepted for publication in British Educational Research Journal

Seale, J & Cooper, M (2010)
E-learning, accessibility and pedagogy: In search of the missing tools of practice, Computers & Education, 54,4, 1107-1116

Seale, J., Draffan, E.A & Wald, M. (2010) Digital agility and digital decision-making: Conceptualising digital inclusion in the context of disabled learners in higher education, Studies in Higher Education, 35, 4, 445-461

Nind, M & Seale, J (2009) Concepts of access for people with learning difficulties: towards a shared understanding. Disability & Society, 24,3 273 - 287

Seale, J., Wald, M & Draffan, E.A (2008) Exploring the technology experiences of disabled learners in higher education: challenges for the use and development of participatory research methods. Journal of Assistive Technology, 2,3,4-15

Nind, M & Seale, J (2008) The hard work of access: lessons for education from a seminar series on concepts of access. The SLD Experience, 51, 11-18

Palmer, P & Seale, J (2007) Exploring the attitudes to environmental control systems of people with physical disabilities: A grounded theory approach. Technology & Disability, 19 (1), 17-27

Seale, J & Abbot, C (2007) Methodological issues in researching online representations: production, classification and personal web space. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 30,2, 179-192 

Seale, J (2007) Strategies for supporting the online publishing activities of adults with learning difficulties, Disability & Society, 22,2, 173-186

Seale, J (2006) The rainbow bridge metaphor as a tool for developing accessible e-learning practices in higher education, Canadian Journal of Learning Technology 32,2  ISSN: 1499-6685

Seale, J (2006) A contextualised model of accessible e-learning practice in higher education institutions. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 22,2, 268-288.

Seale, J (2004) The development of accessibility practices in e-learning: an exploration of communities of practice. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 12,1, 51-63

Seale, J.K and Pockney, R (2002). The Use of the Personal Home Page by Adults with Down Syndrome as a Tool for Managing Identity and Friendship. British Journal of Learning Disabilities,30,4,142-148

Seale, J., McCreadie, C., Turner-Smith, A and Tinker, A (2002) Older People as Partners in Assistive Technology Research: The use of focus groups in the design process. Technology and Disability, 14,1,21-29

 Seale, J.K (2001) The Same but Different: The Use of the Personal Home Page by Adults with Down’s Syndrome as a Tool for Self-Presentation. British Journal of Educational Technology, 32,3, 343-352

Seale, J.K, Chapman, J and Davey, C (2000) The influence of assessments on students’ motivation to learn in a therapy degree. Medical Education, 34,8, 614-621

Seale, J.K and Cann, A.J (2000) Reflection on-line or off-line: the role of learning technologies in encouraging students to reflect. Computers & Education, 34,309-320

Cann, A and Seale, J (1999) Using computer-based tutorials to encourage reflection. Journal of Biological Education, 33,3,130-132

Seale, J (1998) Management Issues surrounding the use of microcomputers in adult special education.  Innovations in Education and Training International, 35,1,29-35.

Seale, J (1998) Two perspectives on the language of special needs computing: towards a shared view.  Disability and Society, 13,2, 259-267.

Books - Authored

Seale, J (2006) E-learning and disability in higher education: accessibility theory and practice. Routledge.

Seale, J and Barnard, S (1998) Therapy Research: Processes and Practicalities. Butterworth-Heinemann.

 Books - Edited

 Seale, J & Nind, M (2009) Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk. Routledge.

Seale, J (2006) Approaches to developing accessible learning experiences. Taylor & Francis: Oxford.

Seale, J (2003) Learning Technology in Transition: From Individual Enthusiasm to Institutional Implementation. Swets and Zeitlinger:Lisse.ISBN 90 265 1963 x 165pp.

 Books - Short Works

 Phipps, L., Sutherland, A and Seale, J  (eds). Access All Areas: disability, technology and learning. ALT/JISC/TechDis. (2002) ISBN: 1-904190-18-9. * Commissioned by TechDis & ALT to act as executive editor

Seale, J (2009) Digital Inclusion. A research briefing by the Technology Enhanced Learning Phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Available: http://www.tlrp.org/docs/DigitalInclusion.pdf Commissioned by TEL Programme Director

 Edited Works: Contributions

Seale, J & Bishop, N (2010) Listening with a different ear: understanding disabled learners’ relationships with technologies in terms of digital decisions rather than digital divides

In edited by R. Sharpe, H. Beetham & S. de Freitas (Eds) Rethinking learning for the digital age: how learners shape their own experiences. Routledge. In press.

 Seale, J. and Nind, M. (2009) Access and the concept of risk: is access about making good things happen or preventing bad things from happening? In J. Seale and M. Nind (eds) Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk.  Routledge. London. .

Nind, M. and Seale, J. (2009) Access for people with learning difficulties: new rhetoric or meaningful concept. In J. Seale and M. Nind (eds) Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk.  Routledge. London.

Seale, J (2006) Disability, technology and learning: challenging conceptions. In J. Seale (Ed) Approaches to developing accessible learning experiences. Routledge Taylor & Francis: London. pp1-8,

Banes, D and Seale, J (2002) Accessibility and inclusivity in further and higher education: an overview. In Phipps, L., Sutherland, A and Seale, J (eds). Access All Areas: disability, technology and learning. ALT/JISC/TechDis. (2002) ISBN: 1-904190-18-9 pages 1-5

Editorships - Journal

Winter 2002, Guest editor of Special Issue of Technology & Disability 14,4

Oct 2001- to September 2007 Editor of ALT-J, Journal of the Association for Learning Technology

 Editorships - Newsletter

 Seale, J (Jan 2001-August 2002) Assistant Editor of ReView, Newsletter of the Centre of Rehabilitation Engineering.

Seale, J (July 1999-October 2002) Editor of ALT-N the newsletter of the Association for Learning Technology

 Official Reports - Whole Report

 Seale, J (2009) Digital Inclusion. A research briefing by the Technology Enhanced Learning Phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Available: http://www.tlrp.org/docs/DigitalInclusion.pdf

Seale, J., Draffan, E.A & Wald, M (2008) An evaluation of the use of participatory methods in exploring disabled learners’ experiences of e-learning. LEXDIS Methodology Report to JISC. Available from: http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk/project/reports

Seale, J., Draffan, E.A & Wald, M (2008) Exploring disabled learners’ experiences of  learning,

LEXDIS Final Report to JISC Available from: http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk/project/media/LEXDIS_ProjectReport_Dec08final.doc

Seale, J & Nind, M (2007) Concepts of access for people with learning disabilities: towards a shared understanding. Accessible Summary of ESRC funded Seminar Series. Available from: http://www.educate.soton.ac.uk/research/field_projects/?link=project_details.php&id=174

      
Departmental/Research Working Papers

 Seale, J (2008) Participatory Approaches to Inclusion Related Staff Development: Report of a LATEU funded Learning and Teaching Enhancement Project 2007-8. University of Southampton. Available from: http://www.soton.ac.uk/lateu/docs/PAIRS_Summary%20report_final.doc

 

Reports & invited lectures
March 2010: ESRC funded seminar series on Researching the use of Assistive Technologies with children and young people, " Transforming the process and outcomes of assistive technology research: reflections on the use of participatory research methods with disabled university students" Invited speaker
Feb 2010: ALT/TechDis, Rewiring Inclusion one day conference. "Developing a retirement plan for the magic fairy of digital inclusion: identifying the challenges for digital inclusion practice" Invited plenary speaker
July 2009: Universal Access to eLearning- 5th International Conference on Universal Access in Human Computer Interaction, San Diego, CA, USA, 19-24th July. A contextualised model for accessible e-learning in higher education: understanding the students' perspective. Invited Speaker
June 2009:TLRP/TEL, Invited speaker on the Inclusion and Participatory Research Methods
Feb 2009: Bournemouth University, " The e-learning experiences of disabled learners" invited seminar presentation
March 2008: Kings College, London, " Understanding e-inclusion in the context of disabled learners in Higher Education, invited seminar presentation
December 2007: University of Plymouth, "E-learning, access and inclusion in Higher Education, invited seminar presentation
March 2007: Institute of Education, "E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education", invited seminar presentation.
 

Conferences organised

June 2007

Ed-Media 2007, Vancouver. Programme Co-Chair and paper presentation: “Accessibility and Activity Theory: An Exploration of the Factors that Mediate the Practice of Developing Accessible E-learning in Higher Education”

Sept 2005

Association for Learning Technology Annual Conference. Manchester. Programme Co-Chair.

 


Other academic activities
Digital Inclusion consultant to the TLRP/TEL Programme