Ms Flea Palmer

Ms Flea Palmer

Senior Technician (Software)

Faculty of Business


Flea is a qualified teacher and has 17 years experience working in the area of Learning Technology at Plymouth University, providing pedagogic advice, guidance, encouragement and support on the use of technology to staff and students. A Teaching Fellowship Project, awarded in 2008, led to an ongoing interest into how social media can enhance learning, research and employability.

Flea contributes to sessions that focus on Digital Literacy, covering areas such as Managing Digital Identity, Video Production and Creating Academic Posters. She also teaches website design, using WordPress, to BSc Cruise Management students. She has recently co-designed and taught a new module, ‘Digital Skills and Communication for Business’, in which students produced a ‘Me in a Minute’ promotional video and researched a technology issue related to business which was presented as either an academic poster or an infographic. She is also interested in developments in virtual and augmented reality and enjoys amazing experiences via her Google Pixel phone and DayDream headset.

Previously, Flea was employed as a Learning Technologist during which time she was involved with:-

  • supporting academics developing generic and subject-specific pedagogically-informed learning resources using a range of software, for web, print and mobile devices
  • contributing to the design and rollout of the Student Portal
  • organising content for the University website, particularly regarding the Prospective Student & Student Life areas
  • researching and developing resources to support students moving into HE and their induction to university. These have included websites, interactive maps combined with video and a ‘Student Survival Guide’. This work informed the creation of PLAN (Plymouth Learners’ Access Network), a pre-entry students’ social networking site on Ning.
  • organising a University-wide JISC TechDis workshop, in collaboration with Dr Simon Ball (TechDis), raising awareness of good practice around accessibility and usability
  • investigating and running workshops, in collaboration with Educational Developers, advising how PebblePad can be used to support Personal Development Planning (PDP)
  • organising and creating marketing materials for the VC’s Teaching & Learning & Plymouth e-Learning Conferences
Beyond Plymouth University:

Exeter CASCADE Project: General Principles of Visual Design

Flea was invited to run a workshop for PostGraduate Researchers by Helen Beetham, for the CASCADE Project Team at the University of Exeter. Helen led on the ‘Learning Literacies in a Digital Age’ project for JISC and works as a consultant.


Beyond employability: embedding life skills in higher education’: Guardian HE Network

Flea was a member of the panel for this live discussion that took place on Friday 5th October 2012.


LD5D & 10 Days of Twitter

Having been inspired by Dr Helen Webster’s ‘23 Things for Digital Literacy’ presentation at the Association for Learning Developers in HE (ALDHE) Conference, Flea volunteered to join her team to run something similar for Learning Developers. LD5D was as online programme that aimed to introduce practitioners to different digital tools and approaches. ‘10 Days of Twitter’ was a short course that the LD5D Team also contributed to, supporting participants through tweets.


DigiThings: a mini-MOOC:

Building on her experience of LD5D, Flea led a team of LTs to run DigiThings, an online programme that introduced Plymouth staff to presentation tools and techniques. The course ran for 10 weeks starting in January 2014. The format was popular with academics although the timing between tasks was too demanding. The evaluation report gives more details.

Having a degree in multimedia, Flea’s skills include illustration, web-design, image-manipulation, video production and 3D animation. She joined the FoBIT Team in October 2014 and is responsible for FoBIT’s website and social media accounts. To see more creative work, please see my portfolio. You can also find out more through my profiles on


Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Plymouth, 2008    
BSc. (Hons) MediaLab Arts, University of Plymouth, 2000

Professional membership

CMALT (Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology)

Research interests

member of University of Plymouth e-Learning Research Network
member of Researching Higher Education Network

Grants & contracts

Teaching Fellowship Award 2008-9: Interactive Learning Scenarios in Child Protection (Caroline Leeson, Mark Pannell, Mark Lyndon)
Teaching Fellowship Award 2008-9: Skills Plus: a Web 2.0 Approach

Creative practice & artistic projects

'Facing the Consequences...the movie!': video that illustrates the possible pitfalls of using social networking sites, such as Facebook, if you are careless about what you post ...and who can see it!

'Facing the Consequences...': cartoon storyboard that illustrates the possible pitfalls of using social networking sites, such as Facebook, if you are careless about what you post ...and who can see it!

eGo: make the web work for you: how to promote yourself safely & confidently (ebook)

myBrand: how to promote yourself safely & confidently (webfolio)

Interactive learning scenarios in child protection (website with 3D character animation)

iHub: website to support students who experience shyness & social anxiety

Tandem Exchange Online: website that partners speakers of different languages

Research groups

  • e-Learning

Palmer, F. (2010) Finding my way... ’Into something rich and strange - making sense of the sea-change’, ALT-C, University of Nottingham

Palmer, F. (2010) Look after your (virtual) self: Invest in some ‘me’ time! ‘Learning Without Limits: Facing the Challenges’ Plymouth e-Learning Conference, University of Plymouth

Palmer, F. (2010) Want to go places? Invest in some ‘me’ time, ‘Transforming Learners, Transforming Lives’, Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning (CEPPL) Conference, University of Plymouth

Palmer, F. (2009) A Brand Called Me: Managing Digital Identity, ‘Edulearn09: International Conference on Education & New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain

Palmer, F. (2009) Invest in some ‘me’ time with myBrand, ‘Exploring Enterprise’, VC’s Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Plymouth

Gibbs, J., Palmer, F. (2008) Enhancing student learning experiences with elearning: Academic and Learning Technologist collaborations, 'Making Connections', VC's Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Plymouth

Palmer, F. & Newcombe, M. (2006) Designing for e-Learning, 'Has Assessment Gone Wrong?', VC's Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Plymouth

de Andres, C., Palmer, F. & White, S.W. (2006) Adelante! A resource for learning Spanish, 'Has Assessment Gone Wrong?', VC's Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Plymouth

Newcombe, M., Gavin, J., Pannell,M., and Palmer, F. (2006) Developing video rich learning objects usingthe GoodMood WIP webcasting platform, ALT-C 2006: the next generation, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Gadd, D.M and Palmer, F (1998) Using the Internet for Business, 'Learning in Organisations' - ADAPT CUCOL Conference, University of Plymouth.

Additional information

Acting Senior Learning Technologist from February 2004 - June 2005

Links - FoBIT Team Page - FoBIT Google+ Page - my blog