Ms Flea Palmer

Ms Flea Palmer

E-Learning Designer

Degree Apprenticeships - Student Administration (Academic Registry)



Flea has 19 years experience working in H.E., collaborating with academics to produce technology-focused learning activities and online programmes. She is part of the University's Work-based Degrees and Higher Apprenticeships Team, working with tutors to create engaging content and supporting students using our Learning Environments.

Previously, she was a member of the Faculty of Business IT Team (FoBIT) where she ran workshops for students in video production, including green screen, data visualisation and web-design skills. Before this, Flea was a Learning Technologist, working in both the central Academic Support, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) team and the Faculty of Arts. She was Acting Senior Learning Technologist from February 2004 - June 2005.

For more information, please see Flea's LinkedIn profile.


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)



Teaching interests

Digital Skills:

  • Website design
  • Video production (including green screen)
  • Infographics
  • Engaging presentations
  • Using social media to build a personal brand.



Grants & contracts

Teaching Fellowship Award 2008-9: Interactive Learning Scenarios in Child Protection (Dr 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)



Conference Papers

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.


Evaluation of DigiThings, a short online collaborative course designed for academics to improve their presentation skills.



Conferences organised

Plymouth e-Learning Conference 2010
Plymouth e-Learning Conference 2009
Plymouth e-Learning Conference 2008
Plymouth e-Learning Conference 2007
VC's Teaching & Learning Conference 2008
VC's Teaching & Learning Conference 2007
VC's Teaching & Learning Conference 2006

Other academic activities

April 2012: Data Visualisation Workshop

Flea was invited to run a data visualisation 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 an H.E. consultant.

October 2012: Live Panel Discussion: Guardian H.E. Network

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.

March 2013: Online Collaborative Course: 5 (DigLit) Things for Learning Developers

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.

January 2014: Online Collaborative Course: DigiThings

Building on her experience of LD5D, Flea led a team of Learning Technologists 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.