Prof Shailey Minocha
The Open University
Professor of Learning Technologies and Social Computing
Shailey's recent research in educational technology has focused on how emerging technologies can support digital scholarship, for example, blogging and reflective practice; wikis and virtual team collaboration; 3D virtual worlds and training and skills development; and the role of social media in research dialogues and research skills training and development. Shailey’s VITAE-funded handbook of social media for research dialogues (http://oro.open.ac.uk/34271/) has an innovative suite of resources to guide researchers and supervisors to develop and maintain a social media strategy for research dialogues. This handbook continues to be in the top 10 downloads from Open University’s repository of research publications since the handbook’s launch in September 2012. The handbook is integrated within Open University’s Virtual Research Environment, and several UK institutions have adopted it for researcher training and development including Epigeum, the e-learning unit of Imperial College, in their programme: Professional Skills for Research Leaders.