Sue Beckingham

Sue Beckingham

Educational Developer | Researching the Use of Social Media in Higher Education

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Higher Education

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Sue Beckingham's Overview

  • Educational Developer | Researching the Use of Social Media in Higher Education | at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Executive Committee Member at Staff and Educational Development Association
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Tapton School

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Sue Beckingham's Summary

I am an Educational Developer in Higher Education and an Associate Lecturer, currently working within the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science (ACES) at Sheffield Hallam University. In addition I am the co-lead for the open course Bring Your Own Devices for Learning (alongside Chrissi Nerantzi, MMU)

Taking a lead role within the Faculty for technology enhanced learning and teaching education development, I co-ordinate and facilitate a variety of workshops, seminars and conferences which provide opportunities for peers to both learn about and share innovations in teaching and learning within higher education.

To disseminate and share good practice I develop and curate digital educational resources that can be openly shared with colleagues. As a passionate advocate of the exploration of new and emerging technology, and the use of social media and its use in teaching and learning to enhance the higher education student experience, I regularly present this work both within my own institution and beyond.

I am also responsible for the planning and delivery of the Learning and Teaching Orientation events for new academic staff within my Faculty and the author of the New Lecturers handbook.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA) and Executive Committee Member.

Specialties: Researching the use of Social Media in Higher Education. Provides educational development in the use of social media, web 2.0, online presence, personal learning networks and the use of technology to enhance student engagement.

Sue Beckingham's Publications

Sue Beckingham's Projects

  • #LTHEchat - Learning and Teaching in Higher Education tweetchats, a collaborative project

    • July 2014 to Present

    #LTHEchat was an idea initially conceived by Chrissi Nerantzi (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Sue Beckingham (Sheffield Hallam University) as an opportunity for educators and students in higher education to discuss learning and teaching. The steering group consists of Dr David Walker (University of Sussex) and Peter Reed (University of Liverpool) together with Chrissi and Sue.

    Together, we will be coordinating weekly tweetchats. These will be open to anyone interested in higher education and will provide an opportunity to share practices as well as ideas and connect with other practitioners.

    Twitter @LTHEchat
    hashtag #LTHEchat.

    We start this exciting project in September 2014 and hope that you will be able to join us!

  • Bring Your Own Devices For Learning [Open Online Course]

    • January 2014 to Present

    BYOD4Learning is a truly open course, or an ‘open magical box’ for students and teachers who would like to develop their understanding, knowledge and skills linked to using smart devices for learning and teaching and use these more effectively, inclusively and creatively.
    The course puts the participant in the driving seat and presents an excellent opportunity to learn autonomously and collaboratively based on authentic contextualised learning and development needs and aspirations.
    BYOD4Learnings runs fully on smart devices and presents an immersive learning experience that encourages active experimentation and discovery learning. Participants will be able to connect, share experiences and learn with others from the wider community and located in different parts of the world using social media. The topics and activities provide a scaffold for learning and introduce participants to progressively more complex uses in bite-size learning chunks that trigger interest, engagement and help them to make connections to people, ideas and reflect on their own practice.

  • Expanding the 'student-as-producer' agenda to first-year students through the production of visual resources for the University services.

    • November 2013 to Present

    Teaching Enhancement Funding 2013/14 £1000

  • Changing the Learning Landscape with Educational Learning Technology

    • July 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Sue Beckingham

    Awarded two funded projects via the Higher Education Academy (HEA), through its Educational Learning Technologies (ELT) programme. The HEA is promoting digital literacy through a series of projects called, ‘Digital Literacy through the Disciplines’ (DLinD). A strand of the DLinD projects has being aligned with the Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL) workshops to support the embedding of learning technologies within academic practice. At each of the 12 one-day events bids were invited for up to £5,000 to undertake a discipline specific activity that will enhance the student learning experience using ideas and approaches related to the workshop themes.
    Project 1: Multimedia Reflective Blogs to Develop Confident Professional Communication Skills
    Project 2: A Case Study on the Use of Social Media by Engineering Professional Bodies and Employers

  • Students as Researchers 2013 Space, Place and Interconnectedness: An Evaluation of the Importance of a Considered Digitally Visual Online Presence.

    • 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Sue Beckingham, David Morrish

    Funding for a Student Researcher for 100 hours.

  • Evaluation of the Integration of Digital Skills to Enhance Professional Communication and Development

    Student Experience Funding 2013 £500

  • Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance the Learning Experience for Distance Learning Students

    • 2012 to Present

    Teaching Enhancement Funding 2012/13 £500

  • Student Support from a students' perspective: an animated resource

    Team Members: Sue Beckingham, Cathy Keech

    Teaching Enhancement for Student Success Funding £1500

  • Evaluation of learning, teaching and assessment orientation programme for associate lecturers and new teaching staff

    • 2009 to Present
    Team Members: Sue Beckingham, Sally Bradley

    SEDA Research and Development Grant 2009/10 £500

Sue Beckingham's Skills & Expertise

  1. Social Media
  2. Social Networking
  3. Microblogging
  4. Social Bookmarking
  5. Digital Literacy
  6. Technology Enhanced Learning
  7. Higher Education
  8. E-learning
  9. Web 2.0
  10. Higher Education Research
  11. Educational Research
  12. Academic Development
  13. Scholarly Research
  14. E-Learning
  15. Technology Enhancements
  16. Public Speaking
  17. Instructional Design
  18. Staff Development
  19. Educational Technology
  20. Workshop Facilitation
  21. University Teaching
  22. Distance Learning
  23. Adult Education
  24. Blended Learning
  25. Teaching
  26. Research
  27. Qualitative Research
  28. Editing
  29. Leadership Development
  30. Lecturing
  31. Curriculum Development
  32. Student Engagement
  33. Curriculum Design
  34. Multimedia
  35. Mobile Learning
  36. Educational Leadership
  37. Blogging
  38. Courses
  39. Pedagogy
  40. Academia
  41. Academic Writing
  42. Theory
  43. International Education
  44. Newsletters
  45. Research Design
  46. Learning Management
  47. Teacher Training
  48. Learning Management Systems
  49. Intercultural Communication
  50. Teaching Adults

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Sue Beckingham's Education

Sheffield Hallam University

MSc, Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change


Sheffield Hallam University

Master of Arts (MA), Communication and Media Studies


Grade: Merit

Activities and Societies: Course Rep

Sheffield Hallam University

PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


Gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

The University of Sheffield

HE Certificate, Information Technology and Organisations


Certificate in Information Technology:

Tapton School


Sue Beckingham's Experience

Educational Developer | Researching the Use of Social Media in Higher Education |

Sheffield Hallam University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2004Present (10 years 1 month)

Educational Developer in Higher Education. Currently within the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science (ACES) at Sheffield Hallam University.

Associate Lecturer:
Professional Communication and Digital Skills
Social Media Use in Organisations

Facilitator at the SEDA Summer School open to educational developers in higher education

Taking a lead role within the Faculty for educational development of technology enhanced learning and teaching. This involves:
~ the co-ordination and facilitation of staff educational development workshops, seminars and conferences.
~ communication role disseminating key educational development information through a wide range of mechanisms including presentations, website, newsletters, social media and the authoring of staff handbooks and handy guides.

Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests: The use of Social Media in Higher Education, Pedagogic research in higher education, technology enhanced learning in higher education.

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Executive Committee Member

Staff and Educational Development Association

May 2012Present (2 years 5 months) London, United Kingdom

Working with the Co-Chairs of SEDA Executive Committee in fulfilling their roles and as a member of the Board of Trustees. SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.
See more about SEDA at or on twitter at @seda_uk. We also have a blog which you can engage with -

Client Liaison Co-ordinator for Debenhams Direct


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Retail industry

1991September 2004 (13 years)


Lloyds Bank plc

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; LLOY; Banking industry

19791991 (12 years)

Sue Beckingham's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Fund Raiser

      Help A Child Have A Chance
      • Children
      2010 present (4 years)

      I support a variety of events and will be trekking 103kms across the Sahara Desert in 2013 to raise money for this charity

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Education
      • Human Rights
    • Organizations I support:

      • The Burma Campaign UK
      • Amy's Retreat
      • Help a Hallam Child

Sue Beckingham's Additional Information


The use of Social Media in Higher Education The Burma Campaign Social: gardening, walking, reading, social media, networking.

Groups and Associations:

Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Member of the Association of Learning Technology (ALT)

Honors and Awards:

Supporting Educational Change Award 2008
SEDA Associate Fellowship Award 2008
AUA Fellowship Award 2010
SEDA Fellowship Award 2010
HEA Fellowship Award 2011

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