Mr Dustin Hosseini
- Learning Innovation Officer (Business Relationship Management)
- CoSS Researcher Development Programme Intern (School of Education)
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I am undertaking a part-time Doctorate in Education within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. I also hold the following qualifications:
- Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Bath, Bath, UK
- Cambridge Delta, University of Bath, Bath, UK
- Master of Arts in Russian, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA
- Bachelors of Arts in Russian and Spanish, University of Texas-Arlington, USA
I have worked in education since 2005 and higher education since 2010. My experience has included: teaching English as a foreign language (EFL); teaching academic writing to international students (EAP); developing the academic, research and writing literacies of students of the hard and social sciences; and developing staffs' pedagogic knowledge, information and digital literacies of digital education and learning technologies through coaching and mentoring.
My current role
I work with colleagues to develop their knowledge and skills for creating pedagogy-informed, technology-enhanced curricula, programmes and modules/courses within the context of short courses, MOOCs and microcredentials. I develop colleagues through dialogue by engaging them with curriculum mapping activities, deepening their understanding of designing for learning, and widening their understanding of information and digital literacies and the importance of these areas for effective education within blended and digital/online education.
To achieve the above, I provide pedagogic advice, consultation, guidance, insight and developmental support through coaching and mentoring colleagues to develop content and activities for both blended and fully online learning experiences. I regularly source, share and highlight good practices from across the institution and disciplines and draw upon these to develop good practices that can be implemented locally. For example, this can entail engaging in dialogue with colleagues to consider different approaches and experiences of learning and teaching. This can also include working together to analyse the learning design of the modules that colleagues teach in order to develop short and long-term action plans to implement ideas that colleagues wish to deploy.
Trying out new ideas within education
I also work with lecturers to help them to identify areas for improvement and/or change within their programmes. Where a colleague desires to try out new pedagogical approaches, assessments or ideas new to them and/or transform their teaching and how students learn, I help colleagues to understand how the idea or approach can work and be achieved in practice while helping them to identify and implement their aims.
In brief, I work to develop colleagues’ understanding of curriculum mapping, designing for learning and technology-enhanced learning and teaching practices that are underpinned by pedagogic theories and practices.
decolonizing education, learning development, critical pedagogy, reflective practices, digital education, academic writing, English for academic purposes
I have an ecclectic experience of teaching students from foundation level to pre-Masters level and academic and professional services staff. Below are some of my experiences acquired to date:
Modules led, designed, developed and delivered & taught:
- How to Design Online Activities / for all staff at Lancaster University
- MNGT160 Future Global Leaders: Sustainability Across Business (online w/1200+ students) / Lancaster University
- English Through The Media Part A: Understanding Media in the UK (blended) / Royal Holloway
- English Through The Media Part B: Issues that Unite and Divide People (blended) / Royal Holloway
- Pre-sessional programmes of 5 to 15 weeks in length / Bristol, Glasgow, St Andrews, Coventry
- English for Biology & Chemistry; English for International Relations / UCL
- Research Writing & Research Skills / UCL; Royal Holloway
- Foundation year for medicine / St Andrews
- LI1001 Linguistics - Foundations of Language 1 / St Andrews
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2014: iTech 2014 Winner for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Jisc RSC Scotland)
Professional & learned societies
- 2011: , BALEAP
- 2014: , Association for Learning Technology