Wendy joined Mirasee as a member of the Education Team in September 2018, having been part of the Mirasee community for a few years – first catching on to Danny’s blogs about online marketing before getting super interested in Mirasee’s innovative online education initiatives.
Wendy’s background is in higher education: much of her academic career was with the Open University (OU) – the first public institution in the UK to embrace online learning. At the OU, she contributed to the creation of university-level ‘hybrid’ (a mix of online, face-to-face and text-based) courses mainly focussed on environmental politics, and provided staff development for academics across the social sciences. One of her more notable achievements was the sole-author creation of e-LATE (e-Learning and Teaching Enhancements), an in-house course for lecturers new to online teaching and learning. On the basis of her work developing others’ teaching practice she was awarded Senior Fellowship of the UK’s Higher Education Academy in 2014.
As part of her OU ‘media liaison’ remit Wendy also worked as an academic consultant for a number of BBC-OU co-productions, and was particularly excited to work on two series of the radio discussion program, Thinking Allowed, and three series of the ground-breaking television program, Coast. She is the co-author of the popular and highly regarded Good Essay Writing (Redman and Maples, 2017, Sage).
Wendy lives in Sussex, England, where she is involved in a variety of community activities, including supporting her local football (Ed.note:) – soccer – club and running an annual cake sale fundraiser. When she’s not happily hosting office hours or corresponding with students, she is writing for and failing to win script-writing competitions, or is enjoying walking her rescue dog, Bonnie, on the beautiful Sussex Downs.
Feel free to reach out to Wendy – send her an email! – any time.