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Dr. Jill Fresen

Senior Learning Technologist
Oxford University
United Kingdom

Jill has always had two passions in life: teaching and computers. Her undergraduate degrees specialised in Mathematics teaching, when this was a newly created formal field of study at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She started her career as a Mathematics teacher and lecturer, and then spent some time working as a computer programmer, both in higher education and the corporate world.

Jill completed the M.Ed. (Computer-Assisted Education) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. This programme has a strong 'family' and community ethos, and graduates remain part of an ongoing worldwide network. She went on to complete the PhD (Computer-Integrated Education) (2005) with a thesis is entitled “Quality assurance practice in online (web-supported) learning in higher education: An exploratory study”.

From 2000 to 2009 Jill was a Project Manager (E-education) and instructional designer in the Department for Education Innovation at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is now a Senior Learning Technologist at Oxford University, England. Jill is responsible for user consultation, support and training in the use of the institutional learning management system (LMS), as well as plagiarism awareness software. As a project manager, academic IT lead and learning technologist, she has been involved in the Lecture Capture pilot project, the Turnitin review project, the LMS review and implementation project, and the E-exams project. Jill’s research interests include quality assurance of e-learning, faculty support and development, and the adoption of (new) learning technologies. Jill remains captivated by the use of technology to enrich the teaching and learning experience for academics and students alike.

Jill has presented at numerous international conferences and workshops – in South Africa, the UK, Europe and the USA. She is on the international board of advisers and a consultant editor of the open access journal Distance Education and Teachers’ Training in Africa (DETA). As a freelance activity, Jill carries out English language editing of journal articles for writers whose first language is not English.

  • Laurent, X., Burholt, S. & Fresen, J.W. (2018). Usability methodology and testing for a virtual learning environment. International Journal on E-Learning, 17(3), 341-375. Available from: www.learntechlib.org/p/174874
  • Fresen, J.W., Hill, R.K. & Geng, F. (2014). A collection of suggested electronic course templates for use in higher education. Research in Learning Technology, 22. doi:10.3402/rlt.v22.21669. Available from: www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/view/21669
  • Boyd, L.G. & Fresen, J.W. (2013). An integrated management approach in a higher education technology support unit. In A.D. Benson, J.L. Moore, S. Williams Rooij (Eds.), Cases on educational technology planning, design, and implementation. A project management perspective (pp. 206-228). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Available at www.igi-global.com/chapter/integrated-management-approach-higher-education/78460
  • Hill, R.K., Fresen, J.W. & Geng, F. (2012). Derivation of electronic course templates for use in higher education. Research in Learning Technology, 20. doi:10.3402/rlt.v20i0.18665. Available from dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v20i0.18665
  • Fresen, J.W. (2011). Factors influencing lecturer uptake of e-learning. In J. Dalziel, C. Alexander, J. Krajka & R. Kiely (Eds.), Teaching English with Technology, Special Edition on LAMS and Learning Design 11(1), 81-97. Available from www.tewtjournal.org/VOL%2011/ISSUE%201/volume_11_issue_01-08_article_06.pdf
  • Highton, M., Fresen, J.W., & Wild, J. (2011). Making academic OER easy: Reflections on technology and openness at Oxford University. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 15(2), 28–40. Available from www.jofdl.nz/index.php/JOFDL/issue/view/5
  • Fresen, J.W. & Hendrikz, J. (2009). Designing to promote access, quality, and student support in an advanced certificate programme for rural teachers in South Africa. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(4), Article 10.4.7. Available at www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/631
  • Fresen, J.W. (2007). A taxonomy of factors to promote quality web-supported learning. International Journal on E-Learning, 6(3), 351-362.
  • Fresen, J.W. (2005). Quality assurance practice in online (web-supported) learning in higher education. An exploratory study. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Pretoria.
  • Fresen, J.W. & Boyd, L.G. (2005). Caught in the web of quality. International Journal of Educational Development, 25(3), 317-331.
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