My Research Interests

My research area focuses on social suppport for educators and the impact on wellbeing within private social network sites

Social Support

Social Support is vital for educators, particulary with the COVID19 Pandemic.

Social Network Sites

Educators are known to seek social support within Social Network Sites. My research focuses on lived experiences within these sites.


I am interested in how social support can benefit educators wellbeing.

My PhD Blog

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Welcome to my online portfolio. I joined JISC in December 2021 as a Subject Specialist in Digital Practice (Digital Leadership) where my role focuses on the delivery and evolving design of the Digital Leaders Programme.

I’m a Certified Online Learning Facilitator (COLF) of the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I’m also a PhD Student at Lancaster University in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning and an open educator. My PhD research interest relates to social support online and how educators wellbeing can be enhanced through connecting in social network sites. I am a proud member of the Global OER Graduate Network (GO_GN). GO_GN is a network of PhD candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education (ie OER, OEP, MOOC etc).


I have been blogging since 2014. My old site is available via the button below.

I’m on Twitter @debbaff which is probably the easiest way to contact me.


Latest Blog Posts

Journalling tips Interesting blog post about Journalling through the PhD.

Twitter @debbaff