Biography

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have over 25 years’ experience within different universities. I have conducted field work in both the UK and in China and worked on national and international research projects to do with technology and learning. 

Your Thoughts About Online Learning

I am interested in group-based theories and practices for learning and teaching. I spend most of my time thinking and doing work on how theory and practice can be organised, managed and implemented using technology.

Professional

Qualifications

I was a former Kelvin-Smith Scholar at the University of Glasgow where I successfully completed my PhD on A Social Identity Approach to the Use of Classroom Technologies. Prior to that, I successfully completed an MSc in IT and Learning with Lancaster University. My first degree was at University of Gloucestershire where I studied English and History.

Professional Memberships

I am a reviewer for several academic journals including Interactive Learning Environments and International Journal of Art and Design Education.

I am Lead Tutor for Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA, UK) who are the professional association for staff and academic developers in further and higher education institutions in the UK and overseas.

I deliver their online course “Introduction to Educational Change” where I designed, wrote and delivered the short course for academic developers.

Publications

BANKS, S., BOWSKILL, N., SHAOMING, C., XU, C., ZHANG, Z. & ZHAO, J. Intercultural E-tutor Training: a Sino-UK Case Study of E-tutoring in Intercultural E-Learning Contexts. ICCE 2006 Beijing, China.

BANKS, S., MCCONNELL, D. & BOWSKILL, N. 2007. The Impact of Difference in Intercultural eLearning: insights from an evaluation of an online Sino-UK course. In Reshaping Higher Education. Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference. Brighton

BANKS, S., MCCONNELL, D. & BOWSKILL, N. A Feeling or a Practice?: Achieving Interculturality in an E-Learning Course. 6th International Conference on Networked Learning, 2008 712-719.

BOWSKILL, N. 1997a. Facilitating on-line organisational learning to promote networked learner support. CAL 97: Superhighways, Super CAL Super Learning? Exeter University.

BOWSKILL, N. 1997b. Networked Learner Support: Issues and Perspectives. Library Association: Colleges of Further and Higher Education Group; Exeter '97. Exeter.

BOWSKILL, N. 1998. Networked Learning: A Review Paper. In: LEVY, P., BOWSKILL, N. & WORSFOLD, E. (eds.) NetLinkS Report. University of Sheffield.

BOWSKILL, N. 2000. Tutoring in Real Time Environments. In: HIGGISON, C. (ed.) OTiS Online Tutoring E-book. http://www.fredriley.org.uk/callhull/otis/.

BOWSKILL, N. 2004a. Informal learning projects as a vehicle for collaborative professional development in online communities Networked Learning Conference. University of Lancaster.

BOWSKILL, N. 2004b. A Virtual Faculty Mentoring Project for Creating Online Curriculum. Internet Research: Ubiquity? 5th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. University of Sussex, Brighton.

BOWSKILL, N. 2005. Developing Personal Responsibility for Informal Learning in Online Communities. In: SHARMA, R., PULIST, S. & MISHRA, S. (eds.) Education in the Digital World. New Delhi, India: Viva Books Private Limited.

BOWSKILL, N. 2009a. PDP in a Learning Community Model. Invited Presentation. The Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland.

BOWSKILL, N. 2009b. Shared Thinking: A Social Approach to PDP. On Reflection.

BOWSKILL, N. 2009c. The Social Experience of Reflection. Moving Forward: the 6th Annual College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference. University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

BOWSKILL, N. 2010. Giving shareable form to collective thought using a Shared Thinking approach. In: DIRCKINCK-HOLMFELD, L., HODGSON, V., JONES, C., DE LAAT, M., MCCONNELL, D. & RYBERG, T., eds. Seventh International Conference on Networked Learning, 3rd-4th May 2010a Hvide Hus Hotel, Aalborg, Denmark.

BOWSKILL, N. 2010b. Shared Thinking as an Example of Group-Oriented Generative Learning. Invited Online Guest Seminar. Staffordshire University.

BOWSKILL, N. 2013a. Re-Thinking Belonging. SEDA

BOWSKILL, N. 2013b. A Social Identity Approach To Learning With Classroom Technologies. PhD Doctoral, University of Glasgow.

BOWSKILL, N. 2013c. Student-Generated Induction: A Social Identity Approach to a Complex World. Higher Education as if the World Mattered. University of Edinburgh.

BOWSKILL, N. 2013d. Student-Generated Induction: A Social Identity Approach: A Staff Development Guide, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

BOWSKILL, N. 2014a. Learning Design for Student Generated Induction. HEA National Student Induction Workshop. University of Warwick, UK.

BOWSKILL, N. 2014b. Student-Generated Induction. Solihull College of HE Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. University of Warwick.

BOWSKILL, N. 2015. Students as Partners in their induction: A social identity approach. Available: http://itali.uq.edu.au/filething/get/3601/Case%20Study_Bowskill-nonUQ-ID.pdf.

BOWSKILL, N. 2016. What Concerns UK Support Professionals Most Regarding Student Induction? A View from 3 years of Professional Development Workshops for ‘Student-Generated Induction: A Social Identity Approach’. ALDinHE Bulletin, 11.

BOWSKILL, N. 2017a. SharedThinking and Collective Inquiry: A new model for Clickers. 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Glasgow.

BOWSKILL, N. 2017b. SharedThinking: A Social Identity Approach to Critical Thinking. Journal of Pedagogical Development, 7, 37-46.

BOWSKILL, N. 2017c. SharedThinking: Social Identity and Student Success. UWE Computing Department Annual Conference. Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol.

BOWSKILL, N. & BANKS, S. Informal Learning & Mentoring Amongst Tutors in Online Courses: An Action Research Study.  ALT-C Communities of Practice Conference, 8th-10th September 2003 2003 University of Sheffield.

BOWSKILL, N. & BRINDLEY, S. 2009. Shared Thinking for PDP Support. 9th Residential Seminar of the Centre for Recording Achievement. Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester, UK.

BOWSKILL, N., BRINDLEY, S., CUTTS, Q., LALLY, V. & DRAPER, S. 2010a. Shared Thinking as a Community Model of Induction and Transition. Global Learn 2010. Penang, Malaysia.

BOWSKILL, N., BRINDLEY, S., LALLY, V., DRAPER, S. & CUTTS, Q. 2010b. Shared Thinking as Group-Oriented Enquiry Based Learning. Developing Pedagogic Research. University of Dundee.

BOWSKILL, N., CUTTS, Q., BRINDLEY, S., LALLY, V. & DRAPER, S. 2010c. "Am I Alone in Thinking..?" Overcoming student concerns and isolation using a Shared Thinking approach for FIMS Induction. 3rd Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Glasgow.

BOWSKILL, N., DRAPER, S., CUTTS, Q., LALLY, V. & BRINDLEY, S. 2011a. Shared Thinking and Interactionist Pedagogy. Society of Australasian Social Psychologists 41st Annual Conference. Manly, Australia.

BOWSKILL, N. & FOSTER, J. 2001 Networked Professional Development: A Case Study of an Online Course. In: BANKS, S., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. (eds.) Collaborative E-Learning in Higher Education: Issues and Strategies. Sheffield: SPIE Publication.

BOWSKILL, N. & FOSTER, J. 2005. Networked Staff Development: A Case Study. In: FALLOWS, S. & BHANOT, R. (eds.) Quality issues in ICT-based higher education. London: Routledge.

BOWSKILL, N., FOSTER, J., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 1999a. Professional development strategies for the support of university staff in the adoption of networked collaborative learning. Networked Learning Workshop. Higham Hall, Cumbria.

BOWSKILL, N., FOSTER, J., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 1999b. A rich professional development environment (RPDE) for university staff to explore and develop networked collaborative learning. European Conference on Educational Research. Lahti, Finland.

BOWSKILL, N., FOSTER, J., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 2000a. Networked Professional Development (NPD): issues and strategies in current practice. International Journal of Academic Development 5, 93-106.

BOWSKILL, N., FOSTER, J., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. Networked professional development: issues for recipients and providers. In: ASENSIO, M., FOSTER, J., HODGSON, V. & MCCONNELL, D., eds. Networked Learning 2000: Innovative approaches to lifelong learning and higher education through the internet, 17th-19th April 2000 2000b University of Lancaster. 49-56.

BOWSKILL, N., FOSTER, J., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 2000c. Networked staff development: a survey of current practice and a support initiative. Reaching Out, SEDA 2000. Coventry University.

BOWSKILL, N., FOSTER, J., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 2001. Experiential Professional Development for Networked Learning. Staff and Educational Development International, 5, 27-43.

BOWSKILL, N., FOSTER, J., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 2001 Networked Professional Development: Issues and Strategies in Current Practice. In: BANKS, S., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. (eds.) Collaborative E-Learning in Higher Education: Issues and Strategies. Sheffield: University of Sheffield, School of Education, SPIE Publication.

BOWSKILL, N. & LALLY, V. 2014. A Social Psychological Theory of Belonging Leading to a Student-Generated Approach to Induction. European First Year Experience Network (EFYE) 2014 Conference. Nottingham Trent University, UK.

BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V., CUTTS, Q., BRINDLEY, S. & DRAPER, S. 2011b. Collective Reflection and Shared Thinking 8th Enhancement Themes Conference: Graduates for the 21st Century: Integrating the Enhancement Themes. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V., DRAPER, S., BRINDLEY, S. & CUTTS, Q. 2010d. Shared Thinking as Whole-Group Enquiry: New Pedagogical and Methodological Practices. 2nd Meeting of ESCTICT. eScience Institute, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V., DRAPER, S., CUTTS, Q. & BRINDLEY, S. 2010e. Transforming Reflective Practices with Shared Thinking. On Reflection.

BOWSKILL, N., LUKE, R. & MCCARTY, S. 2006. Global Virtual Organizations for Online Educator Empowerment. In: WEISS, J., NOLAN, J., HUNSINGER, J. & TRIFONAS, P. (eds.) The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

BOWSKILL, N., MAVROMMATI, M. & BROCK, S. 2017. Online Peer Observation in Distributed Course Teams. In: UBACHS, G. & KONINGS, L., eds. The Online Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, 25th-27th October 2017 Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. EADTU, 271-277.

BOWSKILL, N., MCCARTY, S., LUKE, R., KINSHUK & HAND, K. 2000d. Cultural Sensitivity in Voluntary Virtual Professional Development Communities. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 9.

BOWSKILL, N. & MCCONNELL, D. 2009. Collaborative Reflection in Globally Distributed Inter-Cultural Course Teams: Sino-UK eLearning Programme. In: BERG, G. (ed.) Cases on Online Tutoring, Mentoring, and Educational Services: Practices and Applications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

BOWSKILL, N., MCCONNELL, D. & BANKS, S. Reflective Practices in InterCultural e-Tutor Teams: A UK-Sino Case Study.  6th International Conference on Networked Learning, 2008. 707-711.

BOWSKILL, N. & WORSFOLD, E. 1996. Towards culture change in the networked environment. ALTN, 12.

FOSTER, J., BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 1999a. Preparing for networked collaborative learning: an institutional view. European Conference on Educational Research. Lahti, Finland.

FOSTER, J., BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 1999b. Preparing for networked collaborative learning: an institutional view. Networked Learning Workshop. Higham Hall, Cumbria.

FOSTER, J., BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. Negotiating practice: an analysis of an institutional dialogue about networked learning. In: ASENSIO, M., FOSTER, J., HODGSON, V. & MCCONNELL, D., eds. Networked Learning 2000: Innovative approaches to lifelong learning and higher education through the internet, 17th-19th April 2000 2000a University of Lancaster. 98-105.

FOSTER, J., BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 2000b. Researching Community: Developing a design for a virtual professional development environment in computer-based collaborative group work. ICED 2000. Bielefeld, Germany.

FOSTER, J., BOWSKILL, N., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. 2001. Managing Institutional Change for E-Learning; a multi-stakeholder approach. In: STEEPLES, C. & JONES, C. (eds.) E-Learning in Higher Education. London: Springer Verlag.

LALLY, V., MCCONNELL, D., BOWSKILL, N. & FOSTER, J. 1999. Towards generic teaching and learning strategies through computer based collaborative group work: progress and discussion. European Conference on Educational Research. Lahti, Finland.

LALLY, V., MCCONNELL, D., BOWSKILL, N. & FOSTER, J. 2001a. Preparing for Networked Learning: Institutional Readiness. In: BANKS, S., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. (eds.) Collaborative E-Learning in Higher Education: Issues and Strategies. Sheffield: University of Sheffield, School of Education, SPIE Publication.

LALLY, V., MCCONNELL, D., BOWSKILL, N. & FOSTER, J. 2001b. Towards Generic Teaching and Learning Strategies through Computer Based Collaborative Group Work. In: BANKS, S., LALLY, V. & MCCONNELL, D. (eds.) Collaborative E-Learning in Higher Education: Issues and Strategies,. Sheffield: SPIE Publication.

LEVY, P., FOWELL, S., BOWSKILL, N. & WORSFOLD, E. 1996. NetLinkS: a national professional development project for networked learner support. Education for Information, 14, 261-278.

MCCONLOGUE, T. & BOWSKILL, N. 2002. Researching the Tutor in Online Practice: Reflections on an Appropriate Research Methodology Networked Learning Conference. University of Lancaster.

MCCONNELL, D., BOWSKILL, N. & BANKS, D. 2008. Examining Conceptions of E-Learning in an Intercultural, Sino-UK, Context. Networked Learning Conference. Halkidiki, Greece.

SHAW, P. & BOWSKILL, N. 2017. Micro-Lectures: How to Teach Online. University of Derby, Learning and Teaching Conference 2017. Buxton, Derbyshire.

Interests

Personal Interests

I am a hopeless gardener, a hopeless bass guitar player and a hopeless golfer but I keep trying with all of them when I get the time.

Research Interests

My interests relate to social and group learning in general but also with technology. I am interested in group-related theory for learning and the use of technology. I created a technique, and then a consultancy practice, called SharedThinking from my PhD which provides a practice for reflecting and invoking a sense of belonging in groups.

This practice has been particularly successful in the areas of student induction and retention. This approach has been adopted by several universities and colleges in the UK.  My PhD was 'A Social Identity Approach to the use of Classroom Technologies' (Glasgow). That doctoral study was a struggle to find a theory for the practice I developed. I am also interested in Online Peer Observation as another collaborative learning strategy.