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Professor Lydia Arnold


Educational Development & eLearning

Professor of Learning and teaching (Educational Development & eLearning) at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, where my role includes the leadership of eLearning provision; leadership of academic development; Course leader for PgC in Teaching & Supporting Learning in Higher Education; Leading the UK PSF provision; Organaniation of our annual Learning & Teaching Conference; and, curriculum development

I am a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a CMALT holder and assessor and I sit on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Skills and Work Based Learning and presently work as an external at University of Birmingham and Liverpool Hope University. I have a first degree in Education Studies & Geography with Mathematics,  a secondary school teaching qualification (teaching Geography and Mathematics) and a Doctorate in Higher Education from University of Liverpool.

A selection of my publications and recent conferences are below. For more details see or find me on Twitter @HarperEdDev 


Arnold, L. and Norton, L. (Forthcoming). Problematising Pedagogical Action Research in formal teaching courses and academic development: a collaborative autoethnography. Educational Action Research. 

Arnold, L. and Headley, J. (2019). How can we work with exemplars? Collated ideas from an institutional community of practice. 20.3, pp. 24-28.

Arnold, L. & Barnett, S. 2018. Just ask – Locating effective teaching practiceEducational Developments 19.2, pp7-10.

Arnold, L. & Norton, L. 2018a. Action Research: practice guide. York.

Arnold, L. & Norton, L. 2018b. Action Research: sector case studies.  HEA: York.

Arnold, L (2017) The craft of feedback in a complex ecosystem The Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching 1(1).

Kennard, C. & Arnold, L. (2016) Staff and Student Experiences of Electronic Marking and Feedback. In The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, 23(3), pp 35-47.

Arnold, L. (2011) Wrapper modules: a reusable curriculum approach to recognise and enhance learning in the workplace pp. 113-122 in Learning from Experience in Employer Engagement.  Tallantyre, F. & Kettle, J. HEA: York. Available at

Conferences and events 

Arnold, L. 2019. Seeding Change: Putting Pebblepad at the Heart of Academic Development. Invited presentation Pebblepad Minibash. July 2019.

Arnold, L. 2019. Making Sense of Assessment Complexity, Invited Keynote Liverpool Hope University Learning and Teaching Conference. May 2019.

Arnold, L. 2018. Changing Me, Us, and Them: The Power of Action Research in Higher Education. Invited Keynote Newcastle College Annual Research Conference. July 2019.

Arnold, L & Norton, L . 2018. A critical discussion of the role of action research in academic staff development. Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Manchester, 25-27 October 2018.

Parrott, P & Arnold, L. 2017. Encouraging a positive culture around social media through the concept of ‘Brand Me’. Paper delivered to SOLSTICE Conference, Edge Hill University.

Arnold, L. 2016. Lecturers’ experiences of developing feedback practice using technology. Paper delivered to SOLSTICE Conference, Edge Hill University.


Professional Memberships

  • National Teaching Fellow
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT)


Department: Educational Development and Quality Enhancement

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815137

Twitter: HarperEdDev

Office: N1 Main Building


Other publications

  • Arnold, L. & Norton, L. (Eds.) (2018) Action Research: sector case studies HEA
  • Arnold, L. & Norton, L (2018) Action Research: practice guide HEA
  • Arnold, L (2017) The craft of feedback in a complex ecosystem The Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching 1(1)
  • Arnold, L (2016) Lecturers' experiences of developing feedback practice using technology. Paper delivered to SOLSTICE Conference, Edge Hill University.
  • Kennard, C. & Arnold, L (2016) Staff and Student Experiences of Electronic Marking and Feedback The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation 23 (3),pp 35-47.
  • Chapman-Waterhouse, E. and Arnold, L. (2015) Use of the wrapper module in veterinary continuing professional development. Peer reviewed poster presented to Sixth Veterinary Education Symposium University of Cambridge, 9-10th July 2015.
  • Arnold, L. (2014) Using technology for student feedback: Lecturer perspectives. EdD thesis, University of Liverpool.
  • Arnold, L (2012) Wrapper modules: a reusable curriculum approach to recognise and enhance learning in the workplace pp. 113-122 in Learning from Experience in Employer Engagement. Tallantyre, F. & Kettle, J.. HEA: York. Available at
  • Arnold, L., Warr, L. & Cowap, C. (2011) Courtship Underpinned by Audit: Challenges and Solutions in Quality Assurance of Employer Responsive Provision. Chapter 17 in Dhillon, B., Felce, A, Minton, A. & Wall, T. (Eds.) Making employer and university partnerships work – accredited employer-led learning. Oxford: Libri.
  • Arnold, L., Warr, L. & Newlyn, J. (2010) The Rural Employer Engagement Development Network: Lessons learned from the first year of the project. Employer and Individual Demand for Higher Level Skills - The role of Higher Education (The abridged proceedings of the University Voccational Awards Council Annual Conference. York 2009. A joint paper between Harper Adams and The Royal Agricultural College.)
  • Arnold, L., Williams, T. & Thompson, K.  (2009) Advancing the Patchwork Text: The Development of  Patchwork Media Approaches The International Journal of Learning
  • Arnold, L  (2008) Experiential work-integrated online learning: Insights from an established UK higher  education program Innovate 4 (3) (Available online at
  • Arnold, L & Thompson, K  (2007) Learning to learn through real world inquiry in the virtual paradigm Sixth Conference of the CLTR (Presented May 10th, 2007)
  • Arnold, L  (2006)  Understanding and Promoting Autonomy in UK Online Higher Education International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning 3 (7) pp 33-46
Additional Information

Other Roles

  • Editoral Board of Higher Education & Work Based Learning
  • Assessor for Association Learning Technology 


You can contact Professor Lydia Arnold if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:



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