Professor Rhona Sharpe was appointed Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning in December 2019.
Rhona brings to Oxford a strong track record in online teaching, with over 20 years’ experience underpinned by an academic approach and a body of research and development projects. She was previously Head of the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Surrey, where she led the team in focusing on the development of technologically enabled approaches supporting the university’s research-led teaching ethos. She has written, contributed to and co-edited a number of publications and journal articles in the field of digital education and educational leadership.
She is also an experienced transformation manager, having steered many projects throughout her career and has developed approaches which foreground student experiences and academic practices in order to lead to sustainable organisational change. At Oxford she has been the deputy chair of the Digital Education Strategy working group and chair of the Replay review working group which led to the Educational Recordings Policy.
Rhona has maintained her teaching interests throughout her career and currently teaches on the MA in Online Teaching at the Open University. As well as chairing several working groups and involvement in professional bodies, she is often asked to speak at conferences and events exploring the themes of digital education, digital literacy and education.
Rhona is responsible for leading the development of a vision and long-term plan for the Centre for Teaching and Learning which supports the collegiate University’s commitments to provide an excellent, personal education for every student.