Dr Sue Morón-García


Academic Practice Advisor, Centre for Learning and Academic Development and Learning Spaces
Programme Director PGCert in Academic Practice, Centre for Learning and Academic Development and Learning Spaces


Contact details

G8 Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


I am the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. I contribute to the first two modules and lead one of the three optional modules, Understanding Leadership in Higher Education.

I run workshops on “postgraduate supervision” and “writing about teaching and learning”.

I am CLAD & Learning Spaces’ representative on the EPS Education Committee.

I provide support and guidance to colleagues on teaching, learning and professional recognition.


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)
  • Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (2012)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2010)
  • Doctorate in Educational Technology (2005); Open University, Milton Keynes
  • Understanding the use of Virtual Learning Environments in face-to-face higher education
  • MSc Information Systems Engineering (2000); University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton
  • Real Learning in a virtual environment? The Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework (WOLF). Unpublished Masters Project, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (1990); Birmingham Polytechnic, Birmingham Modern Foreign Languages: Spanish & English as a Second Language
  • BA (Hons) European Studies (1986), Wolverhampton Polytechnic



I have been teaching for over 25 years (in adult, secondary and higher education). Developing an interest in the application of web-based technology to education and curious to explore the interplay between pedagogy and technology, I successfully applied for the opportunity to do a Phd in Educational Technology with the Open University which I was awarded in March 2005. A couple of research posts followed: one at Worcester on open educational resources and repositories and the second at Loughborough working with engineers on pedagogic research. My next post took me into more general educational development work and working with early career colleagues on accredited professional development courses at Coventry, followed by a time developing and delivering a set of workshops and courses to provide continuing professional development opportunities for more experienced colleagues. A move to Birmingham meant taking responsibility for leading the development and accreditation of a new PGCert in Academic Practice and continuing work supporting postgraduate supervisors among other duties. I am currently working on our Professional Recognition Framework.

Postgraduate supervision

I am co-supervising a PhD at Coventry University “Why do students choose computing?: influences, perceptions and engagement.

Other activities

External Examiner duties:

  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching at University of the Creative Arts (2011-15)
  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching at University of West London (2011-15)

Journal peer reviewer:

  • Innovations in Education and Teaching International
  • Engineering Education
  • Teaching Learning and Inquiry: The ISSoTL Journal


  • Moron-Garcia, S. (2013). Investigating the impact of networks in academic life. In F. Deepwell & C. Buckley (Eds.), SEDA @ 20 small grants retrospective . London: SEDA.
  • Simmons, N., Abrahamson, E., Deshler, J. M., Kensington-Miller, B., Manarin, K., Morón-García, S., et al. (2013). Conflicts and Configurations in a Liminal Space: SoTL Scholars' Identity Development. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal , 1(2), 9-21.
  • Morón-García, S. (2010). CETL “networks”: A personal reflection. Educational Developments , 11.1, 12-15.
  • Gregory, K., & Morón-García, S. (2009). Electronic assignment submission, student behaviour and experience. Engineering Education , 4(1).
  • Morón-García, S., & Willis, L. (2009). Pedagogic Research Tool Kit . Retrieved 17th February, 2009, from http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/subjects/engineering/pedagogic-research-tool-kit.pdf
  • Morón-García, S. & Powell, A. (2008). Working to learn – valuing placements . In C. Rust (Ed.), 15th improving student learning symposium: Theory research & scholarship (pp. 115-126). Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff Development.
  • Morón-García, S. (2008). Talking Teaching: Engaging Engineers . In A. Short & J. Kentel (Eds.), Totems and Taboos: Risk and relevance in research on teachers and teaching. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: SENSE PUBLISHERS B.V.
  • Morón-García, S., & Lamb, F. (2007). The engCETL change journey: encouraging engagement with pedagogic research. Educational Developments , 8.1, 23-24.
  • Morón-García, S. (2006). Rights and Rewards: Attitudes towards the use of digital repositories for teaching and learning materials . Loughborough: HEA Engineering Subject Centre.
  • Morón-García, S. (2006). What lecturers say helps and hinders their use of a virtual learning environment to support face-to-face teaching . In J. O'Donoghue (Ed.), Technology supported learning and teaching: A staff perspective: Idea Group, Inc.
  • Morón-García, S. (2005). Investigating repository use in the West Midlands. ALISS Quarterly , 1(1), 32-35.
  • Morón-García, S. (2004). Understanding the approach to teaching adopted by users of virtual learning environments. In C. Rust (Ed.), 11th improving student learning symposium: Theory research & scholarship (pp. 235-248). Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff Development.
  • Morón-García, S. (2001) Are Virtual Learning Environments being used to facilitate and support student-centred learning in Higher Education? in Zayas, B. and Gama, C. (Eds.) 5th Human Centred Technology Postgraduate Workshop - Information Technologies and Knowledge Construction: bringing together the best of two worlds. Brighton , 26th - 27th September, 2001, pp 9-11. University of Sussex.

Book reviews:

  • Morón-García, S. (2013). Learning theory and online technologies by Linda Harasim (book review). Innovations in Education and Teaching International , 50(1), 104-105.
  • Moròn-Garcìa. (2009). Adoption of Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education: influences of institutional policies and practices, by Gale Parchoma, (book review) Studies in Higher Education , 34(7), 847-848.

Refereed conference papers:

  • Morón-García, S. (2012). Using research on learning and teaching to develop our academics Paper presented at the ISSoTL 2012 "Research on Teaching & Learning: Integrating Practices", Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 24-27 2012.
  • Cooke, G., Lewis, P., & Morón-García, S. (2011). A “passport” to learning: an international student perspective. Paper presented at the 3rd International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning, Coventry University, 28-29 November 2011.
  • Morón-García, S. (2010). Global SoTL: local engagement – the Postgraduate Certificate & Continuing Professional Development. Paper presented at the ISSoTL 2010 "Global theories and local practices: institutional, disciplinary and cultural variations", Liverpool, October 19-22 2010.
  • Morón-García, S. (2010). Managing conflicting identities: personal orientation vs. role definition. Paper presented at “Academic Identities for the 21st Century”, University of Stathclde, Glasgow, 16th - 18th June 2010.
  • Morón-García, S. (2009). Terms of Engagement: Four Countries, Four Courses, Four Commentaries - Engagement @ Coventry. Paper presented at the ISSoTL "Solid Foundations, Emerging Knowledge, Shared Futures", University of Indiana, Bloomington, October 22-25 2009.
  • Morón-García, S. (2009). The tyranny of technology: obligation and innovation. Paper presented at the 14th biennial ISATT conference, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, 1-4 July, 2009, Navigating in Educational Contexts: Identities and Cultures in Dialogue.
  • Morón-García, S. (2009). CETL networks: sharing expertise, supporting each other. Paper presented at the SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2009: Underpinning Academic Practice with Research and Scholarship, Brighton.
  • Morón-García, S. (2008). Academic Identities: researching ourselves to aid understanding. Paper presented at the “Academic Identities in Crisis?” Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 4th – 6th September 2008.
  • Morón-García, S. (2008). Strength in numbers: networking to learn. Paper presented at ISSOTL 2008: "Celebrating Connections: Learning, Teaching, Scholarship", October 16-19 2008, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Morón-García, S., & Willis, L. (2007). Collaborating to engage engineers with pedagogic research. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference 2007, 11-13 December, Brighton, Sussex.
  • Morón-García, S. (2007). Promulgating Pedagogy: Convincing Colleagues. Paper presented at the iPED Conference 2007: Researching Academic Futures, 10-11 September 2007.
  • Blanchard, R. E., Morón-García, S. D., & Bates, M. R. (2006). Converting the physical to the virtual: providing a laboratory experience for distance learners in engineering. Paper presented at the IV International Conference on Multimedia and Information & Communication Technologies in Education (m-ICTE2006).
  • Morón-García, S. (2006). Sharing digital content in the west midlands region. Paper presented at the Networked Learning International Research Conference, 10-12th April, 2006, Lancaster, U.K.
  • Moron-Garcia, S. (2003). Factors Affecting Lecturer Use Of Virtual Learning Environments To Support Face- To- Face Teaching In Humanities And Social Science. Paper presented at The Shock of the Old 3: Designing and Developing for the Disciplines, 24th July, 2003, University of Oxford, Said Business School, Oxford, UK.
  • Morón-García, S. (2002) Using Virtual Learning Environments: Lecturers’ Conceptions of Teaching and the Move to Student-Centred Learning. Paper presented at ICCE, 3-6 December, 2002, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Morón-García, S. (2002) The Use of Virtual Learning Environments in UK Higher Education - Are VLEs Supporting Student-Centred Learning? Paper presented at E-Learn, 15-19 October, 2002, Montreal, Canada.


Subject area: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

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