Mrs Danielle Hinton SFHEA

Mrs Danielle Hinton

Principal Educational Developer (ITSL Lead)

Contact details

Higher Education Futures Institute
Top Floor, Old Gym
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Situated within the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), I provide support for the enhancement of teaching and learning practice, promote innovation in the curriculum, and facilitate the career-long professional development of Birmingham academics and professional staff in regards to teaching and supporting learning.

I am particularly interested in active learning (including enquiry and problem based learning), the emotions of learning and teaching, enhancement of learning through technologies, distance learning and serious play in Higher Education.

I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® certified developer & facilitator.


MSc (Poverty, Inequality and Development) - Distinction (2020), University of Birmingham
PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2012), University of Birmingham
PGDip Information & Library Studies (1995), Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia
BApSci Information & Library Studies (1993), Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia


After a range of posts in Government, Medical and Higher Education library posts I joined the University in January 2001 in the capacity of elearning manager and then learning / instructional designer. I have worked specifically with the School of Education supporting amongst other activities the pioneering WebAustism and Vision Impairment distance learning programs of study. In the School of Government and Society I was responsible for the project management, co-learning design, development and moderation of the Cooperation in the Contemporary World MOOC (FutureLearn, 2014). For 10 years I supported the College of Social Sciences as an Instruction Design Consultant. In January 2018 I joined the Educational Development team, commencing my role as an Educational Developer in September 2018. Over the last 20+ years I have supported and/or led on a variety of University educational enhancement funded projects.


Teaching and Learning focused projects include:

2018-2020    Curriculum Futures Retreat
2015-2017    Creative and Relational Thinkers: The Potential of LEGO® Serious Play®
2014-2015    Embedding Multimedia Group Assessment in a 3rd Year Politics Module
2013-2014    Cooperation in the Contemporary World MOOC
2011-2013    Online Marking and Feedback in the School of Government and Society

Other activities

Current Teaching

PGCHE programme:

  • Introduction to Teaching and Supporting Learning – module lead
  • Developing and Enhancing Your Professional Practice - Cohort Lead (Cohort F and H) and contributor

Previous Teaching

  • Module Lead: Learning in the Digital Age (PCAP – University of Birmingham)
  • Module Lead: Academic Skills (1st year UG – BA, English Language, English Literature and Education, University of Birmingham)
  • Module Lead: Learning to be a E-Tutor and Supporting Online Learning Communities (Yr3 UG/MA, Centre for lifelong Learning – University of Birmingham)


Other Activities


  • 2011     It’s a DODL: Developing Online Distance Learning Open Educational Resources (OER) to Support 21st Century Curriculum Design –Sixth International Blended Learning Conference 2011, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2010     Developing Authentic Online Problem-Based Learning Case Scenarios for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment in the United Kingdom, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
  • 2008     Using Enquiry Based Learning to Create a Blended Academic Skills Development Module for 1st Year Undergraduates That Promotes Independent Learning, International Blended Learning Conference 2008, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2007     Embedding online problem-based learning case scenarios in a distance education programme for specialist teachers of children with visual impairment,  European Journal of Special Needs Education, 22 (3): 275-293