Alison Messer and Alessandra Abbattista


VLEs a thing of the past? Not in History!

Workshop on using quant and qual to study blended learning with History undergraduates.

About Ali

Ali Messer is Head of Secondary ITT, and History PGCE tutor, at the University of Roehampton. She was previously the head of a comprehensive secondary school Humanities Faculty, before joining Roehampton after nearly 20 years in the classroom. Ali’s research is focused on history education, the development of new teachers, and how historical teaching and learning might be supported by new technologies. Publications include a chapter: History wikis in Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History ed. Terry Haydn (2013) and an article For us it was very much made our own: how beginning teachers develop collaborative creativity online The International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research [IJHLTR] vol. 8 No. 2 2009.

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Twitter: @freereed59

About Alessandra

Alessandra Abbattista is currently registered on the MPhil/PhD in Classics at the University of Roehampton (London). She received a BA in Classics from Alma Mater Studiorum (Bologna) in 2007 and a MA in Philology, Tradition and Classical Literature in 2010. He research thesis is focused on the depiction and characterisation of female avengers in ancient Greek tragedy, through analysis of relevant animal metaphors. She is member of the Research group in gender and sexuality (SEGS) and the Interdisciplinary Research Group for Human-Animal Studies (IRGHAS) at the University of Roehampton, and also member of the Classical Association council as representative of students.

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