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  • United Kingdom

  • 16 Richmond Street, McCance 2.53

    G1 1XQ Glasgow

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am responsible for supporting the development and conversion of a range of existing courses, and the development of new courses, for online and blended learning.

I provide expert advice to enhance teaching, learning and assessment through the utilisation of learning technologies including online platforms such as FutureLearn, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform which is a private company funded by The Open University (OU) and Moodle, the institutional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Key responsibilities:

• Working collaboratively with, and providing specialist advice to, teaching and professional staff to develop high-quality online activities and classes.

•  Providing specialist learning technology support and advice to teaching staff engaged in blended, online and distance teaching.

• Tutor on the Teaching & Learning Online (TALON) course which forms part of Strathclyde's Programme for Academic practice, Researcher development and Knowledge exchange (SPARK).

• Developing and disseminating good practice and enhancing different styles of learning to contribute towards the implementation of the University's strategic aspirations for the use of technologies in teaching and learning.

• The co-ordination and delivery of a wide range of Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Programme (STEP) training sessions pertaining to the institutional VLE (Myplace). The STEP programme is designed to directly support and align with the strategic ambitions of the University by promoting and encouraging innovation and excellence in teaching and to act as a catalyst to grow networks and collaborative working across the institution. STEP endeavours to provide an on-going suite of relevant and practical opportunities for staff to enhance their skills in teaching, learning, assessment and feedback, and in the use of innovate techniques and technologies to grow and support Strathclyde’s current and future teaching talent.

I am a Fellow (FHEA) and an Associate Fellow (AFHEA) of the Higher Education Academy. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, a Postgraduate Diploma in eCommerce Technology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Supporting Student Learning and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Studies (Academic Practice).

Research Interests

My research interests centre around the enhancement of online courses to support learning and teaching, in particular:

  1. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  2. Vidcasting to support student learning
  3. Designing and delivering online and blended learning courses at scale
  4. Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, University Of Strathclyde

5 Jan 201415 Sep 2015

Glasgow Caledonian University

15 Sep 200731 May 2008

Unknown, Glasgow Caledonian University

25 Sep 200031 May 2001

Bachelor of Science, Glasgow Caledonian University

20 Sep 199631 May 2000

External positions

Digital Learning Systems Developer, Glasgow Caledonian University

1 Apr 2019 → …

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Research Output 2009 2017

Developing an online course to support student transitions to university

Johnston, A. & Ramsay, H., 6 Jun 2017, p. 1-10. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
live program
virtual university
social learning
Open Access
distance learning


Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Aidan Johnston (Recipient), 15 Dec 2008

Prize: National/international honour


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Aidan Johnston (Recipient), 16 Sep 2015

Prize: National/international honour


Activities 2009 2018

  • 13 Participation in conference
  • 3 Invited talk

Lessons from Strathclyde MOOCs: Storytelling at the heart of Massive Open Online Course design

Aidan Johnston (Speaker)
18 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Using MOOCs to Widen Access at The University of Strathclyde

Aidan Johnston (Speaker)
19 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk