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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Helen Keegan

Senior Lecturer (Interactive Media and Social Technologies)


After studying Linguistics and Phonetics at the University of Manchester and working as an interactive media designer, I joined the University of Salford in 1998 as a researcher in Acoustics and Audio Engineering developing multimedia simulations and computer-aided learning packages. I then moved into pedagogical and HCI research, which led to large-scale evaluations of E-Learning initiatives both within the university and for external clients. I have since led and participated in numerous research projects involving education and digital media (EPSRC, JISC, BBC, FP7, EU Socrates-Minerva and LLL) in capacities ranging from researcher to academic director. 

My expertise lies in curriculum innovation and the development of new pedagogies through social and participatory media, particularly with respect to creativity and interdisciplinarity.  I deliver a range of modules in CSE all of which are based on emerging technologies, digital identities and digital literacies – with a particular emphasis on acoustic and audio industries. My research focuses on digital cultures and identities, online communities, social technologies and the interplay between formal and informal learning. I deliver regular guest lectures, seminars and keynotes on digital cultures and educational innovation, both in the UK and overseas. As a multi-disciplinary practitioner, I work across media arts and the sciences, developing partnerships and creative approaches to learning and collaboration. I’m an executive board member of the Digital Cluster – a centre of excellence which combines and leads on high quality research, enterprise and teaching in the areas of informatics, digital media, 


  • Keynote (title tbc) 3rd MINA International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposium and Screening. Auckland, New Zealand, 20-22 Nov 2013.
  • Open Lecture in Learning and Teaching (title tbc), University of Greenwich, 9th Oct 2013
  • Keynote (title tbc) eAssessment Scotland, 23 Aug 2013
  • Keynote (title tbc) The PLE Conference 2013 - Personal Learning Environments: Learning and Diversity in the Cities of the Future. Berlin/Melbourne. 10-12 July 2013.
  • Keynote Open: Social: Mobile: Connected. Teaching and Learning Summer School. University of Salford, UK. 1-5 July 2013
  • Invited Speaker Authentic Experiences, Risky Pedagogies? EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. Victoria, BC, Canada, 24-28 June 2013
  • Seminar Social Media for Employability and Engagement. University of South Wales, 9 May 2013
  • Invited Speaker Collaborative filmmaking on mobile phones. Changing the Learning Landscape – Power in your pocket: the creative use of mobile technologies to enhance learning and teaching in the performing and visual arts, HEA Event hosted by the University of Salford. 26 April 2013.


I coordinate/deliver a range of modules which focus on emerging technologies and transdisciplinarity within CSE, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including:

  • Research in Emerging Technologies (MSc PSVT and MSc Audio Production)
  • Social Media (MSc PSVT and MSc Audio Production)
  • New Media, Metadata and Mining (MSc Media Management)
  • Advanced Multimedia (BSc Level 3 Professional Sound and Video Technology)
  • Social Technologies (BSc Level 2 Professional Sound and Video Technology)

I also give the occasional guest lecture to MSc students on the following modules:

  • MSc Media Psychology
  • Research Methods (MSc PSVT and MSc Audio Production)
  • Defining the Digital (MA Social Media - MMP)
  • Business Applications of Emerging Technologies (MSc Information Systems - SBS)

In 2008 I received FHEA recognition (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy). In July 2011 I was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of "distinguished achievement in teaching and support of student learning at the University of Salford”.

In July 2012 I was awarded/became a UK National Teaching Fellow (Higher Education Academy).

Research Interests

I am a member of the Information Systems, Organisation and Society Research Centre which is part of the Informatics Research Institute (IRIS). IRIS was rated 6*(A) as a result of the 2001 RAE making it one of the leading IS research groups in the UK. My research focuses on Technology, Society and Organisations, specifically within Higher Education and the AV industries. My research interests include:

  • Mobile creativity and new paradigms for production using mobile devices
  • Digital Identity, Online Presence, Social Networking
  • Virtual communities, virtual ethnography
  • Learning technologies and social software in education
  • Virtual mobility and online communities of practice (specifically with regards to intercultural communication and online collaboration)

Qualifications and Memberships


·  ExecutiveSalford Digital Cluster 
·  ExecutiveCentre for Digital Culture

  • Advisory Board Member of the New Media Consortium's 2012 Horizon Report for Higher Education
  • Advisory Board Member of the New Media Consortium's Horizon Project (UK, 2011)
  • Judge for the European Medea Awards 2011
  • Judge for the European Medea Awards 2010
  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Virtual and  Personal Learning Environments (2010-2012)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member for 'Digital Identity and Social Media', (Eds. Warburton, S. & Hatzipanagos, S.), IGI Global - publication due 2011
  • Book proposal reviewer for Routledge Publishing - 2010
  • Member of the International Advisory Board for INTED2010 (International Technology, Education and Development Conference)
  • Review Board Member: British Journal of Educational Technology
  • Review Board Member: Interactive Learning Environments
  • Review Board Member: Journal of the Association of Learning Technology
  • Programme Committee Member for ALT-C 2009
  • Programme Committee Member for ALT-C 2010
  • Programme Committee Member for ALT-C 2011
  • Academic Committee Member for The PLE Conference, July 2010
  • Reviewer for ALT-J Learning and Teaching in Immersive Virtual Worlds Special Issue 2009
  • Reviewer for European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2009
  • Reviewer for International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2009



Keegan, H. (2012). Emerging Pedagogies in Media Education. In Fraser, P. (Ed.) A Manifesto for Media Education. Palgrave Macmillan.(Publication due 2013).

Keegan, H. (2012). Blurring Boundaries, Changing Minds. In Bilham, T. (Ed.) For the love of learning. Palgrave Macmillan. (Publication due 2013).

Cochrane, T. & Keegan, H. (2012). New Global Learning Cultures: Interdisciplinarity through Networked Technologies. Selected Papers of Internet Research. ISSN 2162-3317.

Keegan, H. & Bell, F. (2011) YouTube as a Repository: The Creative Practice of Students as Producers of Open Educational Resources. European Journal of Open and Distance Learning.

Stephens, M., Hennefer, D. & Keegan, H. (2011) The Use of Blogs for Students on an International Placement. Journal of Nursing Education Vol.50 Issue 11.

Costa, C & Keegan, H & Attwell, G. (2009). Cartoon Planet: micro-reflection through digital cartoons - a case study on teaching and learning with young people. Romanian Journal of Pedagogy , 7-9/2009, pp.112-128.

Keegan, H. & Fox, A. (Eds.). (2009) Mentoring for 21st Century Skills: It's All About The Learning. EU Education and Culture. ISBN 978-1905732791.

Keegan, H. & Lisewski, B. (2007/2009) Living, teaching and learning by social software: some emerging themes and practice issues, In Hatzipanagos, S. & Warburton, S. ed.Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies. IGI Publishing, IGI Global. ISBN 978-1605662084.

Keegan, H 2009, 'Preparing learners for a digital world', in: (ed.), Effective Practice in a Digital Age, 1st edition, JISC, Bristol, UK.

Keegan, H 2009 'Digital Identity, Communication and Collaboration through Web 2.0', in: (ed.), Effective Use of Social Software in UK Further and Higher Education to Support Student Learning and Engagement , 1st edition, JISC, Bristol, UK, pp.95-98.

Wheeler, S. & Keegan, H. (2007/2009). Imagined Worlds, Future Cultures. In: Wheeler, S. ed. Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures: The Rise of Cyberculture in Online Learning.  Greenwich CT: Information Age Publishers. ISBN 978-1607520153.

Keegan, H., Valiuskeviciute, A. and Morrone, F. (2006) Developing a methodology to support mobility students using a web-based approach. In: Way, C., Soriano, G., Limon, C. and Amador, C. (eds.) Enhancing the Erasmus Experience: Papers on Student Mobility. Editorial Atrio ISBN: 978-84-96101-44-9


  • Keynote (title tbc) eAssessment Scotland, 23 Aug 2013
  • Keynote (title tbc) The PLE Conference 2013 - Personal Learning Environments: Learning and Diversity in the Cities of the Future. Berlin/Melbourne. 10-12 July 2013.
  • Keynote Curriculum, Connections, Curiosity Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, 19 March 2013
  • Keynote Alternate Realities: Alternative Pedagogies University of Canberra, Australia, 17 March 2013
  • Open Media Research Seminar : create to engage Coventry University, 25 Feb 2013
  • Eduhack, London, 8th Nov 2012
  • Keynote (title tbc) The Cage 12: The Big Escape. Stockholm, Sweden. 30 Oct 2012
  • Keynote The Creative and The Curious: When Learners Roam Free The 7th EDEN Research Workshop 'Learners in the Driving Seat', KU Leuven, Belgium, 22-23 Oct 2012
  • Conference Plenary Into the Wild: Embracing the Anarchy. UCISA Conference. Crewe Hall, UK, 10-12 July 2012
  • Plenary Presentation (TED-style) Curiosity, Mystery, Intrigue and the Pedagogy of Deception. The NMC Perspective Series: Ideas that Matter, New Media Consortium Annual Conference, MIT, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 12-15 June 2012 - Available on iTunesU and also YouTube
  • Gyro HSR, Stockholm, Sweden, 7 June 2012
  • Spotlight Session Who is Rufi Franzen?. PELeCON 2012 - Plymouth eLearning Conference, UK, 18-20 April 2012
  • Conference Keynote Creativity and Engagement through Social Media. UCISA Using Social Media for Training, MediaCityUK, 18th April 2012
  • Panelist (alongside Allen Partridge, Gráinne Conole, Claudio Dondi and Tom Wambeke) Re-imagining sacred cows: what are the implications of social networking on media and learning? Media and Learning Conference, Brussels, 24-25th November 2011
  • Conference Keynote Learning and Teaching in Networked Publics, SVEA Next Generation Learning Conference. Brussels, Belgium, 23 November 2011.
  • Conference Keynote Identity, Community, and Serendipity: Crossing Boundaries. Career Management in the Digital Age. University of Salford, June 2011.
  • Conference KeynoteGuerilla Productions for Very Small Screens: Transformations through Mobile Creativity. Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments, Bremen, Germany, 21st March 2011
  • MasterclassBirds Eye View Film Festival 2011, BFI Southbank, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, 13th March 2011
  • Research Seminar, "The Ethics of Internet Research", University of Bolton, 4th March 2011
  • Conference KeynoteMedia and Learning Ecosystems: Blurring Boundaries, Changing Minds. Media and Learning Conference, Brussels, 26th November 2010
  • Mobile phones as creative devices: transformations and constraints. JISC CETIS Conference, Nottingham, 15th November 2010
  • Identities in Social Media. Manchester Science Festival, 5th November 2010
  • Tidying up my Digital Identity. BBC Global News, London, 19th April 2010.
  • "Flickr: Getting the most from photo-sharing and social-networking accounts", EPSRC/KT-Equal Digital Identity Event, University of Reading, 16th April 2010.
  • "The evolution of a personal professional identity", Digital Identity Seminar, Oxford Brookes University, 20 January 2010.
  • "Social Technologies: Digital Identity: Curriculum (re)Design", Computing and Creative Games Staff Seminar, University of Bolton, 11 November 2009.
  • "Online Reputation and Privacy: How much is too much when it comes to presenting your true 'self' online?" Opening plenary presenter at the 2000 EDUCAMP in Ilmenau, Germany, 17 April 2009.
  • EDEN panel presentation 'Web 2.0 applications in Europe' for the Sloan Consortium Conference, University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 9 May, 2008.
  • Final plenary session at the Plymouth e-Learning Conference, April 4 2008.
  • Guest Speaker at the Bazaar conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, Dec 2007
  • Guest Speaker at the Sputnic Seminar, EDEN conference, Naples, Italy, June 2007
  • Guest Speaker at the Italian Socrates-Erasmus launch of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, Salerno, Italy. January 2007
  • Guest Speaker at the Virtual Mobility Forum, “The ESMOS Project: A Blended Approach to Mobility Support”. Online Educa Berlin, November 2006
  • Guest Speaker at the D. Tsenov Academy 70th anniversary conference, Bulgaria, November 2006


  • Enhancing Participatory Culture: How to design international collaboration with social and mobile media? With Ilona Buchem and Mar Carmacho. Online Educa Berlin, Nov 28 2012.
  • This Is Not A Module: Learning through Alternate Reality Gaming. Association for Internet Research Annual Conference (ir13), MediaCityUK, 20 Oct 2012
  • New Global Learning Cultures: Interdisciplinarity through Networked Technologies. Association for Internet Research Annual Conference (ir13), MediaCityUK, 19 Oct 2012
  • Blogs, Twitter and Openness: Serendipity and Opportunity versus The Tyranny of Authenticity. Online Educa Berlin, Nov 30-Dec 2 2011.
  • Internet-mediated Urban Eccentrics. AoIR 12 (Association for Internet Research Conference), Seattle, US. October 10-13 2011.
  • YouTube Culture and Mobile Films: Transformations through Networked Creativity. AoIR 12 (Association for Internet Research Conference), Seattle, US. October 10-13 2011.
  • The Paradox of Openness: The High Costs of Giving Online. Symposium panel with Frances Bell, Josie Fraser and Richard Hall. ALT-C 2011 (The Assocation for Learning Technology Conference), Leeds, UK. Sept 2011.
  • Bringing the Social into the Sciences: Blurring Media Boundaries, Education in a Changing Environment (ECE) Conference, University of Salford, UK, 6-8 July 2011
  • Creativity and Engagement through Mobile Filmmaking, Education in a Changing Environment (ECE) Conference, University of Salford, UK, 6-8 July 2011
  • Learner Innovation: Creative Collaboration On-the-Move and In-the-Cloud, Online Educa Berlin, December 2010.
  • Google me, Bing you. Full day workshop (with Williams, S, Parslow, P., Lundqvist, K. and Nunney, B.) at Online Educa Berlin, November 30 2010.
  • CMS Futures: The way ahead for Course Management Systems. (Roundtable with Kibby, M., Leaver, T., Hunsinger, J., Halavais, A. and Coopman, T. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference, Internet Research 11.0 – Sustainability, Participation, Action . Gothenburg, Sweden, October 2010.
  • Guerilla Narratives of Personal Media Creation, Public Media Sharing: A 21st Century Show and Tell, Association for Learning Technology conference. (Workshop with Frances Bell, Josie Fraser, James Clay). Nottingham, UK, September 2010.
  • Keegan, H. (2010). Immersed in the digital: networked creativity through mobile content production. Association for Learning Technology conference. Nottingham, UK, September 2010.
  • Keegan, H. & Bell, F. (2010) Multiple spaces and discontinuities as transformative tools. 3rd Digital Cultures Workshop, CUBE, Manchester. 1-2 July.
  • Keegan, H. (2009). Formal to Informal - Education to Industry; easing the transition through Social Media. Online Educa Berlin. December 2009.
  • Bell, F., Fraser, J., Keegan, H. and Clay, J. (2009). Distribute This: Online Identity, Presence and Practice. Workshop delivered at ALT-C 2009, Manchester, UK. 8-10 September 2009.
  • Keegan, H. (2009). Social Media, Digital Literacy and Curriculum (re)Design. ALT-C 2009. Manchester, 8-10 September 2009.
  • Keegan, H. and Costa, C. (2009). Online Learning Communities and Social Software: A Mentoring Approach to 21st Century Skills. Proceedings of the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN 2009). ISBN: 978-84-612-9802-0
  • Costa, C. and Keegan, H. (2009). Cartoon Planet: Micro-reflection through digital cartoons - a case study on teaching and learning with young people. EDULEARN conference, Barcelona, July 2009.
  • Keegan, H. (2009) Digital Identity, Digital Literacy. Higher Education Academy Annual Conference. Manchester, UK, July 2009.
  • Keegan, H., Costa, C. and Fox, A. (2009) Community-based Mentoring and Innovating Through Web 2.0: Challenges and Tensions. EDEN Conference. Gdansk, Poland, June 2009.
  • Keegan H. (2009) Public vs. Private: Conflict and Compromise in Converging Social Networks. 2nd Digital Cultures Workshop: Social Media Publics. Salford, UK, 2009.
  • Keegan, H. (2008) "Design Principles and Learner Empowerment in the Exploration of the Digital Self". ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the Digital Divide. Leeds, UK, September 2008.
  • Keegan H (with Wheeler S, Warburton S, Attwell G and White D) Mixed Reality in Second Life. Panel for the Joint Open and Working IFIP Conferences, ICT and Learning for the Net Generation. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 7-11 July 2008.  
  • Keegan, H. (2008) "Web 2.0 : Digital Identity, Communication and Collaboration Online". Learning Technologies Good Practice Event LTGPE 2008, University of Salford, June 18 2008.
  • Keegan, H. (2008) "Flickr as a tool for fostering intercultural understanding: a case study of informal learning in an online community". Proceedings of the EDEN 2008 conference, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2008.
  • Keegan H (with Wheeler S, Warburton S, Attwell G and White D) “No Life in Second Life? – exploring the potentials and pitfalls of Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) in learning and teaching”, Special Interest Panel, Online Educa Berlin, November 2007.
  • Bell, F., Keegan, H. and Zaitseva, E. (2007) “Designing Virtual Student Mobility”. ECE (Education in a Changing Environment) conference. University of Salford, September 2007.
  • Bell, F., Keegan, H. and Costa, C. (2007) “Blog it, tag it and publish it: experience and critique Web 2.0 in 50 minutes” Workshop delivered at ECE (Education in a Changing Environment) Conference 2007, University of Salford.
  • Bell, F., Keegan, H. and Fraser, J. (2007) “Web 2.0 Slam – ‘Performing’ Innovative Practice”, Workshop delivered at ALT-C 2007, Nottingham, UK.
  • Keegan, H. (2007) “Social Software for Virtual Mobility: An Online Community of Practice-based Learners”. Proceedings of the EDEN 2007 conference, Naples, Italy, June 2007.
  • Stephens, M. and Keegan, H. “Blogging, Action Learning and International Student Mobility”. Royal College of Nursing International Conference. Dundee, Scotland. May 2007.
  • Keegan, H. and Valiuskeviciute, A. (2006). “International Mobility: Cultural Variations in Learning Styles and Pedagogical Support”. Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2006) pp 321-325. ISBN: 972-8924-22-4.
  • Stephens, M. & Keegan, H. (2006). “Blogging and Clinical Placements”. Article in the Nursing Times article.
  • Keegan, H. (2006) “Virtual Mobility: Issues in cross-cultural learning and communication”. Paper presented at ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, November 2006.
  • Keegan, H. (2006) “The ESMOS Project: A Blended Approach to Mobility Support”. Guest speaker at the Virtual Mobility Forum, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, November 2006.
  • Keegan, H. (2006) ‘Blogging to enhance the support of international mobility students’ in Learning Technology - IEEE Special edition (publication of IEEE Computer Society), Volume 8 Issue 4, ISSN 1438-0625, October 2006 
  • Keegan, H. and Procter, C.(2006)  “Peer-to-peer communication between students to facilitate placements”. Paper presented at ASET 2006, Birmingham, UK. 5-7 Sept 2006
  • Keegan, H. (2006) “Enhancing Student Mobility through Online Support”. Innovative Learning in Action Journal. Summer 2006.
  • Keegan, H. (2006) “Weblogs as a support tool for international mobility students”. ALT-C 2006: The Next Generation, Edinburgh, Scotland. 5-7 Sept 2006.
  • Keegan, H., Griffiths, L., James, M. and Whittle, S. (2006) “The ESMOS project and an SMS pilot study with international exchange students”. In A. Szucs and I. Bo (Eds.) E-Comptences for Life, Employment and Innovation. Proceedings of the EDEN 2006 Conference, Vienna, Austria. pp176-181
  • Keegan, H., Valiuskeviciute, A. and Morrone, F. (2006) “Developing a methodology to support mobility students using a web-based approach”. TEMCU – Enhancing the Erasmus Experience: Teaching in Today’s Multicultural University. Granada, Spain. 16-17 March 2006.
  • Keegan, H. “ESMOS: Enhancing Student Mobility through Online Support”. ASET (Association for Sandwich Education and Training)., September 2005.
  • Keegan, H. (2001) “Evaluation of a Learning System – and Learning to Evaluate. In Okamoto T., Hartley R., Kinshuk & Klus J. (Eds.) Advanced Learning Technology: Issues, Achievements and Challenges. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society (ISBN 0-7695-1013-2) pp 149-153.
  • Keegan, H. (2001) “Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Acoustics CAL package”. In Learning Across the Ages – looking back and looking forwards. Proceedings of CAL 2001 Conference, University of Warwick. pp 178-182.
  • Keegan, H and Hill, H.J.  (2000) “Developing a Computer-Aided Learning Package: Pedagogical Issues and Design Challenges”. Proceedings from Engineering Education for the 21st Century, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 17 – 20 April, 2000