This page collects some of my other work, providing an overview of my broad experience.


I’ve been privileged to present my work at International conferences in Europe and the United States. Below are a selection of conference presentations and other talks I have given.

  • I was invited to present at the University of Bath event ‘Assessment and Feedback Transforming Curricula and Assessment in HE’ on 2 Feb 2017 where i gave a talk entitled ‘Encouraging self-regulated learning in MOOCs‘.
  • I presented my work comparing self-regulated learning in different MOOCS at the third European Stakeholders Summit on experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs (eMOOCS 2016), Graz, 22-24 February, 2016 (pp. 15-26). Slides and notes
  • I presented my work on Self-regulated learning behaviour and MOOC participation at the EARLI 2015 Conference. Limassol, Cyprus, 25-29 August, 2015 (www.earli2015.org/). Slides with notes
  • Work with Allison Littlejohn and Pia Fontana on Self-Regulated learning in the financial services industry (the Work and Learning at the Boundaries of Knowledge study) was presented by me at the 7th EARLI SIG 14 Conference, Oslo, Norway, 27-29 August 2014. Slides with notes
  • The findings of our Bill & Melinda Gates funded study on Professional Learning in MOOCS were presented by me at the Ninth Networked Learning Conference , Edinburgh, UK, 7-9 April, 2014 p368-371. [Pecha Kucha slides with script]
  • The interim findings (specifically the results of the learner survey, and design strategies analysis) of our Bill & Melinda Gates funded study on Professional Learning in MOOCS were presented with Allison Littlejohn at the MRI Conference, Arlington TX, 5-6 December 2013. Here is the presentation: MRI2013 (PPTX)
  • The findings of our SRL-MOOC study were presented by me at the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction conference, Munich Germany, 27-31 August, 2013. Paper: Goal-setting behaviour in massive open online courses. Slides
  • I presented our work on supporting knowledge worker learning as part of a TEPL SIG seminar in Glasgow, 2012 https://figshare.com/articles/221112_CDM.pptx/97866
  • Our work on Charting was presented at the EC-TEL 2012 conference in Saarbrucken, Germany. Here is the paper: Supporting goal formation, sharing and learning of knowledge workers and  Video Demo.
  • I presented our Shell Research Partnership study findings internally at the company throughout the project (2009-2010)
  • I was invited to present oneof the keynotes at the Intrallect User Conference, Edinburgh, 2007. The topic of the presentation was ‘Individuality and Personalisation‘ of Learning
  • As part of my work at GCU I was asked to give a talk on the work of the Education Research & Evaluation Team.
  • I presented the ‘Reload Learning Design Tools’ at the UNFOLD-PROLEARN Joint Workshop, Valkenburg, NL, September 22-23, 2005
  • I was invited to give a keynote talk on eAssessment at the University of Edinburgh Teaching and Learning Conference in May 2004
  • While with SCROLLA, at Heriot-Watt University, I presented our work on simulations at the Interactive Content in Education conference, Imperial College, London, 2003 Empowering the Teacher with Tools to Produce Engaging Content
  • I adopted a similar focus when presenting a paper entitled: Tools Not Content Empower the Teacher And Learner at the Shock of the Old 3: Designing for the Disciplines conference, Oxford, 2003
  • Work on simulations as a mechanism to promote effective learning was presented at the Association for Learning Technology Conference, Edinburgh, 11-13 September 2001.


Teaching & Workshop Facilitation

Although teaching has never been my main role, at various points in my career I have been given the opportunity to pass on my knowledge through writing and delivering workshops and courses, I have designed, written and delivered courses at many levels ranging from short face to face sessions to large scale distance learning courses. Some examples include:

  • In 2011, Allison Littlejohn, Anoush Margaryan and I were invited to deliver one week of the Change 11 MOOC organised by George Siemens. The topic was Collective Learning.
  • We also presented our work on Collective Learning in the Workplace during the week-long ‘Social Networks and Learning’ Doctoral Summer School organised by George Siemens, at the University of Athabasca, in Edmonton, Canada 2010
  • At Glasgow Caledonian University, and in my capacity as Chair of the Learning Research Ethics Committee, I developed and ran a session on Research Ethics as part of the PGC LTHE course, helping academic staff prepare to conduct their teaching and learning intervention project.
  • As part of the CETIS Reload Project I developed and led a workshop on Learning Design using the Reload LD tools, as part of colloquium organised by the Open University of the Netherlands, and held in Valkenburg, NL.
  • Also with Reload, I was invited to develop and lead a two day workshop on Re-using Learning Materials for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), held in Turin, Italy.
  • Together with Ruth Thomas (JeLSIM), I wrote and delivered the first materials for the Higher National Level course eAssessment Principles and Practice (part of the SQA Diploma in e-Assessment) as an online course (moodle and wiki) with accompanying book – eAssessment: Principles and Practice.
  • I led sessions on online learning for the MSc (Computers in Teaching and Learning) course for three years whilst at the Institute of Computer Based Learning, Heriot-Watt University.
  • While working with Heriot-Watt University, I led a team of three to develop and deliver a week long bespoke course on technology supported teaching and learning for Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Ipoh, Malaysia.
  • LOLA – Learning About Learning Online. This EU funded (PHARE) online course, developed with colleagues at Heriot-Watt University, was delivered to around 400 teachers in ten different EU member states. Participants on the course then took the materials and delivered the same courses in their own country.
  • Using the WWW in Teaching and Learning.  I developed and delivered this six week online course in 1997, while working with TALISMAN. Participants came from across Scottish Higher Education. Subsequent runs of the course tailored to the needs of specific disciplines also accepted participants from across the UK. The course was one of the first of its type, and was widely copied.
  • With TALiSMAN I developed and delivered a range of face to face workshops on a variety of issues on using technology to support teaching and learning in Higher Education. In addition I organised and coordinated many workshops to disseminate the findings of the Use of MANs initiative, and led the dissemination activities of the project producing newsletters and briefing papers.


I have supervised one PhD student:

  • Elena Golovushkina, Employability development in the context of PhD Studies: exploring the views and experiences of key stakeholders, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2009-2012. Elena led two journal articles, and produced many conference papers as part of her doctorate.



I have been involved in the preparation of funding bids to a range of funders at National and International level. Successful bids include:

  • Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses. I was Co-PI (with Allison Littlejohn) of this study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through its MOOC Research Initiative funding stream, that explored the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in supporting and enabling professional learning, or learning for work.
  • Shell Learning Research Partnership. I was Co-PI (with Allison Littlejohn and Anoush Margaryan) of this three year research partnership funded by Shell to explore new learning approaches within the company.
  • Evaluation of Workplace Health Online. With JeLSIM, I was Co-PI on a study, funded by NHS Health Scotland to evaluate their online CPD courses on Workplace Health Promotion.
  • Chemistry Practicals JeLSIM were also funded by Scottish Qualifications Authority and University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate to develop educational simulations to support chemistry practical experiment provision in Higher and Advanced Higher Chemistry.

Although unsuccessful, I have also led bids for research and research/development funding to a range of funders including Leverhulme and JISC, and played a leading role in writing bids for collaborative research grants for EU funding (FP7 and Marie Curie Actions).

colin.milligan@gcu.ac.uk – +44 141 331 8495
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