The accolade, awarded by not-for-profit organisation Jisc, is in recognition of the innovative teaching and learning programmes developed by Claudia, who uses social media for teaching, research, practice and publication.
Her influential ENABLE model (Enquiry and Networked Active Blended Leaderful Learning Ecology) was pioneered in programmes at Middlesex, and has been used by public, private and third sector organisations including Enfield Council and the North West London Alliance (NWLA). Claudia also pioneered the concept of 'e-professionalism' in social work and social care study, and was the first social work lecturer to incorporate social media into social work programmes as a required component for learning and assessment purposes.
Claudia has also developed several open access communities of interest, which she has utilised in her programmes at Middlesex. @SWSCmedia was developed to raise awareness of the role of social work and social care, while Mental Health Chat (@MHChat) was established to challenge the stigma associated with mental ill-health and raise awareness of mental health.
Claudia uses both platforms to embed research into her teaching and learning and to expand the inter-relational dimensions of learners' learning at Middlesex. She believes that social media offers a powerful platform to connect students with the wider academic and professional community.
"Most people know what is best for themselves and have the resources and solutions they need. However, at times they lack the support and guidance to use those resources effectively. Social media offers a powerful platform to connect people and to create learning and peer support communities that serve as a holding space and a mirror in which people can see and find themselves and their capabilities, and grow."
Dr Deeba Gallacher, Head of Academic Practice Enhancement and Middlesex, described Claudia's work as an example of the innovative teaching and learning practices being implemented at Middlesex.
"The Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement (CAPE) is pleased that Claudia's numerous innovative approaches adopting social media in her learning, teaching and research practices have been given deserved recognition by Jisc," she said.
About the ENABLE model
ENABLE offers a framework for effective application and embedding of social media in academic curricula, as well as professional learning and development programmes. It focuses on enquiry-based active learning, to develop students' professionalism, co-productive capabilities and leadership skills. Through collaboration between higher education and employers, ENABLE enhances students' employability by developing their professional skills.
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