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Andrew Smith

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Andrew Smith

Research overview

My main research interest is in the role of emotion in cognitive processes, especially cognitive flexibility when engaged in on-line environments. I also have a passionate interest in the development and use of Virtual Social Learning Systems along with the influence of semantics on the professional identities of further education practitioners. 

Career Details

2005-Present Senior Tutor/Lecturer Blackpool & The Fylde College

2002-2005 Lecturer Burnley College

1987-2004 Owner/Manager/Games Designer & Developer Crasiworld Games

Research Grants

LSIS-IfL Research Development Fellowship Award, 2010-2011 (£6500)
LSIS-IfL Research Development Fellowship Award, 2009-2010 (£6500)
E-Learning Development Fund, 2009-2010 (£3000)
TQEF, 2008-2009 (£2000)
TQEF, 2007-2008 (£2000)

Current Teaching

BSc (Hons) Top-Up Project Management [Business & Commerce, Leadership & Teamwork, Dissertation Research Skills, Dissertation Supervisor (8 students)]
FD Project Management [Legal, Ethical & Professional Practice, Conflict Resolution, Supply Chain & Logistics, Innovation, Technology & Sustainability]

Current Research

Can Emotion Expand Minds Online? The Problems of Positive Mood Induction for Cognitive Flexibility

Professional Role

Senior Tutor / Lecturer for HE in FE students

External Roles

Peer Reviewer for Computers and Education [International Journal]

External Examiner for UCLAN Furness College FDSc New Media Design & Technology

Additional Information

JISC RSC Northwest Recognition of Innovation Award 2011

Web Links


PhD Educational Research, 2007-2012 Lancaster University 
Master of Arts (Module), 2010 Sunderland University. Module: Advancing Pedagogy: Post Compulsory Education and Training 
Master of Science, 2006-2007 Lancaster University Multimedia Courseware Engineering (Advanced Learning Technology). Master's Thesis: Cultivating the Ethical and Respectful Minds with Games and Simulations
Bachelor of Science, 2005 Blackpool & The Fylde College (Lancaster University) Information Technology. Project: The User-Centric Virtual Learning Environment 
Certificate of Education, 2005 Burnley College (University of Central Lancashire)

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