Online Curriculum Vitae


Lucy Atkins - Digital Literacy expert.


Lucy Jane Charlotte Atkins

My main area of focus is around educational technology. I am currently studying for my PhD – focusing on staff development around digital literacy. I also have expertise in games-based learning, forms of open education, such as MOOCs, and alternative accreditation. My work around Open Badges resulted in my being invited to attend the Mozilla Summit 2013.



University of Nottingham October 2011 – September 2012
MA Learning, Technology and Education
‘Assessing the Digital Literacy of Children in Upper Primary Education’

Awarded Distinction

De Montfort University, Leicester September 2008 – July 2011
BA Dance and Education Studies, Joint Honours
‘Exploring the Educational Potential of the Nintendo DS Console’

Awarded First Class Honours



De Montfort University                                                           January 2015 – July 2016

MA Module Tutor

  • Teaching the pre-existing Technology Enhanced Practice module, as part of the MA Education Practice. Responsible for the maintenance of the virtual learning environment, delivery of weekly workshops and marking of assignments.


De Montfort University & Leicester City Council                   Sept 2012 – Sept 2014

Digital Literacy Research Associate

  • Project Lead for the DigiLit Leicester Project – developing a self-evaluation framework, focusing on digital literacy skills and practices, for Secondary school teaching and teaching support staff.
  • Responsible for the management of the project, building and maintaining relationships with partners, curating and delivering CPD and general promotion of the project through various channels, including social media. I also led on the collection and analysis of data and project report writing.


Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council                            Sept 2011 – Sept 2012

Teaching Assistant

  • My duties in this role were highly varied – from creating learning materials, to organising personalised schemes of work for particular groups of pupils. During the SATs assessment period I supported a pupil by reading for their maths assessments. I also regularly provided one-to-one support for a child with special educational needs.

Academic Achievements and Publications

Reclaim Open Learning – Innovation Contest (2013) The DigiLit Leicester Project was identified as one of five winning projects – working innovatively and openly in education.

ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award (2014) The DigiLit Leicester Project Team were identified as runners up in the Team Award category.


Hall, R., Atkins, L. and Fraser, J. (2014) Defining a self-evaluation digital literacy framework for secondary educators: the DigiLit Leicester project. Research in Learning Technology, vol.22: 21440

Atkins, L., Fraser, J. and Hall, R. (CC BY-NC 3.0) DigiLit Leicester Project Reports:

2013 Initial Project Report

2013 Survey Results

2014 Project Activities Report

2014 Survey Results


Conference Presentations

5th annual TEAN conference, May 16th 2014.

HEA annual conference, June 2nd 2014.

ALT-C, September 2nd 2014.

BERA annual conference, September 24th 2014.

6th annual TEAN conference, May 15th 2015.


Journal Peer-Review

Peer-Reviewer for Research in Learning Technology (December 2013 – Present)

Peer-Reviewer for British Journal of Educational Technology (May 2015 – Present)


Professional Development sessions delivered

October 2012 – Augmented Reality in the Learning Resource Centre presentation
November 2012 – Blogging for Educators workshop
May 2013 – Prezi: A User’s Guide workshop
June 2013 – Open Badges Hands On Session – practical workshop
July 2013 – iPad for Teaching and Learning presentation, The City of Leicester College

October 2013 – Contribution to Open Badges sessions at Mozilla Summit and Mozilla Festival

Training and Skills

Formal Training Sessions

Designing and running successful online surveys    Tabetha Newman            18th Dec 2012

Analysing survey data                                                Tabetha Newman            30th April 2013

Introduction to Project Management                         POD, DMU                  26th April 2013

Beginning to Teach in Higher Education                   GSO, DMU                  17th Oct 2014


Informal Skills Development

Through my degrees I gained new skills and experience around academic research, including: designing, conducting and analysing focused and group interviews; conducting observations and the design of observation schedules; designing and implementing tests and carrying out literature reviews. The Researcher Development Programme, which I am undertaking as part of my PhD, has further strengthened these skills.

Within my previous role I developed skills around a number of software packages which supported my work; these include, SPSS, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop) and Video and Audio editing software. I developed new skills around project management and survey design and also expanded my experience of data analysis, presenting to large groups and delivering CPD workshops to a range of stakeholders – including teaching staff, senior managers and academics.