Niki Kearns

Elearning Developer
People & Culture - Organisational Development
 Niki Kearns


Ask me about
  • Digital technologies
  • Moodle, Poll Everywhere, Zoom, Google Docs
  • Blended learning and online learning
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
  • Education, teaching, learning and assessment


I am an Elearning Developer and part of the University's Technology Enhanced Learning Team (TEL). The TEL team works to improve the students' learning experience at the University through intelligent use of technology for learning and assessment. I work with Academic departments and Professional Services teams across the whole University. I have more than 25 years experience teaching in schools, Further and Higher Education. I started my career as a teacher in the Western Isles of Scotland teaching Computer Studies and also spent several years teacher training in south east Asia before settling in Suffolk. Before coming to this University I worked as a Digital Technology Lecturer and as a learning technologist. I joined Organisational Development at Essex in 2015 and have broad experience of working with academic teams to develop digital skills and resources and to support teaching and learning. I have Senior Fellowship with AdvanceHE.


  • MA Education Edgehill University (2013)

  • PGCE Computer Science (14-19) Jordanhill College of Higher Education (Strathclyde University), Glasgow (1988)

  • PGDip Technical Author Sheffield Hallam University (1997)

  • Scottish HND Computer Data Processing Anniesland College (Clyde College), Glasgow (1987)

  • Certificate in Mentoring in the Workplace Level 4 CiPD (2009)

+44 (0) 1206 873231


4SB.5.4, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Mon- Fri, hybrid