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About Me

I am an Educational Developer (Learning Technologies) in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University. You can find some references to my work on the OCSLD web site.

My main research interests are technology-mediated group work, assessment, especially Computer Aided Assessment, and course design.

I am a fellow of the Assessment Standards and Knowledge exchange (ASKe) Center for Excellence in Teaching and learning.

My research activity is currently focused on investigating student experiences of group work within technology-rich environments. I also work on:

  • Learner Experiences of e-Learning
  • Computer mediated communication
  • Communication and collaboration in technology-rich HE environments
  • e-Learning course design
  • Computer aided assessment

I was until recently a member of the JISC Learner Experience of e-Learning (Phase 2) Synthesis and Support Project (see and the HEA-funded Pathfinder evaluation of the student experience of e-learning at Oxford Brookes University (see

Recent publications

Greg Benfield, and Maarten De Laat, 'Collaborative Knowledge Building', in Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age, ed. by Rhona Sharpe, Helen Beetham and Sara de Freitas. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 184-98.

Sharpe, R. and Benfield, G. (2009). ‘An Analysis of Learner Experiences of the e-Learning in JISC E-learning Capital Funded Projects’. Report to the JISC, 28 May 2009

Benfield, G., Ramanau, R. and Sharpe, R. (2009). "Student learning technology use: preferences for study and contact." Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching 2(4).

Benfield, G. (2008). "Oxford Brookes University, Pathfinder Briefing Paper 2: Course Redesign Intensives " Higher Education Academy Pathfinder Programme, Pilot phase project Retrieved 9 April, 2008, from

Benfield, G. (2008). "e-Learning Course Design Intensives: disrupting the norms of curriculum design." Educational Developments (9.4): 20-22.

Benfield, G. and Prior, J. (2007). Virtual teamwork within a campus based team skills module. Second International Blended Learning Conference: Supporting the Net Generation Learner. University of Hertfordshire, University of Hertfordshire.

Sharpe, R. & Benfield, G. (2007) Wider opportunities for reflection, learning and development (myWorld): Evaluation Report. January 2007.

Sharpe, R., Benfield, G. and Francis, R. (2006). "Implementing a university e-learning strategy: levers for change within academic schools." ALT-J 14(2): 135 - 151.

Sharpe, R., Benfield, G., Roberts, G. and Francis, R. (2006). "The undergraduate experience of blended e-learning: a review of UK literature and practice undertaken for the Higher Education Academy." Retrieved 3 October, 2006, from

Benfield, G. & Francis, R. (2005). ‘Perspectives on E-learning at Brookes’, Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 1 Issue 2, January 2005

Sharpe, R. and Benfield, G. (2005). ’ The Student Experience of E-learning in Higher Education : A Review of the Literature’, Brookes e Journal of Learning and Teaching, 1 (3), September 2005 (online at !)

Sharpe, R., Benfield, G., Lessner, E. and De Cicco, E. (2005). "Final Report: Scoping Study for the Pedagogy strand of the JISC e-Learning Programme." Retrieved 19 April, 2006, from


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