Prior to joining Blackboard, Louise was the Head of Academic Innovation at Sheffield Hallam University for 5 years, where she had institutional responsibility for the pedagogical leadership and direction of e-learning, the student portal, new and emerging learning technologies, and digital literacy attributes of staff and students. She also managed an institution-wide program to develop a new Academic Quality Framework for the University. Prior to that she was Head of Learning and Teaching Strategy and Enhancement at the University of Sheffield responsible for the development and delivery of the institution’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and externally funded learning and teaching initiatives. From 1999-2003, Louise managed one of the earliest institution-wide Blackboard implementation in the UK, again at Sheffield Hallam.
Louise has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels starting out in business communication and finance and latterly focusing on higher education and learning technologies. Louise has a degree in accountancy and post graduate qualifications in education.