Denise began her career as a teacher of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adult migrants and international students preparing for university studies. Her teaching career spans more than two decades and in more than one continent. Denise's international teaching expertise led to a career move to educational design where she has demonstrated a proven track record in all aspects of the design, development, evaluation, dissemination (including quality and policy concerns) and project management of learning and teaching resources and programmes using a range of educational media in both the further education and higher education sectors.
Denise has degrees in French, Drama and Adult Education and has recently successfully completed a Doctor of Education (EdD) programme. Her research interests include learning and teaching in higher education; learning design; learning technologies to promote learning and academic and digital literacies. She is also interested in authentic assessment and work-integrated learning.
Denise is a peer reviewer for the UK Association for Learning Technology (ALT) annual conference and has been a member of the ALT Conference Programme Committee in 2013 - 2017. Prior to relocating to the UK, she held the campus representative role for the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) from 2005 - 2010 and continues to peer review for the ASCILITE annual conference. Denise occasionally reviews for the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET).
Denise was the Book Editor on the School of Education, University of Leicester postgraduate researcher run open access journal The Bridge: Journal of Educational Research-Informed Practice http://journaleducationalresearchinformedpractice.wordpress.com from 2013 - 2015.
Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)
- Module Convenor - Teaching Dialogue
- Module Convenor - Developing Blended Learning Environments
Sweeney, D and Clarke, M (2017) 'Student-led Research on ways to enhance the VLE (LMS) for learning optimisation', ALT-C 2017 Beyond islands of innovation - how Learning Technology became the new… read more
Sweeney, D and Clarke, M (2017) 'Student-led Research on ways to enhance the VLE (LMS) for learning optimisation', ALT-C 2017 Beyond islands of innovation - how Learning Technology became the new norm(al), University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK *
Sweeney, D. (2017) 'How can university student pioneers of learning technology support their peers and their institution?' ALT-C 2017 Beyond islands of innovation - how Learning Technology became the new norm(al), University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK *
Sweeney, D. (2017) 'Student-led Research on ways to enhance the VLE (LMS) for learning optimisation', School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia
Clarke, M & Sweeney, D. (2017) 'Students' experiences of using a VLE to optimise their learning', Active Student Participation in Education Network (ASPEN), University of Glasgow, February, Webinar.
Sweeney, D (2016) 'Blended Learning: The Student Perspective' Blended Learning 2016, October, London
Sweeney, D (2016) 'Case study: how university students are using technology to promote their learning' Next Generation Learning Spaces Conference, March, London
Sweeney, D. & Steele, H. (2014) "It can get lonely out here": Using webinars to engage distance learning PGRs and build a research learning community, Using New Technologies for Delivering Research Skills & Professional Development Training, UK Council for Graduate Education, Aston University, Birmingham.
Sweeney, D. 2013 'How do students and teachers use learning technologies to optimize learning in university classrooms? Indicative findings from a pilot study', Experiencing Higher Education Global Trends and Transformations, SRHE Newer Researchers Conference, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales, UK.*
Sweeney, D. 2013 'eLearning Design and Development: a journey through murky waters', Building new cultures of learning, Association of Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2013), University of Nottingham, UK.*
Sweeney, D. 2013 'How do students and teachers use learning technologies to support learning in university classrooms? Indicative findings from a pilot study'. School of Education Postgraduate Researcher Conference, University of Leicester, June 2013*
Cook, P. & Sweeney D. 2013, Research-lead Teaching; Theory, Practice and Policy, University of Leicester Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Leicester, January 2013.
Armellini, A.; Moseley, A.; Hayes, N.; Sweeney, D.; Padilla Rodríguez, B.C.; Conole, G. and Beard, J. 2012 'An inclusive review of current uses of the institutional VLE by staff and students at the University of Leicester', A confrontation with reality, Association of Learning Technology Conference, (ALT-C 2012), University of Manchester, UK.*
* denotes peer review