Ms Tanya Rogers

BSc (Joint Hons) Psychology & Sociology; PGCE Adult and Secondary Education; MSc Psychological Research Methods (Distinction); FHEA

Ms Tanya Rogers

Development Officer / Executive Producer

Department of Information Studies

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  • I am a qualified and experienced teacher for Higher Education, Further Education, and Secondary Education.
  • My professional expertise is in learning design, especially for distance learning. As Development Officer: Executive Producer in open and distance learning in the Department of Information Studies (DIS), I work with an expert team of colleagues,to:
    • Manage the development, design, and delivery of distance learning content
    • Coordinate CPD (Continuing Professional Development) course development and delivery
    • Provide advice and consultancy on learning design, policy, student support, system support, and strategy for distance learning
  • … and I:
    • Personal tutor for distance learners (undergraduate and postgraduate)
    • Teach (research ethics; quantitative research methods; learning design; information literacy; academic skills; … )
    • Mentor and train staff internally and externally
    • Offer consultancy and training (UK and internationally) in the design and development of distance learning courses, e.g.: Ford Motor Company & University East Anglia; ATP IBERS; The Britten Pears Foundation with The Music Libraries Trust & IAML;  Antiquarian Booksellers Association;  KEF funded Mid-Wales Business Online Support Service (BOSS); NOF funded ICT Training Wales; …etc.

Additional Information

  • 1993 a founding member for the Department's Open Learning Unit (OLU) - set up to develop, support and promote high-quality education through open and distance learning - based on the principles of flexible student-centred learning.
  • University: I continue (part-time) to develop distance learning policy, content, support systems; expand CPD provision; and work with those interested in developing distance learning. I am a member of EDEN European Distance and E-Learning Network; and Fellow of HEA.
  • Farming: Outside part-time University work, I am a tenant farmer on a remote hill farm; a working farm; employing 30+ seasonal staff & students. Farmed in partnership with nature; we are custodians of:
    • the heritage of hardy native livestock
    • the SSSI habitat of the whole farm
  • Member of farming & environment groups e.g. FWAG; NFFN, TFA, steward committee member the Royal Welsh.


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  • Undergraduate & Postgraduate:
    • Learning Design
    • Research Ethics
    • Research Methods
    • Literacy & Learning
    • Academic Skills & Presentation Skills
    • Evaluation of Learning Design


  • Professional research interests include: Learning design; Learning analytics; Models of distance learner support; Assessment methods for reflective workplace practice
  • Evidence-based practice (grey literature): ongoing data analysis for workplace practice e.g.:
    • Rogers, T., & Nelson, J. (2014) Data analysis of distance learner tracking database - Intakes 2009-2013 for all UG & PG distance learning courses, Aberystwyth, Open Learning Unit, Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University.
    • Rogers, T., Jenkins, J., Lithgow, S., Nelson, J., Spittle, M., Taylor, M. (2014) ‘Distance learners are different, so what makes for successful distance learning?’, joint OLU & ATP discussion forum and paper, HEA Future Directions Conference, Aberystwyth, 2nd April 2014.
  • Some early distance initiative publications:
    • Rogers, T., and Nelson, J. ‘Supporting open and distance learners with computer conferencing: potential benefits and barriers.’ Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2(2), December 2002: 127-133.
    • Rogers, T. and Roberts, H. ‘Supporting distance learners: the Aberystwyth model’, Proceedings of Current Issues in Distance Learning, Loughborough, 15th-16th January 1998. Flexible Learning Initiative, UK.
    • Urquhart, C., Hornby, S., Rogers, T., and Bawden, D. ‘The health information practitioner as learner and educator’, Education for Information, 16(1), Spring 1998.
    • Barber, J. and Rogers, T. ‘Aberystwyth at a distance’. Flexibility in course provision in higher education news, January 1994.


  • Manage the development, design, and delivery of distance learning content and resources
  • Oversee the quality, consistency, and standard of distance learning content
  • Coordinate CPD Short Courses (Continuing Professional Development)
  • Offer advice and consultancy on learning/instructional design, and distance learning strategy, policy, support, and service delivery
  • Personal tutor (distance learners)
  • Teach (research ethics; quantitative research methods; learning design; information literacy; academic skills; … )

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Thursday 14:00-16:00
  • Friday 10:00-12:00