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From Scotland, UK, Rosalind Rice is Academic Coordinator at Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and a current student on the University of Liverpool’s online Doctor of Education – Higher Education (EdD) programme.

What attracted you to studying online for this University of Liverpool doctorate?

The future of education is one of my passions and the programme structure and content matches my philosophy of education.

I selected it after researching all relevant available postgraduate programmes of study. As I was reading the course outlines I was excited. I am an instinctive person and I knew this was the doctorate for me! I am sure that this study will enable me to successfully achieve my personal and professional goals. The online method of delivery suits my personal situation as I live and work in Dubai.

Why did you choose a professional doctorate instead of a PhD?

A Doctor in Education qualification is the logical next step for me as a practitioner with many years of experience. I can see opportunities in this EdD programme to creatively present my research findings, express my thoughts and ideas, and to ask searching questions.

What are you enjoying most about studying online with the University?

The collaborative environment allows me to engage and to exchange ideas with global peers on the same challenging learning journey as myself. For me, the real learning has been from sharing our experiences.

Is your online EdD study expanding your international network?

Yes. Interacting with peers from a wide variety of countries, cultures and societies is, in itself, enriching. We are identifying common interests and are developing these into more formal potential research areas.

On a personal level, I have become firm friends with some of my fellow students, and this continues both formally (sharing of resources) and informally (messages of support when the going gets tough). Together, we form a global network of present and future educational professionals.

How do you fit online study into your life?

This is an ongoing, learning process! I have set up a gmail account, dedicated to my studies. I also use my iPad to read papers and access online resources when I am on-the-go. I never leave home without something to read. I often have time to read as I wait in traffic here in Dubai. I have discovered that this suits my learning style, as I then can process what I have learned for the remainder of the journey.

How relevant is the EdD programme for your career?

Studying at this level has enabled me to view processes, procedures and behaviours from a new, informed point of view. My area of interest is the “Future of Education” and the ways in which innovative, authentic assessment may be created, administered and reviewed.

I am an Academic Coordinator with responsibility for assessment – so this is a special area of education for me. I want to position myself as a leading practitioner with the knowledge and skills to influence policy and strategy.

What will you research for your thesis?

My research will be on some aspect of the future of education. I have a particular interest in taking education forward. In my view, education is on the edge of change on a scale similar to the changes experienced by the music and print media industries.

What are your hopes and expectations upon graduating?

I plan to remain in Higher Education and, ideally, play a leadership role in designing the curriculum of the future.

I would recommend the University of Liverpool because...

This programme is modern in approach and focuses on transporting education into the 21st Century by means of contextualising learning and teaching in a global environment.

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