Professor Jane Seale
School of Education (Faculty of Health, Education and Society)
PhD Programme Leader, Faculty of Education
BSc (Hons), Plymouth Polytechnic, Psychology
PhD, Keele University, 1993, The management of computers in adult special education
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of Association for Learning Technology
Member of British Educational Research Association
Roles on external bodies
Member of Editorial Board for Journal of Assistive Technologies
Member of Editorial Board for International Journal of Research and Method in Education
Member of Research Committee of Association for Learning Technologies
Member of Advisory Group for the ESRC Strategic Advisor for Researcher Development
· Accessibility & Digital Inclusion
· The use of technologies by adults with severe learning disabilities
· Methodological developments in user involvement and participatory research
Grants & contracts
Nov 2005- Nov 2007
Nind & Seale
Developing a richer theoretical understanding of concepts of access for people with learning disabilities
March 2007- Sept 2008
Wald, Seale & Draffan
LEXDIS: Disabled learners experiences of e-learning
June 2007-May 2010
Skinner, Martin & Seale
Sustaining on-line resources in research methods. Invited proposal, sole applicants
Skinner, Crow, Heath, Martin, Seale, Wiles & Mickelwright
National Centre for Research Methods Hub Proposal (second term).
Invited proposal, sole applicants
Martin, Seale, Skinner & Carr
Sustaining on-line resources in research methods. Invited proposal, sole applicants
Seale, J Doing Student voice work in higher education: the potential contribution of a participatory framework, Accepted for publication in British Educational Research Journal
Seale, J & Cooper, M (2010) E-learning, accessibility and pedagogy: In search of the missing tools of practice, Computers & Education, 54,4, 1107-1116
Seale, J., Draffan, E.A & Wald, M. (2010) Digital agility and digital decision-making: Conceptualising digital inclusion in the context of disabled learners in higher education, Studies in Higher Education, 35, 4, 445-461
Nind, M & Seale, J (2009) Concepts of access for people with learning difficulties: towards a shared understanding. Disability & Society, 24,3 273 - 287
Seale, J., Wald, M & Draffan, E.A (2008) Exploring the technology experiences of disabled learners in higher education: challenges for the use and development of participatory research methods. Journal of Assistive Technology, 2,3,4-15
Nind, M & Seale, J (2008) The hard work of access: lessons for education from a seminar series on concepts of access. The SLD Experience, 51, 11-18
Palmer, P & Seale, J (2007) Exploring the attitudes to environmental control systems of people with physical disabilities: A grounded theory approach. Technology & Disability, 19 (1), 17-27
Seale, J & Abbot, C (2007) Methodological issues in researching online representations: production, classification and personal web space. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 30,2, 179-192
Seale, J (2007) Strategies for supporting the online publishing activities of adults with learning difficulties, Disability & Society, 22,2, 173-186Seale, J (2006) The rainbow bridge metaphor as a tool for developing accessible e-learning practices in higher education, Canadian Journal of Learning Technology 32,2 ISSN: 1499-6685 Seale, J (2006) A contextualised model of accessible e-learning practice in higher education institutions. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 22,2, 268-288. Seale, J (2004) The development of accessibility practices in e-learning: an exploration of communities of practice. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 12,1, 51-63 Seale, J.K and Pockney, R (2002). The Use of the Personal Home Page by Adults with Down Syndrome as a Tool for Managing Identity and Friendship. British Journal of Learning Disabilities,30,4,142-148
Seale, J., McCreadie, C., Turner-Smith, A and Tinker, A (2002) Older People as Partners in Assistive Technology Research: The use of focus groups in the design process. Technology and Disability, 14,1,21-29
Seale, J.K (2001) The Same but Different: The Use of the Personal Home Page by Adults with Down’s Syndrome as a Tool for Self-Presentation. British Journal of Educational Technology, 32,3, 343-352
Seale, J.K, Chapman, J and Davey, C (2000) The influence of assessments on students’ motivation to learn in a therapy degree. Medical Education, 34,8, 614-621
Seale, J.K and Cann, A.J (2000) Reflection on-line or off-line: the role of learning technologies in encouraging students to reflect. Computers & Education, 34,309-320
Cann, A and Seale, J (1999) Using computer-based tutorials to encourage reflection. Journal of Biological Education, 33,3,130-132
Seale, J (1998) Management Issues surrounding the use of microcomputers in adult special education. Innovations in Education and Training International, 35,1,29-35.
Seale, J (1998) Two perspectives on the language of special needs computing: towards a shared view. Disability and Society, 13,2, 259-267.
Books - Authored
Seale, J (2006) E-learning and disability in higher education: accessibility theory and practice. Routledge.
Seale, J and Barnard, S (1998) Therapy Research: Processes and Practicalities. Butterworth-Heinemann.
Books - Edited
Seale, J & Nind, M (2009) Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk. Routledge.
Seale, J (2006) Approaches to developing accessible learning experiences. Taylor & Francis: Oxford.
Seale, J (2003) Learning Technology in Transition: From Individual Enthusiasm to Institutional Implementation. Swets and Zeitlinger:Lisse.ISBN 90 265 1963 x 165pp.
Books - Short Works
Phipps, L., Sutherland, A and Seale, J (eds). Access All Areas: disability, technology and learning. ALT/JISC/TechDis. (2002) ISBN: 1-904190-18-9. * Commissioned by TechDis & ALT to act as executive editor
Seale, J (2009) Digital Inclusion. A research briefing by the Technology Enhanced Learning Phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Available: http://www.tlrp.org/docs/DigitalInclusion.pdf Commissioned by TEL Programme Director
Edited Works: Contributions
Seale, J & Bishop, N (2010) Listening with a different ear: understanding disabled learners’ relationships with technologies in terms of digital decisions rather than digital divides
In edited by R. Sharpe, H. Beetham & S. de Freitas (Eds) Rethinking learning for the digital age: how learners shape their own experiences. Routledge. In press.
Seale, J. and Nind, M. (2009) Access and the concept of risk: is access about making good things happen or preventing bad things from happening? In J. Seale and M. Nind (eds) Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk. Routledge. London. .
Nind, M. and Seale, J. (2009) Access for people with learning difficulties: new rhetoric or meaningful concept. In J. Seale and M. Nind (eds) Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk. Routledge. London.Seale, J (2006) Disability, technology and learning: challenging conceptions. In J. Seale (Ed) Approaches to developing accessible learning experiences. Routledge Taylor & Francis: London. pp1-8,
Banes, D and Seale, J (2002) Accessibility and inclusivity in further and higher education: an overview. In Phipps, L., Sutherland, A and Seale, J (eds). Access All Areas: disability, technology and learning. ALT/JISC/TechDis. (2002) ISBN: 1-904190-18-9 pages 1-5
Editorships - Journal
Winter 2002, Guest editor of Special Issue of Technology & Disability 14,4
Oct 2001- to September 2007 Editor of ALT-J, Journal of the Association for Learning Technology
Editorships - Newsletter
Seale, J (Jan 2001-August 2002) Assistant Editor of ReView, Newsletter of the Centre of Rehabilitation Engineering.
Seale, J (July 1999-October 2002) Editor of ALT-N the newsletter of the Association for Learning Technology
Official Reports - Whole Report
Seale, J (2009) Digital Inclusion. A research briefing by the Technology Enhanced Learning Phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Available: http://www.tlrp.org/docs/DigitalInclusion.pdf
Seale, J., Draffan, E.A & Wald, M (2008) An evaluation of the use of participatory methods in exploring disabled learners’ experiences of e-learning. LEXDIS Methodology Report to JISC. Available from: http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk/project/reports
Seale, J., Draffan, E.A & Wald, M (2008) Exploring disabled learners’ experiences of learning,
LEXDIS Final Report to JISC Available from: http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk/project/media/LEXDIS_ProjectReport_Dec08final.doc
Seale, J & Nind, M (2007) Concepts of access for people with learning disabilities: towards a shared understanding. Accessible Summary of ESRC funded Seminar Series. Available from: http://www.educate.soton.ac.uk/research/field_projects/?link=project_details.php&id=174
Departmental/Research Working Papers
Seale, J (2008) Participatory Approaches to Inclusion Related Staff Development: Report of a LATEU funded Learning and Teaching Enhancement Project 2007-8. University of Southampton. Available from: http://www.soton.ac.uk/lateu/docs/PAIRS_Summary%20report_final.doc
Reports & invited lectures
March 2010: ESRC funded seminar series on Researching the use of Assistive Technologies with children and young people, " Transforming the process and outcomes of assistive technology research: reflections on the use of participatory research methods with disabled university students" Invited speaker
Feb 2010: ALT/TechDis, Rewiring Inclusion one day conference. "Developing a retirement plan for the magic fairy of digital inclusion: identifying the challenges for digital inclusion practice" Invited plenary speaker
July 2009: Universal Access to eLearning- 5th International Conference on Universal Access in Human Computer Interaction, San Diego, CA, USA, 19-24th July. A contextualised model for accessible e-learning in higher education: understanding the students' perspective. Invited Speaker
June 2009:TLRP/TEL, Invited speaker on the Inclusion and Participatory Research Methods
Feb 2009: Bournemouth University, " The e-learning experiences of disabled learners" invited seminar presentation
March 2008: Kings College, London, " Understanding e-inclusion in the context of disabled learners in Higher Education, invited seminar presentation
December 2007: University of Plymouth, "E-learning, access and inclusion in Higher Education, invited seminar presentation
March 2007: Institute of Education, "E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education", invited seminar presentation.
Other academic activities
Digital Inclusion consultant to the TLRP/TEL Programme