SASS Jenny Blair
First Name: Jenny
Surname: Blair
Position: eLearning Advisor
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263794


  • BA(Hons) Information and Library Studies (RGU)
  • MSc Blended and Online Education (Edinburgh Napier)

Jenny has worked within the Robert Gordon University since 1999. She is currently responsible for advising staff within Aberdeen Business School on the best way to incorporate eLearning into their teaching, updating teaching materials and trains in use of VLEs and various software. In addition, Jenny deals with student inductions to blended learning and has taken responsibility for the School's website.

She has specific expertise in copyright relating to digitised materials, e-moderating and in the provision of general eLearning advice to people in a range of roles.

Jenny previously worked for fourteen years within the School of Applied Social Studies in a similar role and for five years in the Department of eLearning within RGU, carrying out research and developing the Virtual Learning Space. She has also worked as an advisor for the Learning Networks project and as an eLearning Advisor on the Stor Curam Project providing support and training to academics from across Scotland in the use of eLearning within social work education.

Professional Interests

  • Copyright of digitised materials
  • Copyright Awareness among staff in Higher Education
  • Motivation to learn online
  • Blended learning
  • eLearning design
  • Incorporating eLearning into the curriculum
  • Online communities
  • Online communication


SLESSER, S., and BLAIR, J. (2014) Communication and ICT. In: LISHMAN, J., YUILL, C., BRANNAN, J,. and GIBSON, A., eds. 2014. Social Work: An Introduction. London: SAGE.

NIVEN, J and HAMILTON, G. (2006) Learning to Learn in Scottish Social Work Education. Paper presented during PICTAL 2006, University of Aberdeen, UK.

NIVEN, J and HARRIS, R.A. (2002) Motivation to use online learning communities: a methodological outline. Banks, S, Goodyear, P, Hodgson, V, McConnell, D. (Eds), Third International Conference on Networked Learning, Sheffield University, 26th-28th March, 2002

HARRIS R.A., NIVEN, J., 2002. Retrofitting theory to practice - a reflection on the development of an e-learning community. Banks, S, Goodyear, P, Hodgson, V, McConnell, D. (Eds), Third International Conference on Networked Learning, Sheffield University, 26th-28th March, 2002.

PEREIRA, M.A., HARRIS, R.A., DAVIDSON, D. and NIVEN, J., 2002. Building a Virtual Learning Space for C&IT Staff Development. Networked Collaborative Learning and ICTs in Higher Education. SPIE. Chp. 2 pp 27 - 136. ISBN 0 902832 42 9

HARRIS, R.A., and NIVEN, J., 2001. Online learning communities - a means to enhance C&IT skills in tertiary education? Paper presented at ALT-C 2001, University of Edinburgh, UK.

HARRIS, R.A., NIVEN, J and PEREIRA, M. (2001) Cooperative learning and communities of practice online. Paper presented at the International conference on Communication, Problem Solving and Learning, University of Glasgow, UK

HARRIS, R., PEREIRA, M.A., DAVIDSON, D. & NIVEN, J., 2000. Designing an online environment to encourage cooperative learning of advanced C&IT skills. ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme Conference, Leicester, November 9th - 10th 2000

PEREIRA, M.A., HARRIS, R.A., DAVIDSON, D and NIVEN, J., 2000. Designing a Virtual Learning Space for C&IT Staff Development. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Edinburgh