Publications & Conferences




Tasler, Nathalie; O'Brien, Rachelle; Spiers, Alex (2021): Being creative in the face of adversity - Annual creativeHE collection 2021. National Teaching Repository. Educational resource.


Spiers, A., & Middleton, A. (2019). 20. Learning to Twalk: An Analysis of a New Learning Environment. In Rowell, C. (Ed.), Social Media in Higher Education: Case Studies, Reflections and Analysis. Open Book Publishers. Retrieved from

Buckley, C, Nerantzi, C, & Spiers, A. (2017) Technology Enhanced Learning in Teaching in Higher Education, edited by Peter Scales, Open University Press

Spiers, A. (Spring, 2017) What’s so important you can’t leave it at home? in Emergency Rations #EdTechRations, edited by David Hopkins

Spiers, A. & Barnes, K. (2013) Bringing students together through a virtual classroom — a study of Wimba Classroom in Digital Voices: a collaborative exploration of the recorded voice in post-compulsory education edited by Andrew Middleton, Sheffield: MELSIG,

Macgregor, G., Spiers, A. & Taylor, C. (2011). Exploratory evaluation of audio email technology in formative assessment feedback.  Research in Learning Technology (formerly ALT-J)

Appleton, L., and Spiers, A., (2009) ‘Learning 2.0@LJMU: a Web 2.0 staff development programme’, Library & information update, November 2009, p.44-45

Hughes, B.,& Spiers, A, (2008)  E-Portfolios: Mapping Students' Learning Journeys, TARC conference proceedings

Invited Talks

Spiers, A. (2013) Student engagement with Technology Enhanced Learning (workshop) Sheffield Hallam University

Spiers, A. (2013) Higher Education Academy Seminar - A new employability model for the twenty-first century: the importance of social media and digital employability skills 15th March 2013
Macgregor, G. & Spiers, A., (2010) Wimba Study Break: "It's as if the student is in front of you." - Using Wimba Voice Email for Feedback on Formative Assessment Webinar for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Wimba)

Future-Proofing PDP & e-Portfolio Developments: Reflections on Blackboard E-portfolio implementation to support WOW (World of Work) and PDP

Selected notable presentations

Steffen, B & Spiers, A (2015) #CRISIS: Using social media as communication tools in humanitarian response simulations, HCRI International Conference, University of Manchester, 15 Sept 2015

Spiers, A. & Maynard, C (2012) NHS training Day, Liverpool - Teaching and Training in the 21st century: Trends, Triumphs and Tribulations 24 January  2012

Spiers, A. (2010), Enhancing student feedback with Wimba voice emails, International Wimba Day 2010, Coventry University Technology Park, 14 May 2010, Coventry.

Macgregor, G., Spiers, A. & Taylor, C. (2010), Role of audio email feedback in improving student learning: preliminary findings of the ExAEF project, LJMU Learning & Teaching Conference 2010, 20-21 April 2010, Liverpool John Moores University.

Bird, A. & Spiers, A. (2009). Implementing Wimba: a few words in your ear. Paper presented at Wimba Connect 2009: adventures in collaboration, 5-8 April 2009, Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona.