Staff profile

Claire Gardener

Senior Learning Technologist

Claire Gardener in discussion with a colleague whilst they look at an iPad


Learning and Teaching



I am a Senior Learning Technologist (Digital Learning Systems). I help to provide an excellent staff and student experience through the provision of digital learning systems and services. 

I have functional ownership of University learning technology that includes Blackboard (our Virtual LEarning Environment), Turnitin (originality matching), Panopto (lecture recording system) and Pebblepad (e-portfolio).

I promote effective practice in the application of these digital technologies to enhance student learning.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have recently presented at several conferences on our implementation of Blackboard Ally; a VLE application for improving the accessbility of course materials. 

Additional interests and activities

I am co-chair of the European Blackboard Ally User Group

Recent publications

University of Derby case study – An Ally for Inclusive Practice

ELearn Magazine -  An Ally to support Inclusive Learning at the University of Derby