Sylvie's background is in human computer interaction and e-learning. She has conducted extensive research into enhancing learning and creativity mediated through technology in the classroom context. She completed a BA (Hons) in Business Information Systems and an MSc in Business Computing at the University of Northampton. She obtained her PhD from the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University in the area of Human Computer Interaction.
Sylvie has designed and taught on a variety of courses at both further education and higher education levels and has industry experience in the areas of Interaction Design, Systems Design, Web Development and Project Management. She is a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner in Project Management.
- Professional Doctorate in Education, The Open University, in progress
- Post Graduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision, University of Northampton UK, 2018
- Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Regent’s University London, UK, 2016
- Post Graduate Diploma in Online and Distance Education, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University UK, 2010
- PhD in Human Computer Interaction, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK, 2007
- MSc Business Computing (Awarded with Distinction), University of Northampton, UK, 2004
- BA (Hons) In Business Information Systems (1st Class Honours), University of Northampton, UK, 2001
Relevant Past Employment
- 2011 – Current: Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Faculty of Business and Management, Regent's University London.
- 2009 – 2010: Lecturer in Computing and Information Technology. Module Leader for Human Computer Interaction, Milton Keynes University Centre, Milton Keynes
- 2007 – 2010: Education Research Project Manager. Knowledge Media Institute. The Open University Milton Keynes
- 2006 – 2006: Learning Technologist. The Library, The Open University, Milton Keynes
- 2005 – 2006: Research Project Consultant. Intelligent Media Services and Systems Laboratory, The University of Reading, Reading.
- 2001 – 2002: Lecturer in Information Systems. The University of Northampton, Northampton
- 2001 – 2001: Systems Developer. ITARUS. Northampton.
- Truman, S (2013) Computational Support for Creativity: A Study and Framework. Lambert Academic Publishing.
- Studente, S & Ellis, S (In Press) Enhancing the Online Student Experience Through Creating Learning Communities: The Benefits of Chatbots in Higher Education. In S. McKenzie, M. Mundy, F. Garivaldis & K. Dyer (Eds.) Tertiary Online Teaching and Learning: TOTAL Perspectives and Resources for Digital Education. Springer-Verlag.
- Studente, S & Garivaldis, F (2019) Facilitating and motivating student’s verbal and visual creativity in higher education through assessment feedback. In R. Cuadra (Ed.) Understanding Creativity: Past, Present and Future Perspectives. Nova Science Publishers.
- Truman, S (2011) A generative framework of creativity: encouraging creative collaboration in children's music composition. In D. Faulkner & L. Coates (Eds.) Exploring Children's Creative Narratives. Routledge; Oxford.
- Truman, S.M (2008) Guiding the design of e-learning programs: A design framework for creative learning experiences. In Lipshitz, A.R & Parsons, S.P (Eds) E-Learning: 21st Century Issues and Challenges. Nova Science Publishers.
- Truman, S.M (2008) Guiding the design of e-leaning programs: managing presentation content to match the cognitive factors of users. In Scott, T.B & Livingston, J. I (Eds) Leading-Edge Educational Technology. Nova Science Publishers.
- Studente, S, Garivaldis, F & Seppala, N (2019) Readdressing the redundancy effect: a cognitive strategy for e-learning design. Journal of Psychological Research. Vol. 1, No. 2. Pp 1 – 7.
- Studente, S, Seppala, N & Sadowska, N (2016) Facilitating creative thinking in the classroom: Investigating the effects of plants and the colour green on visual and verbal creativity. Thinking Skills and Creativity. Vol 19. P 1 – 8.
- Studente, S & Fox, B (2015) The application of Vygotskian and Piagetian theories to higher education: practical implications for classrooms. AngloHigher: Education, Psychology & Sociology. 008.
- Truman, S (2012) Learning to create and creating to learn: An approach to structuring activities in higher education classrooms. AngloHigher® The Magazine of Global English Speaking Higher Education. Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 12-14.
- Truman, S (2011) A generative framework for creative learning: A tool for planning creative-collaborative tasks in the classroom. Border Crossing: Transnational Working Papers in Higher Education, Volume 2011, Number 1101, pp.1-13
- Truman, S.M (2007) A Review of Collaborative Creativity: Contemporary Perspectives. D.Miell & K. Littleton (eds). Thinking Skills and Creativity Journal. 2, pp 148 – 150.
- Truman, S. M. & Truman, P. J. (2006) An investigation of the situated learnability effects of single- and dual-modal systems in education: a report of music-oriented learning environment and science computer-assisted teaching studies. British Journal of Educational Technology. 37, 1. pp131-142.
- Truman, S.M (2006) A computer supported approach towards collaborative and creative musicality in the classroom: concepts and framework. December issue of “Interfaces”.
Conference Papers Given
- Studente, S & Garivaldis, F (2019) The effect of feedback and self-regulation on facilitating and motivating student’s verbal and visual creativity in assessments. The Creativity Conference. Southern Oregon University, USA.
- Studente, S & Garivaldis, F (2018) The role of self-regulation and assessment feedback on creative performance. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Applications of Neuropsychology, Cognition, Emotion and Motivation. Rome, Italy. Awarded Best Presentation Award.
- Studente, S, Garivaldis, F & Seppala, N (2017) Readdressing the redundancy effect: A cognitive strategy for e-learning design. Proceedings of the International Academic Conference on Teaching, Learning & E-Learning. Vienna, Austria.
- Studente, S, Garivaldis, F & Seppala, N (2016) Designing Multimedia Materials for Non-Native English Speaking Students: Challenging Visual-Verbal Classifications. The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom.
- Studente, S, Seppala, N & Sadowska, N (2014) Facilitating Creative Thinking in the Classroom: Investigating the Effects of Plants on Visual Creativity. Proceedings of the International Conference on Creativity and Thinking Skills in Learning, Teaching and Management. Riga, Latvia. 2014.
- Studente, S & Garivaldis, F (2014) The effect feedback on facilitating and motivating student’s creativity in the context of higher education: Implications for Assessment. Proceedings of the International Conference on Excellence in Education. Paris 2014.
- Seppala, N, Studente, S & Sadowksa, N (2014) Privacy in the physical environment and ethical behavior. Proceedings of The British Academy of Management Conference 2014
- Truman, S (2013) Revisiting the relationship between HCI and cognitive psychology: a report on two studies using dual modal e-learning systems. Proceedings of the European Conference on Technology in the Classroom. Brighton
- Truman, S (2012) Designing creative-collaborative learning tasks in secondary education classrooms. Proceedings of the international Conference on Bringing Creativity and Thinking Skills into the Educational Process. Riga, Latvia.
- Truman, S.M (2011) An Exploration of Creativity in School Children's Music Composition: Study, Software and Framework. Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition. Atlanta, United States. Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Truman, S.M (2011) SoundScape: A music composition environment designed to facilitate collaborative creativity in the classroom. Proceedings of the 8th Sound and Music Computing Conference. Padova, Italy. Universita Di Padova.
- Zdrahal, Z, Mulholland, P, Truman, S, & Smid, M. (2009) G-LEARN: Using constraint modelling to teach geographical principles, Proceedings of the Interactive Computer Aided Learning, Conference( ICL). Villach, Austria.
- Smid, M, Truman, S, Mulholland P, Zdrahal, Z, & Crouch, S. (2009) G-LEARN: An exploratory learning environment for school geography level, Proceedings of Znalosti 2009, pp. 213-22. Brno, Czech Republic, Vydavatel'stvo STU, Bratislava.
- Truman, S. M (2007) Designing educational software inline with the creative learning process: just how important is the preparation phase? Volume 2 Proceedings of the 21st BCS HCI Group Conference HCI 2007. 3rd – 7th September 2007. Lancaster University.
- Truman, S.M (2007) A computer supported approach towards collaborative and creative musicality in the classroom: presentation of results. Proceedings of the Centre for Research in Computing PhD Conference. The Open University. July.
- Truman, S.M (2007) Encouraging children's collaborative creativity in a music composition task: summary and results. Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Musical Understanding: Research in Music Education (RIME). School of Education and Lifelong Learning. The University of Exeter. April.
- Truman, S.M & Mulholland, P (2006) Designing educational software to enhance the creative learning experience: An integrative framework. Volume 2 Proceedings of the BCS HCI Group Conference HCI 2006 Engage. 11th – 15th September. Queen Mary, University of London.
- Truman, S.M (2006) Supporting creativity in a children's music composition task: A summary and results. Proceedings of the Centre for Research in Computing PhD Conference. Department of Maths and Computing. The Open University. 6th – 7th July.
- Truman, S.M & Mulholland, P (2005) A computer assisted approach towards music composition in the classroom: facilitating creativity in mainstream education. Proceedings of The Leeds International Music Technology in Education Conference. Leeds College of Music. 11th – 12th November.
- Truman, S.M (2005) Enhancing creativity in children's music compositions: objectives, framework and software. Proceedings of the Centre for Research in Computing Colloquium. The Open University, 18th October.
- Truman, S.M (2005) An integrative framework of learning and creativity: facilitating creative thinking in school children's music composition. Proceedings of the 2nd Music Teaching in Professional Practice Initiate Conference ‘Musical Creativity'. Pp 26 – 27. International Centre for Research in Music Education, University of Reading. 15th – 16th July.
- Truman, S.M (2005) Facilitating creative thinking in children's music composition: an integrative framework. Proceedings of the Centre for Research in Computing PhD Conference. Pp 22. Department of Maths and Computing. The Open University. 4th – 5th July.
- Truman, S.M & Mulholland, P (2005) How can we advance the potential for learning via technology? It's all in the CREATIVE design. Proceedings of the 9th Human Centred Technology Workshop: Advancing the Potential for Communication, Learning and Interaction. Pp 9 – 12. Brighton. 28th – 29th June.
- Truman, S.M, Mulholland, P & Badii, A (2005) Bridging social learning and creativity: an integrative framework for collaborative-creative music composition within the classroom. Proceedings of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) Conference: Musical Creativity in Culture and Mind. Pp 3. Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. 16th April.
- Truman, S.M, Mulholland, P & Badii, A (2005) A creative alternative to music notation: exploiting visual metaphors to encourage musical creativity in school aged children. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Musical Understanding. Pp 47 – 48. School of Education and Lifelong Learning. University of Exeter. 5th – 9th April.
- Truman, S.M (2003) Facilitating collaborative music composition within the classroom: a creative learning perspective. Proceedings of SEMPRE Researching Musical Understanding. Department of Psychology, Keele University.
- Truman, S (2002) A computer supported approach towards collaborative and creative musicality in the classroom: concepts and framework. Proceedings of the 6th Human Centred Technology Postgraduate Workshop. University of Sussex.
- Badii, A & Truman, S (2001) Cognitive factors in interface design: an e-learning environment for memory performance and retention optimisation. Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Information Technology Management. P49. September. Oriel College, Oxford University.
Currently a supervisor at Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels.
- Creativity / Education / Learning / E-learning
Best Presentation Award: 20th International Conference on Applications of Neuropsychology, Cognition, Emotion and Motivation. Rome, Italy.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
- Professional Member of the British Computer Society (Chartered Institute for IT)
- Member of the Association for Project Management
Teaching & Course Development
Currently teaching on:
- MKT 6B4: Digital Marketing and Data Analytics
- MKT 6B1: Internet and Direct Marketing
- ENT 6A6: Project Management for Enterprise
- ENT 6A7: Web and App Design for Innovation