A Virtual #CoachingHE Community

by Rossana Espinoza 0

Workshop 1: A Virtual #CoachingHE Community



Twitter offers a tool to generate engagement, peer support and co-production of knowledge. Twitter conversations create learning communities and opportunities to help participants advance their thinking, confidence and voice.


This interactive workshop offers a hands-on opportunity to explore the full potential of using Twitter to engage in Twitter conversations or Tweetchats. It aims to support participants in utilising Twitter to develop their own confidence, social media presence and digital capability so they can reflect in their practice the advancements taking place in the learning landscape in HE.


Participants will be taken through the principles of Twitter conversations, covering the developmental stages of use and reflecting on current Tweeting communities. This session begins with a low tech approach and ends with a live Twitter conversation.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • gain understanding of the functionality of the tool, privacy settings, etiquette
  • evaluate affordances and challenges that Twitter conversations as a learning innovation bring to Continuous Professional Development
  • practise the conventions to take part in a low tech and live Twitter conversations.


Rossana Espinoza is an Online Content Developer at Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement at Middlesex University. She took on her role as Communications Officer in November 2016. She specialises in social media and digital marketing (tweetchats and blogs).

Whilst at University of Westminster, Rossana managed a team to implement new online platforms for performance management & learning management system and developed online support and training programme for staff at all levels for the change of systems. She developed an e-learning module entitled Working with the Prevent Duty, and implemented compliance e-learning modules on Health and Safety, Data Protection and blended learning modules i.e. Recruitment and Selection. Rossana was a change agent that supported all staff to adhere with performance management framework and e-learning compliance.
Outside the university environment Rossana loves cooking, Zen meditation and travelling


Juliet Flynn – with 25 years’ HR and OD experience working in both the HE and Health sectors, and currently at Canterbury Christ Church University as part of the Organisational and Staff Development Team, Juliet is passionate about enabling individuals, managers, teams and organisations to be their best self. She is a qualified coach and facilitator, and is fascinated by the ways in which people facilitate or block their own personal development and wellbeing. Juliet has recognised that she is being overtaken in technical skills by her children, so is currently looking to claw back some advantage by immersing herself in various digital projects, including the monthly #coachingHE tweetchats. Twitter: @JulietEFlynn

Dr Emma Gillaspy – I am an experienced educator, academic developer and executive coach and bring these elements together to provide a learning environment which is active, challenging and supportive. I support other educators in finding their own path to teaching excellence and work strategically to improve the student experience. My main interests include #coachingHE (co-founder) #creativeHE (co-host) #experientiallearning #heutagogy #edtech #socialmedia #blendedlearning and #curriculuminnovation. Other areas of expertise include public engagement, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness.

Before moving into the field of academic and researcher development, I worked in the NHS as an information scientist and a clinical molecular geneticist following graduation from my PhD studying the genetics of osteoarthritis.
Connect with me on Twitter @egillaspy or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmagillaspy/

Dee-Ann Johnson – Responsible for delivering training and coaching interventions to early career researchers and senior academics across a range of professional skills most notably in the areas of communication, public engagement, leadership, networking, and career development. She leads on university support and development activities for researchers involved in science communication and research impact initiatives. As a qualified executive coach, co-coordinates the cross-institutional #CoachingHE Tweetchat and is currently undertaking an accredited course in Team Coaching. Dee-Ann is regularly invited by HEIs and UK funding bodies to facilitate training, she currently holds contracts with The Royal Society and Vitae. For more information contact me at LinkedIn or Twitter deeannj.

Louise Rees – Since 2015, Louise has been supporting staff to prepare reflective accounts of their practice for their HEA Fellowship application and recruits and trains staff to mentor and assess Fellowship applications from within the University. She also teaches on the PG Cert in Higher Education focusing on staff reflecting on their professional practice as teachers in HE. Prior to joining SALT, Louise spent 15 years at the University heading up the Quality Office, supporting quality assurance and enhancement initiatives.

Louise has a keen interest in coaching and mentoring of staff, especially as such skills apply to guiding staff not just within the HEA Fellowship application process but in their continual professional development as teachers and is particularly relevant for HEA Senior Fellows called to lead, mentor and influence their colleagues.

Louise is one of the organising members of the #CoachingHE TweetChat having connected up while pursuing an online mentoring course. Initially firmly in the middle of the technophile/technophobe continuum, Louise is now an avid user of Twitter for her professional development. Follow Louise on Twitter @LJ_Rees.