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Rachel Challen

Rachel Challen

Learning and Teaching Manager

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
Arts and Humanities


Rachel Challen is a Principal Lecturer (Learning, Teaching and Staff Development Manager) heading up the Learning and Teaching Support Unit and Athena Swan Champion in the School of Arts & Humanities.

Trent Institute for Learning [TILT] affiliations: Chair of the Flexible and Online Learning group, Vice Chair of the ePortfolio Steering group.

Career overview

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Senior Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology, Leadership Foundation Auroran and editor of the Association for Learning Technology blog.



Challen, R. (2018) Creating a sense of belonging and connectedness for the student arrival experience in a School of Arts and Humanities. in:Rowell, C.,ed.,'Social Media in Higher Education'- forthcoming.

Challen, R. & Pierce, P., (2018) Study Abroad Placement Map Project. In:Kirk, S., Newstead, C., Gann, R.G., and Rounsaville, C. (Eds) Internationalising the Curriculum: Engaging Academic Staff and Internationalisation at Home, Nottingham Trent University Publications, ISBN 978-0-9931112-7-3.

Bailey, C. & Challen, R. (2015). Student perceptions of the value of Turnitin as a learning tool. Practitioner in Higher Education (PRHE) Journal: Special Edition on Assessment in Higher Education. 1(9).

Challen, R. (2015) Learning Technologists as agents of change: blending policy and creativity. In: Hopkins, D., ed., The Really Useful #EdTechBook, 1st ed. David Hopkins, pp.53-60.

Challen, R. (2014) Putting Feltag recommendations in their place. Riding Giants: the 21st Annual Conference of the Association of Learning Technologists.

Andrews, B., Challen, R., Purnell, E., Rhodes, J. and Towers, P. (2011). Adaptation for adoption - Changing modes of staff development in higher education. In Ahmed, J. et al. Engaging Hearts and Minds - Engaging with academics in the use of technology enhanced learning. The proceedings of the UCISA Conference, December 2011, Salford, UK. Oxford: UCISA, pp. 16-22.

Challen. R, (2011) Contributed to (cited on page IX): Sutherland, S. Brotchie, J. Chesney, S. (2011) Pebblegogy: Ideas and activities to inspire and engage learners. Pebble Learning Ltd. Telford.

Brett, P., Brant, J., Sutherland, S., Challen, R. (2007) EPISTLE - Final Project Report: EPISTLE - e-Portfolios Informing and Supporting Teaching Learning and Evaluation. Jisc.

Challen. R (2007) Creative classrooms learning with ePortfolios. Snapshots: Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Journal of Innovation. (June) pp 8-9.​​​​​​​

Dalziel, C., Challen, R., Sutherland, S. (2006). ePortfolio in the UK: Emerging Practice. in A. Jafari, & C.Kaufman, (Eds), Handbook of Research on ePortfolios. PA: Idea Group Reference. Ch. XXXIII pp370 -378.