Danielle Hinton

Danielle Hinton

TEL Instructional Design Consultant

College of Social Sciences

Contact details

J G Smith

Room 111

Introductory Statement

Danielle has worked within the field of e-learning and education since 1995 within Australia and the UK, joining the University of Birmingham in January of 2001. She has supported e-learning and educational enhancement in the School of Education (2001-2007), College of Social Sciences (2008-) and more recently the School of Government & Society (2011-). Between 2010 and 2012, Danielle undertook the role of College Educational Enhancement Fellow, for the College of Social Sciences working closely with the Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD).

Danielle is particularly interested in the areas of

  • Enquiry and problem based learning (EBL / PBL) face-to-face and online
  • Blended learning and teaching in Higher Education
  • Collaborative blended learning (campus and distance) designs
  • Online communication for education (bulletin boards and chat)
  • Personal Response Systems (PRS) or clickers for learning and teaching

Danielle is part of the management team that created the Designing for enquiry-based Blended Learning (DiBL) initiative (http://www.ceimh.bham.ac.uk/newsandevents/DIBL.shtml) and co-edits the College of Social Sciences’ “Talking About… Learning and Teaching” newsletter with professor Mike McLinden.

Outside work Danielle is heavily involved in the work of the Christadelphian Bible Mission in Tanzania. She spent a year travelling Tanzania, visits every year and is on an everlasting quest to learn enough Kiswahili to have a proper conversation.



  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2012
  • Certificate in Online Education and Training, Institute of Education, University of London, 2003
  • PG Dip Information Management, Curtin University of Technology, 1995
  • BApSci Information and Library Studies, Curtin University of Technology, 1993


  • 2009 – 2012: Designing for enquiry-based Blended Learning (DiBL)
    Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD)
  • 2008 – 2011: Module Leader: Academic Skills Development
    LC (1st year undergraduate) 20 credit module within the School of Education. The module sat within the English Language and Literature in Education undergraduate programme.
  • 2004 – 2006: Lead Tutor: Supporting Online Learning Communities and E-Learning – Content Design and Delivery
    Centre for Lifelong Learning

Funded Learner Enhancement Projects

  • Delivering Online Distance Learning (DODL): 2010-2011
  • Designing for enquiry-based Blended Learning (DiBL) Community of Practice: 2010-11
  • Using blended online enquiry based learning to developing learner impendence and academic skills in first year undergraduates: 2006-2011
  • Using Problem Based Learning to develop online resources for use in the professional development of specialist teachers of the visually impaired: 2003-2006
  • Web-based support for key skills across the curriculum: 2001-2002

Publications and Conference Presentations

  1. Hinton, D. & Curry L. (2011) It’s a DODL: Developing Online Distance Learning Open Educational Resources (OER) to Support 21st Century Curriculum Design, Sixth International Blended Learning Conference 2011, University of Hertfordshire.
  2. McLinden, M., McCall, S., Hinton, D. and Weston, A. (2010) Developing Authentic Online Problem-Based Learning Case Scenarios for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment in the United Kingdom, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
  3. Hinton, D (2008) Using Enquiry Based Learning to Create a Blended Academic Skills Development Module for 1st Year Undergraduates That Promotes Independent Learning, Third International Blended Learning Conference 2008, University of Hertfordshire.
  4. McLinden, M., McCall, S. and Hinton, D. (2007) Embedding online problem-based learning case scenarios in a distance education programme for specialist teachers of children with visual impairment. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 22 (3): 275-293
  5. McLinden, M., McCall, S. and Hinton, D. (2006) Participation in online problem-based learning – insights from postgraduate teachers studying through distance education. Distance Education, 21, (3): 235-249
  6. McLinden, M., McCall, S., Hinton, D. and Douglas, G. (2006) Developing online Problem-based learning resources for use in the professional development of specialist teachers of children with visual impairment studying through distance education. Open Learning, 21 (3): 235-249
  7. Hinton, D. & McGill, L. (2001) “Chat to a librarian: 21st century reference for distance learners” VINE, 122, p. 59-64.
  8. Hinton, D. (2001) “A Question of Access: The Electronic Journals Tutorial at the University of Leicester”, The Serials Librarian, 41, 3-4, p.?
  9. Hinton, D (2000) Electronic Library, IT and Staff Education Project: Library Services for Distance Learners, 1st Distance And Lifelong Learning At Swansea (DALLAS) Conference, University of Wales.