Richard Beggs

Richard Beggs


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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After working as a graphic and interactive designer in design and software agencies in Belfast, Richard started down the educational technology path in 2002 when he began working in BBC NI Education Online and Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment. In 2006 Richard joined Ulster University in their Online Masters team and held various instructional design related posts advising course teams on best practice in online and blended delivery, electronic assessment and feedback and digital enhancement. In September 2017 Richard joined the CHERP team as a Lecturer in Higher Education Practice and is an award lead and a module co-ordinator within Ulster's taught academic enhancement programmes. He is Ulster’s lead on the Learning Landscapes project which has an aim of encouraging an active/collaborative approach to learning and teaching. This has been achieved through the design of new learning spaces, the Learning Lab, Active Learning Champions and Student Learning Partners. Richard is an advocate of digital storytelling as an assessment tool and has brought this to Undergrad and Postgrad teaching at Ulster University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a certified member of ALT, a Distinguished Learning and Teaching Support Fellow (Ulster University) and was a shortlisted finalist for ALT’s Learning Technologist of the year in both 2017 and 2020 and the Irish Education Awards in 2019 for his Apps for Active Learning initiative. Richard has presented at national conferences in UK and Ireland on flipped learning, apps in education, active learning and digital storytelling and is the Chair of the ALT Active Learning Special Interest Group. In August 2022, Richard was awarded an Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship (NTF).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, eLearning: Interactive Teching Technologies

Sept 2003Sept 2006

Award Date: 15 Dec 2006

Bachelor, BA Hons Visual Communication

Sept 1997Jun 2000

Award Date: 5 Jul 2000

External positions

External Examiner , Southampton Solent University, UK

1 Aug 2023 → …

Advance HE Accreditor, Advance HE

17 Oct 2022 → …

External Examiner, Bishop Grosseteste University

30 Jan 2022 → …

Chair ALT Active Learning Special Interest Group, Association for Learning Technology

1 Sept 2020 → …

Member of ALT Assembly, Association for Learning Technology

1 Sept 2020 → …

Member of ALT NI Steering Committee, Association for Learning Technology

1 Jun 2017 → …


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Digital Technology
  • Digital storytelling
  • Active Learning
  • Learning technology
  • Learning environment
  • LB2361 Curriculum
  • Learning Design
  • Inclusivity
  • Partnership
  • Collaboration
  • Learning environment
  • Sequencing


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