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BA (Hons) German & Italian (University of Birmingham);
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University of Wales, Cardiff)
MA Education, Leadership & Management (University of Glamorgan)


Catherine joined the University in 1991 having spent several years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Rome. She initially taught Italian and EFL in the Centre for Language Studies and HASS and between 1996 – 2001, was responsible for the University’s University-Wide language programme, the Unilang programme. In 2002, Catherine joined e-College Wales as an Instructional Designer, working with academic staff to develop online modules and awards in Business. She joined CELT in 2007 and since then has spent some time on secondment to Rhondda-Cynon-Taff Local Authority to support their Moodle project and their 14-19 Strategy. In 2009 Catherine was also seconded to the Welsh Government as Schools ICT Manager.


  • January 2010 – July 2011: Seconded to Rhondda-Cynon-Taf as 14-19 Strategy Manager
  • February 2009 – December 2009: Seconded to Welsh Government as Schools ICT Strategy Manager
  • August 2007 – August 2012: Senior Lecturer in Blended Learning
  • Jan – July 2007: Curriculum Advice Officer for Blended Learning, CELT, University of Glamorgan.
  • 2005 – 2006: Project coordinator/Instructional designer, LCSS, University of Glamorgan.
  • 2002 – 2005: Instructional designer, LCSS, University of Glamorgan.
  • 2001 – 2002: Project manager (Languages for Business), HaSS, University of Glamorgan.
  • 1991 – 2001: Senior lecturer in Italian, University of Glamorgan.
  • 1984 – 1988: Teacher of EFL, Rome, Italy


• Work with Faculties, Departments and Divisions in their embedding of Technology Enhanced Learning, Teaching and Assessment
• Delivery of postgraduate courses focused on online learning, teaching and assessment for HE, FE and School based staff
• Management of externally funded projects on the use of technology enhanced learning, teaching and assessment.
• Planning the Learning and Teaching Seminar Series in liaison with the rest of the CELT team and taking direct responsibility for the Technology Enhanced Learning Seminar arrangements.
• To research the way that technologies can enhance learning, teaching and assessment
• To use research to inform good practice in the use of technology enhanced learning, teaching and assessment at the University


  • Meace, S, Naamani, C & Carroll, F (2018), Empowering students through an authentic learning environment: How lecturers are creating opportunities for independent learning through the use of technology. Paper presented at ALT-C, Manchester, 2018
  • Meace, S, Naamani, C & Carroll, F (2018), Building the ‘connection’ between students, their peers and the lecturer: How social media can enhance student engagement and afford informal learning opportunities. Paper presented at EduLearn 18, Palma di Majorca, 2018.
  • Naamani, C, Kell, C & Jones, L (2017), It isn’t all about the technology: An exploration of the impact of learning space design on collaborative approaches in the digital classroom. Paper presented at ALT-C, Liverpool, 2017
  • Naamani, C & Meace, S (2017), Bringing out the Best: how working with recent graduates informs and enhances policy and practice in technology enhanced learning, Poster presentation at Change Agents’ Network conference, Exeter, 2017)
  • Naamani, C (2015) #BYOD, Invited Speaker, Embedding Digital Literacy in Your University, Westminster Briefing, 2015,
  • Naamani, C & Jones, E, (2015) Developing Resources to Support Transition from College Based HE to an HE Campus – a staff and student perspective, paper presented at OER15, Cardiff, 2015
  • Jones, E & Naamani, C (2015), Whose Resource is this anyway?, paper presented at FACE, Pontypridd, 2015
  • Naamani, C & Lynch, M (2014) Are we there yet?, paper presented at ALT-C, Warwick, 2014
  • Naamani, C (2014), To Share or Not To Share – an exploration of staff and student attitudes to sharing and using open educational resources. paper presented at OER14, Newcastle, 2014
  • Naamani, C & Vallance, M (2013) Avatars, LEGO Robots and Immersive Learning: a case study exploring the development of learners’ programming and cognitive skills using LEGO robots in an international collaborative learning environment. Advancing Education, Autumn Edition,
  • Naamani, C (2013) E-portfolios and Employability: Building Learning Cultures for Life, paper presented at ALT-C, Nottingham, 2013
  • Vallance, M., Naamani, C., Thomas, M. & Thomas, J. (2013). Applied Information Science Research in a Virtual World Simulation to Support Robot Mediated Interaction Following the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Communications in Information Science and Management Engineering (CISME). Vol. 3 Issue 5, pp. 222-232.
  • Vallance, M and Naamani, C (2013) Experiential learning, virtual collaboration and robots, paper presented at Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds, Lisbon, 2013.
  • Naamani, C (2012) It’s not just about the Technology: A Large Scale Implementation of Moodle as a VLE across Schools in South Wales. International Journal for Digital Society (IJDS), Volume 3 Issues 3/4.
  • Naamani, C and Taylor L (2012) Beauty and the iPod – a story of contrasts and the use of podcasting in vocational education – Nail Technology, paper presented at ALT-C, Manchester, 2012.
  • Naamani, C (2012) Virtual Valleys: A Report on the Approach Taken by a South Wales Local Authority to Adopt Moodle as a Virtual Learning Environment, paper presented at Ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin, April 2012
  • Naamani, C (2008) Preparing school teachers to use technology to transform learning – Designing the staff development, paper presented at Online-Educa, Berlin, 2008
  • Naamani, C (2007) Collaboration through VLEs, presentation to Dysg e-learning conference, 2007.
  • Naamani, C (2007) From Text to Screen: Challenging Approaches to Creating Learning in an Online Environment, paper presented at SOLSTICE 2007 Conference, Edge Hill University
  • Shaken not Stirred – Approaches to Module Development in Blended Learning – Blended Learning @ Glamorgan seminar series, December 2006.
  • Naamani, C (2005) What do instructional designers do, anyway? – A survey of perceptions in higher education, paper presented at BERA annual conference.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Secretary – Heads of eLearning Forum – 2018 – present
ALT-C Conference committee member, 2017 & 2018


Technology Enhanced Learning and in particular, the use of social media. Curriculum development and the use of technology in learning and teaching in schools.



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