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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and its Applications
Ph.D. Mathematics
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Dip)
British Computing Society: Member (MBCS), Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.), IT Practitioner (C.ITP)
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
Professor of Learner Innovation, University of South Wales


Jo is the Director of USW Online, leading and collaborating across the University in all aspects of online learning developments to enable and assure accessibility and positive learning experiences and outcomes for students studying online with USW. This includes assuring close equivalence between USW’s on-campus and online provision and enabling continuing development of academic practice from shared experiences. Learning analytics is an important element providing greater insight of student learning behaviours, informing best positioning of learner support and enhanced knowledge of student engagement to maximise retention and success.

Aside from work, Jo played tennis at county (Yorkshire) and national (England B) levels and continues to take an active interest in sport and keeping fit.


As an experiential learner with practical learning and teaching experiences across the UK (Worcester, Aston and South Wales) and Europe in over 35 years of in Further and Higher Education, Jo’s lecturing and research activities focus on innovating and enhancing personal and organisational learning in academic and corporate environments. Her significant experience of quality assurance and enhancement has been achieved through her career in Further and Higher Education in the UK and Europe. An alumni of the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (now part of Cardiff University), she has assured the currency of her real-world experiences by regularly undertaking industrial secondments during her career. As her career has progressed into management, Jo continues to teach and learn as an important ingredient of her continuing professional development ensuring knowledge currency of student engagement, experiences and expectations.


Within University of South Wales:-
- Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee Member;
- Quality Assurance Committee Member;
- Higher Academic Awards Committee Member;
- Portfolio Operations Group Member;
- Dissertation Supervisor (Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Ph.D.);
- USW/UNICAF Partnership Board Member.


Smedley, J.K. (2018). “Are You Healthy Enough For Online?”. IT Now, British Computing Society (BCS). In press.
Smedley, J.K. and Andrews, K. (2018). “Managing Organisational Learning Change Through Collaboration”. In Review.
Smedley, J.K. (2018). “Enhancing information impact: how do we make the most of our information senses?” Information and Learning Science, Vol. 119 Issue: 3/4, pp.142-144,.;
Smedley, J.K. (2018). “Information, Colour and Learning”, BERA blog article. Available at
Smedley, J.K. (2017) “Information innovation: it’s all about people”, Information and Learning Science, Vol. 118 Issue: 11/12, pp.669-671,
Smedley, J.K. (2016). “Innovation and Information”. Chapter in David Baker, Wendy Evans (ed.) Innovation in Libraries and Information Services (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Volume 35) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.227 – 241. ISBN: 978-1-78560-731-8 eISBN: 978-1-78560-730-1.
Al-Adwan, A.S., Al-Adwan, A. & Smedley, J.K. (2013). “Exploring Students Acceptance of Technology in Jordanian Universities”. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) 2013, Vol. 9, Issue 2, pp 4-18.
Al-dwan, A.S. & Smedley, J.K. (2012) “Implementing e-learning in the Jordanian Higher Education System: Factors Affecting Impact”. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 2012, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 121-135.
Smedley, J.K. (2012) “Managing E-xpectations: Developing Knowledge Management Through Market Communication”. Chapter in “Higher Education Management and Operational Research: Demonstrating New Practices and Metaphors”, G. Bell, J. Warwick and P. Galbraith (Eds.), pp97–108. Sense Publishers. ISBN 978-94-6091-974-9.

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2017 – present: HEA PFHEA network
2017 – present: HEA Flexible Learning Community of Practice
2005 – present: Operational Research Society
2004 – present: British Computing Society


2019: Undergraduate Award. Panel member for Computer Science;
2019: Assistant Editor, Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication. Emerald Publishing.
2018 – present: Information and Learning Science, Guest Editor of Special Issue on “The Information Journey”. Call For Papers:
2018 – present: British Council Newton Fund/Science Research Programme Reviewer;
2017 – present: Mentor in Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme;
2016 – present: Member of South Wales OR Discussion Society (SWORDS) Organising Committee;
2016 – present: External Examiner for INTO Programmes, Bangor University;
2013 – present: External Panel Reviewer for HEA Accreditation: Unis of Bangor & Glyndwr;
2013 – 2018: External Examiner for Certificate of HE programmes in Business, University of Gloucestershire;
2004 – present: Associate Lecturer, Open University;
2000 – 2015: Visiting Lecturer in Business Informatics, Halmstad University, Sweden.

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Successful bids for internal and external funding total over £700,000.

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Jo is passionate about flexible learning and curriculum initiatives which enhance promote life-wide learning, enhance employability and enable earning-and-learning. Described as an “enthusiastic entrepreneur” and a “creative thinker”, her work focuses on applying academic knowledge to professional practice and vice versa with a focus on enhancing effectiveness and efficiency of systems, processes and practices – particularly using appropriate technologies. The nature of Jo’s lecturing and research activities involves collaborating widely to design, develop, implement and support change across cultural boundaries. She has successfully supervised over thirty five undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and dissertations with work focusing on the impact of knowledge management, information management and technology management in academic and work-place environment.

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Areas of Expertise

Knowledge Management applied to personal and organisational settings;
Business Information Systems;
Learning Analytics;
Enhancing learning through technology



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