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Biography

Dr Marcus Leaning FRSA received his BA in Politics and Sociology at the University of the West of England in 1994, his M.Sc in Social Analysis from South Bank University London in 1998 and his PhD from the University of Luton (now the University of Bedfordshire ) in 2004. He worked at Trinity College Carmarthen (now the University of Wales Trinity St David) from 2002  before joining the University of Winchester as Programme Leader for Media Studies in 2009. He was made Head of the School of Media and Film in 2012 and stood down from this role in 2016. 
 
In Semester 1 2016-2017 he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. 
 
As a Senior Fellow in Learning and Teaching, he teaches in the fields of media theory, research methods, and aspects of new media. His research centres upon the understanding of digital media, media education and related topics.
 
Marcus is a  Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 
 

Higher Education Teaching Qualification

Senior Fellowship (SFHEA)

Areas of expertise

  • Digital media
  • Media education
  • Zombie Culture​
  • Aspects of digital media including communities in digital environments
  • Media and Information Education in Higher Education
  • Media literacy

Publications

Recent Publications - post 2008.

Books in print

  • Leaning, M. (eds) (2015) Collaborative Learning in Media Education, Santa Rosa: Informing Science Press. ISBN: 9781932886931
  • Leaning, M., Manning, P. and Hubner, L. (eds) (2014) Zombie Renaissance: the Re-animation of the Undead in Popular Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137276490
  • Leaning, M. and Pretzsch, B. (eds) (2010) Visions of the Human is Science Fiction and Cyberpunk, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN 9781904710165
  • Leaning, M. (2009) The Internet power and society: rethinking the power of the internet to change lives, Oxford: Chandos.ISBN 9781843344520
  • Leaning, M. (eds) (2009) Issues in Information and media literacy: criticism, history and policy, Santa Rosa: Informing Science Press.ISBN 9781932886115
  • Leaning, M. (eds) (2009) Issues in Information and media literacy: education, practice and pedagogy, Santa Rosa: Informing Science Press.ISBN 9781932886122

Book chapters:

  • Leaning, M. (2015) 'Framing Collaboration', in M. Leaning (2014) Collaborative Learning in Media Education, Informing Science Press, Santa Rosa. CA;
  • Leaning, M. (2015) 'Collaborative Learning in Higher Education Media Education Programmes' in M. Leaning (2014) Collaborative Learning in Media Education, Informing Science Press, Santa Rosa. CA;
  • Hubner, L. Leaning, M. and Manning, P. (2014) 'Introduction' in L. Hubner, M. Leaning and P. Manning, Zombie Renaissance: the Re-animation of the Undead in Popular Culture, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke;
  • Leaning, M. (2014) 'Zombie Apocalypse: Survivor Communities on Mumsnet and YouTube' in L. Hubner, M. Leaning and P. Manning, Zombie Renaissance: the Re-animation of the Undead in Popular Culture, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke;
  • Leaning, M. (2013) Towards the integration of media and information literacy: a rationale for a 21st century approach. In Mihailidis, P. and De Abreu, B. ed. Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, London: Routledge.
  • Leaning, M. (2012) Framing Collaboration. In Leaning, M. ed. Exploring Collaborative Learning in Media Education. York: Higher Education Academy.
  • Leaning, M. (2011) ‘Understanding Blogs: Just another Medium?’ in A. Charles and G. Stewart, The End of Journalism? London: Peter Lang.
  • Leaning, M. (2010) ‘The Influences of Technology: Understanding How Technology Contributes to Who We Are Online’ in M. Leaning and B. Pretzsch, (eds) Visions of the Human is Science Fiction and Cyberpunk, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Leaning, M. (2010) ‘The one laptop per child programme and the project of technology led educational development’ in I. Berson and M. Berson (eds) High-Tech Tots: Childhood in a Digital World, Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC.
  • Leaning, M. (2009) ‘Theories and Models of Media Literacy’ in M. Leaning (2009) Issues in M. Leaning (eds) Information and Media Literacy: Criticism, History and Policy, Santa Rosa: Informing Science Press.
  • Onojaefe, D. and Leaning, M. (2008) ‘Managing Cybercafés: Achieving Mutual Benefit through Partnership’ in E. Adomi, (eds) Security and Software for Cybercafes, IGI Global.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Leaning, M. (2015) 'A study of the use of games and gamification to enhance student engagement, experience and achievement on a theory-based course of an undergraduate media degree', Journal of Media Practice, 16 (2)
  • Leaning, M. (2012) 'Reading Game Studies: How the field is articulated in introductory texts for undergraduate students, Media Education Research Journal, 03:01
  • Leaning, M. and Averweg, U. (2011) ‘Visions of Community: Community Informatics and the Contested Nature of a Polysemic Term for a Progressive Discipline’, Information Technologies & International Development, Vol. 7, No. 2
  • Onojaefe, D. and Leaning, M. (2007) ‘The importance of partnerships: the relationship between small businesses, ICT and local communities’, Journal of Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, Vol.4
  • Leaning, M. (2005) ‘The modal nature of ICT: challenging the historical interpretation of the social understanding and appropriation of ICT’, The Journal of Community Informatics, Vol. 2 No.1

Non-peer reviewed practitioner periodicals and magazines:

  • Leaning, M. (2012) ‘Constructing Games Studies’ Networks, No. 16. Art, Design and Media Subject Centre, Higher Education Academy
  • Leaning, M. (2011) ‘Manipulating Media: using collaborative social media projects to build academic literacy in undergraduate Media Studies students’ Networks, No. 15. Art, Design and Media Subject Centre, Higher Education Academy.
  • Leaning, M. (2008) ‘Advanced Creative Project in Advertising’, Case Study, Art, Design and Media Subject Centre, Higher Education Academy
  • Leaning, M. (2007) ‘Theory and practice in web-based computer games production’, Case Study, Art, Design and Media Subject Centre, Higher Education Academy.

Invited presentations and conference papers:

  • Leaning, M. (2014) '"What I"ll do for you each and every day"': leaflets, pseudo magazines and direct mail political communication in the February 2013 Eastleigh by-election', MeCCSA, Bournemouth University;
  • Leaning, M. (2013) 'The Marxtastic Pub Quiz: Using games to Teach Media Theory' Media Education Summit, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Leaning, M. (2013) 'Zombie Survivor Communities on Mumsnet and Youtube' MeCCSA, University of Ulster;
  • Leaning, M. (2012) ‘Framing Collaboration’, Exploring Collaborative Learning in Higher Education Media Education, University of Winchester.
  • Leaning, M. (2012) ‘The construction of Games Studies in British Higher Education’ MeCCSA, University of Bedfordshire. Awarded Best Paper Prize.
  • Leaning, M. (2011) ‘Manipulating Media: using collaborative social media projects to build academic literacy in undergraduate Media Studies Students’ Art, Design, Media Creative Learning and Teaching Day, Ravensbourne.
  • Leaning, M. (2011) ‘Zombie survivor communities on mumsnet and you tube’Zombosium, University of Winchester.
  • Leaning, M. (2011) ‘Interactivity and the problematic nature of a substantivist reading’ Interactivity: a Symposium, University of Winchester.
  • Leaning, M. (2011) ‘Defining Games Studies: How the field is constructed in introductory texts’ Media Education Summit, Ravensbourne.
  • Leaning, M. (2011) ‘Media Studies 2.0? The Development of Media Studies in a New Environment’ School of Media and Film Research Symposium, University of Winchester.
  • Leaning, M. and McCathie, S. (2011) ‘The construction of Games Studies at undergraduate level in British Universities: Preliminary findings’, Under the Mask: Perspectives on the Gamer conference, University of Bedfordshire.
  • Leaning, M. and Lewis, B. (2011) ‘Social media develops academic literacy skills’11th Plymouth E-Learning Conference, University of Plymouth.
  • Leaning, M. (2010) “It’s not a laptop project. It’s an education project”: The discursive construction of the OLPC and the thorny issue of technological determinism, Media, Education and Development Symposium, University of Winchester.
  • Leaning, M. (2010) Blogs and the Power to Change: the case considered. International Political Science Association - Research Committee for Political Communication RC 22 Joint international Conference on Political Communication.
  • Leaning, M. (2010) The One Laptop per Child project and the need for media literacy: the problems of technology led educational development. Media Literacy Conference, London.
  • Leaning, M. and Averweg, U. (2010) Community in community Informatics: an evasive concept. Annual Conference on WWW Applications. Durban, South Africa.
  • Leaning, M. (2010) ‘Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Modernity: Relating Beck's Secondary Modernity to New Capitalism’ Money: Imaginaries of Capital Symposium, University of Winchester.
  • Leaning, M. and Averweg, U. (2009) A critical account of 'Community' in Community Informatics, 3rd International Development informatics Association conference, South Africa.
  • Leaning, M. (2009), ‘Media Technology and the Transformation of the Public Sphere: A Media Ecology Perspective’, Making Democracy Work in the Digital Age, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Leaning, M. (2009), ‘Contributions’, ADM HEA Annual Forum - Group Reporter.
  • Leaning, M. (2009) ‘Media Studies 2,0: What is it and how could it be delivered?’Research Seminar, Liverpool Hope University.
  • Leaning, M. (2009) ‘Media Studies 2,0: What is it and how could it be applied?’Research Seminar, Research Institute for Media Art and Design, University of Bedfordshire.
  • Leaning, M. (2008) Blogs as a challenge to traditional media: arguments for and against, The End of Journalism? Conference. University of Bedfordshire, UK.
  • Leaning, M. (2008) Old, New and Radical Media in the Republic of Croatia in the 1990s, Political Studies Association 58th annual conference, Swansea, UK.
  • Leaning, M. (2008) ‘Digital Culture: a case study in implementing Media Studies 2.0, Higher Education Academy Workshop’, The Challenge of New Media: Teaching and Learning in the New Media Ecology, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  • Leaning, M. and Averweg, U. (2007) The Virtual Community: An Examination of some Key Ideas, Computer Science & IT Education Conference, University of Technology Mauritius, Mauritius.
    Leaning, M. and Averweg, U. (2007) From Online Communities to Communities Online: the move from identity politics to community informatics in the study of Internet and communities, South African Computer Lecture’s Association: Creating Knowledge Societies, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe.
  • Onojaefe, D. and Leaning, M. (2007) The importance of partnerships: the relationship between small businesses, ICT and local communities, Informing Science and IT Education Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Leaning, M. (2007) ‘New media in higher education: the importance of context’, Trinity College Research in Teaching and Learning Symposium, Trinity College, Carmarthen.
  • Leaning, M. (2006) ‘Contributions’, UNESCO, Geneva Plan of Action: Planning multi-stakeholder implementation – Action Line C9 Media. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.
  • Leaning, M. (2006) ‘Panellist- Skilling, Tooling and Timing - How Do We Currently Inform and Equip Children, Young People and Their Educators with Knowledge and Skills in the Information Society?’, Council of Europe Pan-European Forum on Human Rights in the Information Society: Empowering children and young people, Yerevan, Armenia.
  • Leaning, M. (2006) Countries as Brands: Values, Strategies and History, Invited public lecture, British Council, Tokyo,
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