Aidan Johnston


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Aidan commenced working at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2002 as an educational technologist on a seven year JISC, National Science Foundation (NSF) and BBC information and Archives funded project “Digital libraries in the Classroom: The Spoken Word project”. This project investigated the use and application of BBC audio and video archive materials for teaching and learning purposes and explored the notion of students “writing on and for the internet”. 

His research interests centre around the enhancement of online courses to support learning and teaching, in particular:

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Vidcasting to support student learning
  • Designing and delivering online and blended learning courses at scale
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

As a Learning Enhancement Advisor at the University of Strathclyde, Aidan was responsible for operationally supporting the development and conversion of a range of existing courses, and the development of new courses, for online and blended learning. Aidan provided expert advice to enhance teaching, learning and assessment through the utilisation of learning technologies including online platforms such as FutureLearn, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform which is a private company funded by the Open University and Moodle, the institutional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Aidan has developed nine award winning MOOCs covering socially diverse topics ranging from “Introduction to Forensic Science” to “Caring for Vulnerable Children” and “Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities” with a combined enrolment of over 350,000 participants worldwide. 

He has vast experience and knowledge in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), Online Course design and delivery, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), podcasting, vidcasting, mobile learning, blended learning, blogs, wikis, and utilising web technologies to support teaching and learning.

Aidan is a Fellow (FHEA) and an Associate Fellow (AFHEA) of Advance HE. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, a Postgraduate Diploma in eCommerce Technology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Supporting Student Learning and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Studies (Academic Practice). 

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Studies (Academic Practice), University of Strathclyde

5 Jan 201415 Sept 2015

Award Date: 15 Sept 2015

Postgraduate Certificate in Supporting Student Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University

15 Sept 200731 May 2008

Award Date: 10 Jul 2008

Postgraduate Diploma in E-Commerce Technology, Glasgow Caledonian University

25 Sept 200031 May 2001

Award Date: 5 Jul 2001

BSc Quantity Surveying, Glasgow Caledonian University

20 Sept 199631 May 2000

Award Date: 5 Jul 2000


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