Talks & Articles

Vivien’s research profile

(20 outputs since January 2014)

Dr Vivien Rolfe, BSc, PhD, PFHEA, National Teaching Fellow

Peer-reviewed papers

  • Rolfe V. (2016).  Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources. Open Praxis, 8(4). Available:
  • Rolfe V. (2015). Advancing Healthcare Sciences through Staff, Student and Service User Partnerships. The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change.
  • Rolfe V. (2015). Ethics of MOOCs. In: The MOOC Case Book: Case Studies in MOOC Design, Development and Implementation. Available: 10: 1-60797-561-0 ISBN 13: 978-1-60797-561-8
    Edited by Joseph Rene Corbeil, Maria Elena Corbeil and Badrul H. Khan. *Runner up of the 2016 Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)’s Division of Distance Learning Book Award.
  • Cathy Bennett et al. (2015). BOB CAT: a Large-Scale Review and Delphi Consensus for Management of Barrett’s Esophagus With No Dysplasia, Indefinite for, or Low-Grade Dysplasia. The American Journal of Gastroenterology , (14 April 2015) | doi:10.1038/ajg.2015.55. Available: (I was privileged to be one of around 180 global partners on this project).
  • Rolfe V. (2015). A Systematic Review of the Socio-Ethical Aspects of Massive Online Open Courses. EURODL. Available at:
  • Rolfe V. (2015). Students as evaluators of open educational resources. Open Education Europa, ELearning Papers. Available:

Conference presentations

Coming soon…

  • Rolfe V and Jhangiani R (2017 coming up). Advocating innovation in open education: UK and Canadian successes and failures. #OER17, 4-5 April 2017.
  • Harold S, Rolfe V and Sardo M (2017 coming up). I find the whole enterprise daunting”: Academic staff understanding of open educational initiatives. #OER17, 4-5 April 2017.
  • MacNeill S, Bell F, Rolfe V, Cronin C, Fraser J and Bowles K (2017 coming up). Saying open: sustaining critical open educational practice in a time of walls and borders. #OER17, 4-5 April 2017.
  • Rolfe V (2016). Open, but not for criticism? #opened16, Richmond Virginia, November 2016. Available:
  • Rolfe V and Kernohan D (2016). Open education: “Runnin with the devil”. #OER16 OER16, University of Edinburgh 19-20 April 2016. *LIVESTREAMED*
  • Slideshare:
  • Rolfe V, Kernohan D, Campbell L, Lockley P, Thomson S and Havernam L (2016). Web today, gone tomorrow. OER sustainability panel session. #OER16 OER16, University of Edinburgh 19-20 April 2016.
  • Kyriazis PG and Rolfe V (2016). Panagiotis BCUR Presentation.
  • Copeland H and Rolfe V (2016). Harriet’s BCUR Presentation.
  • Rolfe V (2016). #DS106 Learning as a digital story. MELSIG Digital Narratives, Nottingham Trent University, 8th January 2016.
  • Deshpande A, Kyriazis PG, Mafohla K, Kehayova MO, Scott G, Smith-Warren C and Rolfe V. (2015). Attitudes toward patient involvement in healthcare science education among multiple stakeholder groups. Society for Research into Higher Education, Cardiff 8 December. Student internship research presentation.
  • Rolfe V (2015). Open education: sustainability versus vulnerability. The Open Education Conference (#opened15), Vancouver 18-20 November 2015. Click for Slideshare.
  • Cronin C and Rolfe V (2015). On your marks, get set, go open! Association of Learning Technology Conference (#altc), Manchester 8-10 September 2015. Available:
  • Rolfe V and Kernohan D (2015). “The Cost of Not Going Open”. Workshop, jazz and cocktails at OER15, Cardiff 14-15 April 2015.
  • Rolfe V (2015). Reach and impact of OERs. Cardiff 14-15 April 2015.
  • Rolfe V (2014). Open all hours: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) conference, Cardiff, December 2014. Opening-up education to inspire future learners and teachers. Abstract available: Blog article available:
  • Rolfe V and Kernohan D (2014). OpenEd14, Washington DC, November 2014. Perceptions and socio-ethical stances surrounding massive online open courses. Abstract available: Blog article available:
  • Rolfe V and Kernohan D (2014). OER14, Newcastle, April 2014. Users perceptions and experiences of MOOCs. Abstract available:
  • Rolfe V (2013). OpenEd13, UTAH, November 2013. Results of systematic review looking at research supporting MOOCs in higher education. Slides available:


ALT OpenEdSig (2016) #openedsig #oer16 OER16 preview and publicity. Lorna Campbell, Viv Rolfe and others.

ALT OpenEdSig (2015) #openedsig OER from over the pond. Viv Rolfe and David Kernohan. Available:

ALT OpenEdSig (2015) #openedsig How open is open education? Terry McAndrew, Shirley Evans and Viv Rolfe. Available:


Other useful stuff from me and others

Publications 2012 and earlier
This first bunch about learning technology and open education started with my PGCert group at Nottingham. Perhaps the most important paper of all is the 2011 systematic review with Douglas Gray asking the question “are multimedia resources effective for student learning in bioscience education”. The answer was yes, in some areas, but with the huge caveat that there is an abundance of edu-research out there, but most papers had to be discounted because of poor quality and poor method design (which is part of the systematic process to evaluate).

  • Rolfe VE. (2012). Open educational resources: staff attitudes and awareness. Research in Learning Technology 20, 14395. pp. 1-13. At:
  • Rolfe VE, Fowler MR and Dyson SM. (2012). Sickle cell in the university curriculum; a survey assessing demand for open-access educational materials in a constructed community of interest. Diversity in Health and Care, 8 (4) pp.239-250.
  •  Rolfe VE and Fowler MR. (2012). JISC OER Case Study. How institutional culture can change to adopt open practices. pp. 1-11. Download PDF –> 2012 Rolfe and Fowler How_institutional_culture_can_change
  • Vivien E Rolfe and Douglas Gray. (2011). Are Multimedia Resources Effective in Life Science Education? A Meta-Analysis. Bioscience Education, 18(3), pp. 1-14. Available at:
  • Rolfe VE. (2010). Can Turnitin be used to provide instant formative feedback? British Journal of Education Technology. 42(4), pp. 701-710. At:
  • Rolfe VE. (2009). Development of a Virtual Analytical Laboratory (VAL) multimedia resource to support student transition to laboratory science at university. HEA Bioscience Case Study. pp. 1-5. At:
  • Rolfe VE, Alcocer M, Bentley E, Milne D & Meyer-Sahling J. (2008). Academic staff attitudes towards electronic learning in Arts and Sciences. European Journal of Distance Learning. 2008(1). At:

Two of the most enjoyable publications – the first working with Professor Yash Mahida’s group at Nottingham; he took me under his wing as a new lecturer and gave me the opportunity to do lab research again. I’m forever grateful to him and his group. The other paper provided me with the most incredible learning opportunity – to write a paper for the Cochrane Organisation.

  • Rolfe VE, Fortun PJ, Hawkey CJ & Bath-Hextall F. (2006). Probiotics for maintenance of remission in Crohn’s disease. Cochrane Database. Oct 18(4), pp. 1-25.
  • Mahida YR and Rolfe VE. (2004). Host-bacterial interactions in inflammatory bowel disease. Clinical Science 107(4), pp. 331-341.

Next comes my “poo” phase, researching intestinal physiology in dogs and cats. Most of the research was not publishable to protect the intellectual property (although some data is available in the patents). This bunch reflects some of the pure research linking gut transit, absorption and faecal consistency. All vital stuff for any dog owner.

  • Zentek J, Hall EJ, German A, Haverson K, Bailey M, Rolfe V, Butterwick R, Day MJ. (2002). Morphology and immunopathology of the small and large intestine in dogs with nonspecific dietary sensitivity. Journal of Nutrition; 132(6 Suppl 2), 1652S-4S.
  •  Rolfe VE, Batt RM & Butterwick RF. (2002). Relationships between fecal character and intestinal transit time in normal dogs and dogs with dietary sensitivity. American Journal of Vet Research 43(7), pp. 290-294.
  •  Rolfe VE, Adams CA, Butterwick RF, Batt RM. (2002). Relationships between fecal consistency and colonic function in dogs with and without non-specific dietary sensitivity. American Journal of Vet Research 63(4), pp. 61-68.
  • Rolfe VE. (1999). Canine Colonic fluid and electrolyte transport in health and disease. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice 29(2), pp. 577-588.

The final bunch of papers reflects my time at the Institute of Child Health in London (with Professor Milla) and my PhD at Sheffield University (with Roy Levin). Research was like adding bits to a jigsaw and we uncovered some fundamental understanding about how the intestine absorbs (blowing some of the previous papers out of the water). Bugs that cause diarrhoea (like E. coli STa) do so by causing water secretion where they contact the intestine, but ALSO by sending nerve reflexes via the brain. They also involve enteric nerves (the gut’s own nervous system – or little brain), using nitric oxide as a neurotransmitter. All important stuff for understanding the causes of diarrhoea – the worlds biggest cause of infant mortality back then 20 years ago, and sadly still today.

  • Rolfe VE & Levin RJ. (1999). Vagotomy inhibits the jejunal fluid secretion activated by luminal ileal Escherichia coli STa. Gut 44, pp. 615-619.
  • Rolfe VE & Milla PJ. (1999). Nitric oxide stimulates cyclic guanosine monophosphate production in Caco-2 colonocytes. Clinical Science 96(2), pp. 165-170.
  • Rolfe VE & Levin RJ. (1998). Neural and non-neural activation of electrogenic secretion by 5-HT. Acta Physiologica Scandinavica 162, pp. 469-474.
  • Rolfe VE, Brand MP, Heales SJR, Lindley KJ & Milla PJ. (1997). Tetrahydrobiopterin regulates cyclic GMP-dependent electrogenic chloride secretion in vitro. Journal of Physiology 503.2, pp. 347-352.
  • Rolfe VE & Levin RJ. (1994). Enterotoxin E. coli STa activates a NO-dependent myenteric plexus secretory reflex. Journal of Physiology 475.3, pp. 531-537.

Talks and conference presentations
There are far too many talks and presentations to list here – hundreds over the years in countries including:

New Orleans

Digestive Disease Week 2004, New Orleans, Louisiana

Argentina Buenos Aires (WSAVA conference)
America Los Angeles, San Diago, San Francisco, New Orleans (AGA conferences)
America Seattle (WSAVA conference)
America Las Vegas (Sloan Consortium, Merlot conference)
America New Orleans (Hewlett 2015 Annual Open Education Conference)
America Richmond VA (OpenEd16)
America UTAH (OpenEd13)
America Washington DC (OpenEd14)
America Fredericksburgh University of Mary Washington (Hack Weekend 2014)
Canada Vancouver (OpenEd12)
Canada Kamloops (Thomson Rivers University 2015)
Germany Munich (ESPGHAN conference)
Hong Kong (SHAPE School for Higher and Professional Education)
Italy Florence, Rome (WSAVA conferences)
Japan Tokyo (MARS innovation conference)
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (INTI and others)
Singapore (Temasek college and others)



Have a few to my name!!


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