Dr Alison Le Cornu

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Job TitleConsultant in Academic Practice
Email alison@alisonlecornu.co.uk
Telephone 01865 427569
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Blog www.alisonlecornu.co.uk www.flexiblelearninguk.co.uk

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I am currently a self-employed Consultant in Academic Practice, following four years as Academic Lead for Flexible Learning with the Higher Education Academy. I have specialised in online and distance learning, primarily, although not exclusively, within theology. I was the Director of Open Learning at London School of Theology for 6 years, and the Programme Leader for a BA and MA in Practical and Contextual Theology, both by distance learning, at Oxford Brookes University.

PhD 2004 Surrey
MSc 1999 Surrey
BA 1994 Middlesex (Oak Hill Theological College)
RSA Dip TEFLA 1991 International House London
PGCE 1982 La Sainte Union College of HE, Southampton
GTCL 1980 Trinity College of Music London
Roles and responsibilities

I have taught in a variety of contexts, disciplines and modes. I have specialised in flexible, part-time learning in higher education and have extensive experience of online and blended learning, mostly in a theological context. In addition to my teaching roles at London School of Theology and Oxford Brookes University, I have also been a member of the core tutorial team running an MA in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry (also distance learning) through the York Institute for Community Theology and have just been accepted as a Faculty Member with Laureate Online Education University to tutor on Roehampton University’s online Theology & Leadership degree programmes.

I am a theologically educated lay Anglican and attend St Mary the Virgin University Church in Oxford. I grew up in a practising Methodist family, and attended Baptist churches when living in Spain and France.

I work as a Consultant for both the Church of England (ArchBishops’ Council and Ministry Division) and the Methodist Church, doing short-term projects focusing on areas of higher education.

I am on the Academic Board of the University of Gibraltar.

Research interests and supervision areas

My research aims to bring theory and practice of adult and higher education into dialogue with theology, and the reverse. This enables me to bring insights from one into the other. A particular example is the study of theological reflection which I am currently exploring and analysing with reference to literature on reflection from mainstream education and educational psychology. I have a professional specialisation in distance, online, flexible and blended learning which again introduces questions that theology seeks to grapple with: the pedagogies themselves, but also their underlying theologies and practice. These matters have also been a focus of my research.

I have supervised research projects at undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels and have seen two PrD students through to completion in the area of Practical Theology. I have also acted as External Examiner for doctoral students in the area of higher and adult education.

I am interested in supervising doctoral dissertations in the areas of:

  • Adult theological education
  • Online, distance, flexible and blended learning within the discipline of theology
  • The place of theology and practical theology in higher education
  • Reflection in learning and theological reflection.


Theological reflection in learning: from theory to practice (forthcoming)

Chapters and journal articles

Encyclopedia of Christian Education (eds Kurian, George Thomas and Lamport, Mark A.), Washington DC: Rowman & Littlefield, May 2015. (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810884922/Encyclopedia-of-Christian-Education-3-Volumes#) Four entries: Learning; Lifespan Development; Educational Technology; Theological Reflection.

First Monday, Vol 16, number 9, Sept 5###sup 2011, ‘Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement’. (With David S. White)

Educational Research, Vol 52, number 2, May 2010, pp183-196. ‘Eventedness and Disjuncture in Virtual Worlds’. (With David White)

Adult Education Quarterly, Vol 59, number 4, August 2009, pp279 – 297. ‘Meaning, Internalization and Externalization: Towards a Fuller Understanding of the Process of Reflection and its Role in the Construction of the Self’.

Journal of Adult Theological Education, Vol.5.1, 2008, pp71-85. ‘Teaching Practical Theology Using Reusable Electronic Learning Objects: Practical, Educational and Theological Challenges’.

Discourse, Vol.6.2, Spring 2007, pp143-158. ‘Reusable Electronic Learning Objects for Theology and Religious Studies’.

Journal of Adult Theological Education, Vol.3.1, 2006, pp11-36. ‘Theological Reflection and Christian Formation’.

Brookes e-Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol.1, issue 4, Spring 2006 (with Helen Cameron, Emma Catling, Tom Cosgrove and Elaine Langford). ‘Managing Distance Learning in a Face-to-Face Culture’.

Studies in the Education of Adults, Vol.37, issue 2, Autumn 2005, pp166-181. ‘Building on Jarvis: Towards a holistic model of the processes of experiential learning’.

Religious Education, Vol.100, issue 4, Fall 2005, pp425-446. ‘People’s Ways of Believing: Learning processes and faith outcomes’.

British Journal of Theological Education, Vol.14.1, July 2003, pp13-26. ‘The Shape of Things to Come: Theological education in the twenty-first century’.

Studies in Spirituality, Vol.11, 2001, pp47-70. ‘Learning as a Spiritual Discipline, with particular reference to Monasticism’.

British Journal of Theological Education, Vol.11.2, February 2001, pp9-21. ‘Is Adult Theological Education by Distance Learning Self-Defeating? An exploration of the relationships between truth, authority and self-development’.

Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol.20, number 1, April 1999, pp110-114. Research report: ‘Learning Styles, Age and Gender as Influential Issues among Theological Students’.