Frank Rennie

Professor

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 165 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
1983 …2019

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Research expertise

Research interests

Opportunities for new approaches to distance and open education, especially computer-based distributed learning systems, as a contribution to improved development on and in rural communities.

  1. The impacts of online education and ICT services, especially for rural areas.
  2. Rural and Community Development Studies
  3. Human Ecology - The interface between nature conservation and the development of human communities.

Specific research Interests

  • Opportunities for new approaches to distance and open education, especially computer-based distributed learning systems, as a contribution to improved development on and in rural communities.
  • The animation of grassroots community development, especially mechanisms for participation in integrated rural development initiatives and the practice of participatory action research by rural communities
  • Practical systems for securing sustainable development in rural communities.
  • Cultural and social issues as a mechanism for development (especially among minority cultures).
  • Rural landuse, land ownership, and land management, including small-scale agricultural activities and the crofting system in particular.
  • Support and training for leadership development in rural areas.

Research projects

  • e-tips (e-textbook institutional publishing service) (lead partner, with Edinburgh Napier University); funded by JISC (Joint Information Services Committee, for UK Higher Education) (2014-2017)
  • Sustaining livelihoods in remote and fragile communities: The role and impact of ferry transport. Funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Calmac (2014-2015)
  • Higher Education Academic funded project on Education for Sustainable Development - co-participant (2011)
  • NetUniversity: The development of open educational resources and online education with academic partners in Iceland, Sweden, and Labrador, Canada (2008-2010)
  • Edushare: Distributed Learning Capacity-Building for Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, and the Maldives (EU Asia-Link II Programme, 2007-2010)
  • THETA: Tourism, Heritage, and Environment: Technology Applications (Highlands and Islands Enterprise2007)
  • EU Grundtvik GOAL project to research systems to support the Generation of Online Adult Learning
  • The Development and Management of Sustainable Systems for Distributed Higher Education in Nepal and Bhutan (EU-Asia Link)
  • The Connecticon:Learning for the connected generation.
  • "How to Use Broadband" for community and business development.
  • Critical factors in the success of one-stop-shops as a model of service delivery within rural locations. (Scottish Executive)
  • eLearning models desk study (JISC)
  • The Use of Computer Networks for Community and Business Development
  • Indicators for sustainable rural development at the community level
  • "Operational features for managing sustainable development in Amazonia", (The EU funded Amazonia21 Project.)
  • Review of international best practice in service delivery to remote and rural areas (contract for the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Science, The University of Edinburgh

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Research Output

Community land ownership and the reorganisation of rural settlement systems in Lewis and Harris, Scotland

Rennie, F., 2019, Community land ownership and the reorganisation of rural settlement systems in Lewis and Harris, Scotland. Kyoto, Japan, 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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  • Digital Learning: The Key Concepts

    Rennie, F. & Smyth, K., 2019, 2 ed. London: Routledge. 172 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • The use of learning analytics to improve online learning outcomes: a systematic literature review

    Rennie, F., Rajabalee, Y. & Santally, M., 2019, Conference Proceedings of PCF9.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Celtic lands and identities: Global and Local Implications

    Rennie, F., 2018, The Arizona State University, College of Public Service and Community Solutions: The 2018 John F. Roach Lecture on Social Policy and Practice. 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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  • Press / Media

    Loss of land and culture ties faraway groups who are forging similar paths

    Frank Rennie

    25/03/1827/03/18

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Female inmates express pain, joy and humanity through performance

    Frank Rennie

    25/03/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Celebrating the contribution communities make to Scotland

    Frank Rennie

    21/09/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Thesis

    Understanding Pedagogic Collaboration in the Online Environment

    Author: Coker, H., 24 May 2017

    Supervisor: Rennie, F. (Supervisor), Davies, G. (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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    The role of agents for change in the sustainable development of wave energy in the Highlands and Islands Region of Scotland

    Author: Billing, S., 31 Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Black, K. (Supervisor), Calder, L. (Supervisor) & Rennie, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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    The Impact of Large Scale Wave Energy Converter Farms on the Regional Wave Climate

    Author: Greenwood, C., 31 Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Christie, D. (Supervisor), Rennie, F. (Supervisor), Venugopal, V. (Supervisor) & McClatchey, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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    What lies beneath: probing the cultural depths of a nature conservation conflict in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

    Author: Brennan, R., 31 Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Mee, L. (Supervisor), Rennie, F. (Supervisor) & Potts, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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    A Major Wind Farm Development in a Valued Natural Environment: A Thematic Discourse Analysis of public responses to a proposed wind farm on the Island Of Lewis, Scotland

    Author: Wemyss, R. D., 15 Jan 2013

    Supervisor: Rennie, F. (Supervisor) & Scott, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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