About me

With a background in visual communication, my career path has focused around developing and enhancing online environments for business and education. My specialism within learning technologies lies in making distinct information work clearly and intuitively for a range of user groups. My work in digital pedagogy involves teaching others how to empower their own learning with technology as well as finding new and innovative ways to use technology to enhance learning and teaching practice.

I work at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as a Programmer Manager in Digital Pedagogy. For more detailed information, see my LinkedIn profile


Tannant, Maria (2017) ‘Online Assessment – a marriage between Registry and Faculty’. In: 17th Durham BB Users Conference 2017, 4-6 January 2017, Durham University.

McKie, Annamarie and Tannant, Maria (2016) ‘One step beyond’ – exploring alternative methods of assessment for learning (AfL) in the creative arts. In: HEA Annual Arts and Humanities Conference 2016, 3-4 March 2016, Waterfront Hotel, Brighton, UK.

Tannant, Maria (2016) ‘All eggs in one basket… or just blindfold the chicken?’ tackling first year student engagement with learning technologies and the VLE. In: 16th Durham BB Users Conference 2016, 7-8 January 2016, Durham University.

Tannant, Maria (2015) Reflective Formative Spaces moulded around course pedagogy. In: 15th Durham BB Users Conference 2015, 6-7 January 2015, Durham University.

Tannant, Maria (2014) Empower and enhance with course templates and community modules. In: Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conference – Dublin 2014, 30 April – 2 May 2014, University College Dublin.

Tannant, Maria (2014) Self-directed/self-paced learning using Course Templates and Community Modules. In: 14th Durham BB Users Conference 2014, 9-10 January 2014, Durham University.

Tannant, Maria and McKie, Annamarie and Wright, Sheelagh (2014) A place of my own: reflective, formative spaces for learning teaching and assessment. In: GLAD Conference 2014, 27 Feb 2014, Sheffield Hallam University.

Tannant, Maria (2011) VLEs and meeting student expectations. In: SEDA Annual Conference 2011: Using Technology to Enhance Learning, 17-18 Nov 2011, Aston Business School Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham.

Tannant, Maria (2011) Walking in the cloud – exploring new worlds from a VLE perspective. In: ALT-C 2011 Conference: Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate, 6-8 Sep 2011, University of Leeds.

Tannant, Maria and and Power, Nick (2009) Blackboard: making an impression in a visual world. In: 6th annual European users conference, BbWorld , April 6-8 2009 , Barcelona, Spain.


LILAC Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy 2014 [Shortlisted]
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
April 2014

SETS – SouthEast Technology Showcase [Finalist]
April 2014

Excellence in Leadership & People Management Awards 2008-09 [Nominated]
University for the Creative Arts
September 2009


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
August 2016

MA in Online and Distance Education
June 2012

BA (Hons) in Visual Communication
July 1999


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