The main theme of Terry's research and writing has been to apply learning theory to the understanding of pedagogy, with a particular focus on enhancement through technology. During the late 1990s he led collaborative projects funded through the UK Research Councils (both ESRC and EPSRC) involving research on the educational potential of vicarious learning. His subsequent research has extended more widely into the study of learning cultures.
From the early 1990s Terry has been increasingly involved in learning and teaching policy. He was a member of the MacFarlane committee which produced a report on the potential for learning technology in HE, the significance of which was reflected in Dearing. He became a member of the learning and teaching committee for the SFC, in which capacity he sat on the JISC main committee. In 1996 Terry joined Glasgow Caledonian University where he headed the academic practice area and chaired the University’s learning and teaching committee. He shared the chairing of two of the Scottish QAA sector-wide enhancement themes (flexible learning and the first year experience) and was a member of the QAA advisory committee on the introduction of ELIR. Subsequently, he has been the formative evaluator/critical friend for the HEA Benchmarking programme and has coordinated the team of critical friends through the Pathfinder (HEFCE) and Gwella (HEFCW) programmes. He also acted as e-pedagogy advisor on the Scottish e-learning Transformation Project TESEP (Transforming and Enhancing the Student Experience through Pedagogy), 2006-9. In 2012 he was appointed as adviser to the Scottish enhancement theme: Developing and Supporting the Curriculum.
Internationally, since the late 1980s Terry has acted in numerous capacities in EU Framework and related programmes, both as research participant and reviewer. Latterly, he has been contracted as an advisor on online learning in NUI Galway, and as an external advisor at the University of Cape Town.
Terry Mayes is one of the four ALT (Association for Learning Technology) Ambassadors and in 2007 was awarded an honorary life membership.
Selected recent publications
• Mayes,J. T. (2015) Still to learn from vicarious learning. E-Learning and Digital Media 12, 3-4, 361-371. Abstract
• Mayes, J.T. (2013) Ten years of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Themes 2003-13, Report for QAA Scotland (http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/docs/publications/10-years-of-enhancement-themes.pdf?sfvrsn=12)
• Mayes, J.T. (2009) An overview of the Scottish enhancement theme for the first year, Report for QAA Scotland (http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/docs/publications/first-year-overview-aims-achievements-challenges.pdf)
• Mayes J.T. (2009) 'All in the Mind': Programmes for the Development of Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education, In J.T.Mayes, D.Morrison, H.Mellar, P.Bullen & M.Oliver (eds.) Transforming Higher Education through Technology-Enhanced Learning, York: HEA (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/learningandtech/Transforming-04.pdf)
A more comprehensive list of publications, with citation details, can be viewed via the link below: