Antonella Esposito has a background in Philosophy and Media Studies. She has been an e-learning practitioner for more than fifteen years, in the capacity of course designer and online tutor, mainly in the higher education sector in Italy. She has been working at the University of Milan, where she was director of the local e-learning center for seven years. In December 2014 she was awarded the PhD (European Doctorate) in Education and ICT (E-learning) at the UOC – Open University of Catalonia, discussing a dissertation entitled “The transition ‘from student to researcher’ in the digital age: Exploring the affordances of the emerging learning ecologies of the PhD e-researchers”. In 2011 she was awarded the MRes in Educational and Social Research, Institute of Education, University of London. An extensive excerpt of her MRes dissertation was published on First Monday in January 2013 (vol. 18, issue 1). In 2009 she also earned the certificates in Open and Distance Education from the Open University, UK and in E-learning Course Design and Teaching from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain. Her current research interests are concerned with learning ecologies of doctoral researchers, digital scholars and open scholarship practices, social media and teacher/student engagement in higher education and research ethics in online settings.