Hello! I hope you find these pages useful and that they give you a flavour of the work I do, my current interests and what's going on in CLL with e-Learning.
I have worked in the Centre for Lifelong Learning for 11 years, beginning my career here in the Essential Skills Resource Centre (part of Initial Teacher Training). During that time, I designed and delivered a range of blended study programmes and experimented with the use of technology for teaching and learning, both inside the classroom and through virtual spaces. I began my new role as e-Learning Manager last year, and I remain passionate about good teaching and learning, and choosing the best technology available to support and deliver that.
My role has several aspects, at strategic and operational levels. I am responsible for, in consultation with CLL staff, the strategic direction of technology-enhanced learning in the Centre - thinking about how we can make it work, particularly from the point of view of our students' experience. However, I am also available to consult with staff on a daily basis about how to use technology for teaching and learning, design materials and make decisions about which tools to use. I can provide practical help and guidance, although I am not a 'technician' - and if I can't help, I'll aim to direct you to someone who can!
I also work with others in the wider University and beyond, keeping an eye on what's going on out there and trying to make the best of opportunities for collaboration, so that CLL will be well informed and equipped with the latest knowledge, tools and experiences.
I have wide interests when it comes to technology for teaching and learning, but I am determined that e-tools should be purposeful, meaningful and easy to use. That said, I like to encourage staff to challenge themselves to try something new! I am very interested in curriculum design and technology, e-portfolios, iPads and other mobile devices, voting technology, e-assessment, collaborative technologies and staff development opportunities.
Current work and projects
- Supporting the design of a new Moodle for students on the 2+2 degree programme
- Using Mahara as an e-portfolio tool for Initial Teacher Training, staff annual review and other functions
- Technology for Academic Practice (TAP) - a cross-Univerisity project to create a dynamic database of e-tools and approaches
Recent presentations and papers
UALL conference 2014
TEL forum 2014: Digital Tools for Academics
Warwick Institutional Teaching and Learning Showcase, 2010 and 2013
Real and Online Spaces
HUDCETT Technology and Teacher Training, 2012
Collaborative use of iPads
IfL conferences, Warwick