As the Head of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) I’m a member of the Plymouth University’s Teaching & Learning Directorate and am responsible to the Director of Teaching and Learning for planning and delivery of e-learning/TEL activities. I am responsible for the strategic development, coordination and implementation of University-wide TEL policies and initiatives and for providing support to Faculties in translating and implementing these policies and initiatives.
The main function of my role is to lead the further development and enhancement of TEL and blended learning across the university together with related pedagogic research, in support of the university’s teaching, learning and enterprise agendas.
Before taking up the post of Head of TEL (or HoTEL) I was the Technical Director for the HELP CETL where I was responsible for
- Knowledge Management: Research, development, embedding, evaluation, training and support of a Knowledge Management System for the support of Communities of Practice
- Video Conferencing: Research, development, embedding, evaluation, training and support of a regional videoconferencing network for teaching and research (16 centres)
- eLearning: Research, user needs analysis, capacity building, development, evaluation, user needs analysis, training, horizon scanning and strategic developments associated with eLearning initiatives across a partnership of HE in FE colleges. Included in this area is the management of 3 JISC funded projects in Users and Innovation (Web2.0 technologies), a multi functional Regional Repository and Cross institutional support of lifelong learning.
- HELP CETL activity: Support of award holders, evaluation, leadership of Development Activities, Bid Writing and PhD Supervision. Member of HELP CETL advisory and management groups.
I still have an active interest in these areas and my current research interests are:
- Web 2.0 and Learning 2.0;
- Communications and Learning Technologies;
- Communities of Practice and Knowledge Management Systems;
- Videoconferencing: applications and evaluation;
- Applications of the Internet and Information Distribution;
- Web accessibility and usability
- eLearning: technologies, pedagogies and evaluation;
- Student Centred Learning;
- Engineering Education and Training;
- Open and Distance Learning;
- Navigation Systems
Current JISC funded Projects
1. Pineapple, The JISC funded APEL Project: http://www.pineappleproject.org.uk
2. UPLACE, The JISC funded Repository Project: http://www.uplace.org.uk
3. USPACE, The JISC funded Web2.0 Project: http://www.uspace.org.uk
4. Web2Rights, The JISC funded Web2.0 and IPR Project: http://www.web2rights.org.uk
Further information can be found at my University Personal Page