I work in Computer Science, primarily on the Degree Apprentice programme (BSc Digital & Technology Solutions), providing expertise in e-learning and distance learning. I teach Computer Ethics, both to the Degree Apprentices and to 'on campus' students; and I am studying for a PhD in distance education, researching the use of 'group work at a distance' in promoting the development of a Community of Inquiry amongst distance learners in order to promote deeper learning and improve student attainment and enjoyment.
BSc Botany - University College Cardiff (University of Wales) 1980.
Membership of Professional Bodies
I am a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society
I started off as a trainee programmer in a software house and rose to be Head of Development (studying Open University courses to add theory to practical skills learned on the job) before a period of consultancy and freelance web development led to being appointed webmaster at South Cheshire College in 1999. Here I spotted the potential for using web technology to support and enhance learning and teaching and built an early 'teaching intranet' before moving to the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College as ILT Champion, working cross-college to develop the Virtual Learning Environment. I also taught Computing at West Lancashire College and Warrington Collegiate before joining Aston University in October 2014.
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