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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am a Consultant in Learning Technology, with a particular interest in Inclusion – engaging people who can’t or won’t access mainstream education. I am currently working on an EU-funded digital inclusion project called ‘Making IT Personal’ (http://www.makingitpersonal.org.uk/) and ‘VISCED’ (http://visced.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page) a worldwide study of e-learning in schools and colleges. I have 22 years’ teaching experience, mostly in Adult Basic Skills. I piloted LearnDirect Skills for Life courses at the Sheffield College and was an e-learning mentor within the college, providing advice on how IT can be used to enhance learning. I also worked with Becta, visiting colleges to show how IT can help in Skills for Life courses and managed Content Development for the South Yorkshire E-Learning Programme, working with teachers to produce and use e-learning resources in schools, colleges and businesses. I do not, however, take the evangelical line that IT is the answer to everything: e-maturity is sometimes knowing when it’s appropriate to turn off the computer.
I am Lead Assessor of the CMALT scheme (an award that recognises effective use of Learning Technology), an accredited trainer for JISC Techdis (promoting the use of IT for Inclusion) and a member of JISC's Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group.
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