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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
My current work (post retirement from full-time working) consists mainly of tuition of Master's students in education leadership from around the world, but mostly (at this time) located in Malta. Students are provided with some study materials by the University of Leicester; and then follow a course of 4 assignments and a dissertation over a three-year period. Each student is allocated a tutor who looks after him/her throughout the course. Tuition is by e-mail. Though initially sceptical as to whether this system would work effectively, it has proven to be capable of delivering outstanding results to students and very high calibre degrees. In the process, my own learning about distance e-learning has deepened considerably. It is entirely possible to provide both academic and pastoral support by this means. Student progress is measurable. I have recently helped the Malta cohorts to establish self-help groups. It has even been possible to visit the group to establish some face-to-face contact. Much of this is due to understanding the way in which e-mail tuition works: the nuances of composition, the kinds of clarity and language required in explaining material, and the ethos created by the tutor. Much of this depends on the principles of heutagogy (the study of self-determined learning). I have published an account of this in Kerry, T. (2013) 'Applying the Principles of Heutagogy to a Postgraduate Distance Learning Programme' in Hase, S. & Kenyon, C. (2013) Self-Determined Learning London Bloomsbury pp 69-84.
My ICT interests in relation to education are entirely pragmatic: how to deliver good tutoring to distance learning students. Readers may be interested to follow up on the heutagogy theme through:
Beyond this, I have an interest in photography, and the use of programmes like Photoshop and Lightroom to produce effects that were (in the days of film) found in the darkroom. In this field I have gained a number of awards in international competitions and exhibitions in recent years.
I am currently updating my 2011 book on Cross-curricular Teaching the Primary School from Routledge. This is due to be re-issued in revised and enlarged form in 2015, and I have expanded my chapter on media-based education. The revised chapter includes material on IT, but also encompasses my interest in photography as a means of communication.
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