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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am currently director of ICT at Walthamstow School for Girls situated in east London, UK. I have always been fascinated by the possibilities offered by online learning. Particularly the notion of flexible, independent learning. I set up a virtual learning environment using Moodle in 2004. The development of this type of learning space really benefitted Key Stage 4 pupils (14-16 yrs), particularly the possibilities offered by video and sound. It also posed the teacher with dilemmas about the structure of teaching, with movement away from a rigid lesson structure to a more fluid facilitative approach. In 2008 our school moved from Moodle to Fronter, to enable the school to move from the use of a VLE to a managed learning environment.
I am also now supporting the introduction of this managed learning environment across the local authority. One of our key priorities of developing an MLE across the whole authority relates to the possibilities this throws up in terms of improved sharing of resources and better communication avenues for teachers and other education professionals across the authority and beyond.
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