I started my career in Higher Education when I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 1987. My role and duties were to manage and lead a small television production team in the university's learning centre. During that time, we produced a variety of teaching materials and today the Mastering University (online teaching resource on the university's network system) has proved to be a seminal piece of work; a resource developed with Professor Colin Beard for learners which combines a series of tried and tested television techniques, a multimedia application and recorded learning content targeting postgraduate learners.
My background is in the use of TV and rich media in teaching and learning but I have a role in the College of Social Sciences and Arts to support staff in the development and use of Blackboard, mobile devices, Pebblepad/e-portfolios and social media. Pebblepad is a personal learning workspace system that offers students and staff an application for developing reflection and building e-portfolios. I also have a 0.2 teaching commitment and have been teaching sociology and politics students on a PDP /employability module where students are assessed on their work related learning and subject knowledge of sociology and work. It also helps students reflect on their personal and professional development.
Sociology and Politics
Work Based and Work Related Learning
Use of technology in teaching