My experience relates to designing and developing the best possible use of technology in learning. My early career skills were in teaching mathematics and computer programming. In recent years I have developed skills in strategic planning and delivery, leadership of a large team of creative educationalists and public speaking. My own creative work includes developing learning opportunities from the micro to the macro: making software, visuals, multimedia, television, web sites, module designs, team teaching and an innovative online degree course.
My future goals include researching Computational Thinking across the Lifecourse to find out more about conceptual development in this area. I still care about the invention of new institutions, designed from the ground up, to use the best of modern technology to make learning more widely available and to fit people's lives through work focussed learning. This entails innovation in organisation, based on practices and insights that have allowed me to fly this far, and thus empower more folk to do the same. I also interested in developing the history of educational computing through my work on the National Archive of Educational Computing..
pedagogy • design • evaluation • online community • educational software • multimedia • digital creativity
I am a founder and director of Core Education UK Ltd, a non-profit team devoted to innovation in learning and technology, across all phases and sectors in education.
Recent research, consultancy and development contracts are with Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Educational Research Association and earlier with the UK Improvement & Development Agency, UNESCO, the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, BECTa and Apple.
At Bolton I was Reader in Distributed Learning in the Institute for Educational Cybernetics, where I supervised PhD students, developed new degree courses for work-focussed, action-inquiry learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also worked on the TEL-Map project to support European efforts to roadmap the future of technology enhanced learning.
At Brunel I was Research Fellow in the School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics working on the TEL-Map, Open Discovery Space and Hotel European projects.
From 1990 to 2006 I worked with Stephen Heppell to develop the structure and ethos of Ultralab - one of the most successful innovation centres in learning and technology throughout the world - managing research & development to build successful large-scale action research projects in education. I supported the creative, ethical and conceptual thinking at Ultralab and supervised PhD students in the field of educational computing. I took over as director from Stephen in 2004 until its closure at the end of 2006.
For ten years before joining Ultralab in 1990, I led software development in the Computers in the Curriculum Project at Kings College London after beginning my career as a school teacher in London in the late 1970s.
You can read excruciating detail on all this in my doctoral thesis - 'The Design of Learner-centred Technology Enhanced Learning'.