As an E-Learning Technologist I provide support, guidance and instruction for staff in the Sheffield Institute of Education in the implementation and use of E-Learning tools and Digital Solutions to enhance teaching and learning in their programmes and modules.
As course leader of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Digital Teaching & Learning I manage a course team of E-Learning and Teaching specialists and we deliver a four-module fully distance-learning programme at Level 7, which rapidly develops participants pedagogical knowledge, experience and skills in digital teaching and learning.
I’ve taught in Higher Education since 2013 and prior to that I taught in schools and Sixth Form Colleges for almost twenty years, mostly as head of ICT (schools) and Deputy Director (post-16 sector), although I did spend the first four years of my teaching career as a mathematics teacher.
I have overseen significant change projects, including a brand new whole-school I.T. system from network infrastructure, hardware and applications / software to staff training and development using the new system; and also the introduction of many new digital solutions and staff training to use them whilst working in the Sixth Form College environment.
I have always worked closely with Teacher Education, almost exclusively SHU provision, and for many years was Senior Mentor Co-ordinator in a college hosting up to twenty trainees per year. I took my own PGCE at Sheffield Hallam, where I also studied for my first degree (BSc Mathematics with Education) and more recently my Masters Degree in Education.
Prior to my first degree I worked for eight years in retail management.