I am currently based in the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT), at De Montfort University, Leicester – where I:
- Support and advise academic staff in the effective implementation of technology for teaching, learning and assessment
- Advise on the strategic institutional implementation of teaching, learning and assessment technologies
- Develop technology-based educational resources
- Conduct research and development in educational technology
- Conceptualise, design and run staff development sessions in the effective use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment
- Oversee the operation of specific core institutional teaching and learning technologies
- Implement stratgeic institutional projects around the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment
I am also the ELT co-ordinator for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
I arrived at DMU in 1998 as an undergraduate student to study Music Technology and English – BA (Hons) First Class. I gained my PhD in Music Technology @ DMU in 2005 – ‘The Intention/Reception Project’.
I taught for 10 years on the undergraduate Music, Technology and Innovation programme at DMU; was a member of the Music Technology and Innovation Research Centre; and was a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Creative Technologies.
I have a keen interest in the use of technology for education – and have been involved in the conceptualisation and development of internationally funded online education resources (see: EARS and EARS2). My developmental approach to the use of technology is ‘hands on’, often experimental and creative, at times exploring technologies that may not on the surface be pedagogically focused but that via experimentation can be ‘subverted’ to educational ends. I believe that it is important to create, facilitate and encourage participation in such experimental spaces, as it is often in these spaces where innovation occurs.
I also believe that it is important to maintain a critical approach to the use of technologies, that the technology should be led by pedagogy rather than the other way around; and I look forward to a future where educators and students are co-producers of their educational experiences, the facilitation of which technology can play a key part.
I have considerable experience and expertise in the development of multimedia (audio, video, digital graphic design) and web-design (as evidenced in my Academic Profile). As such, I am keen to explore the potentials of digital media for education – with a particular interest in developing shared, social and collaborative learning spaces, and online scenario-based teaching and learning resources.
I am on the streering comittee for the East Midlands Learning Technologists group
I sit on the: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences IT User group, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Learning and Teaching Group, the School of Pharmacy Learning and Teaching Group.
I am a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), and a CMALT Assessor – my CMALT portfolio is published on my website.
I have been a Primary School Governor.
I was a professional dancer prior to beginning my academic career.
Some of my other key interests include:
On the pedagogic side –
- Widening Participation in Higher Education
- Transitions into and through HE
- The use of scenario-based learning facilitated via technology
- The use of virtual learning spaces
- Politics of education
On the musical side –
- Electroacoustic Musicology
- The Listening Experience in Electroacoustic Music
- Intention/Reception in Electroacoustic Music
I am also an active electroacoustic music composer and have had many of my works broadcast and performed internationally. My academic writings on aspects of electroacoustic music have also been published internationally.
My sound-based work can be found at http://aural-initiative.com/music/
I have also dabbled a bit in photography (lomography)
I’m also rather fond of the absurd!!