This is my eportfolio for the certified membership of the Association for Learning Technology. The membership scheme is a peer-based professional accreditation scheme to enable people whose work involves learning technology.
Contact and Employment Details
| Contact Details:
| Job Title:
||Digital Projects Officer|
||School of Advanced Study|
||University of London|
|Background:||Historian and Research facilitation|
|Background, skills and experience
I am the Digital Projects Officer for the School of Advanced Study (University of London) providing management and operational provision for SAS-Space (data repository for research materials); SAS Open Journals (an open access e-journal platform); the Talking Humanities blog (social media); and PORT (Postgraduate online Research Training). I provide technical assistance to the Human Mind Project (website) and I am a collaborator on the PASSAGE project. In addition I co-convene the Digital History seminar and Social Scholar seminar. I also provide face-to-face research training on social media, data management, and related topics for staff and postgraduate students.
I originally trained as an historian at the University of Hull (History BA and MA) and University of Sheffield (PhD), before joining the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London where I developed in collaboration with ULCC (University of London Computer Centre) a Moodle VLE combined with a Drupal website to make available podcast recordings from IHR events and to develop short online ‘handbook’ styled research training manuals and courses for History postgraduates. The website, called History SPOT, operated from 2011-2014, with full-scale online courses added to the initial selection of handbooks, several of which were designed from successful funding bids to Jisc and the AHRC.
As of 2013 I moved to the School of Advanced Study (SAS) and began redevelopment of the History SPOT site as PORT. The new VLE supports a wider range of research training resources from all institutes that form part of SAS, designed for Arts and Humanities Postgraduate training, rather than only History Postgraduate training.
During the last five years I have developed the Moodle website from its initial specifications to operability and re-design; I have managed the infrastructure of the Moodle website; I have devised, developed, written, and created online resources and courses often in collaboration with colleagues and in partnership with other institutions. The School’s unique role in providing national support and facilitation of research in the Arts and Humanities nationwide means that this Moodle site is designed not for internal students, but a public audience, which has required that I use Moodle imaginatively. I have been the guiding force behind the pedagogical and technical design of both History SPOT and PORT.
In addition I have worked on various other digital resources and provided face-to-face training and tuition. As an historian I work on Book History in the English Early Modern period. As a learning technologist, I provide online and face-to-face training. As a research facilitator, I facilitate research management, promotion, and access.
More details about my research and research facilitation work can be found on my website Sixteenth Century Scholars.
Combining a research and teaching background in History with a working knowledge of various digital resources, and working in an institution which places national facilitation of research as its main goal, I am in the unique position of being able to use learning technology to enhance postgraduate training in the arts and humanities across the country (and beyond). CMALT accreditation is an important opportunity to gain recognition for this work for my own career pursuits, but equally as an additional means to represent myself as a ‘professional’ as manager of PORT to further grant authority and prestige to the resources that we produce. In addition accreditation offers me the opportunity to reflect on what I do well and what I do not do so well, and thus provides a useful opportunity to identify training needs for myself to further enhance my abilities to work as a learning technologist.
How does CMALT accreditation relate to my future career aspirations?
CMALT accreditation offers the opportunity to assess current skills and knowledge and to enhance them in the future, through reflective practices. I believe that this process alone will be beneficial to my career aspirations. The accreditation and membership to CMALT adds a professional background to my work that will enable me to progress further in this and other roles in the future.
- 1. Operational Issues
- 2. Teaching, learning and / or assessment processes
- 3. The wider context
- 4. Communication
- 5. Specialist area
- 6. Future plans