CMALT Portfolio

The principles and values that inform the development of the scheme are:

  • A commitment to exploring and understanding the interplay between technology and learning.
  • A commitment to keep up to date with new technologies.
  • An empathy with and willingness to learn from colleagues from different backgrounds and specialist options.
  • A commitment to communicate and disseminate effective practice.

Contextual Statement

Currently my main role is as a developer of eLearning materials - both for the use of distance learners, and in support of classroom activities. Materials include interactive learning/assessment pieces, where students practice solving problems and receive detailed feedback; as well as 'sandbox-style' simulations, where students can experiment is a less structured way, and build understanding through constructivist principles.

Developments were initially Adobe Flash-based, but more recently involve the Unity game engine, and PHP/MySQL - for example the recent creation of a web-based business simulation platform.

During my time at the University of Derby, I have also had several periods of secondment as a Learning Technologist - training staff in the use of tools for authoring materials, recording presentations, and eAssessment. I also led the adoption of a new University-wide eAssessment system, from initial testing to staff training materials; and currently sit on the the technical working group overseeing the introduction of electronic submission of written assignments.

In addition to my main responsibilities, I am currently working as a sessional lecturer in foundation IT (Microsoft Office applications, web design) and Computing (computer architecture, databases, systems analysis and design).

I have recent journal publications related to electronic assessment and student satisfaction.

My aim in completing the accreditation is to gain recognition for skills and recent work, through a standardised certification that has meaning to my peers and potential future employers. I intend to continue working in the educational sector, whether public sector or private, and technology is obviously a vital part of this sector.

Core Areas

Specialist Areas

Future Plans

Please describe in the space below your plans for ongoing development over the next three years.