The principles and values that inform the development of the scheme are:
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.
Please describe in the space below your plans for ongoing development over the next three years.