So a little bit about me and my career highlights to date…
In 2001, just as I crossed over the line to be classed as ‘mature student’, I secured one of only 13 scholarship places at IBM to undertake their integrated degree scheme. This turned out to be the last intake IBM would have. In collaboration with Portsmouth University, this was a specialised degree integrated with professional development and experience being gained on a full-time work placement at Big Blue. Based at Hursley near Winchester in the UK I spent three years working on e-business projects including the Wimbledon Championships and O2.
I graduated with a 1st class IBM Computer Science degree with honours in 2004.
In early 2005 I joined the University of Southampton as the E-Learning Lead for the Health Care Innovation Unit, and was part of team delivering an interprofessional learning programme of modules. My achievements in this post include the design and development of an online assessment submission, marking and feedback system, known as eAssignment. This was then developed further to provide a faculty level system and has since been taken forward by others in the university to provide an institutional system. .
In 2008 I started an MSc in Digital Education studying part-time with the University of Edinburgh.
In early 2009, I joined the University Hospitals Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Southampton University Hospitals Trust – SUHT) as a senior manager in the education directorate of the trust and led the Learning Support department. This work involved responsibility for the e-learning strategy for the Trust, design, development and delivery of trust wide e-learning projects such as the introduction of new systems and education of staff. In addition the department was home to three distinct services teams providing elearning development and design, medical photography and technical training to the trust. I would also represent the trust at a regional level in relation to online education and contributed to establishing the e-learning content club for NHS South Central to facilitate sharing and collaboration across the region.
In 2010, I re-joined the University of Southampton as a member of the Web and Internet Science research group in the Electronic and Computer Science (ECS) school. My role here has grown over time and I am now leading the EPrints strategy for open education repositories and developing our technical offering in this area. I am also a member of the EPrints management team overseeing the smooth running of EPrints Services consultancy activities.
In November 2014 I was awarded my MSc in Digital Education, and hope to further disseminate the work covered in my dissertation on Discoverability of Open Educational Resources.
My areas of interest include: digital education technologies, open education, discoverability of OERs, engagement and awareness of OERs, challenging traditional educational practices in a digital world