This Jisc project team consisted of four mentors who looked after a number of projects, and advisors who were called in for specialist areas. We met in May after the project conference (commissioned organsations’ “learning sound-bites” are also featured on this site), and we talked about our experiences and the lessons we had learnt. The members of the team are below, with their bios, their thoughts on the project and what they would like to happen next (Audio clips below; Transcripts mentor meeting 150515).
RUTH HANSFORD – Project Manager
RUTH joined Jisc in March 2014 to work on the Interactive Learning Resources for Skills project. Originally a linguist and language teacher, Ruth has over the years managed a number of interdisciplinary projects and creative collaborations in the learning and arts sectors, including the work on noise and musicians’ hearing at the BBC and on the pilot for the BBC/Arts Council’s ‘creative adventure’, The Space, in 2012.
DAVID ROWE – Mentor
DAVID was the e-Learning Advisor for the Jisc Regional Support Centre (RSC) South West East with a specialism in the work-based learning (WBL) sector. David was the longest serving RSC WBL adviser and brings to the mentor role a wide range of experiences from all over the sector. David started out in e-learning in 1998 by combining a full-time teaching role in the WBL side of FE with working on several e-learning content creation projects, which led to extensive experience in project management and bid writing and so on. Prior to entering teaching, David’s working life has included roles as diverse as Logistics and Distribution manager for a multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturer and as a freelance management consultant. Since December 2014 David has returned to this freelance role. He was mentor for the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Accrington & Rossendale College, Bournville College, First 4 Skills / City of Liverpool College, Preston College and Manchester College.
ELISABETTA LANDO – Mentor
ELISABETTA worked as an ESOL teacher for over 15 years. She also has experience of working in a Quality department in FE for four years as an advanced practitioner with particular focus on E-learning across different curriculum areas. Her interest in innovative teaching using technology started when she completed her MA in technology and science in society. As e-Learning Advisor at RSC London Elisabetta’s main focus was on Teaching & Learning. She is now an Account Manager (Skills) at Jisc. Elisabetta was mentor for Stubbing Court, Paddock Community Trust / Bishop Burton College, Lewisham Southwark College, Myerscough College and Manchester College (with David Rowe).
JANE MACKENZIE – Mentor
JANE was the e-Learning Advisor for the Jisc RSC South East with a specialism in the work-based learning (WBL) sector. She was also the lead person for this region for e-Safety and project managed the Safer Internet Day campaign in 2013. Having started her teaching career in FE, she has worked within education for the last 20 years holding positions of Course Leader and Senior Lecturer on vocational courses, both in mainstream and specialist provision. Jane’s passion for supporting those with disabilities led to her role as Manager of a Learning Support Unit within a secure hospital for adults with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. Her last post before joining the RSC SE was the Quality and Communications Manager for a work-based learning provider where she played a key role in developing the strategy to embed e-learning into all courses, updating the website and introducing the use of social media. Through her diverse background, Jane fully understands the needs and concerns of WBL and FE providers and her enthusiasm to motivate others to embrace technology is infectious. She is now an Account Manager (Skills) at Jisc and on this project she was mentor for North East Surrey College of Technology, Somerset College, Chiltern Training, Apprentice Academy and Hopwood Hall / UHI.
JULIAN BREAM – Mentor
JULIAN has spent 25 years serving London’s FE & Skills sector with advice and encouragement in developing innovative learning and making the most of technology. Trained as a systems analyst and serving time as a working IT manager, he became the first technical adviser for the Jisc Regional Support Centre in 2001. Since then he has supported dozens of learning providers in forming their strategy for using technology, guided many development projects, and set up some highly regarded communities of practice that have ensured that what works in the sector gets known about and shared. As of January 2015 Julian is a freelance consultant, offering facilitation and staff development. For this project he was mentor for Aylesbury College, Hartlepool College, Kendal College, Hull College, Worcester College, Oldham College and Gateshead College.
MARK POWER – Advisor (tech)
MARK was the Community Engagement Officer on the Jisc FE & Skills Window Project, which aimed to provide teaching practitioners within the FE and Skills sector with simple, flexible and easy to navigate routes to Jisc digital content. Prior to working at Jisc / Mimas, Mark spent 10 years as a Learning Technology Advisor at Cetis and has supported Jisc-funded e-learning programmes, including the development of reusable learning & teaching resources, curriculum delivery and HE in FE. HIs interests include mobile technologies, augmented reality, the Web and content and digital media. On this project he provided technical support and advice to the commissioned organisations.
ROGER TRITTON – Head of Projects (acting) – Jisc Collections
At Jisc Collections, ROGER manages a wide portfolio of development and research initiatives – supporting the provision and use of digital content in UK research and education. Roger’s previous experience includes product-management roles at Elsevier, ProQuest Dialog, and ProQuest. Having started his career in illustrated reference publishing, Roger has worked in digital information for some 20 years.
SIOBHAN BURKE – Jorum
As the OER Service Manager, working within the Learning, Teaching and Professional Skills team, SIOBHÁN’s role focuses on delivering the Jorum service. This includes engaging with the OER community and constantly striving to develop and improve the Jorum service, to ensure it meets the needs of existing and future users. Previously at the University of Manchester Library for six years, four of these in the Electronic Resources team, Siobhán joined Mimas in October 2012 as the Jorum Educational Technologist in the Learning and Teaching Team.
SHRI FOOTRING – Jisc Digital Futures
SHRI has been with Jisc since 2005 and is currently Senior Co-Design Manager in the Digital Futures, Enterprise team. At the start of this project, Shri was a Senior Advisor at the Jisc RSC, London, where her responsibilities included providing support for WBL providers. She has taken a keen interest in and has contributed to the IRLS project from the beginning. Shri has extensive experience of learning, teaching and management in the Further Education and Skills sector. Before that Shri worked in technical and management roles in the IT software industry.
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STEVE HULL – Jisc Digital Media
STEVE works in the Jisc Digital Media team in Bristol. After gaining an Honours BSc in Physics and an MSc in Computer Science Steve worked in the computer industry for many years. He subsequently earned an Honours BA in Film and Video and worked in the broadcast and corporate video sector variously as a producer, director, cameraperson, sound recordist and editor before joining Jisc Digital Media.