Portfolio Review: Summary of recent work/practice

Summary of recent practice

Since my original portfolio when I was a web developer for the Online MA Programmes, I have spent five years as a departmental learning technologist and more recently, two years within the E-Learning Development Team (ELDT) as an institutional e-learning advisor and service manager for lecture capture. Throughout this period (and for the purposes of review the last three years specifically, explored below and in CPD examples) I have continued to demonstrate my commitment to the principles of CMALT. Central to my roles has been collaboration with others (students, staff, administrators and management), learning from others by understanding discipline-based practice and learning and teaching approaches, and developing teaching staff technology-enhanced learning capabilities. Moving from a departmental role to an institutional role has given me greater opportunity to explore how strategic objectives (for example VLE provision, lecture capture service) are underpinned with technical and service objectives, aligned with end-users through learning and teaching objectives. Whilst at the departmental level, learning technology interventions could be quickly deployed in targeted ways, at institutional level there are further considerations of scalability, maintenance and ongoing support that must also be included.

I have supported my ongoing development by completing an MA in Online and Distance Education, with modules in: Technology Enhanced Learning: Debates and Practices (educational theory and learner-centred practices for the use of technology in education); Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students; Practice-based research in educational technology; Leading professional practice in education. Each of which have been applied to my practice through supporting colleagues’ and students’ use of learning technologies and service management and research of lecture capture.

More recently, I’ve shared my work on lecture capture at conferences and hosted a number of other service teams from other institutions to show our setup and my approach to working with staff and students. I am particularly proud of the partnership that I’ve developed with the student union and student representatives over the last year to explore and better explain the learning benefits of lecture capture to academic colleagues.

Beyond lecture capture, I am also responsible for institutional support of Collaborate (webinar platform), co-editor of the York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook and deliver postgraduate and staff development in technology-enhanced learning design and tools.

Prior to my role in the central e-learning team, within the Department of Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW) I co-developed the readingonscreen.com website to support students’ transition to digital resources as the department was moving away from printed materials, coordinated and delivered the Social Media for Social Policy project-based extra-curricular workshop programme and supported lecturers in establishing departmental approaches and exploring new technologies for specific learning activities.

In 2014 I received the HEA Technician of the Year Award (Social Work & Social Policy) reflecting my role supporting staff and students in their use of learning technologies, and a University Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award for my contribution to learning and teaching development. In 2015, the Replay lecture capture service team were shortlisted for a Professional@York award.

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