I am a Lecturer in Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Computing at University of the West Scotland (UWS), Scotland. Before joining the University in February 2000 I worked in a Further Education College for 15 years.
Area of academic expertise - outline
KTP - projects
I have been involved in a number of projects where my role involved creating websites using the Content Management System Joomla including:
- The Crichton Institute: http://crichtoninstitute.co.uk/
- Crichton Institute Regional Observatory: http://crichtonobservatory.org.uk/
The Crichton Institute is an innovative partnership between the Crichton Campus Academic Institutions and local agencies in business, local government, health and the Third sectors.
The Crichton Institute Regional Observatory is a web-based data repository for information and intelligence about the South of Scotland with the focus on the Dumfries and Galloway region in the first phase of the project.
I have worked on an ongoing project with Dr Sue Newberry (MD of Funding Ideas Ltd and Learning Ideas Ltd) to support their learning platform, the Learning Ideas Space. Learning Ideas is an online learning environment, specifically developed for the voluntary sector, where ideas, knowledge and expertise are shared, nurtured and developed. Initially my role was to help Sue reorganise and update the existing Moodle site this involved giving advice on:
- Reorganisation of the courses.
- Reorganisation of the Home page.
- Configuration of the enrolment module (Paid/ Free).
- Updating course material.
- Addressing layout and styling issues.
Following on from this Sue requested training on Moodle administration to enable her to make updates to the site herself. The training included:
- A Moodle Overview.
- Moodle Users and roles overview.
- Course creation and layout.
- Allocating roles within a course.
- Private and group messaging within a course for Teachers and students.
- Using Moodle Feedback tool.
- Using Moodle Blog Tool.
I have also worked on a follow on project from the 'Learning Ideas' project for the 'Peace Prevails' Teacher Training Programme. The company has successfully piloted on line training for a number of primary schools in Scotland. The overall purpose of this on line training programme is to provide opportunities for Primary School teachers to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in delivering the 'Peace Prevails' school programme as part of their everyday teaching practice. This has generated considerable interest amongst the global community and there is now a desire to progress this work and create a multilingual, online learning community to support the export of this programme into other countries. The first part of this business plan was to carry out research in order to develop a website portal for UK and transnational work. This research project was divided into 3 stages:
- Stage 1: I was involved in carrying out research to identify best practice in optimising the design and performance of a multilingual learning platform which incorporates multilingual training materials and social networking sections.
- Stage 2: I was involved researching different ways of laying out training materials on the platform to support efficient navigation and ongoing peer support in a multilingual environment. A key aspect to this is research associated with the language elements of the design and specification of the final system.
- Stage 3: I was involved in piloting the approach by applying the prototype design to an existing LMS platform to test out the approach in two languages.
Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange
I have been involved with a number of companies where I have researched, setup, updated various: Learning Management Systems; Prototyping Tools; Flash conversion tools; Authoring tools and e-learning standards.
- LMSs including Moodle; Talent LMS and eFront.
- Prototyping tools: ForeUI; Keynotopia and Lumzy.
- Flash conversion tools: Google Swiffy and Adobe Wallaby.
- Authoring tools: Articulate Storyline and Captivate.
- SCORM and Tin Can e-learning standards
Content Management Systems
I have developed websites for various companies where I have researched, setup and maintained various Content Management Systems including: Joomlaand WordPress.
I have developed courses for Skillset including: ‘Use of computer games and digital solutions for boosting your product, service portfolio, brand and monetisation'; 'Monetisation and new business models for mobile games'; 'Grappling Search Engine Optimisation and blogging effectively ' and 'Search Engine Optimisation and Google Analytics'.
Commercial Training Courses
I have delivered various training courses commercially.
Desired research direction
My Research Interests include:
- The use of Mobile Technology in Education
- The future of eLearning
Target collaborative organisations
I would like to collaborate with the following types of national and international organization:
- Government bodies
- Local Councils
- National/international centres