I am a Digital Education and Enhancement Consultant in the Office for Digital Learning, at Ulster University, wandering around the labyrinth of education generally enjoying getting lost and exploring my way through in an unconventional manner.
My professional journey has involved a Pharmacology degree from the University of Edinburgh, a Masters in Computer Based Learning from Queen’s and a Diploma from the University of Edinburgh in Digital Education. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and proud CMALT holder and lead assessor. My education journey continues with a PhD focusing on Reflective Practice in Medical Education, at the University of Edinburgh starting out in autumn 2018.
I am co-chair of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Northern Ireland Group, which has been fostering a new community of practice across the country for the last few years.
I have been working in edtech for nearly twenty years and I am mainly found to be nagging anyone who will listen into giving online presence more attention – bringing the human to the digital and criticality viewing technology*. Design and usability are also on my priority list, along with trying to squeeze some creativity into our busy lives, for example through being a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator. Outside medicine, I am on open education practitioner and online communities such as #clmooc, #ds106 and #femedtech provide a backdrop of fun for my professional work.
* This turned out to be a particularly relevant special interest during the move to remote teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic.