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    This is an open access version of the resources for the Developing Digital Leaders Course, which will run next early in 2016.

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    • Meet the team

      Meet the developing leaders for a digital age team

      Rhona Sharpe image Helen Beetham image Liz Browne image

      Rhona Sharpe: project director

      Helen Beetham: course designer and author

      Professor Liz Browne: course reviewer

      I have been an online tutor since the early 1990s (nearly wrote 1900s! sometimes feels like it), mainly supporting staff in further and higher education with their own learning and development. This year, 2015, I am teaching on 'The Networked Practitioner (H818)' for the UK Open University and 'First Steps into Learning and Teaching' for Oxford Brookes University.

      I am Professor at Oxford Brookes, and Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD), where I conduct research and consultancy in topics related to learning and teaching, particularly learner experiences of technology and digital literacy. See my work profile on the OCSLD website or find me on Twitter @rjsharpe

      Helen Beetham is a writer, researcher and adviser on e-learning issues. She was a member of the Beyond Current Horizons programme, commissioned by the last UK government to advise on education beyond 2025, and has written or contributed to key national reports on e-portfolios, e-learning and pedagogy, digital literacy and open educational practice. A long-standing consultant to the Jisc e-learning programme, she has also provided independent consultancy to more than 25 UK universities and colleges, including most recently as part of the Changing the Learning Landscapes programme. Helen is a regular keynote speaker to national and international conferences. Her co-authored volumes Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age and Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age (both Routledge) are standard texts. She is currently working on a UK-wide project to examine the digital experiences of tertiary level students and make policy recommendations to the sector.  
      Twitter @helenbeetham
      Currently blogging at: http://design-4-learning.blogspot.com/ and digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/.

      Professor Liz Browne is head of the Centre of Education Consultancy and Development and co-research lead for the Policy, Partnership and Leadership research group. Her research interests are in the area of educational policy and leadership and she has worked on a number of consultancy projects with national organisations working in the Further Education and Skills sector.  Recently her interest in leadership and management has involved Liz in working with the Education and Training Foundation to evaluate a range of management projects and to report on the management training requirements for the FE and Skills sector. ... MORE

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      Ellen Lessner image Simon Ball image Simon Ball image

      Ellen Lessner: course author and reviewer

      Simon Ball: course reviewer, accessibility adviser and webinar organiser

      George Roberts: author and action learning set co-ordinator

      I was the e-Learning Coordinator at Abingdon and Witney College, Oxfordshire, until August 2014. My background is teaching and staff development in further education.

      I now  work as an e-Learning Consultant and have recently supported the student focus groups which were part of the Jisc FE Digital Student project. 

      Consultancy and researcher in the field of accessibility and e-learning, the use of technologies in education, and accessibility and usability of web materials.

      Current contracts range from testing the accessibility of websites and e-learning materials to advising higher and further education institutions on accessible curricula and how to embed a culture of inclusive technology use across the university / college.

      I am also a seasoned staff developer and regularly deliver online webinars and workshops to teachers, lecturers, trainers and managers.

      More: http://simonjohnball.wordpress.com

      I am a Principal Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in Educational Development, with a focus on learning technology and recently had my first collection of poetry When Life Looks Like Easy Street, published by Albion Beatnik Press

      I have been at Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006. Among other things, I lead the PCTHE and collaborate in course design and development, teaching, assessment and evaluation.  And I play a part in the strategic development of the University’s learning technology innovation: perhaps now best illustrated by theBrookes Open Online Courses.

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      Abi Ball profile image Emma Procter-Legg profile image Simon Llewellyn profile image

      Abi Ball: webinar support

      Emma Procter-Legg: course reviewer and online resource developer

      Simon Llewellyn: Moodle developer

      I am a Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor at Oxford Brookes University based in the Digital Services team at Gipsy Lane in the new John Henry Brookes building.  I am responsible for teaching Brookes' staff to use the suite of e-learning tools that we call Brookes Virtual.  These include Moodle, Turnitin, GradeMark and Adobe Connect (to name but a few).

      I am also studying for a PhD in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences where I am investigating the impact of synchronous and asynchronous online learning opportunities on the postgraduate distance learning student experience at Oxford Brookes University.

      My background is in FE,  working first as a teacher and then as a project manager on a Jisc funded project on webinars and employability skills at Abingdon & Witney College. I now work as an e-learning consultant and teacher trainer in the use of learning technologies. I have supported colleges and other organisations in the design and implementation of online and blended courses and mobile learning. I also work for Oxford University IT Services teaching a couple of short CPD courses on the use of learning technologies (Prezi and Interactive Whiteboards) and as a facilitator on a new project called joinin. Find me on Twitter @EmmaProcterLegg or on LinkedIn.

      Simon recently joined OCSLD in January 2014 as our MOOC Moodle Developer. Simons background is in education, eLearning and web development and has previously worked for one of the largest further education colleges in the UK, Coleg Gwent.

      He has also been involved in several JISC projects researching mobile devices in the classroom and how the use of technology (especially mobile devices) can enhance the teaching and learning experience.

      Simon has also recently moved to the Oxford area from South Wales with his wife and is looking forward to getting to know the surrounding area more.

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