Marion Waite (course tutor)
Marion is from a healthcare background with a 17 year career in the UK NHS as a nurse, midwife and health visitor prior to moving into a career in higher education.
Marion has pioneered the development of online distance learning programmes in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences including the MSc Nursing Studies which bring together a global network of experienced nurse practitioners to collaborate using the latest teaching and learning technologies. She is also currently researching with colleagues in the Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment on developing mobile applications to support decision-making for people with diabetes.
Marion is seconded to OCSLD as a tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and has been part of a team who have recently ran one of the UK’s very first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), #FSLT12. Marion also teaches on the online tutoring course for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Marion was awarded a Brookes Teaching Fellowship in 2012 in order to lead a project aimed at supporting lecturers and students to collaboratively write for publication.
Simon Llewellyn (course tutor)
Simon joined OCSLD in January 2014 as our Digital Media and e-Learning Developer (DMeLD). His background is in education, e-Learning 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 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.
Mark Childs (course tutor)
As Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning, Mark's role is to help deliver the Technology Enhanced Learning Framework across Oxford Brookes and to support OCSLD and its staff with their online presence.
Mark's career in Higher Education has two complementary strands, as a researcher in TEL since 1997 and as an educational developer in TEL since 2003. He has worked at the University of Wolverhampton, the University of Warwick and Coventry University. Between 2011 and arriving at Brookes in 2015, Mark worked as a "freelance academic" providing educational research, consultancy and training for a range of clients including the Open University, Hewlett Packard, The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Ravensbourne College, Worcester University and the Tablet Academy where he is currently its research director.
Mark's educational development work is informed by, and provides a goal for, his research. The core of these research interests is the use of a wide-range of synchronous communication platforms for education, including social media, videoconferencing, virtual worlds and games-based learning. His most recent work is in the area of online collaboration for design using social media and videoconferencing, where he has evaluated the learner experience of students in distributed teams in projects led by Loughborough University and by CARNet in Zagreb, Croatia. In parallel to this he has a wide-ranging interest in many other fields of research; for example, his most recent publication is a DVD with the OU on Ethiopia's progress towards reducing child and maternal mortality.
Fiona Smith (course administrator)
Fiona has been with OCSLD since February 1999 and administers our external courses, both online and face to face; workshops located at various venues nationally and internationally; and consultancy work. Fiona is also course administrator for the the new lecturers' programme at Oxford Brookes, of which TOOC15 forms part.
Tel: +44 1865 485902