Primary Investigator & Project Manager: £1,414,805
Project Manager: £830,000
- Primary Investigator / Project Management
- Integrated Learning Systems Design: An EdTech Handbook
- Citizen Literacy Taster Project (2020-21) £204,900
- Citizen Literacy Accents Project (2020) £15,000
- Citizen Literacy App Project (2019-20) £49,200
- VocAcademy (2020) £18,750
- Citizen Literacy Early Prototype Exercise (2018) £0
- NMIS project (2017 -18) C. £60,000
- Assessing Reality (2018 – 2020) c. £50,000
- My Skills Project Blockchain + Portfolios (2018-19) c. £38,000
- Clipper Project (2015-17) £115,406
- Microsoft Research Grant (2016-17) £15,000
- Badges Toolkit Trial (2016-17) UFI / SNOOK Ltd. £1,000
- CIT-EA PROJECT (2014-15) £100,000
- ONCE International (2012-13) £7,000
- Open Academic Practice Unit: Module in p/g teaching certification (2012) £7,860
- Portfolio Commons (2012) £20,580
- ALTO UK (2011 – 2013) £198,189
- ALTO (2010 – 2011) £250,000
- Clipper 1 (2009 – 2010) £42,350
- Digital Asset Management (DAM) Colleges Scotland (2009) £1,500
- TrustDR (2005 – 2007) £192,570
- QAA Flexible Learning in HE and FE (2005) £5,000
- Instructional Media Programme at University of Cambridge (2002) £4,000
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (2002) £4,000
- Scottish Enterprise and SONY Data Warehouse Project (2002) £2,000
- The Instructional Media Programme (1998 – 2002) £8,000
- Dementia Care – Online Study Course (2002) £4,000
- Motorola Retraining Contract (2001) £2,000
- Project Management
- Project Advisor
- Research Assistant
- Personal Research Projects
Integrated Learning Systems Design: An EdTech Handbook
Writing an online handbook that continues work started for the QAA and at the University of the Arts in London. Working notes. One day I will finish it – got too many project on the go…. But the project listed here are certainly feeding into the Handbook.
Citizen Literacy Taster Project (2020-21) £204,900
Funded by Nesta England under their CareerTech Challenge. This was a funding initiative conceived to tackle the impact of AI and Automation on the jobs market – to find ways of helping people improve their skills to get better paid work. This project was to create a working short course of 5 lessons in a smartphone app to allow low literacy learners get a ‘taste’ of what an adult literacy class might be like and to build up their confidence to approach a local learning provider. This builds on the preceding Citizen Literacy projects and moves us towards being a sustainable service. Project website is https://citizenliteracy.com/.
Citizen Literacy Accents Project (2020) £15,000
Funded by Nesta Scotland under their ‘AI for Good’ initiative. The second funded Citizen Literacy project. This was tackling the problem of voice recognition failing when presented with a single short word in a regional English accent. We managed to find a way of training the app to recognise an individual users voice saying a controlled vocabulary of word from the app. This was a really big deal for work. Using Machine learning and TensorFlow. The project report is available here.
Citizen Literacy App Project (2019-20) £49,200
Funded by the Ufi VocTech Trust – the very first funded Citizen Literacy project to create a working prototype of an adult literacy app. A fascinating and challenging project developing a smartphone app for adult literacy learners that incorporates voice and handwriting recognition to develop literacy in a creative way, https://citizenliteracy.com/. Early Prototype stages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bMP14MrJ-o&feature=youtu.be. Update December 2020 – now quite advanced please see https://citizenliteracy.com/
VocAcademy (2020) £18,750
Conceived as a response to the Covid pandemic to help UK FE teachers transition to online teaching – funded by the Ufi VocTech Trust. Inspred by the success of the Khan Academy. To help vocational teachers make short instructional videos with tools they can quickly access and to promote a culture of sharing around relevant Youtube Playlists. Website https://www.vocacademy.org/
Citizen Literacy Early Prototype Exercise (2018) £0
This was early scoping work for the Citizen Literacy ideas undertaken with international students from the Digital Skills Global Academy (Dublin branch). This enabled us to explore the ideas in a structured way – the students got work experience and helped the Citizen Literacy Team who also worked for $0. Big thanks to the students:
Catherine Manning – special thanks for the logo
Artur Banaszkiewicz – Manager and Liaison
NMIS project (2017 -18) C. £60,000
Project producing a set of learning resources and a community platform for developing the digital skills for trainers and educators working in the Manufacturing Industry. Part of the Scottish Government National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland initiative. Using the Google G Suite platform https://www.nmis-skills.org/
Assessing Reality (2018 – 2020) c. £50,000
Part of a larger project developing a VR assessment toolkit with a commercial company. The idea is to have the ability for users to import their own 3D environments and then create assessment task in the environment. Students work in the environment is tracked and recoded in the Learner Record Store (part of the XAPI standard). For more reflections on this see the XR project blog.
My Skills Project Blockchain + Portfolios (2018-19) c. £38,000
Investigating how to use simple blockchain technology to support an awarding body (SQA) issue digital certificates. Also investigating using Google G Suite for Education as a student portfolio system. Project website
Online Video Annotation Toolkit for Research and Education. A consortium project – funded by Jisc. HTML5, Web Annotation, W3C Standards, Semantic Web. City of Glasgow College.
Cloud Infrastructure Services. Grant, in kind, from MS Research to support Clipper project for application in academic research data management. City of Glasgow College.
Linking Badge to Digital Evidence for SQA Units. Ufi funding
Supported Snook Ltd. to explore feasibility issuing digital badges for completion ofofficial FE SQA units. City of Glasgow College.
Creating Innovative Technology – enhanced Assessments: Systematic Approaches
Consortium project – funded by Jisc. Led by City of Glasgow College. Toolkit and assessment redesign templates. Adopted by SQA for subject network re-engineering assessment workshops using templates. City of Glasgow College.
Collaboration between UAL and the School of Art and Design at Coventry University, exploring open education activities as a promotional business tool for student recruitment link. Funded by the HEA. UAL.
A postgraduate teaching certificate for developing OEP (Open Educational Practice) skills through exploring practical and theoretical aspects creating open educational resources. Funded by the HEA. UAL. h
Portfolio Commons (2012) £20,580
Linking an e-Portfolio system (Mahara) to an institutional repository (ePrints), using open source software tools. UAL
Open Education project for UK Art Colleges including; online learning resource creation with innovative instructional design tools to support academics and the development of HTML5 prototype tools and a UK federated repository. UAL. ALTO UK
The creation of open online learning resources for arts subjects, based around themed areas of significant strategic importance to the University of the Arts London and the wider arts education community.).
The design and development of a prototype video collection management system to enable users to effectively manage their access to and use of a large video collection. (Adobe Flash Technology)
Co-author of report analysing the information management needs for learning resources in Scottish Colleges. Federal Repository system implemented as a result.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in digital learning resources in institutional repositories, this produced a widely used and referenced institutional development pack. Ulster University.
QAA Flexible Learning in HE and FE (2005) £5,000
University of the Highlands and Islands. A project that developed a practical and ‘straight talking’ guide to implementing flexible learning in a higher and further education. Produced a handbook and an organisational model for implementing change in academic institutions, now the basis of further work by QAA Enhancement Theme Project in Flexible Learning in HE and FE
Invited to teach post grad short courses in the use of digital media to education students at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Funded by the Sainsbury Family Gatsby Trust.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (2002) £4,000
Metadata and Content Management. Consultant to an EU project for the park to assist in the management of multimedia content. University of Stirling.
Scottish Enterprise and SONY Data Warehouse Project (2002) £2,000
Assessment of proposals for creating a data warehouse with Scottish Enterprise, SONY and the University of Stirling to manage assets for the Creative Industries in Scotland. University of Stirling.
An intensive hands-on series of workshops enabling HE and FE teachers to become effective authors and users of digital media to support their teaching. University of Stirling.
Design of one of the first UK online courses in Dementia Care with the Iris Murdoch Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling. Provided the basis of later developments by the DSDC – see below
Contract for retraining of redundant Motorola workers in Scotland. University of Stirling.
Jorum aka The Jisc Store (2007 – 2008) £830,000
Project manager for development of a national digital repository of learning resources – implementation of the open source platform (Dspace) and adoption of Creative Commons licences. A joint project between the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh funded by HEFCE and administered by JISC. A long running tech-centric learning resource project, part of the learning object / EdTech Standards Bubble of the 90’s & 00’s. Was converted into the Jisc Store to carry legacy resources.
A digital literacy project. UAL
Documentary War Photography project about the Vietnam War, project management and legal advice). UAL
A Learning Object Development Project: University of Stirling. The project identified and made available to the FE/HE community learning objects to support students in the acquisition and development of learning and study skills. Learning to Learn
SCHEMA University of Stirling: Web interface design and multimedia (virtual reality) aspect of this EU project examining online learning for isolated rural communities.
Learning Space Design (1995 – 1997)
University of Stirling: Redesign of a suite of learning and teaching rooms to embody educational and ergonomic principles and create human friendly spaces that supported multiple flexible uses. Became one of the sources of inspiration behind the development of the Glasgow Caledonian University Saltire Centre. Learning Space Design
Shetland Music Archive (1994)
University of Stirling. Re-Mastering of rare music and social history audiotape collection collected by Tom Anderson in Shetland. Worked with Shetland Council Archives to organise the funding and repatriation of originals to Shetland. Also worked with University of Edinburgh School of Scottish Studies Archives. Shetland Music Archive