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Biography

I am currently employed by the University of Wolverhampton as Multimedia Learning Development Officer for the School of Health and Wellbeing (SHaW) Multimedia Unit (MMU). I am responsible for supervising small team of developers in creating multimedia and web based learning experiences for SHaW students. My role includes supporting staff to create their own learning and teaching resources for use in the classroom and online, as well as producing bespoke multimedia resources such as film, animation, quizzes and interactivity. More recently the unit has become involved in whole-module development as the school begins to increase its offering of online and distance learning courses.

My career background is in web and multimedia development starting in 2002 as a Bespoke Web Solutions Designer for a national internet service provider. Here I learned my technical skills through a combination of on the job training, online courses and traditional campus-based education programs and gained a Distinction for ED-Excel Computers in Design in 2003. From 2005 to 2010 I held the post of Web and ELearning Developer at an academy secondary school in the West Midlands. It was in this role that I began to apply my technical competencies in a teaching and learning context. During this time I studied for my MA in Online and Distance Education with the Open University which I successfully completed in 2009. I moved into my current role in 2010, in order to apply my technical skills and specialist knowledge of e-learning in a role within Higher Education institution.

I am now looking to achieve CMALT accreditation as part of my ongoing personal professional development. I believe membership of this professional body is particularly relevant to my area of work and is well regarded within the wider eLearning community. Formally engaging in reflection on my current working practice while developing this portfolio will give me the opportunity to step back and evaluate the effectiveness of my role within SHaW, and this in turn may have benefits for the Multimedia Unit team as a whole.

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