I’ve always been interested in the internet and making websites ever since the days of dialup back in the 90s. I took this hobby more seriously when it came time to choose a University, and went on to study for a degree in Multimedia Development at Manchester Met. As part of the course I spent a work placement year with Hyde Technology School and developed their website from scratch to an e-Tameside Award Winning site – Best Overall Website 2004.
While continuing my work at Hyde Tech I finished my degree and began to take an ever increasing interest in video production. Using state-of-the-art video cameras and an Apple Mac G5 with Final Cut Pro, I produced all of Hyde Tech’s video marketing – including promotional DVDs and online videos.
In 2008 I was offered a position at Ashton Sixth Form College as Web Developer and E-Learning Technologist, where I worked for two years. Again I developed an outdated, unusable site, to be one of the leading college websites in the area. My new position at Ashton also involved becoming the College’s lead staff trainer in the field of E-Learning technology, a role that I fully embraced. E-Learning and staff development have become a true passion – and one that was recognised by the Learning Skills Network in 2010 at their annual MoLeNET Conference in London, where I was presented with the Technical/Internal Support Systems Award after being nominated personally by one of LSN’s leading development directors.
While at Ashton Sixth Form College I took one a key role in the visual representation of the college – from designing and developing online and printed promotional material to social media and video production. The college DVD has now been moved from an external production to one in-house with my skills and video expertise – resulting in a large cost saving.
The experience gained at ASFC from being the Moodle VLE admin, lead staff E-Learning trainer and developing the college website in WordPress enabled me to progress into two new positions. The first is working for Manchester Metropolitan University full-time as an E-Learning Support Officer and the second is working part-time for John Carroll University, a Higher Education institution which is based in America, as a WordPress Development Consultant.
The role of E-Learning Support Officer involves training staff in the use and best practices of Moodle and preparing the ESS Faculty in Crewe for the transition from WebCT to Moodle. Developing learning resources and applications for the distance learning students on the ESS course is also a major factor and I am currently working on the UK’s first Distance Learning interactive e-book project involving the use of Apple mobile devices. More information on Delivering Exercise & Sport Science Distance Learning Resources through the iPad.
Having had great experience in WordPress development I have been taken on by John Carroll University as a consultant and have helped develop a number of highly advanced WP functions. Working during the evenings and at weekends, I code solutions for complex requests – all within the WordPress content management system.
Working with both Mac & PC operating systems, PHP, HTML, CSS, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe CS, Audacity, and other industry standard software, I am capable of developing a solution for almost any problem!
I am passionate about cycling (both road and mountain) and love live music, reading and travelling.
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