Following on from Guy’s post bidding farewell to Karsten, it seems only right that I should introduce myself as I join the Develop project team. It is always a bit strange to be joining a project which is nearing completion, having to learn about not only the ways the team works together, but also familiarising yourself with the core technologies being used and trying to take both a broad view of the project’s environment as well as a detailed view of elements of it, all in a fairly short period of time.
Fortunately, I have worked closely with Karsten for a number of years, and had maintained a bit of a watching brief on the Develop work, as, with all our work, it was always of interest. Consequently, I have also been in a position to work with Guy a little while the changes in roles have been arranged, and am considering the best way for us to work together given the relatively short amount of time remaining in the project.
I have a background in programming and education (and civil engineering, as it happens, but that is another story), and achieved Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologies (CMALT) in 2009. I tend to see my main strengths, these days, as being in analysis and troubleshooting, and I think these are aspects with which I can bring benefits to the project.
Over the next few days, I will blog here about pedagogy and VLE support, and a broader view of changes in the legal landscape which may impact on the planned project outputs.