I am the Business Improvement Manager in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University and have an overview of the two portfolios within the institute. More recently I have been more involved in research project development. I have been involved in two OER projects in the Institute -- OLNET and Bridge to Success -- and oversee the work within the Institutes' programmes. I am particularly interested in making the connection across our research activities and implementing them into the University's teaching activity.
I started my career in the university in course management; the courses that I looked after were mainly art history courses. I took a couple through the full course production cycle. Then I moved off into Open University Worldwide to managed the Singapore partnership up until that they became accredited, and started awarding their own awards. Following that I moved into more project based work in Institute of Educational Technology working on online course production.
Somewhere in the middle there I realised that all the work I was doing was project based, and I sent myself off to project management training school and became a PRINCE2 practitioner. From then on I've been trying to use those professional skills to implement best practice in project management in the my day-to-day work. Most recently I've gained my MSP (Managing successful Programmes) Practitioner qualification.
I've been awarded two OU teaching awards. The first one was for developing and implementing a portfolio-based assessment to support reflective development, scholarly presentation and accreditation of professional experience; the second was for innovation and excellence in blended delivery of staff development.
MSP Practitioner (Managing Successful Programmes)
Professional Certificate in Management
MA Royal College of Art
BA Hons 3D Dimensional Design
Recent publications and presentations around the area of Open Educational Resources:
McAndrew P., Farrow R. , Elliot-Cirigottis G., Law P. (2012) ‘Learning the lessons of openness”, Proceedings of Cambridge 2012, pp195-204. http://www.ucel.ac.uk/oer12/docs/Conference_Proceedings_Cambridge_2012.pdf
last updated 26-Sep-2012