Educational Technology Developer
After completing a Sport Science degree I made the transition in to computer programming in 1998. I worked for a number of years as a mainframe programmer using COBOL then switched in to web development in 2001 using mainly ColdFusion as a development language. I initially joined IET on a very short term contract to help with the completion of a project for the Student Statistics & Surveys team. Following this enjoyable period, I joined IET in a longer term role. As part of a fairly small development team, my role is primarily to support and develop a number of websites including:
- iSpot - a website for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Users can upload and get help with the identification of wildlife observations, help identify observations for other users and contribute to forum discussion.
- PePLE - a learning resource for newly qualified social workers, using valuable footage of real life social work situations from the BBC's 'Someone to Watch Over Me' programmes.
- Cloudworks - a place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences. The software behind the Cloudworks site has recently been made available as open source software, known as CloudEngine