My doctoral research (entitled A Cultural Education Model: Design and Implementation of Adaptive Multimedia Interfaces in eLearning) consists of examining the effect that TEL is having on cultural education and how HCI impacts on this. This research direction addresses the rapid spread of technologies (the Internet, the Web, various eLearning applications) whose development has often been rooted in Western (US English) culture, how the globalisation of education through eLearning can be best be applied, so that learners receive appropriately personalised interface in their lessons. By bringing a more unbiased and personal approach to HCI and eLearning through the application of cultural variables to a user model and personalised interface, the learner receives a lesson that minimises (ideally even eliminates) cultural bias.
Whilst researching in the field of cultural eLearning I have been academically active as:
* Project manager for the EU-funded K-Space Network of Excellence(2005-2009). This project was dedicated to achieving semi-automatic semantic annotation of media objects (by adding metadata to media such as photographs and videos). This automatic tagging was intended to dramatically ease the authoring load for personalised content, and this could allow for novel lesson creation paradigms. The Network consisted of 14 partners from across Europe, with 40-50 participants at any one time. The project budget was €8.9M which I managed on behalf of Queen Mary, University of London.
* Lead researcher for the University of Nottingham in the EU funded (Socrates, Minerva) ADAPT project (2003-2005). This involved working on the complex issue of interoperability between extant adaptive learning systems and how this can be of benefit to the creators of the learning content (as an approach to overcome the significant authoring problems). The Nottingham budget for ADAPT was approximately €100,000.
* Special Issue Editor of the JoDI (Journal of Digital Information), special issue on “Personalisation of Computing & Services”)
Member of the following Program Committees:
- AH: Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems conference
- IGACLE: Individual and Group Adaptation in Collaborative Learning Environments
- A3H: International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Hypermedia
- ARTEL: Workshop on Awareness and Reflection in Technology-Enhanced Learning
* Reviewer for the following Journals and Conferences:[ul]
- IEEE Internet Computing
- Journal of Educational Technology & Society
- Journal Of Digital Information
- The IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT)
- The ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia
- The IASTED, Web-Based Education conference (WBE)
- The Journal of Universal Computer Science
* I was also the University of Nottingham's and Queen Mary, University of London's ProLearn representative(this is an EU Network of Excellence for Professional Learning)
* I have also administered the preparation of EU-proposals for FP7.I represented Queen Mary in the EU MESH project general meetings, I also oversaw the research contribution of Queen Mary, as well as administering various aspects of the project.
* I prepared and presented Queen Mary’s successful application to the NEM initiative (Networked and Electronic Media) Steering Committee (http://www.nem-initiative.org/). I have since represented Queen Mary’s on this industrial body’s Steering Board. I was PI on a successful Queen Mary Education and Staff Development initiative (£5,000).
* I have publications consisting of 3 book chapters, 7 journal papers and 32 refereed conference papers (including ACM and IEEE conferences). I have a Google Scholar Citations score of 504 (for further details see: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=r9qFr3kAAAAJ).
My teaching philosophy is one of engagement and individuality. Engagement, as I have discovered, is vital in any form of teaching – be it with students, academics or business professionals.
Individuality has been at the core of not only my teaching but my research. By using personalised learning environments (primarily using the techniques of Adaptive Hypermedia) and other tools of modern educational technology, it is my goal to bring the student back to the forefront of the educational process.
In 2009 I created Praeposit Ltd. This company was established to act as a (EU FP7) project creation and management consultancy specialising in eLearning scenarios. So far, Praeposit has helped TALENT Ltd. create and deliver a globally accessed educational course (geared towards engineering professionals who wish to gain further professional qualifications), as well as working with international partners in the writing and submitting EU FP7 proposals.
At Dorling Kindersley I was employed as a project leader for several multimedia titles going through the localization process. This involved working closely with many foreign publishers and a good understanding of how language issues affect multimedia production in other countries.
eLearning System development
I was employed by the University of Nottingham to produce multimedia CAL (Computer Aided Learning) systems for commercial markets.