Senior Learning & Technology Officer
Lead MOOC Producer
Founders Building West
Tel: 01784 41 4371
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I joined Royal Holloway, University of London in 2002, when the digital natives/immigrants discourse enjoyed credibility. As Digital Resident and Senior Learning Technologist, I have successfully contributed to the widespread uptake and use of technology in support of teaching, learning and assessment. Ongoing projects include the move to paperless marking, rolling out lecture recording, diversification of assessment through BYOD and reflective practice, the development of College's MOOC portfolio, and our nascent use of MS Teams.
What do colleagues say about me?
"has a sustained record of leading innovation in technology-enhanced learning across RHUL. Of his many pedagogic innovations, several have been recognised through personal teaching awards in the College Teaching Prize scheme (Commendation 2018, Prize 2017, Prize 2009), and many other award-winners have cited his vital contributions to their innovations."
"has led the modestly-sized E-Learning Team for many years, and the team received the following commendation in the EDC Periodic Departmental Review in 2017: ‘the excellent, focused support given to academic staff developing innovative e-Learning delivery, particularly using Moodle'."
"has led wide-ranging changes in College e-learning practices. For example, he has led a rise in the percentage of essays marked on-line from less than 5% in 2012/13 to over 50%, and his strategic promotion and leadership of the development of multiple RHUL MOOCs has resulted in very high-quality courses."
"has led a core element of the project that has now resulted in an approximately five-fold rise in the uptake of lecture recording at RHUL. The importance to RHUL of the successful completion of this project, and the Moodle project, can not be over-emphasised: Martin brought the extremely high level of professionalism, respect and credibility, that he has built over many years with RHUL teachers/IT-Services/etc., to leadership in these endeavours. These successes are, therefore, not solely stand-alone projects, but testament to his long-standing excellence."
Martin’s leadership of a vital and large element of the Moodle migration/upgrade project reached a highly successful conclusion with a substantially upgraded and stabilised VLE. The project was characterised by extremely challenging time-contingencies and complex technical- and stakeholder- inter-dependencies, and Martin was the key leader throughout in ensuring that the business needs were fully met.
Martin's role encompasses promoting, facilitating, supporting, advancing, advising, and leading on implementation. Lecture recording, on-line marking and feedback, student satisfaction with the VLE, and increased e-learning uptake were all cited as evidence of teaching excellence in RHUL’s TEF 2 submission: these have all benefitted from Martin’s excellent strategic leadership and will undoubtedly feature in future TEF submissions.
"In my experience every time I’ve ever e-mailed you you have gotten back within a matter of minutes with a complete solution to the problem. I’m not sure how that’s possible given how many people must be mailing you, but it’s impressive – and appreciated"
I manage the E-Learning team, co-chair the E-Learning Strategy Group, and occasionally contribute to the CAPITAL programme for new lecturers. The bulk of my time is invested in encouraging, supporting, and providing networking opportunities for a growing and diverse community of e-learning practitioners.
I am the insitutional representative for the UK Heads of e-Learning Forum (HeLF), and a former member of the steering group.
My main interests are how technologies can impact positively on the student experience, and the successful embedding of e-assessment, e-submssion and e-marking throughout College. The technologies I support and develop include Moodle, MS Teams, Turnitin, Panopto/RePlay and Turning Technologies (Clickers). I have recently been appointed as the College lead for the funding, development, and delivery of our portfolio of free online courses (MOOCs).
As well as evaluating, promoting, developing, and supporting the appropriate use of institutional technologies, I support and advise on the appropriate use of third-party services (Padlet, Google Docs, WordPress, etc.) in teaching, learning and community building.
I have an Post Graduate qualification in Multimedia and Information Technology and a BA in Management, both of which have equipped me to develop a 20 year career in E-Learning in the private and Higher Education sectors. In addition to developing existing digital design interest and skills, I was introduced to the key areas of user-centred design and usability, programming, project management and web-based learning.
Recent CPD achievements include PRINCE 2 foundation and practitioner status, an ILM Management Level 5 Qualification, a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching. I am an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy.
I'm a two-times winner of the Royal Holloway College Teaching Prize for my use of online audio tools in French language oral assessment, and for developing a digitally-enhanced alternative to student presentations in the School of Law. I've also received a commendation for my work in developing feed-forward assessment with Turnitin's Peermark service.
Before joining Royal Holloway I held a variety of related posts; E-Learning Consultant & Developer, Web Usability Engineer, Web Designer for a Brighton based e-commerce and training company. Prior to that I delivered multimedia training courses to a wide range of public and private organisations on behalf of Edinburgh's Napier University, and carried out research into the use of multimedia in the community for Queen Margaret University. I have also undertaken a number of freelance e-learning, new media consultancy, development and web usability projects for a variety of clients.