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My job

I am currently employed by University College London as their ‘Learning Spaces Service Owner’ (September 2012 onwards). The role is to act a source of expertise in learning space design and use. This includes representing the needs and interests of teaching staff and students whilst advising on the design of spaces for enhancing and facilitating teaching and learning. Providing staff development for teaching staff to help them use innovative teaching and learning spaces is also a responsibility.

Prior to UCL I worked for nine years at the University of Surrey as a ‘Senior Learning and Technology Adviser’.

My interest in ‘learning technologies’ has evolved through parallel interests in learning, design and technology. I have worked full-time within education since 1991, starting as a lighting and sound technician and then progressing to head a media services department. In 2001 I took on my first full-time teaching role leading a multimedia course. After two years of teaching I moved to my current job which as a hybrid of learning, design and technology is a good match for my skills.

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MA & PGCE

MA

Between October 2000 and January 2004 I undertook a Masters Degree in ‘Design for Digital Media’ at the University of Portsmouth. The course took a very creative approach to digital media and encourages students to explore beyond what could be termed ‘new media’.

An early example of the work I undertook on the course involved the design and creation of collection of photo-realistic, immersive, environments within which the user navigated by the use of gestural movements. The work was titled ‘SynchroniCity’ and a record of the installation can be seen at www.paulburt.co.uk/synchonicity.html. (Please note this link is to a mini-site created in 2001, the accessibility of which does not comply with the accessibility statement of this site.)

Part way through the course I was forced to defer the final semester for two years whilst I undertook a PGCE course (a national requirement when teaching in further education). When rejoining the course in 2003 I decided to change the focus of my study to reflect the field I now work within.

The final project I produced for the course was called:
Design guidelines for effective e-learning materials


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PGCE

I undertook the ‘Postgraduate Certificate in Education’ in ‘Post-Compulsory Education and Training’ between October 2001 and May 2003. Initially I studied on a course for the award of City & Guilds 7307 Part I and Part II. Attaining these qualifications allowed me to enrol onto the second year of the PGCE run at Kingston College on behalf of the University of Greenwich.

The PGCE gave me a good grounding in academic theory which I am continually developing whilst working at the University of Surrey.

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