About Me

Hi, I’m Colette, thank you for looking at my website… so here is my story so far…

In 2008 I was working as a receptionist in a local hotel in St Anne's On-Sea, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl, I remember thinking …this small bundle of joy is going to depend on me for the rest of my life. I was not the brightest at school, I left with poor GCSE grades but regardless of my past, I still applied to Blackpool and The Fylde College, hoping that it would mark a first step on my career ladder in teaching. I decided that I would enrol on a Computing course, being an adult student, I was worried I wouldn’t fit in, however, I was pleasantly surprised as the course was for only people over 19.

Research Interests

Technology Enhanced Learning | Students-as-producers / The 5C's 21st Century Skills

PhD E-Research & Technology Enhanced Learning

I am keen to disseminate this research in order to create a ritualized community of practice and build a professional social community.

I successfully completed my level 3 qualification and progressed onto the Interactive Media development degree that was offered as a path for progression. The course beyond challenged me but only further confirmed that I wanted to pursue a career in Interactive Media Development. Throughout my time on my courses, the tutors were helpful to me; I began to see them more as friends than just tutors and knew that this was the department that I wanted to have a career in.

In 2016 I achieved the status of HEA Fellow for my evidence and reflection of work in higher education

This recognition gave me motivation to push myself and I decided to apply for a Master’s in Technology Enhanced Learning with Huddersfield University. This course was great for me as I was working fulltime and I only had to attend four taught sessions per year, these sessions were delivered on a Saturday making it alit more flexible for me to learn.

After achieving my MSc. I secured a Senior Tutor for Teaching and Learning position in Computing at Blackpool and the Fylde College. This has inspired me to sign up to a new challenge, I am now studying towards a PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning with Lancaster University.

Awards & Accolades

These are some awards and accolades that I have achieved, on my academic journey so far...

North Educate Award Logo

Teaching Excellence Award (2020)

Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer

Microsoft Innovative Educator

Collaborative Framework - 5Cs 21st Century Skills (2020)

EBI Award Outstanding use of IT and/or Technology (2019)

Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2018)

EDULEARN Logo

Presenter: EDULEARN (Spain) (2019) 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Palma, Spain. 1-3 July, 2019. ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4 / ISSN: 2340-1117 doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2019 Publisher: IATED



Timeline

Experience

Blackpool and The Fylde College
5 Years 3 Months
Senior Tutor (Learning and Teaching)
Dec 2016 - present
The delivery and management of Student Learning within the curriculum area.
  • Act as mentor for new teachers in the area of teaching and learning.
  • Contribute to staff development within the School in teaching and learning.
  • To disseminate good practice.
  • Develop and use a range of teaching and learning techniques.
  • Maintain and improve the quality of the School’s work within the and improve the quality of the School’s work within the College’s policies and procedures relating to teaching and learning.
  • The delivery and management of Student Learning within the curriculum area.
  • Carry out teaching observations and give appropriate feedback.
  • Participate in internal audits/inspections of teaching and learning.
  • Support the development of Equal Opportunities within teaching and learning.
  • Work collaboratively across the college.
  • Assist with the annual School self-assessment exercise in order to monitor and evaluate School performance.
  • Work collaboratively across the college.
  • Assist with monitoring student recruitment, retention and achievement and take remedial action where necessary.
Programme Leader (FdSc./BSc. Interactive Media Development & Web Technologies and Digital Media)
Sep 2016 - present
As a programme leader I am ultimately responsible for academic leadership, management and assessment, of the programme that I am designated to lead.

Working closely with the relative module leaders and the course tutors, I am responsible responding to feedback from students, external examiners, Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and industry. I am required to ensure student representatives are allocated to the programme board, and that all students have access to a personal tutor. I have good communication with colleagues across the university and collaborative partners, and with external bodies.

Further to this I was invited to attend the Education Technology Development Group which looks to connect new ideas and technology and identify the most effective and efficient methods of including these in everyday teaching practice. Working as part of Blackpool and The Fylde Colleges’ technology team is a great opportunity and will allow collaboration of research projects with professionals in other departments. More recently my scholarly research has been published internally at Blackpool and The Fylde College in the scholarship review 2016; this research has additionally been submitted to the Research in Learning Technology for consideration for publication.

Lecturer
Dec 2012 - present
As a Higher education (HE) and Further education lecturer I teach academic and vocational subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students aged 16 upwards. I Teach methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations, field work and e-learning. Multimedia technologies are increasingly used.

As a HE/ FE lecturer I pursue my own research to contribute to the wider research activities of my department. My aim is to have my scholarship published externally in books or scholarly articles. My academic practice and scholarly research (which typically investigates using technology to improve the student experience) has included contributing to a variety of Blackpool and The Fylde College conferences. At the Second Annual Learning and Teaching Conference in 2015 (Scholarship Informed Teaching and Learning) I presented a workshop that demonstrated good practice in using collaborative environments to enhance student participation. Additionally I contributed to Blackpool and The Fylde Colleges’ Third Annual Learning and Teaching Conference (Technology Enabled and Enhanced Learning) where I presented my research into pedagogies that can assist technology enhanced learning.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD E-research & Technology Enhanced Learning
2018 - 2022
This Programme in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning will provide you with training in research methodologies, expose you to key literature that will enable you to link cutting edge learning theories with your professional practice as well as providing you with a period of intensive, individual research that is supervised by an expert in the field leading to a PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning. This PhD doctoral programme is designed specifically for professionals, for people who wish to study to an advanced level and carry out a piece of research of the highest possible standard in an aspect of their professional practice.
The programme in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning builds on the expertise of the members of the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning in the Department of Educational Research and their long experience in running Masters Degrees in advanced learning technologies and networked e-learning.
Master of Science Technology Enhanced Learning
2015 - 2017
Technology is increasingly a key element in effective education and training. The web, mobile devices, interactive white boards, Virtual Learning Environments, blogging, wikis and email are tools that may be used in teaching. But how effective are they at supporting learning? New pedagogical models such as massively open online courses (MOOCs), learning analytics where data is used to analyse and improve learning, and rhizomatic learning are all explained and critically examined.
PGCE
2015 - 2015
The areas that were studied, Curriculum Development and Educational Change, Action Research for Change and Innovation, Developing Teaching Learning and Assessment, Introduction to Teaching Learning and Assessment, Wider Professional Practice and Developing Coaching and Mentoring.
Bachelors of Science (Interaction Design)
2010 - 2013
The areas that were studied, 3D Generated Graphics, Interactive Media Marketing and Business, Dynamic Web Development, Programming Interactive Assets, Work Experience Assessment Report, Mobile Application Development, Project Management, Evolving Media Technologies, Designing and Creating Advanced Websites.

Media

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  • HEA
  • EBI
  • Video

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