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 need a career.
I was not the brightest at school, 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. As an adult student, I was worried I would not fit in, however, I was pleasantly surprised as the course was for only people over 19. I successfully completed my level 3 qualification and progressed onto the Interactive Media Development degree. Straight After completing my degree in 2013, I was secured my first teaching job at Blackpool and The Fylde College in the computing department, whilst teaching I completed my PGCE (Teacher Training). I did it! I am a fully qualified teacher.My passion and interest for teach grew after every lesson, my goal was/is to make the learning environment inclusive and engaging, this is an area that I need to research...so my research journey began.
In 2015 I achieved the status of HEA Fellow for my evidence and reflection working 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. After achieving my MSc. I secured a Senior Tutor for Teaching and Learning position in Computing and Digital Technologies at Blackpool and the Fylde College. This inspired me, I wanted a new challenge, I am now studying towards a Ph. D in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning with Lancaster University, completion date: December 2022.
Teaching Excellence Award(2020)
Collaborative Framework - 5Cs 21st Century Skills (2020)
EBI Award Outstanding use of IT and/or Technology (2019)
Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer (2019)
Microsoft Innovative Educator (2019)
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
Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2018)
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.
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.
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