In May 2012 I stood down after nearly 10 years of half-time employment (latterly as Chief Executive) with ALT - the Association for Learning Technology, a UK professional and scholarly association, leaving me free to concentrate on independent consulting and on pro-bono work. Past clients include BSI, ESRC, JISC, Local Authorities, PA Consulting, the Trades Union Congress, the National College, and the Centre for Research Communications.
I am effective at:
Qualifications [back to top]
I have a degree in Economics from Cambridge University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Leeds University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Chemical Pollution Monitoring from Sheffield City Polytechnic, and an MBA (Education) from Keele University. I am a Fellow of the Institute for Learning. I am a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (Microsoft Excel 2000 Expert), and to keep my eye in I completed the JEB Certificate of Competence in the Educational Use of IT. Since 2007 I have been a Certified Member of ALT, and in 2012 I was made an Honorary Life Member of ALT.
Things I have done [back to top]
Clients since September 2002 include the British Standards Institution, Becta, BDP Learning, CIPD, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, ESRC, the Higher Education Academy, JISC, NATFHE, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, National College for School Leadership, North West RDA, PA Consulting, RM plc, Sheffield City Council, the Trades Union Congress, Ufi-learndirect, Ufi Charitable Trust, University of Glasgow, Yorkshire Forward. Typically I work in collaboration with others, most frequently with David Jennings. Others partners have included Sero Consulting, Knowledge Integration, Dick Moore, Gooii, Nicky Ferguson, Education Impact. Sometimes I sub-contract, sometimes I am sub-contracted: in practice this makes little difference because roles are defined independently of contractual formalities.
Leadership and management
Between 2003 and 2012, reporting to the Board of Trustees, I led the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) during a period in which it grew substantially in membership and influence.
During 6 years as The Sheffield College's Learning Technology Development Manager, I worked with colleagues and partners to get a number of successful initiatives off the ground, including LeTTOL, GCSE English Online, and online content development projects for Ufi learndirect.
Until leaving the Sheffield College in 2002 I was a member of the:
During 2003 and 2004 I was a member of the Working Group set up by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education to revise QAA's Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education, Section 2: Collaborative provision, flexible and distributed learning (including e-learning). Until the committee's disbandment in early 2011 I represented ALT on the JISC Committee for Learning and Teaching.
Whilst working for ALT I was a member of the:
I am a past member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Further and Higher Education. I stood down from this in 2013 because the journal was making no moves to make the transition to Open Access.
I am currently a pro bono member of the:
In a previous Sheffield College role I played a major part in the development of the TUC's courses for health and safety representatives. Stemming from this I was for several years a TUC-nominated member of the Standing Committee on Hazard Information and Packaging, a subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances.
During most of my employment with The Sheffield College, I was a senior and influential officer within NATFHE, the trade union and professional association which represents academic staff in colleges, and which merged with the Association of University Teachers to form UCU in 2006.
How I see the world [back to top]
Some of my views about e-learning and other issues are summarised:
I publish Fortnightly Mailing, an opt-in web-based newsletter and infrequently updated blog with over 500 subscribers. Fortnightly Mailing summarises resources and news I come across in the course of my work which I think will be of value to others with an interest in online learning and the internet. I am also @sebschmoller on Twitter.
I am keen Nordic skier. Pictures from Jotunheimen, 2003, Rondane, 2004, Jotunheimen, 2005, Tafjordfella, 2006, Jotunheimen/Breheimen, 2007, Vang and Hardangervidda, 2008, Vang/Jotunheimen/Breheimen, 2009, Jotunheimen, 2011; Tyin to Finse, 2012; Hardangervidda North to South, 2013 (includes a case study of what can go wrong).
Since 2007 I have very slowly been learning to play (some of) the Goldberg Variations.