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Teaching

  • I am organiser of BSc modules Molecules, Cells and Organisms, Molecular Cell Biology, Cellular Metabolism, Enzymes in Biology and Medicine, Physiology of Excitable Cells, and I am Co-ordinator of the final-year undergraduate research projects (Biology Experimental Project and Biology Literature Project). I also contribute to Animal Physiology and to Practical Biology, and to other course units on occasion. I routinely contribute to the Teaching in Lifelong Learning (TiLL) certificate, an offering on the Lifelong Learning Programme at Birkbeck.
  • I was director of the now completed OnLine Assessment and Feedback (OLAAF) project.
  • I have recently been an external examiner of PhD candidates from Queen Mary (University of London), Royal Holloway (University of London), University of Sussex and University of Leeds.
  • I received a Birkbeck Award for Innovation in Teaching (BAIT) in 2004 for my work on the OLAAF project. In 2003 and 2005, I was Birkbeck's nominee for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

Using technology to support learning

  • For some time I've been using computer-based tools to support learners in my courses and have particular interests in computer-based assessment (CBA) as well as in the uses of simulation and visualisation tools. I was director of the OnLine Assessment and Feedback (OLAAF) project which was funded under HEFCE FDTL4 and by an award from the College Development Fund.

    Dr Glenn Baggott and I have been involved in a great deal of work over the past 10 years to make principled use of computers as tools to support learners on our Biology programmes. Much of this work, which was made possible by awards from the College Development Fund, underpinned the genesis of OLAAF.

    Recently I have been exploring the uses of an electronic voting system (EVS, or "clickers") to provide formative assessment in the classroom and I've been working with Glenn Baggott on his mobile computing projects.

    College eLearning Coordinator (2005-present)

    I chair the eLearning Advisory Group (eLAG, for short): a collection of eLearning enthusiasts and leaders from around the College. We are charged with writing and updating the College's eLearning Strategy and undertake various tasks related to eLearning on behalf of the College Teaching Committee.
    In this role I also sit on the Steering Group of the Bloomsbury Learning Environment, which oversees implementation of the shared Blackboard VLE service for the Bloomsbury Colleges. Currently I am leading the migration from WebCT to Blackboard across Birkbeck.

Roles on teaching committees and other working groups

  • I sit on these cross-College committees: Academic Board, Communications and IT, Teaching Committee, Widening Participation and Student Support. I am also Chair of the College Safety Committee.