As I am not feeling great today, and some mention of mortality statistics attracted my attention on television the other evening (not that I am feeling that bad!) I thought I would take a look at the life expectancies of people in the UK.
The National Statistics Office publish this information, but something has always intrigued me - their figures don't take account of the future trends - so what happens if you try to model future performance based on the past?
I provided work based learning for colleagues as part of my role as Information Systems Support Coordinator at Thames Water. I developed and delivered IT training courses, including Lotus 123, Word Perfect 5, Windows 95 and Office 95 and Lotus notes. I developed Notes discussion forums and intranet pages to support learners. During this time I also designed and taught adult education classes in basic IT skills on Apple Macs, including introducing learners to the internet and to search tools.
As part of my research into learning models and caring agents, I have developed a brief description of my model of mind. This supports experiential learning and creativity and is being iteratively refined in terms of models of community and interactions between agents acting within roles. This work is informed by, and informs, my teaching practice.
It seems to me that the Data Protection Act is often overlooked. As a result of having been given responsibility for auditing our DPA related activity whilst at Thames Water, I have a reasonable awareness of the legislation and its implications. I drafted the DPA statement for the MUVENation project, and the privacy statement for the This Is Me project.
I am involved in a number of European projects (MUVEnation, Mobi-blog, Life Long Learning 3D), a JISC project (MeAggregatorTM) and an Eduserv project (This Is Me) in which collaboration and communication at many levels is a key element.
My main interests lie in modeling human consciousness in order to be able to try to build computer systems which are, or appear to be, conscious. In order to do this, I am currently looking at eLearning systems for a number of reasons: