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:
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.
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.
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.
CORE AREAS OF SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
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.