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 Anna Armstrong  


 Contact Details:
 Centre for Professional Learning and Development at Nottingham Trent University

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 Job Title:
 Digital Practice Advisor

 Centre for Professional Learning and Development

 Nottingham Trent University

I have worked with learning technologies at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) since 2007.  I design and deliver continuing professional development for colleagues who teach and support learning. I have a particular interest in the potential for technology to support and enhance learning and teaching, enriching the student learning experience, making it more engaging and accessible to everyone. I'm also interested in methods to helping colleagues to develop their digital skills and apply them to their professional practice. I have experience of designing and delivering face to face, blended and fully online staff development activities, aiming to model good practice by integrating technologies into my own teaching.

Prior to this role, I gained three years' teaching experience as an English Language teacher in Japan, and spent four years in a technical role at NTU developing and testing the university's student records database, Banner.

Professional Membership:

Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Nottingham Trent University, 2003

BSc (Hons) Earth Science, Kingston University, 1994

Contextual Statement

My professional background of working with technologies in a higher education setting, as well as teaching English, gave me the skills and experience to become a Learning Technology Trainer at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2007, when a new Virtual Learning Environment was being implemented (Desire2Learn).  My role was to provide education and training in using the new VLE for all professional services and academic colleagues, effecting a change in practice that comes with such a big change.  I continue in this role today, working to embed the use of technologies in learning and teaching through a programme of staff development activities.

As an English as a Foreign Language teacher I developed skills relevant to working with educational technologies which may not immediately be apparent.  I very quickly learned how to use language simply and clearly to explain concepts and ideas to people unfamiliar with the language I was speaking.  In the rapidly developing area of learning technologies, jargon abounds so my ability to explain new concepts in a non-technical straightforward way really helped me to make sense to people.

From 2009 - 2011 I worked on a JISC funded project Supporting Harnessing and Advancing Repository Enhancement (SHARE) which was involved in implementing learning repositories into our VLE at NTU, and changing practice around the use of open educational resources.  Involvement in this project has given me the opportunity to be at the forefront of change at our institution and see how OER can change working practice.  It has also given me the opportunity to present papers at national and international conferences.

I am aiming to achieve CMALT accreditation to formalise and confirm my professional experience and knowledge with the aim of furthering my career; I would like to move into an e-learning developer role, working more closely with academics and their learning and teaching practice.  In addition, I see the process of gaining accreditation as a valuable experience and discipline; compiling one's professional achievements into a portfolio and reflecting on where I am at in my career.  Over the past few years, I have gained lots of practical experience and I'd like to continue developing this and use CMALT as a way of evaluating where I am now, professionally, and to see where any academic qualifications or further study could help me to be better equipped to take on a new role.

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I declare that, to the best of my knowledge, the statements and evidence included in this submission accurately describe my practice and are drawn from my own work, with the input and support of others duly and clearly recognised.

 Signed:  Anna Armstrong
 Date: 26 September 2011

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