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Tom Franklin
 Contact Details:
4 Frazer Court
YO30 5FH  
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 Tom Franklin Consulting Ltd
 [Background history within learning technology]
 MSc System Design (Advanced Computing), University of Manchester, 1988

Contextual Statement

 I have been a learning technologist since about 1994 when I started working for the JISC as a programme manager on the New Technologies Initiative and the the JISC Technology Application Programme.  The latter led to the early developments of virtual learning environments (VLE) and managed learning environments (MLE).  I was also responsible for the creation of TechDis and CETIS seeing the need for support for both accessibility work and standards across the community.

On leaving JISC I joined TechLearn within the Institute for Learning and Teaching (now the Higher Education Academy) as a learning technology advisor, providing advice to the higher and further education communities on how particular technologies could be used to enhance learning and teaching.  I focused on VLEs, MLEs, portals, wireless computing and Web 2.0.

Since the closure of TechLearn I have been an independent consultant focusing on strategic consultancy, process improvement, Web 2.0 and project and programme management.

Much of my consultancy work has been for JISC, and includes programme management on the Shared Infrastructure Services Programme where I supported projects to work more closely with users and to move towards becoming JISC funded services.

My work on Web 2.0 has included producing an international comparison of the use of Web 2.0 for the Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience, which looked at all the uses being made of Web 2.0 in higher education in the UK, USA, the Netherlands, South Africa and Australia.  It also discussed the way that the technology is developing and the likely impact that it will have on students and higher educational institutions.

I applied for CMALT accreditation as I believe that  it would add credence to my bids for consultancy work.

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