About the project

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Our EdTech Demonstrator programme is informed by our own on-the-ground experience of working with our colleagues at The Manchester College to develop their own confidence in the use of technologies for learning. Our team of experienced Advanced Practitioners and Learning Technologists, are working closely with Claire Collins to develop and shape our CPD activity and relevant support resources.

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Meet The Team

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Deborah Brian

Deborah Brian

Advanced Practitioner (Quality Improvement)

As a Performing Arts teacher, my specialism is creativity in the classroom and cultivating a personalised approach to teaching, learning and assessment.  I can offer ideas to help teachers to create collaborative and engaging activities that will build community, improve confidence and self-esteem and encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.

DBrian@ltegroup.co.uk

David Byrne

David Byrne

Advanced Practitioner (Quality Improvement)

Hello, I’m David, an Advanced Practitioner with a lengthy background in ESOL and EAL. I am enthusiastic about supporting colleagues in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment using coaching skills and in designing and delivering CPD packages that integrate strong pedagogy with digital resources.

DByrne@ltegroup.co.uk

Claire Collins

Learning and Literacy Consultant

As our lead on strategic development, Claire provides one-to-one support for college leaders to help shape and develop college (digital) learning strategies. Claire heads up national professional development and action research programmes across the FE sector, with prison, FE, ACL and work-based learning teams. She also leads projects in the creative and media industries, alongside initiatives focusing on adult literacy and digital literacy learning.

claire.collins@ccconsultancy.co.uk

Emma Ireland

Emma Ireland

Advanced Practitioner (Quality Improvement)

My teaching background before joining the Quality Team was teaching ESOL to adults for 12 years.  Before that I taught maths and English to 16-18 year olds. My interests are all things pedagogy, including retrieval practice and assessment, and generally maintaining currency in research to enable staff to conduct evidence-informed practice.

EIreland@ltegroup.co.uk

Louise McIntyre

Louise McIntyre

Learning Technology Team Leader

I am a Learning Technologist and formerly a secondary school teacher and HoD. I’ve recently completed an MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education (2020) and I’m well placed to understand and meet the needs of schools and colleges in using digital tools for teaching, learning and assessment from pedagogical and practical perspectives. I am particularly interested researching retrieval practice using digital tools, exploring creative uses of the MS Teams platform for asynchronous and synchronous lessons, and effective resource design. As part of the Ed Tech Demonstrator team I look forward to sharing how to get the most out of digital tools using demonstrations, discussion and collaborative coaching.

LMcintyre@ltegroup.co.uk

Russell Moss

Russell Moss

Learning Technologist

I’m Russell, I’ve worked within further education for 19 Years and have a background in audio visual.  As a Learning Technologist I provide support for teaching, learning and assessment. My specialism is video and audio, producing resource materials such as instructional videos and supporting teachers with video apps and software. I also train members of staff in the use of Microsoft Teams / Office 365 and develop and facilitate CPD workshops.

rmoss@ltegroup.co.uk

Gill Scott

Gill Scott

EdTech Demonstrator Project Lead

Gill provides a key link to Greater Manchester Colleges’ Group community of Digital & Blended Learning Champions across our EdTech Network. With over 20 years of working in post 16 education Gill has led on a number of collaborative technology for learning projects across schools, FE and HE and always with a passion for inclusion and equality of opportunity for all our students, whatever their starting point

ScottG@ltegroup.co.uk

Kate Woods

Kate Woods

Digital Learning Advisor • The Manchester College

I help teachers to enhance the quality of students’ learning experience through use of Microsoft Teams and other digital platforms and technologies for teaching, learning, and assessment. My specialist skills are in developing accessibility and interactive online learning resources and I am interested in digital skills and learning technologies.

KWoods@ltegroup.co.uk

Stacey Foy

Digital and Blended Learning Champion • The Manchester College

My role is the Digital and Blended Learning Champion at The Manchester College. Prior to this role I spent three and a half years as Department Team Leader of English and mathematics for the Business, Computing and Creative Industries department, where I still deliver Functional Skills English sessions weekly.

I received my short M.A. qualification (2018) from the University of Sunderland where I performed action research on the use of flipped learning and EdTech tools to support grammar. I received my English specialism (2017) from the University of Huddersfield, my BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Development (2016) and CertEd (2014) from the University of Huddersfield in conjunction with The Manchester College.

I began my teaching career in 2012 as a tutor of hairdressing before shifting my focus solely to Functional Skills English. Having taught students on study programmes and apprenticeships, I have always had a keen interest in using EdTech to enhance the creativity of sessions.

I am a short-listed nominee for the Educate North Innovation Award 2020 and Keynote speaker for our Assess for Success conference.

SFoy@tmc.ac.uk

Julian Regan

Learning Technologist – The Manchester College

My main role is to support staff from all subject areas with training and troubleshooting in EdTech, as well as to write or adapt materials for blended learning. My background is in English Language teaching, especially teaching academic English and study skills to international students who are preparing to study at British universities. I think that being a language teacher has informed my approach to using EdTech, as I’m most interested in tools, resources or methodologies that maximise student communication and engagement, and which aim to prompt discussions. Another area I’m interested in is promoting student independence and autonomy. Like everyone in the industry, I’m fascinated to see how education is adapting to more and more remote, online or hybrid learning.

JRegan@ltegroup.co.uk