Over the last decade, Mark has played key leadership roles in the implementation of several major university-wide digital learning and teaching initiatives, including the enterprise-wide deployment of Moodle, the original design and development of the Mahara e-portfolio system, and the first New Zealand university-wide implementation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform [Open2Study].
Mark is currently Chair of the Teaching and Learning Steering Committee for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and contributes as a faculty member to the US-based Online Learning Consortium‘s (OLC) Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning. Additionally, Mark works closely with Epigeum (a subsidiary of Oxford University Press) in the development of online professional development programmes and is currently Lead Advisor for a course on Blended Learning.
Tim Rylands & Sarah Neild
He has received notable recognition for using computer games, and Web 2 technologies to inspire children’s creative confidence in many areas of the curriculum – writing, speaking and listening, music, thinking skills, collaboration, interaction and much more. Tim has received a vast amount of press coverage for his innovative use of ICT, and has featured on the BBC, ‘Teachers TV’, CNN, in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, and many others. In 2005 he won the 2005 Becta ICT in Practice Award.
Working alongside Tim is Sarah Neild, an award winning teacher with experience of inspiring schools with many creative uses of ICT. In 2004 Sarah was a finalist in Becta’s ICT in Practice Awards, where she was described as ‘an evangelist’ in her use of ICT. Sarah was chosen as a Beacon School Teacher in a primary in the North West of England. As part of her local authority’s ‘Hands on Support’ team, Sarah guided many schools in their development of ICT. She has presented at BETT on the use of interactive technologies and worked with teacher training colleges.
Since 2008 Sarah has worked alongside Tim Rylands, developing imaginative ways of using ICT to enhance learning in schools across the country.