Our Bloggers

Our Bloggers

The NTU Digital Practice Blog is written by the Digital Practice Team within Centre for Professional Learning and Development, CPLD.

You’ll find various posts regarding all things related to the use of Digital Practice at NTU including tips on which technologies might help you in your everyday role at NTU, ideas and news from the team and beyond.

All the work that team are involved in is based on the key principles that digital practice :

  • encompasses the use and application of digital technologies in a variety of contexts by using a range of digital literacies and skills sets
  • means ensuring staff have appropriate access to technologies
  • is practice driven rather than technology driven
  • should help to develop staff who are confident, competent and capable users of technology that suits their needs

Our current contributors are listed below. You can find further information about Digital Practice and what services the team can offer at our pages on the CPLD website.

Elaine Swift

Elaine Swift

Elaine leads the Digital Practice team which provides support through a range of professional development activities that enable the use of technologies in appropriate work contexts at NTU.

“I have over 13 years’ experience leading and supporting the embedding of technology in learning and teaching in Higher Education. My interests lie several areas including strategic support for eLearning, E-assessment and Digital Literacy. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the UCISA Academic Support Group”.
Trevor Welsh

Trevor Welsh

Trevor has ten years’ experience in the education sector of supporting and teaching staff in using technologies for learning, teaching, management and organisation. These technologies include the NTU Online Workspace (NOW), Microsoft Office, Banner and other software at NTU.

“I have had a variety of roles in FE, including IT & Network Technician, Learning Resource Centre Co-ordinator, VLE Development Officer and ILT/eLearning Senior Support Officer. I joined CPLD in April 2012″.
Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans

“I design and deliver a range of learning and development programmes including management, personal skills, digital literacy and customer service. I am also an experienced vocational qualifications assessor”.

“In February 2014, I joined the digital practice team on a 12 month secondment and have become involved in developing the use of digital practice to support learning”.

Paul Butler

Paul Butler

“I joined CPLD in 2013 as a digital practice advisor after working in CADQ/EDU for 6 years at NTU as an elearning developer. Having previously trained as a secondary ICT teacher and worked in FE, I particularly like developing effective face to face and online learning resources and working with colleagues on their developments.”

“I am is a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology”.

Sue Pears

Sue provides training and support materials to NTU staff using the Banner student information system and Microsoft Office products.

Prior to joining NTU in May 2012, Sue spent over 20 years working as an Information Scientist for a variety of multinational companies where she delivered information services to research staff and provided end-user support and training for a variety of library and information resources.
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Elena Khabarova

Elena is responsible for design and implementation of development initiatives and learning resources to support NTU staff in their use of technologies and university systems. Prior to joining NTU, Elena worked at the British Council supporting bidding for and implementation of international development and scholarship management projects and programmes. She has over 5 years of experience as a Learning and Development consultant, specialising in SAP, business process analysis and managing personal and professional development schemes.
Charlie Davis - senior digital practice advisor

Charlie Davis

In his role of senior digital practice advisor, Charlie provides staff with professional development opportunities to consider how they might use different technologies to support their work practices at NTU. His areas of interest include the use of video and audio technologies to enhance learning, digital storytelling and digital research practices. Charlie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently an EdD candidate.

Prior to joining NTU, Charlie spent five and a half years as a learning technologist at the University of Derby. While in this role, he supported staff develop across the University explore how different technologies might be used to support learning, teaching and assessment activities. Prior to working in HE, Charlie spent eight years teaching English to speakers of other languages