Here are some of the organisations for which I’ve worked while on the staff of Learning Materials Design.
Department for Education and Skills
The Department wanted some up-to-date video material to accompany its training programme for school governors in secondary schools, and on behalf of Learning Materials Design I managed the contract to produce this and also to create a distance learning version of the face-to-face training.
In close liaison with the Department client, our author and our video director, I oversaw approval of the video plan, the script, the selection of actors, the shoot and the editing. I also presented the finished video at a conference of Department trainers.
The Department returned to LMD for production of its successor training materials for school governors in primary schools.
Improvement and Development Agency
The Improvement and Development Agency (now part of the Local Government Association) wanted a self-study resource to improve councillors’ understanding of the law around children’s education and welfare. Their original conception was based on legal summaries. On behalf of Learning Materials Design, I pitched to them a concept based on imaginary case studies, providing the context and motivation to understand the law – and they gave us the job.
As well as managing the project, I wrote and coded the original multimedia package. They liked this so much that they commissioned two further packages: one on housing and one on school standards, this last being launched at a local government conference by the Secretary of State for Education.
Middlesex University Business School
When Middlesex University decided to move towards student-centred teaching, the Business School contracted Learning Materials Design to run a series of workshops to give selected lecturers the skills to introduce resource-based learning into their own modules.
I was one of the LMD team which designed and delivered the workshops, adapting them closely to the institutional circumstances and immediate needs of participants. I also wrote a summary of the training and discussions for their future guidance.
Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford
The Bradford Dementia Group (now the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies) is one of the UK’s leading organisations driving improvements in dementia care. To extend their direct face-to-face teaching and training, they wanted to make use of distance learning materials. The Group contracted me to run two workshops, the first to help the academic team think about the different ways they could use distance learning materials in their teaching and the second to provide them with training in writing learning activities and feedback.
Thanks for a terrific workshop.Prof. Murna Downs, Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford
Oxford Brookes University
When the Westminster Institute for Education at Oxford Brookes University won the government contract to train Gifted and Talented Coordinators in secondary schools, the academic team contracted Learning Materials Design to produce multimedia materials in support of this Masters level programme.
I was one of the LMD writers / editors working on this high profile project: liaising with the academic team, interviewing G&T Coordinators to record their experience of practice, and editing the resulting audio to fit within the learning materials.
Marie Curie Cancer Care
The Education section of Marie Curie Cancer Care, which trained their own nurses out of their regional centres, wanted to create an accredited BA in Cancer care / Palliative care, taught through a combination of face-to-face teaching and distance learning. When Learning Materials Design was awarded the contract to produce the distance learning materials, I was part of the team which worked with the Marie Curie lecturers to plan and write them. I was the author of materials for three modules, including the important compulsory introductory Principles of Palliative Care. Marie Curie were particularly pleased with the student results for this module, consistently good across the regional centres, which they attributed to the quality of the materials, that being the common factor.
UK eUniversities Worldwide
The “e-University” – a government-funded initiative to provide UK universities with an online platform to market and present their courses globally – commissioned Learning Materials Design to produce core materials to help students and tutors learn and teach online. I was the lead writer and editor for these materials, liaising with the UKeU technical team developing the platform, adjusting our writing to its continually-changing expected capabilities.
WorldWide Fund for Nature / NatWest Group
This partnership between an environmental charity and a banking group awarded Learning Materials Design the contact to produce a resource on environmentally sustainable business management for small and medium-sized enterprises. I was the principal client contact and lead writer on this “Better business pack”, working with their technical consultant to define the pack’s scope and approach and interviewing SME managers to collect case studies to inform the resource.
Help the Aged
Help the Aged (now part of Age UK) commissioned Learning Materials Design to produce a multimedia teaching resource for school children which would promote awareness of age-related issues. I was the project manager and writer on “The Time Transporter” CD-ROM, for which I recorded and edited interviews with elderly people who had been the age of our audience during the 1930s – that period chosen for tie-in with the National Curriculum.
Learning Materials Design offered this popular charity a day of company time, in which all staff worked in a blitz to produce several digital resources, including an induction resource to be used with the numerous volunteers taken on every two years to run a Red Nose Day. I worked with Comic Relief staff to boil down the large collection of documents with which they presented us into a slide deck containing a small number of key messages and essential information points suitable for a staff induction.