I have had a pretty interdisciplinary career so far, with a BSc (hons) as an economics major, an MSc in Information Management serving as an introduction to the world of more serious computing (having grown up as a hobbyist/gamer), followed by a PhD in sociology.
After a few years working at Lancaster University’s Centre for e-science I worked at the Open University, in the Institute of Educational Technology on a project looking at Digital Scholarship. You can read a report of the research i did here
I then worked at Durham University’s Foundation Centre , where I was a Teaching Fellow running introductory anthropology and sociology courses. I used a variety of social media technologies (Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, YikYak) for various things, which I blogged about.
I now work at the University of West London, and the Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning. My focus has shifted on to thinking about student engagement and retention, although I’m still interested in using social media and other technologies to do this.
I’m using this blog as a way of communicating some half baked ideas and keeping notes from conferences, hopefully getting feedback to help me think through issues relating to new media/technologies and teaching.