Project Manager

Dr. Yvonne Howard
Learning Technologies Group
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3831
Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 5749

Yvonne is a Research Fellow at the University of Southamptonís School of Electronics and Computer Science. She was involved in the EPSRC funded Automated Validation of Business Critical Systems with Component Based Designs (ABCD) project that made Formal Modelling techniques usable by practising Systems Engineers. Recently she has been involved with the Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute (OMII) EPSRC initiative to build a service oriented grid infrastructure for UK escience. Yvonne is Project Manager for the JISC funded FREMA, FREMA2, and R2Q2 projects.

Technical Manager

Dr. David Millard Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton

David is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. David has over 50 publications in the areas of knowledge modelling for contextual information systems in hypertext, mlearning and e-learning. He is a key member of the EPSRC Equator IRC team at Southampton exploring novel m-learning experiences, a co-investigator on the European Learning Grid Infrastructure (ELeGI) project (EU IST Framework VI), and on the JISC funded Rendering and Response for QTI 2.0 (R2Q2) project. He is also the Technical Manager on the JISC FREMA Project.

Principle Investigators

Dr. Hugh Davis Head of Learning Technologies Group
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton

Hugh is the Head of the Learning Technology Research Group within the 5* research School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. He is the University Director of Education with responsibility for eLearning strategy Ė a professorial level post. He has been involved in hypertext research since the late 1980ís and has interests in the applications of hypertext for learning, open hypertext systems and architectures for adaptation and personalisation. He has extensive publications in these fields, and experience of starting a spin-off company with a hypertext product. His recent research interests revolve around Web and Grid service frameworks for eLearning and he has a particular focus on the assessment domain.

Co Investigators

Balbir S. Barn
Balbir is a Professor at Thames Valley University and has an industry research background in methodologies and software application development toolsets. He worked extensively on Component Based Development methods and design of component modelling toolsets. More recently, Balbir is researching software architecture issues relating to E-Learning systems in the JISC-funded COVARM project, now in receipt of extension funding, and the links between learning theory and learning design.
Obed Brew
Obed is a senior lecturer in Adult Health at Thames Valley University, with a background in Reproductive Biology, Biochemistry and Nursing Practice. He leads post-registration training and development in Diabetes Care and Assisted Human Reproduction where he uses a combination of virtual learning environment (VLE) distant learning materials and taught sessions to deliver the courses to practitioners including Nurses, GPs, and Podiatrists. He also teaches pre-registration nursing where he is currently evaluating e-learning strategies to enhance learning and assessment in practice.
Karen Elcock
Karen is a Project Leader for Learning Communities in the Faculty of Health & Human Sciences, Thames Valley University. The focus of her professional interests is the clinical learning environment, in particular exploring strategies to help students to link theory and practice. She has published articles and spoken at conferences on mentorship, Learning Communities, and self-regulated learning in practice. She is currently writing a chapter on learning in clinical environments, due for publication in 2007. Over the last four years Karen has been closely involved in the development of a web-based placement management system and practice education portal for student nurses, mentors and academic staff.
Chris Frost
Chris leads an in-house e-learning development team of ILT Champions and ILT authors (CoLRiC ILT Award 1999) as well as co-ordinating large scale staff development programmes at Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education. Chris led BPCís involvement in NLN materials development since Round 1, amongst other roles acting as Trialling Co-ordinator for a variety of subjects and different commercial companies commissioned by the NLN to produce e-learning materials. The evaluation methodologies and systems employed have been viewed as good practice by both the commercial partners and NLN. Chris also led the Collegeís LSDA/NLN Transformation Project.
Lester Gilbert
Lester is a Lecturer in IT at the University of Southampton, with a background in cognitive psychology and learning theory as well as IT. He has worked as a programmer and manager in commerce and industry, leading and managing the development and delivery of commercial CBT, CAI, and interactive video training solutions for customers such as Midland Bank, British Aerospace, Abbey National, and UK Atomic Energy Authority. He has a text contracted for publication in 2007, "Principles of eLearning Systems Engineering". Lester is the Technical Manager of the CORE project funded under the JISC VRE call, and is a co-investigator on the JISC-funded FREMA and R2Q2 projects.
Mary Gobbi
Mary is a Senior Lecturer and Award Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing with Registration in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton. She is the research and evaluation lead for the Virtual Interactive Practice (VIP) initiative which has recently attracted external funding from the HEA and ESRC. She has been involved with a range of funded research projects exploring the provision of the embodying leadership programme (NHS London), assessment of baseline information for midwifery students (United Kingdom Council for Nursing and Midwifery) and evaluation of nursing education and training provision in the Republic of Ireland (An Bord Altranais and Department for Health and Children). With the VIP team she has contributed to the recently published book 'Teaching Nursing through Clinical System Tools in Nursing and Informatics for the 21st Century'.
Debra Humphris
Debra is Professor of Health Care Development and the Director of the Health Care Innovation Unit. In November 2000 she joined the University to take up post as Director of the New Generation Project (NGP), for which she still has responsibility. Since 2003 she has extended that scope of the HCIU to include workforce innovation in health and wider public services. In 2005 Debra led the bid to secure a HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence for Learning and Teaching (CETL) for the University. The CETL builds on the work for the NGP and is focused in inter professional learning across the public sector (CETL:IPPS). Debra works with a range of international colleagues and Universities to explore ways to improve service delivery through workforce change.
Helen Knowles
Helen is Senior Lecturer; Associate Director (Modernising Learning) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery (University of Southampton). She has worked in the NHS and higher education as a qualified nurse and midwife. Her current role involves strategic planning for the development and implementation of technology enhanced learning, for use in and out the practice setting. Previous projects include the development and implementation of a model of midwifery care, which included educational packages for implementation of clinical guidelines in practice (HTA funded) and the development and implementation of an on-line interactive simulated research study for midwives, which received the RCM Presidentís award for excellence in midwifery education.
Debra Morris
Debra is the University of Southampton Library E-Learning lead, the Academic Liaison Librarian supporting subjects in MHLS, and the Learning Resources lead for the Health Care Innovation Unit.
Gary Wills
Gary is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. His main research area is in the application of advanced knowledge technologies, and in particular Personal Information Environments, for the industrial, education and medical domains. Gary is the project manager of two JISC funded projects that use a service oriented architecture: Collaborative Orthopaedic Research Environment project funded under the VRE call and the R2Q2 (rendering and response of QTIv2 questions) under the latest Tools call. He is also a co-investigator of the JISC funded reference model for assessment (FREMA) project. Gary was also the Technical manager in the Virtual Orthopaedic European University project (VOEU), responsible for developing the infrastructure for a Virtual Learning Environment for post-graduate training in surgery. Gary is a member of the CETIS Assessment SIG.
Other staff
It is likely that technical staff (Research Fellow, Research Assistant) will need to be recruited at TVU and LTG.