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Appendix 11.5: Short author biographies

11.5.1 Nicky Ferguson

Nicky Ferguson now works as a consultant, he left the University of Bristol's Institute for Learning and Research Technology in 2003. He worked there for 10 years, initially as Fellow in Networked Information and subsequently as ILRT research director and acting director. He also directed a number of national and international research projects and Web-based services. He previously worked for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He has also worked successfully an actor and trainer and has set up two successful small businesses. He is currently involved with the UK's first new build Cohousing development.

11.5.2 Seb Schmoller

Seb Schmoller combines half-time employment as Executive Secretary of ALT with work as a freelance consultant. Whilst at the Sheffield College, Seb was responsible the college's overall learning technology strategy, and for its online learning provision. As a freelance, Seb has undertaken a range of projects including work on the Drafts for Public Comment of 3 of the first 4 e-learning related British Standards (BS 8426, BS8788, and BS8419); managing the TUC's online learning strategy implementation project; work on the recent DfES Scoping Study on the impact of e-learning in English Further Education; and work for Ufi on the tutor-support requirements of learndirect courses. http://www.schmoller.net/

11.5.3 Neil Smith

Neil Smith is Director of Knowledge Integration Ltd, a small company based in Sheffield specialising in open source software and consultancy. Prior to joining Knowledge Integration, he worked in a variety of roles for Fretwell-Downing, both in the UK and USA. He has had extensive involvement in collaborative R&D including a number of JISC eLib projects. His current projects include consultancy for BSI on new standards related to eLearning, IT For Me - a collaboration with University of Sheffield delivering personalised information for public library patrons in South Yorkshire, and assisting a range of library system vendors embed Knowledge Integration's toolkits into their products.

11.5.4 Contact Details & Further Information

Website address: http://www.therightplace.plus.com/jp/

Authors' contact: Nicky Ferguson
Email: jp-study@therightplace.net

 


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