Mr Mark Shand

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  • Position:Senior Learning Technologist
  • Department:Library Services
  • Telephone:+4411732 86359

About me

I have 18 years' experience of leading and managing the development and delivery of innovative digital learning projects and solutions. With a strong technical and academic background, I draw on a clear strategic and creative vision for enhancing the learning experience of our students and staff. 

Having developed our digital learning strategy and monitored impact, I continue to oversee budget and resource, ensuring that they align with the University's priorities and strategy. Responsibilities include managing key systems (our academic workbooks, LinkedIn Learning and research platforms) and promoting learning technologies, best practice and learning content across various teams.

Through working at all levels across UWE, I have built effective partnerships and understanding of all stakeholders’ needs and pressures. I have a strong record of initiating and leading cross-departmental projects and initiatives with teaching staff, senior academics and professional services colleagues. I also develop and implement effective communication strategies to promote our services across different campuses and platforms, while managing change and its impact on our staff and students.

I am proficient in creating, executing and evaluating learning programmes and producing reports that lead to improved user experience. For example, I led the design and implementation of our digital capabilities programme, enhancing digital skills and literacy across a range of areas (creativity, problem-solving, AI, wellbeing and collaboration). A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), I led modules on learning simulations and taught narrative design (both linear and non-linear) on the MA Education in Virtual Worlds.

My current research and policy interests include academic skills and AI, student engagement and social learning. Of particular interest is how best to balance the ethical challenges of learning technologies, with operational and business needs. I have also developed groundbreaking approaches to VLEs (without screens), immersive technologies and peer learning. 

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss anything about technology and learning innovation.


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