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James Clay
Worked at Activate Learning
Attended University of York
Lives in Weston-super-Mare
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Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome.
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Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds https://buffer.com/pablo
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A team of researchers from Google and The University of Washington have developed a new way of creating time-lapse video – collating millions of photographs published online. They ...
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Oculus VR figures out how avatars can mimic your facial expressions http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/21/facebook-oculus-vr-avatar/ #vr #oculusrift 
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No, smartphones are not reducing your attention span to less than a goldfish’s http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2015/05/no-smartphones-are-not-reducing-your-attention-span-to-less-than-a-goldfishs/ #mobile
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Playstation is recruiting for a VR-exclusive studio in the UK http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/20/playstation-morpheus-studio-uk/ #vr #virtualreality 
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The LG G4 was announced last month at simultaneous events around the world to much fanfare. Touting higher spec hardware and a slightly redesigned chassis, the phone goes up against ...
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  • Activate Learning
    Group Director of Learning Technologies, 2013 - 2015
  • Gloucestershire College
    ILT & Learning Resources Manager, 2006 - 2013
  • Western Colleges Consortium
    Director, 2001 - 2006
  • at-Bristol
    IT Education Officer, 2000 - 2001
  • CIty of Bristol College
    Lecturer, 1994 - 2000
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Cambridge, UK - York, UK - Bristol, UK
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James Clay is and has been passionate about the use of learning technologies to enhance and enrich the learning experience since 1991. He has used, developed, managed and inspired others in a range of technologies, from DTP, CD-ROM, mobile devices, the internet, the VLE, the MLE, mobile learning through to Web 2.0, MOOCs, Learning Analytics, Virtual Reality, Apps, and then some...

James was Group Director for Learning Technologies at Activate Learning, where he was responsible for ILT, IT Services, Business Systems and Learning Resources.

Previously James was ILT & Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College between November 2006 and August 2013. He was responsible for the VLE, the use of learning technologies, e-learning, mobile learning, the libraries, digital and online resources and the strategic direction of the college in relation to the use of learning technologies.

James has extensive experience of mobile learning and has a vision that goes beyond mobile technologies and focuses on the mobility of the learner, blurring the demarcation between formal and informal learning. His current vision for tertiary education encompasses the use of Web 2.0 technologies embedded into an institutional VLE which can be accessed through mobile technologies. Allowing learners a focal point for their studying, whilst allowing the depth and breadth of Web 2.0 to bring a personalised learning experience to students at a time and space to suit them. For the future, James hopes that institutions and others will allow for a flexible, personalised, accessible learning experience for all.

James Clay prior to that was Director of the Western Colleges Consortium from 2001 to 2006. As Director he is responsible for the management, strategic direction and development of e-learning using a shared MLE across the four partner FE Colleges of the WCC.

Before the WCC he worked for at-Bristol, a Millennium project within the Harbourside of central Bristol – a job which involved delivering hands-on science education and designing educational websites on subjects as diverse as handheld learning experiences, via Antiguan racer snakes, through space science to the mummification process of ancient Egyptians.

Going back further, James spent ten years in Further Education as a lecturer in Business & Economics, employing learning technologies. His resources and websites were used extensively by students and were praised by verifiers and inspectors.

ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2009

James Clay was ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2009 for his contribution to changing Gloucestershire College, which has become a leader and an exemplar in its use of learning technologies.

James Clay commented, “I am honoured and privileged to win the Learning Technologist of the Year award from ALT. This award not only recognises the work I have undertaken at Gloucestershire College in enabling, embedding and promoting the use of learning technologies; it is also an award for all the staff and management at the college who use learning technologies effectively to enhance and enrich the learning experience.”

The Award is open to individual members of ALT, and to individuals and members based in ALT member organisations.  The award celebrates and rewards excellent practice and learning in the learning technology field.

Bragging rights
I once held the World Record for the world's largest greetings card.
Education
  • University of York
    Economics, 1987 - 1990
  • University of the West of England
    PGCE (FE), 1996 - 1998
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