More about James…
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.
James is currently Group Director for Oxford & Cherwell Valley College and Reading College, where he is 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
Prior to the above, 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 Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Learning Technologist of the Year Award is now in its third year of operation. 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.