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James Clay
Worked at Activate Learning
Attended University of York
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Wondering why web pages take so long to load? It's because they are huge! http://blog.lmorchard.com/2015/07/22/the-verge-web-sucks/ #web #edtech #mobile 
TL;DR: Did you know that The Verge delivers you to around 20 companies for advertising & tracking purposes? I didn't. That might foul up your web experience a little bit. Maybe we should try something different.
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With competition creeping in, how is it for the giant of the #edtech tablet scene?
 http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/08/the-state-of-the-ipad-in-teaching-and-learning-in-2015/ 

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Down in the Mendips (near to Churchill) is the Mendip Snowsport Centre. Here you can ski and snowboard. For the younger ones they can go tobogganing, and as the centre runs tobogganing parties, I s...
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http://elearningstuff.net/2015/07/31/emerged-technologies/

Four years is a long time in technology, but how much has happened since 2011?
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New post - "Harness the power of video and increase student engagement"
http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/technology/harness-the-power-of-video-and-increase-student-engagement/ 

Earlier this year I was invited to contribute to a guide for teachers on the flipped classroom, concentrating on the inclusion, or rather availability, of video to increase student engagement (flipped classroom or not).
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Reminded recently about my thoughts on Second Life - Was the approach wrong? http://elearningstuff.net/2013/06/25/was-the-approach-wrong/ response to this http://iggyo.blogspot.de/2013/05/leaving-las-vegas-6-years-in-virtual.html
Reading the following article on Second Life, I am reminded of a few discussions I have had in previous years on the catalysts for change. When looking at new technologies that have the potential t...
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Recently, Lawrie Phipps, senior co-design manager, published a blog post referring to digital colonialism and its potential to destroy any kind of pedagogic innovation.  
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Have you got a Polaroid Pogo printer gathering dust in the cupboard? http://tech.jamesclay.net/?p=3040
Many, many years ago I went out, after listening to people on the Twitter, and purchased a Polaroid Pogo printer, well according to the Twitter it was six years ago in 2009. https://twitter.com/jam...
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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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