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James Clay
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Attended University of York
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New post How do you measure the 'success' of a MOOC? 
- Do you look for the headline figures of number of registered learners, or the number of registered learners that became learners (visited the course)?
Do you look for the number at the number of learners who did something, that engaged on the course in some way .. as either a number (e.g. 4,000) or as a percentage of the learners who visited the course (e.g. 40%)? ... more
Here's a question I've been battling for some time .. how do you measure the 'success' of a MOOC? The problem is that I haven't been able to define what the 'success' is supposed to be, so to try and measure it seems, well, a pointless exercise. So, here's a few thoughts I've had based on my ...
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We captured these images of a significant solar flare using our Solar Dynamics Observatory – as seen in the bright flash on the left – peaking at 6:11 p.m. EDT on May 5, 2015. Each image shows a different wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights a different temperature of material on the sun. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1AFuA1S

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More than 1,000 parts on the Airbus A350 XWB are 3D printed using materials that only recently became available to the manufacturing process.
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Digital storytelling in organisations: the challenges and how to overcome them http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/digital-storytelling-in-organisations-the-challenges-and-how-to-overcome-them-05-may-2015 
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As exam season gets underway, universities have come up with a new item to confiscate
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Ah... memories...my 1980s CASIO wrist watch had enough memory for about 8 or so Maths formulas. Couldn't be beat in exam performance! :-)
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Hmmm, wonder if the little ones would enjoy Minecraft on the iPad? https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/minecraft-pocket-edition/id479516143?mt=8&uo=6&at=11lLa8&ct= #minecraft
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With our commercial partners, we're going to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil. "An important step toward achieving that goal took place today as SpaceX undertook a flight test to see how its Crew Dragon capsule performed on a simulated escape from an emergency at launch." -Administrator Charlie Bolden

Full blog: http://go.nasa.gov/1cmY939

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Google Now notifications on Apple Watch. Worlds are colliding!!!! ;)
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How To Improve Learner Retention In eLearning. Check the Get Them Hooked: 6 Tips To Improve Learner Retention In eLearning Courses And Avoid Drop-Outs.
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Emojis are being blamed for the end of the English language as we know it.
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A while ago, Google released Cardboard, an inexpensive virtual-reality system for smartphones running Android. As well as the software, Google has made available the plans for building a viewer which is designed to wrap around the smart-phone, producing a set of virtual-reality 'goggles'.
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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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Weston-super-Mare
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Cambridge, UK - York, UK - Bristol, UK
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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, 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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