I joined the Open University in 1999 as a full-time member of the Department of Communication and Systems with a multidisciplinary background that includes studies in electronics engineering, music, systems theory and, more recently, education. I worked in secondary and post-compulsory education in Brazil for some years before moving to Britain, where I gained a DPhil at the University of York in 2000 for my work in the area of musicology of electroacoustic and computer musics.
I truly am enthusiastic for Open and Distance Learning, and I’ve acted as an Associate Lecturer for a number of OU courses in Technology (now incorporated into the new Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology) and Arts. My first association with the university was indeed as an AL, and I’ve also been a student with the OU, completing an MEd in 2005 that focused on educational research methods. I’m very proud of this achievement, perhaps more than anything else I've done – the experience has given me an entirely different perspective on learning, teaching, research, knowledge and, quite importantly, the ‘realities’ of being a student with an already full life.
I returned to my substantive post in the (then newly-created) Faculty of MCT in July 2008, following a 2-year secondment to the Institute of Educational Technology. During this secondment I was part of the Academic Team of OpenLearn, the OU’s Open Content Initiative.
I'm a member of the UK Higher Education Academy and part of the Technology and Education Research Group (TERG) based at the Department.
I’m currently writing for the new level 1 course in ICT and Computing, TU100 My digital life and I’m also tentatively contributing to ongoing planning for future developments of the Relevant Knowledge Programme in the area of creative media.
These are some of the courses I’ve worked on previously:
As an Associate Lecturer I’ve worked on these:
Questions concerning the relationship between education, technology and politics emerged towards the end of my PhD research but developed, since then, from a few thoughts included at the end of the thesis to my broader area of research and scholarly interest. In short, I'm interested in the impact of Internet technologies on teaching and learning practices, with a special concern for Web-based tools and Open Educational Resources and Open Learning Environments.
I have a long-standing interest in the idea of ‘boundaries’, and I've been thinking lately about the impact of ‘open content’ on previously established boundaries between teacher/learner, formal/informal learning and content/presentation. There is a lot of food for thought here, with some very tangible implications and relevance to teaching and learning 'as is' and 'as may become'.
I also maintain an active interest in issues related to Open and Distance Learning in the subject areas of music technology (I am a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Music, Technology and Education) and ethics in technology.
If you'd like to chat about things we may have in common or might like to do together, get in touch:
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Personal (a bit wacky ...) Blog: Boundaries Redrawn
Research Group Blog: TERG Blog
TERG has a network on Ning - TERGOU Ning - where we exchange ideas on the uses of Web 2.0 in education also with colleagues in other institutions. Visit the site and join us!
Using Open Educational Resources and Web 2.0 Tools to support Ethical Reasoning in ICS Project-Based Learning. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for Information and Computer Science (Start: 1 December 2009). This is a collaboration with Tina Wilson from IET and counts on the support of OLnet. The project will explore the potential of Web 2.0 tools to support students engaged in project-based learning, and it will include repurposing the recently-published OER Introducing Ethics in ICS to create tailor-made materials aimed to encourage students to identify, engage with and discuss ethical issues that arise in their project work. Click here to see the project homepage on the ICS Website.
Achieving Transformation, Enhanced Learning and Innovation through Educational Resources in Design: ATELIER-D. Funded by JISC and led by my colleague Steve Garner from the OU's Design Group. We've got a project Website and a project blog.
A Framework for Teaching Ethics to ICS Students and Practitioners using Open Educational Resources. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for Information and Computer Science. The proposal and report are available here. The main outcome of this project has been a (mostly) self-contained Open Educational Resources now published on OpenLearn both on the LearningSpace and on the LabSpace.
Communicating, learning and the in-between: a study on the impact of open-access, informal online learning environments. Funded by COLMSCT. The report will be published shortly and a link will be available on the executive summary page.
Ferreira, G. M. d. S. (2003). ‘Music, Sounds, the Stradivarius and the Computer: a dialogue between the music-maker and the music-listener’. In John Monk and Rolf Hughes (eds.) Hybrid Thought. Department of Telematics/Metamorphosis, Centre for Writing and Performance Research, Milton Keynes/Stockholm. ISBN 0-9545593-1-2 & 978-0-9545593-1-1. A draft is available via this page.