Sarah McNicol says ‘hello’

I’ve recently joined ESRI to work on the iTEC project, which is looking at how technology can be used effectively in the classroom of the future.  For me, this is a really interesting question as my very first job was working as a school librarian in the 1990s when technology was first starting to impact on teaching and learning; I was responsible for the only place with internet access outside the school’s ICT suite.

From there, I moved into my first research post in 2000.  The first project I worked on investigated the types of support students need to carry out independent resource-based learning effectively.  I’ve worked on a wide range of projects since, including research into censorship, careers information, open educational resources, family learning and educational comics.

Over the past 12 years, I’ve worked for Birmingham City, Loughborough and Leicester universities, and most recently for the NUS.  And in between, I’ve studied for a PGCE and taught in the FE sector – and spent some time in South America.  So I’ve travelled around and worked with some interesting people along the way, but I’m happy now to be settled back in the north west.

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