The E-Learning team blog follows innovations of the E-Learning team from mid 2012. The team currently consists of Andrew Checkley, the E-Learning Manager (1st January, 2012). Recent members of the team and contributors to the E-Learning team blog include Raffaele Di Meo, E-Learning Officer (15th June, 2013 to 10th April 2015) and Zara Anderson, E-Learning Intern (10th November 2014 to 2nd April 2015) and Sonia Staneland, E-Learning Officer (25th June 2015 to 31st May 2017).
Mini biography for Andrew Checkley, E-Learning Manager:
Andrew Checkley (BSc in Sociology, MA Media, PGCE in ICT) is the E-Learning Manager for Croydon College and University Centre Croydon. Andrew joined the E-Learning Team at the start of 2012 following 7 successful years of teaching ICT (Key stage 3 to 5) including 1 year as a VLE coordinator and towards 3 years as a Head of Department (HoD) for ICT. Andrew has a proven track record of raising attainment with notable achievements of raising the KS4 ICT pass rate from 27% A* to C to 74% over a two year period, contributing to an overall pass rate of 89% A* to C by the end of the third year.
Andrew has successfully project managed the implementation and embedding of two VLE systems, achieved a 100% successful upgrade from Moodle 1.9 to 2 complete with full integration of College wide ICT systems and mobile device compatibility. Along with the development side of Moodle, Andrew also provides training, manages a Moodle help desk, acts in an advisory capacity for external E-Learning boards and has undertaken consultancy work for E-Learning.
Andrew's key strengths include expert level understanding of database reporting languages such as MySQL, especially useful for transparency, systems integration and data processing. Andrew has fully integrated Moodle with an open source media server equipped with custom written administration tools, developed an ip based recording system and created a fully functional Joomla based website with ldap and sso authentication, custom apps, integrated booking system and an integrated help desk system. Andrew has written and programmed various CSS based Moodle themes including themes for mobile devices. I have completed work on numerous PHP enhancements for Moodle and I still teach, with my module being one of the highlights of a 2014 Ofsted inspection for the DTLLS programme.
Andrew's key successes include custom writing the code for the comprehensive management report suite for Moodle, developed since early 2012 and going from strength to strength. The automated quality system (part of the suite) now includes a resource quality checking system that feeds back into the main report.
Mini biography for Raffaele Di Meo, E-Learning Officer:
Raffaele Di Meo studied Business at the University of Naples focussing his studies on business strategies and marketing. He has combined into eLearning his passion for education and his interests for consumer’s behaviour and design.
Raffaele has worked for over three years in the eLearning sector developing a good understanding of Technology Enhance Learning working as ICT Trainer at Lewisham College and eLearning Officer at Croydon College and UCC. He currently works in the eLearning team at Croydon College, which has been shortlisted for a TES FE Award for the ‘Outstanding use of Technology in FE’. His position is focused on Moodle, managing, administering and developing the College VLE and Student Intranet. Since he started to work at Croydon College, the use of the VLE doubled and it currently counts over 4.5 million actions in a year.
A key example of Raffaele’s work is the online submission strategy for Higher Education which allowed UCC to move assignments submission 100% online as well as to provide students with a more comprehensive feedback. Raffaele also introduced Open Badges, developing an implementation strategy that focused on the employability advantages and created numerous badges connected to the successful engagement activities already taking place at Croydon College. After only a few months from the Open Badges launch, hundreds students have started working towards the achievement of an Open Badge.