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Claire Mann 

My name is Claire Mann and I am a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. My doctoral research is around the importance of an authentic student learning experience in Higher Education. I have an Interdisciplinary funded studentship and am co-supervised between the School of Education and the new Nottingham Vet School.

My interest in computers began age 8 when Santa bought me my first, much loved, computer - a Sinclair ZX spectrum 48k ... rubber keys and a tape recorder to load games! Several years later and a few upgrades later I emerged from my room with some self-taght technical skills (the best kind!)

I'm really a people person though and after a career as a secretary and a self-funded part-time degree in business I changed focus and developed a career as a teacher. I had good IT skills at the right time and delivered my first ever teaching session in HTML at Trent Uni in 1999 (when people still believed in the Millenium bug lol!) Over the following ten years I had the priviledge to teach all kinds of IT to all kinds of people. From kids to silver surfers, from the homeless to lawyers in the City, across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

I was teaching IT skills to women returners when the government decided I had to go back to Uni to get a qualification for a job I had been doing for years. Since they were funding it I wasn't complaining and it turned out to be a major turning point in my life. I was taught 'how to teach' in a University by teachers who had no idea about technology - the IT was strictly off-limits in my course. I decided that I would make it my mission to bring technology-enhanced learning into Higher Education.

After completing a PGCCE I won funding from the Visual Learning Lab at the University to undertake a one year full time Masters in Educational Research Methods. Within that year I was successful in securing the further three year funding for my PhD.

During the first two years of my PhD I have had a unique opportunity to affect teaching and learning in Higher Education in many ways. Firstly I undertook a succesful internship with the Visual Learning Lab lasting for over two years during which time I was involved in many projects aimed at enhancing learning and teaching through technology. Secondly I won funding to improve my own teaching at the Vet School through using students to collect video data and to help redesign their IT curriculum. Finally this work with Andrew in enhancing learning through using YouTube complements my research portfolio.

I am in my third year of PhD and (franticallly) writing up my thesis and associated papers. I am also writing up and presenting my projects. At the bottom of my to-do list is to develop my own website so I can keep track of all the things I have done. I am also looking forward to new opportunities arising at the end of my current research in 2011.

Thanks for taking the time to find out a bit about me :)

In case you also wonder what I look like, below is a photograph of me at ICICTE 2009 (International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education.) I presented a paper 'A Typology of Interactive Whiteboard use in teaching in HE' which presented the findings of my Masters work. I was shortlisted for the Student Paper Prize and was runner-up.

Claire at ICICTE 2009 Corfu

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