My name is Ros Walker and I am a mother, learning-technologist (CMALT holder), teacher, anti-Brexit campaigner and euphonium player! From a degree in Modern Languages (Russian), I have had a varied career, with almost 25 years in various education posts, many connected with educational technology. This page is a ‘potted summary’ of the work I have done so far
- BA(Hons) Russian and Soviet Studies at Manchester University.
- Price Waterhouse, London, Trainee Accountant (only 6 months!)
- English Teacher (Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine) and Anglo-Continental School of English
- PGCE in Modern Languages (French and Russian). During the course, I became very interested in how computers were making a difference to the way that pupils learned languages.
- Set up an Open Learning Centre for Languages at Surrey University. I was very fortunate in having a manager (Prof Glenn Fulcher) who fully supported new technologies in language learning.
- I moved to CILT (Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research) where I was their first national adviser on computer-assisted language learning. I wrote and delivered the NOF (New Opportunities Fund) ICT training program for teachers of languages, using blended learning – very new at the time!
- I led a research project at Hull University, funded by ‘nesta’ , called the REVIEW project (Research and Evaluation of Interactive, Electronic Whiteboards), to find and disseminate best practice in the use of interactive whiteboards. We observed 200 lessons taught by really inspirational teachers, who were all pioneers – early adopters – of whiteboard technology.
- Promethean (UK-based interactive whiteboard company) – 1 year in the UK as a Teaching and Learning Adviser and 1 year overseas (China, Russia, Denmark) and some other European work. Whilst very exciting, living out of a suitcase was not something I wanted to do long-term…..
- United Learning (formerly UCST and ULT) From 2006 – 2014, I was a Learning Technologist, based in the North of England and supporting schools throughout the group. I led a Mobile learning project across the United Learning group (40+ schools) which led to me developing a framework for mobile learning. (cf: What shall we do with our iPads?, pp92-99)
- Masters Degree at Huddersfield University in Multimedia and E-learning (2013). My dissertation was on pupil perspectives on mobile learning.
- University of Sheffield (2014-2016): Learning Technologist in Central Services and as Faculty Learning Technologist for Social Sciences
- Huddersfield University (2016-2018)- I led work on Assistive Technology and Accessibility, setting up the ‘HudStudy’ service to support students with using IT in their studies. For this work, I was awarded 2nd place in the Individual Category in ALT‘s Learning Technologist of the Year.
- Stirling University – I am currently working as learning technologist at the University of Stirling in Scotland, where we are working on all sorts of interesting projects…..
I have always had a passion for education. I never set out to go into ‘technology’, but when I realised my pupils were learning better, it was something I wanted to explore and, unexpectedly, I have now followed this career for almost 25 years! My focus has always been very firmly on the ‘teaching and learning’ side of the technology that we use and my heart is firmly set on creating the best environment we can for all learners.