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James Fawcett

Learning Technologist/Developer

I am a Learning Technologist/Developer within the University’s Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. My role is to enable CELT to deliver service excellence by developing and enhancing teaching and learning through opportunities for technological innovation within the University.

I use my expertise to provide consultancy with academic and support staff across all faculties and services to provide skilled design advice, best practice pedagogic advice, training and technical support in the use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in order to contributing to the continuous improvement of staff skills to enhance the delivery of online and blended learning opportunities. I am responsible for undertaking benchmarking, research and evaluation to understand best practice use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in Higher Education in order to engage with academics to share ideas, make suggestions and demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to support teaching & learning and curriculum development.

I provide advice and assistance with TEL developments through staff development sessions, workshops, 1-1 consultations and through project work. I am the university lead for our e-portfolio offering, I promote the support the service and its users, provide ongoing research into the effective use of e-portfolios within UK HEIs and lead staff development activity related to the e-portfolio service to ensure staff and students are aware of potential benefits for reflection on their studies and career prospects. I write, maintain and develop related documentation such as FAQs and ‘How To Guides’ to support this activity. I support university policy relating to academic integrity and I am the university’s Turnitin representative responsible for liaising with external suppliers and leading Turnitin-related staff development activities.

Teaching and supervision

I teach a range of staff development sessions to groups of interested parties to encourage innovative practice using emerging technology and trends – examples include the Flipped Classroom, online assessment, mobile learning, Open Educational Resources (OER’s) and using open badges as a way of recognising informal learning.

I deliver CPD sessions to staff and students on ePortfolio and its use for reflection.

Areas of expertise


Research and evaluation of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in Higher Education.

Esteem Indicators

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013).


0191 515 2878
Centre for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching (CELT)
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