James Clay has been ILT & Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College since November 2006.
James is responsible for the VLE, the use of learning technologies, e-learning, the libraries, digital and online resources and the strategic direction of the college in relation to the use of learning technologies.
One of James’ current interests is in learning on the handheld devices that learners have. So how can we create learning activities which work on mobile phones, iPods, PSPs, PDAs, digital cameras, PVRs and others…
James Clay previously was Director of the Western Colleges Consortium from 2001 to 2006. As Director he is responsible for the management, strategic direction and development of e-learning using a shared MLE across the four partner FE Colleges of the WCC.
Before the WCC he worked for at-Bristol, a Millennium project within the Harbourside of central Bristol - a job which involved delivering hands-on science education and designing educational websites on subjects as diverse as handheld learning experiences, via Antiguan racer snakes, through space science to the mummification process of ancient Egyptians.
Prior to the above, James spent ten years in Further Education as a lecturer in Business & Economics, employing learning technologies. His resources and websites were used extensively by students and were praised by verifiers and inspectors.
Size of organisation (employees)
1000 - 5000
Areas of professional interest
Blended learning, Content authoring and design, Gaming and simulations for learning, Learning management systems and methods, Mobile learning, Virtual classrooms, Social Media and learning
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I have recently taken on some new responsibilities at DIUS relating to ILT etc, working closely with Becta.
I am particularly interested in the scope to use technology more effectively to support learners acquiring Skills for Life qualifications, through for example serious games and social networking. I would welcome any views you have from your experience.