Career in transition
In 2019, I spent the whole year working on a single project, which was developing e-learning content, for the global RPA giant Automation Anywhere, via my client, ELTjam (now LearnJam). My role was Learning Content Development Manager. At the time of writing, our participation on this project is coming to a close.
In 2002, I did a teacher training course (Cambridge CELTA) in Barcelona, and so began my career in the field of English Language Teaching. While working in various language teaching academies and summer schools for 11 years, I was a teacher of English, worked in management as an Assistant Director of Studies, Director of Studies and Centre Director. This part of my career took me to Portugal, Poland, Kazakhstan and Spain.
In 2012, I moved into educational publishing, working as an editor at Cambridge University Press. While at CUP, I spent most of my time working on digital products: editing and project managing digital content development for primary and secondary textbooks, designing and managing the content development for two online teacher training courses, leading on digital editorial training and mentoring programmes and developing documentation and workflows for new digital publishing processes.
After three years in Cambridge, I headed back to Spain, where I have been working remotely as a freelance learning content developer, editor and project manager. I have also given conference talks, led training workshops, delivered a webinar and carried out analysis on various research projects.
More info on LinkedIn
I have long been interested in professional learning and development, educational technology, learning networks and how use of the web relates to learning in general. I have an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester and my MA dissertation focused on teachers working in ELT using Twitter for professional development.
Having developed an interest in things like professional / personal learning networks, communities of practice and personal knowledge and information management while doing my MA, I’ve recently started reading and researching this area again. In general, I feel that anyone who can call themselves a ‘knowledge worker‘ ought to gain control of their own professional development. This means being self-directed and thinking critically about developing strategies and habits that can aid learning.
As a freelancer, I’m also always looking at how to get good at running a business. So time-management, productivity apps and methods and personal branding and marketing are all areas of interest.
Professional development – credentials and courses
Jan 2020 – Becoming Career Smart – Deakin University (FutureLearn)
Dec 2019 – Transforming Digital Learning: Learning Design Meets Service Design – Deakin University (FutureLearn)
Jun 2019 – The Digital Transformation of Learning – LinkedIn Learning