Hi, I’m an Open University student and I started this blog when I was studying my second postgraduate module ‘The eLearning Professional’ (H808) as part of the Open University Masters in Online and Distance Education (MAODE).
I live on the edge of the Cotswolds, close to Oxford enjoying the benefits of the countryside with the city nearby.
Until 2011 I was a publishing professional, working mainly in health science academic publishing for a global publisher. However, I took a career break at the end of January and with my husband spent four months in the West Highlands of Scotland, the Lake District and Northumberland – a combination of walking, cycling and canoeing which I blogged for family and friends at my blog Knit2Purl2 (and did a bit of knitting too!).
Returning from time out I was keen to continue my interest in elearning and take a different career path . . . As I studied ‘The elearning professional’ (H808) in 2011, I started blogging as a requirement of the course, in response to some of the learning activities and also to reflect on my own learning. Now I’m back as I continue my studies with ‘Accessible online learning’ (H810). I’ve also completed the modules ‘Technology-enhanced learning’ (H800) and ‘Continuing Professional Development in Practice’ (U810) and with one more after this one I hope to graduate with the MAODE in 2014!
As for the new career path, after a year working on a project at the University of Bath I’m now working for an organisation based in Warwick (UK) delivering training for primary care professionals (mainly nurses) caring for those with long term conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes). I’m responsible for supporting and developing the eLearning that we offer www.educationforhealth.org.
I am very happy with the journey that my OU studies have taken me on, providing me with my first academic challenge since my undergraduate days (several decades ago) as well as opening up a whole new career for me 🙂