1. Contextual Statement

Name: Joanna Delgado Rueda

Current Position: Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor

Current Employer: York St John University

Qualifications: BA Hons (French and Spanish), CELTA, MSc (Information and Library Management)

It was during my time studying for my MSc in Information and Library Management that I developed a real interest in using technology to enhance student learning experiences.

For my dissertation, I researched how librarians use (and don’t use) technology in their teaching roles. I became aware of just how many tools are available to teaching staff but I also realised that technology is still regarded with a certain amount of fear and trepidation by many individuals. I concluded that good management and training are key to encouraging the widest possible appropriate use of technology in teaching. I also noted the importance of successful knowledge sharing within organisations.

Shortly after completing my studies, I moved to work in the Distance Learning Unit at Leeds Beckett University. In this role, I was able to use a wide range of learning technologies on a daily basis to support students and staff looking for the most effective way of delivering content. I enjoyed working on a research project into student engagement in online learning while in the role and also helped to develop a MOOC to support students making the transition from secondary to higher education.

In August 2018 I moved to York St John University where I took up the role of Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor. Here, I have the opportunity to support academic staff in use of systems such as Moodle and Mahara. I am also running a Mentimeter pilot and have already seen many staff using this tool effectively.

Before working in instructional design, I was based in the Library at Leeds Beckett University and had the opportunity to support students on a daily basis. This role gave me a strong awareness of the challenges and stress facing university students.

I also draw on around 10 year’s of EFL teaching experience and therefore have insight into the role of teaching staff. I continue to teach EFL online working with the German-based company Learnship and have also recently started to teach English as a volunteer with the York-based charity, RAY.

Why am I completing the CMALT accreditation?

I am always interested to learn about new ways of teaching, delivering content to students and engaging students more successfully. I believe that completing the CMALT accreditation will give me the opportunity to read more, engage with other members of the learning technology community and bring what I have learnt into my day-to-day work.