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Head of Educational Development, University of Greenwich
Simon Walker, a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, is the Head of Educational Development at the University of Greenwich. He is responsible for developing university policy and strategy on learning and teaching, and professional development for academic staff. He co-led the development of the Students as Change Agents UK Network, setting up support and national accreditation for students undertaking deep student engagement work in the curriculum, and support for student engagement research through the new Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Previously, he was director of a number of national Jisc- and BECTA-funded, technology-enhanced learning projects, including the Digital Literacy in Higher Education project and International Baccalaureate e-Learning Laboratory. He was a founding member of the CAMEL project management model, which continues to be used in implementing many innovative projects. For nine years, he was programme leader for the highly-successful Professional Development in Technology Enhanced Learning certificated framework. Simon’s research and publication lies mainly in the development and evaluation of learning design - he is a co-author of the Larnaca Declaration on Learning Design . In 2012, he led a University of Greenwich team as part of a university consortium, coordinated by the Open University to develop the first MOOC on Learning Design. He is a co-director of the eCentre for Learning and Innovation Research, which convenes the annual Academic Practice and Technology (APT) international conference, now in its 13th year. In 2009, he established Compass: the Journal of Learning & Teaching, as a means to raise the profile of teaching and learning and e-learning. The journal is now in its 12th issue and available online. A keen cyclist, he leads the university’s Bicycle Users Group.