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About Richard Millwood

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In writing this dissertation, I came to realise that all the practice I had been engaged in had a common thread: an ambition to improve education through a better, theoretically-informed design practice for innovations using technology

I have been trying to do this since 1978 as a design practitioner in technology-enhanced learning. I have sought analytical and descriptive means to improve designs through effective design & development processes. I have focussed on learner-centred approaches and researched widely across multiple disciplines. My practice has also involved teaching at all levels, specifically at Masters level since 1984 and the supervision of PhD students since 1997.

I am currently a Director of Core Education UK Ltd, a non-profit organisation and I am Assistant Professor and Course Director for the MSc in Technology and Learning at Trinity College Dublin. Until July 2013 I was  Reader in Distributed Learning in the Institute for Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton as well as a Research Fellow at Brunel University until September 2013. I am responsible for the National Archive of Educational Computing and contributor to the Work Focussed Learning project. I also maintain a blog, a New Learning Landscape, and occasionally tweet as @richardmillwood.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and have been an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2000. I have recently served as a secondary school governor, having previously chaired a primary school governing body for six years. I am active in the Labour Party, currently serving as Chair of the Brentwood and Ongar Constituency Labour Party and I am a founding member of Educating Brentwood, a local group dedicated to improving educational accountability.

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“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all... Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it we are nothing.” ― Luis Buñuel, 1982