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The Design of Learner-centred, Technology-enhanced Education

A web site for Richard Millwood's dissertation for a PhD by retrospective practice, completed in 2014. It charts 38 years of practice as a developer of educational materials, courses and higher education frameworks, and presents a doctoral thesis derived from that practice.


A selection of practice from my full portfolio forms the empirical basis for my claim for an original contribution to knowledge.This contribution is in the form of of a thesis based on three analyses made to support decision making in creative design practice to develop learner-centred, technology-enhanced education.


This is articulated in an Abstract, Introduction, Methodology,  Theoretical & Conceptual FrameworkClaimConclusion, References and Portfolio. It has been revised in the light of examination after a viva in accordance with the University of Bolton's regulations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by practice.

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You can register here to offer comments, reactions, critical friendship or peer review. Such feedback is very welcome indeed, whether it provides me with moral support or suggests improvements. The web site is designed to be translateable, but I do not plan to seek translations for it all. Nevertheless if you can offer a translation of this page or any other part, please contact me and I will be proud to credit your support!


In the Appendix 2 - People, I make extensive acknowledgement, to as many as I could recall, who touched my life throughout my practice and the development of my thinking, but special mention is given here to those who helped me to finish this dissertation.

Firstly to my lead supervisor Stephen Powell, who has shown me the way by his example and has treated me with the perfect level of encouragement, admonition and advice at every stage - I consider him my extra brother. Dai Griffiths as supervisor has supported me enormously, especially in the final stages.

Thanks also to Margaret Nelson, Roberta Weber, Roger Carlsen, Brendan Tangney and Elizabeth Oldham who all offered me opportunity to talk about the thesis, listened and told me 'what for'. I am grateful to examiners Sarah Younie and Clive Holtham for being so forgiving and thorough.

My mother, father, sister Liz, friends Joy and Jo have all enquired at regular and helpful intervals with love, respect and encouragement and thus driven me on.

It is all their fault.

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"Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."

― Aedh Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven, W.B. Yeats, 1899