Leeds lecturer receives learning technology award

Dr James Pickering has received the Learning Technologist of the Year award from the Association for Learning Technology.

Dr James Pickering received the award for his outstanding contribution to developing learning technology.

Dr James Pickering wins Learning Technologist of the Year award

Learning Technologist of the Year is a national award that runs across the entire education sector and celebrates excellent practice in the learning technology field.

The annual award is delivered to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the use of technology in education.

Candidates were judged on four key areas including their impact on the practice and their ability to manage research, support or enable learning through the use of technology.

Dr Pickering from the Leeds Institute of Medical Education has been a keen advocate in the use of learning technology at the University for many years. He has been involved in a series of online projects including iTunesU, and YouTube Edu.

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), a form of free, online tuition, available to all, is one of the many projects Dr Pickering has spent his time developing, which is now being recognised by the award.

Dr Pickering received the award at the Association for Learning Technology’s annual conference at the University of Warwick.

Upon receiving the award, Dr Pickering said: “I am immensely proud to have won this prestigious national award in recognition for my use of technology in supporting student education.

I have always looked to use technology to support my teaching as it enables, not only students, here, at the University of Leeds, to access key resources, but students around the world to engage in learning resources that can support them in their education".

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