From Bjoern Hassler
The focus of my work is on pedagogy, Open Educational Resources (OER) and digital technology. I led the JISC-funded ORBIT project, which produced an Open Resource Bank on Interactive Teaching for teacher education, focussing on innovative digital technology use in mathematics and science education. I am co-leading the OER4Schools project, introducing interactive teaching and digital technologies in Zambian primary schools. More widely, my interests include applications of technology to teaching and learning, as well as public engagement and lifelong learning. I am particularly interested in the appropriate application of technology to international development, and the so-called digital divide. Other recent projects have included moderating the Access to Open Educational Resources discussion on the UNESCO OER Community mailing list and multiple digital technology and development projects in Zambia, including projects on rural women's education. I have made substantial contributions to institutional podcasting development both within the University of Cambridge and beyond by engaging with the international audio-visual community, and provided consultancy for businesses, professional societies and non-governmental organisations.
1 Current employment
Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Education, Centre for Commonwealth Education. Since November 2009 I have been seconded to the Centre for Commonwealth Education (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) in order to co-lead the Commonwealth Education Trust-funded OER4Schools project. The project seeks to promote enquiry-based learning through teacher education, using both Open Educational Resources and appropriate digital technologies. I also led the DfID-funded ANTSIT project, focussing on Appropriate New Technologies to Support Interactive Teaching in Zambian schools. I was principal investigator on the ORBIT project, producing an Open Resource Bank for Interactive Teaching. The project was funded by the JISC OER strand and involved a team of seven members of staff, and total funding of £200,000.
Educational Consultant, Aptivate. I am an educational consultant for Aptivate, specialising in the educational dimension of ICT in international development. Recent projects include the development and publication of guidelines on low-bandwidth access to multi-media, as well as a women's empowerment project in Samfya, Zambia.
Senior Research Associate, CARET (2006-2011). My role involved the application of new media both in public engagement, as well as formal and informal education and the development of an educational resource database with around 2,500 items, which can be deployed through a variety of media channels in a platform independent way. I ran a substantial collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the Open University in the JISC-funded Steeple project (total funding £300,000) on best practice for video processing and publishing, additional funding awarded from JISC (£50,000) to engage 25 HEIs across the UK, for instance through workshops and hands-on support.
Head of CARET Video Studio (2004-2006). My role was to direct and produce video for higher education, outreach, and lifelong learning. This also included work leading up to establishment of the University of Cambridge Streaming Media Service, and video production workshops for staff and students.
Director, The Science Media Network (2003-present). I set up the Science Media Network, a company providing new media consultancy. The Science Media Network has conducted a range of projects, both nationally and internationally, focussing on educational applications of video, and the role of multi-media in international development.
Director, The BA Festival Live Online (2005 & 2006). I directed and produced one of the largest online science festivals worldwide at the time. The broadcast consisted of interviews, lectures, and features, taking full advantage of new internet broadcasting technologies.
Chairman, Cambridge University Science Productions (2003-2006). I founded Cambridge University Science Productions, an organisation based at Cambridge University promoting science communication through the media. It publishes BlueSci, Cambridge’s (Creative Commons) popular science magazine, online at www.bluesci.org.
Research Associate in Atmospheric Dynamics (2003-2006). My research work concerned the representation of atmospheric gravity waves in global circulation models, relevant for climate change scenarios.
- PhD (Department for Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, “The stratospheric circulation in the tropics”, 2002), supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (1999-2000) and the German National Merit Foundation (2000-2002).
- Certificate of Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics (Department for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, 1998), supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (1997-1998).
- Diplom Physik (Universität Hamburg, outstanding, 1998, equivalent to master by research), supported by the German National Merit Foundation (1995-1998).
- BSc, Physics with Astrophysics, (University of Sussex, 1st class honours, 1995, award for outstanding performance), supported by the German National Merit Foundation (1992-1995).