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I have a background in creative media and design, initially training as a filmmaker before moving into teaching & learning. I worked in film production and broadcasting, including the BBC as a Content Producer, and began teaching in when my local college needed a photography tutor for one afternoon a week. This one day-a-week became two and then three days-a-week, and after completing my teacher training taught full time in Graphic Design and Media before being appointed Head of Creative Arts at Fareham College in Hampshire, UK.
Following this, I moved to the University of Southampton to lead a Digital Learning Team; supporting researchers and educators in the creation of media content, working with them to capture their stories and share their work with audiences across the globe, through online courses, social media and outreach.
In 2018 I was invited to join the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. My role here is to curate and manage the newly opened Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room to support language learning and cultural competence through the use of immersive technologies, including VR. I am currently exploring the use of VR in teaching cultural competence and researching ways technology can be adopted for wider use in language acquisition and cultural communication.