As the Service Manager for the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE), Sarah coordinates the delivery, maintenance and development of the e-learning service shared by the Bloomsbury Colleges
Upon completing a BSc in Psychology at University College London (UCL), Sarah trained at the Institute of Education (IOE), qualifying as a primary school teacher and teaching Year 5 students in southeast London. Following this, she worked as an educational research assistant at the IOE, before moving on to JISC in 2001. As the Collections Access Manager for the Collections Team, Sarah managed the acquisitions and subscriptions for UK HE and FE libraries to the online collection negotiated and managed by JISC. Three years later, she moved to the JISC Regional Support Centre in London as an e-learning adviser, providing strategic advice to senior managers in small London-based HE institutions about the implementation and development of e-learning. In this role, she also developed and delivered training events for technical and academic staff and supported the use of e-learning and learning technologies to support learning, teaching and research. Sarah started working for the Bloomsbury Colleges in 2007 and is line-managed at the RVC, where she works with the E-Media Unit.
The BLE Service is shared by Birkbeck, the Institute of Education, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS and the RVC. It comprises a virtual learning environment (currently Blackboard, but changing to Moodle in September 2012), lecture capture software (Echo360), virtual classroom software (Elluminate), online plagiarism detection software (Turnitin) and a suite of other web2.0 tools. For more information, please visit http://www.bloomsbury.ac.uk
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