Ian Sharp: Learning Designer
My mission at Sharp Learning is to create learning experiences that students are still reflecting on years later.
I became an education professional in 1988 when I completed the PGCEA (University of Surrey) when the course was led by the theorist and thinker about the education of adults Prof. Peter Jarvis. On completion of the course I began to teach in further education – business, leadership and management (Levels 2 – 7).
While working full-time as a lecturer and tutor I completed the MA in Education (Open University) and moved into teacher training and professional development. I’ve observed many and varied lessons in further and higher education, usually innovative, inspiring and sometimes transformative.
In 2014 I moved into Learning Design. My portfolio includes blended learning for Mindful Education, developing my own suite of online courses, and exploring ideas about flexible, open and social learning via my blog and elsewhere.
Compiling a portfolio to become a Certificated Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), due for completion in late 2017. I hold Fellow Membership status of the RSA, and SET.
Mt first degree was also awarded by The Open University. Over the course of six years, I studied social science – including the amazing experience of learning about Popular Culture from the late Prof. Stuart Hall. I also joined their team of Associate Lecturers (Social Science Foundation Course).
More about me: I study Buddhism to deepen understanding of myself and the bigger picture. I meditate (not often enough). I grew up listening to The Beatles and went on to discover the power of The Who, the elegance of Genesis and Peter Gabriel, the beautiful voice and melodies of Kate Bush, and the genius of Mike Oldfield among many other musicians and bands. And, no, I don’t play a note of anything myself – a part of my own potential that never developed (or just isn’t inside me at all.)
I live in Milton Keynes with my partner Jane and two Border Collies. Oh, and mine’s a Redbush tea, thanks.
Summary of Qualifications
For my full CV please visit LinkedIn.
Master of Arts in Education (The Open University)
Classroom Studies; Education, Training & Employment; dissertation on post-Fordism and education.
Postgraduate Certificate in the Education of Adults (University of Surrey)
Bachelor of Arts (The Open University)
Living with Technology; Social Science; Decision Making in Britain; State & Society; Enquiry; Popular Culture.
Assessor Awards D32 and D33 (BTEC)
Advanced Therapeutic Specialist
Practitioner of Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning
Practitioner of Hypnosis