Ian Sharp: Learning Designer, Lecturer, Writer
My learning design practice is built on my belief in the transformative potential of lifelong learning. We all deserve the opportunity to reach our full human potential.
I released my own potential (after underachieving – all right, not achieving – at school) via The Open University. Over the course of six years, I studied social science – including the amazing experience of being taught by the late Prof. Stuart Hall when I studied Popular Culture. Next I studied the Postgraduate Certificate in the Education of Adults at the University of Surrey, which deepened my interest in social science and education. Seeking a role in FE, I became a lecturer in business, leadership and management and alongside that returned to the OU for my MA in Education, also becoming one of their team of Associate Lecturers (Social Science Foundation Course).
After completing my MA I moved into teacher training and professional development. I achieved validation of a Cert. Ed./PGCE course in my role as Programme Manager, and a course team member for C&G 730 (all education courses for adult and post-compulsory tutors/lecturers). I’ve observed many and varied lessons in further and higher education, usually innovative, inspiring and often transformational.
Currently my portfolio of work includes designing blended learning courses for Mindful Education, developing my own suite of online courses with the aim of revealing human potential, and exploring ideas about personal and collective transformation through my blog and longer-form writing.
Naturally, I continue to learn, to gain experience, and to challenge myself.
I’m currently compiling a portfolio to become a Certificated Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), due for completion in 2017. I hold Fellow Membership status of the RSA, and SET.
Really about me: I study Buddhism, as well as the Three Principles, as a way of understanding 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 read widely and I’ll blog about my latest discoveries.
I live in Milton Keynes with my partner Jane and two Border Collies. I work online and sometimes in London. Oh, and mine’s a Redbush tea, thanks.
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Summary of Qualifications
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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.
Advanced Therapeutic Specialist
Practitioner of Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning
Practitioner of Hypnosis