Phillip Ruffell

Twitter Profile: @phillr
North Hertfordshire College
Member since July 2019
I wanted to be a comic strip artist when I was about eight and was single-minded in this aim until I managed to get a job in my final year at school after answering a job in an advertising trade paper. After doing some work in this field I decided that it wasn’t to my liking, so I moved into advertising and spent years working around the West End of London in various agencies and studios to develop my skills. During the early eighties I became interested in the development of computers in graphic design and started working with code-based typesetting systems. This fired my interest in computers and led me to input systems in the studios that I was working in. I was involved with training staff to use the machines but not aware of the significance of this in my future. In the middle of the nineties, I became aware of the fledgeling World Wide Web and multimedia (CDs were a recent development and I had been working on a shopping product for Apple). The company I was working with didn’t see the significance and steadfastly refused to move along a computer-based path. I left to follow my own path. Working with technology and having a creative curiosity seemed to have been a benefit to me and I found myself working with a like-minded person, we took to a sideline developing PC systems and installing networks. While installing a network in a nearby adult college I was asked to train the staff, after this I was asked if I had thought about becoming a teacher at a college in Hertfordshire. I was responsible for planning and delivering IT courses at all levels and am now working with the Teaching and Learning team supporting staff and students with developing digital skills as well creating eLearning solutions for our apprenticeship provision. I am passionate about digital skills and accessibility, focussing on our Microsoft365 system as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Global earning Mentor. I still manage to convince myself that I am doing the same as always: leading people through a story, only now I work in the medium of education rather than comics!
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Face-to-face learning 2: Using class technology

Face-to-face learning 1: The four Ms

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