Philip Wilkinson-Blake MSc, Sheffield Hallam, MBCS.
Director of IT and E-Learning for the School of Business and Economics
Philip is Director of IT and E-Learning for the School of Business and Economics. He works closely with the Dean and members of the School’s Management Team on both operational and strategic issues.
Philip is responsible for providing vision and leadership in the development and management of Information Technology and E-Learning to develop teaching, research, enterprise and administration across the School of Business and Economics.
Philip is responsible for leading the Technology Team which supports all aspects of technology, IT and E-learning support and development, including helping staff, students and visitors on how to use IT and E-learning resources and services.
Philip manages the Learning and Teaching Officer in the School and works closely with the Associate Dean for Teaching and the Director of Learning and Teaching to support all aspects of curriculum development across the School.
Philip manages the Online Development Officer and works closely with the Centre for Academic Practice to develop and support the use of technology enabled learning across the School.
For over thirty-four years, Philip has worked in the higher education sector as an academic-related member of staff, specialising in information technology and online learning. He has also worked as a Programme Director for an Executive Education programme for emergency planning and was responsible for all aspects of the programme and its management.
Philip was the Director of IT for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities for fourteen years, the role included management of IT across nine academic departments, which included managing budgets and staff. Philip also managed the Faculty Online Development Officers, who supported E-learning development across the nine departments.
Philip was the lead for Loughborough University working with Futurelearn on the development and delivery of their first three MOOCs.
Philip worked as an Associate for the Centre for Academic Practice for two years, which enabled School-based staff the opportunity to feed into and work on central teaching and learning developments and strategies and help shape future developments in this area.
Philip also worked with the Advisory Group for the re-accreditation of the New Lecturers’ Course and introduction of a CPD framework; contributing to the development of resources and workshops for Programme Leaders and Teams and in Programme design; sharing his expertise on Blended Learning with colleagues across the Institution and providing guidance and input into new University-wide online strategies including the open learning ideas for the future.
Philip's experience includes based on project work includes: how organisations requirements can be translated into successful IT solutions; how Business Schools implement strategies to deliver partial distance learning and blended learning programmes.
Philip’s specialist areas of interests are instructional design techniques to facilitate online course creation with students at the centre of the learning design and how services providers can deliver a user-focused service delivery around Information Technology and the importance of using structured design techniques are used to deliver online modules and programmes.
Philip is a member of the British Computer Society, is an active member of the Conference Committee for the European Conference in E-learning (ECEL), is a member of the East Midland Learning Technologist’s Network and is actively involved with the European Distance and E-Learning Network.