National Teaching Fellow 2013
Professor Neil Witt began his academic career as a lecturer in marine navigation and communication systems in 1993 and has been using technology to enhance his students’ learning for the past 20 years. His role allows him to share his expertise in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) with colleagues across the University, partner colleges in the South West and across national and international HE sectors.
Neil’s innovative use of technology is based on his philosophy of striving for inclusivity for all students and embedded into his practice is the ethos of working with learners to ensure that their needs have been met. He does so by employing user needs analysis, focus groups and continuous feedback when creating and developing resources. He leads a multidisciplinary team of learning technologists, information specialists, digital skills developers and professional researchers. The team works alongside students and staff to develop their understanding of learning technologies and digital skills.
He is responsible for horizon scanning, strategic development, coordination and implementation of University-wide TEL initiatives and for providing support to faculties in their translation and implementation. Neil leads the research and enquiry underpinning TEL in support of the University’s teaching and learning agenda. He coordinates internally-facing and externally-facing TEL activities and manages a portfolio of externally-funded projects.
Neil has managed, or taken a key role with, more than 50 TEL projects including the Shell-fish online assessment and feedback, UsPaCe Web2.0 initiative and the UPlaCe Repository. He was technical director for the Higher Education Learning Partnerships Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Recently he has directed the Pineapple project, part of the Jisc workforce development and lifelong learning programme, which focused on accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). He was part of the Web2Rights team developing intellectual property rights and copyright diagnostic tools for students and staff working in the digital environment. Currently he leads the Jisc-funded SEEDPoD project, investigating the development and embedding of digital literacies across Plymouth University and its UK and overseas partner institutions.
Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning & Head of Academic Support, Technology and Innovation