CAL Digital Education - Who we are

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Elizabeth Wragg - College Head of Digital Education

Partnership  Manager - Birmingham Digital Education
College Birmingham Professional Lead

Elizabeth is the Head of the College of Arts and Law (CAL) Digital Education and a Partnership Manager in Birmingham Digital Education (HEFi).  She is a member of the Senior Management team for both CAL and Birmingham Digital Education.  

She manages a team of instructional designers, eLearning technologists, technology enhanced learning developers and a visual resources librarian to provide specialist support to all staff in their use of technology in their research intensive teaching. She also leads operations for the development of the university MOOC portfolio. As a Prince 2 Practitioner she manages a range of internal and external projects to the college and university. she also has extensive experience in developing external partnerships, for example, the BBC, RSC and the British Council. 

Catherine Coltman - Senior Elearning Technologist

Catherine has worked in the field of eLearning for fourteen years.  As Senior Elearning Technologist, Catherine works closely with the College Head of Digital Education to ensure that the team’s action plan for 2017/18 is rolled out in line with the college’s strategic aims and objectives, by facilitating and promoting the use of learning technologies to enhance learning and teaching for all alternative modes of delivery (AMD) and online learning, particularly through greater use of Canvas, the university’s institutional virtual learning environment (iVLE) and other centrally-supported technologies. 

Catherine is also responsible for ensuring that the high quality of academic provision is maintained through benchmarking and keeping abreast of developments in online learning through research and networking.

Catherine’s main interest is in creating and developing training programmes and delivering face-to-face and remote training in the use of learning technologies.  The courses designed focus on the use of Canvas and how it can be used more widely to enhance learning and teaching with the aim of developing digital capability and capacity in the college.  She is also passionate about learning design and accessibility.

James Leahy - Elearning Technologist

James Leahy has been a Learning Technologist for 9 years and has worked for the University since February 2017. James supports CAL staff and students set up and access resources on Canvas and Panopto and to create engaging video and presentation materials. James also helps adapt or develop existing CAL resources and to digitise legacy materials. James’ other focus is exploring ways in which students can submit to traditional assessments with appropriate contemporary formats such as video or embed codes for dynamic social media content. James is also constantly experimenting with introducing external content to the learning environment with a view to maintaining the quality of the student experience.

Gabi Witthaus - Instructional Design Consultant (Birmingham Digitial Education)

Gabi is an Instructional Design Consultant for the College of Arts & Law. Her role is to support academics in the learning design aspects of curriculum design and delivery, with a focus on blended learning (i.e. a combination of face-to-face and online teaching) and distance education. She is an experienced facilitator of staff development around learning and teaching in higher education. Gabi has a Master’s in Training & Development and a Master’s in English Education, and is currently working towards her PhD in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation & Enhancement. 

Melanie Roxby-Mackey - Instructional Design Consultant (Birmingham Digital Education)

Melanie is an Instructional Design Consultant based in the College of Arts and Law (CAL). She works with academic staff across the College supporting innovative practice in research intensive teaching, and alongside Professional Services colleagues in developing their use of technology. She supports the College’s Digital Humanities programmes and develops collaborative relationships with a range of internal and external partners to promote the University’s wider digital education agenda.

Mel is currently studying for my PhD in archaeology at University of Birmingham. Her interests lie in borders and landscapes of conflict, early medieval archaeology and the application of technology to archaeological research.

Emma Brown - Visual Resources Librarian

Emma has supported students' access to resources within the University of Birmigham for two years.  Working with the College of Arts and Law Digital Education team, Emma contributes to the provision of learning through the use of technology.  As the Visual Resources Librarian, Emma works closely with staff and students within the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies to support them accessing visual resources.

Emma deals with copyright issues relating to visual resources and liaises with the University's resource providers, securing access to digital databases containing quality images to be used by staff and students.  Emma maintains and develops a comprehensive course specific database of quality images, to ensure all visual resources required by the department can be found and accessed for study.  Emma is also responsible for making sure all images used by staff and students are copyright compliant, by providing advice to all on where to find resources and how to cite them accurately.

Emma has a background in art history with a BA in Art History, and is particularly interested in the classification issues with cataloguing visual resouces.  She is currently working towards a Library and Information Studies postgraduate degree where is is focussing on digital libraries.