Andrew Linton, Programme Convenor for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Andrew was recently appointed as Lecturer in Teaching and Learning for Higher Education at Goldsmiths. Andrew has more than twenty-five years teaching experience in higher education, at a number of universities in London and the Home Counties. This includes supporting and delivering teaching and learning activities across a broad range of academic disciplines.
His teaching and learning interests include; pedagogic practice, assessment strategies, micro-teaching, curriculum design and development, decolonising the curriculum, inclusive education and pedagogical innovations. He is also interested in actively promoting healthy professional relationships and academic well-being. Andrew is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a registered social worker with Social Work England.
In his current role, he is directly involved in the accreditation work for Advanced HE Awards and recognition at Goldsmiths and therefore keen to maintain and promote professional standards for teaching and learning in higher education. He will also contribute to Goldsmith’s work on the Teaching Excellence and Students Outcomes Framework. Andrew has led and successfully won higher education contract bids in excess of one million pounds per annum and worked with both children’s and adult statutory employers and major government departments including the Children’s Workforce Development Council, Department for Education and Ministry of Justice.
- BSc (Hons) Sociology, Upper Second Class, University of North London
- MSc Applied Social Studies and CQSW, University of Oxford,
- MSc Criminal Justice Policy (Distinction) London School of Economics and Political Science.
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Andrew’s current research interests span both education and social work. He has recently been accepted for doctoral research at London University. Andrew’s research is focused on the educational experiences of black boys in the care of the state. His social work research interests include: looked after children, social exclusion, social capital, resilience and vulnerability, youth and transitions, dual diagnosis, domestic violence, violence and the life course.
- External Examiner -MA Social Work -University of East London and MA Social Work -Nottingham Trent University
- Board Chair -Ark Resettlement Services-Independent Adult’s Charity-Tottenham London
- Board Member-Young Concern Trust-Independent Children’s Charity-Harlow Essex.
Jessica Ussher, Administrator
Dr Marco Gillies, Director of Distance Learning
Marco is the Academic Director of Goldsmiths' Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre. He has a long standing interest in pedagogy and particularly online and technology enhanced learning. He co-created the first MOOC from an English University and was instrumental in developing Goldsmiths' large scale online degrees: BSc Computer Science and MSc Data Science.
Mariam Jabbi Chacón, Educational Developer
Mariam is the Educational Developer for Deconolisation of Academic Practice at the TaLIC team. She studied Psychology and Sociology BSc (Hons) at London Metropolitan University, where she held a role as Student Curriculum Partner, developing her interest in curriculum development. Mariam’s work focuses on the interaction between the socio-political understanding of social minorities and the psychological impact of this status, focusing on racial studies. She has also engaged in research on LGBT studies and psychology, as well as teaching practice as a seminar leader in social psychology.
Mark Anderson, Learning Technologist
Mark is a Learning Technologist. He studied Cultural and Media Studies BA (hons) at UWE Bristol and began working in Higher Education in 2001, soon after graduating. Originally Mark’s work largely focused on the production of video-based learning resources and managing a video recording facility and editing suite. He later moved into VLE management and before joining Goldsmiths, was responsible for the University College of Osteopathy’s Moodle-based VLE. Mark currently splits his time between working at Goldsmiths and as a sound engineer and music producer.
Pete Roberts, E-Learning Systems Manager
Peter manages the various Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) platforms such as learn.gold, Mahara and BigBlueButton web conferencing. His previous experience includes web and software development, video and audio production and supporting staff and students across a number of UK Higher Education institutions.
After some years at UEA in their Computing department, he moved into the private sector developing large web sites for blue chip clients. He then moved to UCL as a Moodle developer, responsible for upgrades to the VLE, day to day queries and integration with other systems such as student records.
After completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education with the Open University, his interests extended into pedagogy and the more practical aspects of using distance learning techniques to support face to face teaching – hence a move to learning technology.
He has since had varied roles at a number of HE institutions including UWL and St George's in Tooting, mainly supporting or managing TEL including the main VLEs Moodle, Blackboard and Canvas. His roles have also included CampusPress and Mahara ePortfolios, copyright, accessibility, lecture capture, video assignments and classroom voting tools.
Peter is interested in and/or slightly obsessed with all aspects of the design of learning activities using technology. He endeavours to promote accessibility, usability and the creative and effective uses for technology in teaching and learning.
He helps organise the local M25 Association for Learning Technology meetings and takes part in a number of similar formal and informal networking events.
He releases electronic music under the name alpha seven and is engaged in a constant battle of wits with the household’s cat.
- PG Cert ODE, Open University
- BSc Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich
- Prince2 Practitioner
Dr Raed Yacoub, E-Learning Advisor
Dr Raed Yacoub is E-Learning Advisor at the Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLIC). His current research interest is in literacy and lifelong learning from computational and constructionist perspectives. He has taught classes on digital literacy and computer skills. Raed obtained his PhD from the University of Greenwich in London where he worked on interdisciplinary research at the Faculty of Education. His doctoral thesis focused on computational interventions in learning and teaching of English for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.
Raed also works at the Media and Communications Department as Research Associate of the UK/EU Hub of the international research project Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Settler Societies, which is developing new ways to document, understand, and respond to contemporary racialized violence with research partners in Australia, Canada, and the United States. He has worked previously on participatory media initiatives that support creative expression and human rights advocacy among impoverished youth and communities in Palestine using new digital media and art.
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in education: University of Greenwich, London, UK. 2016.
- Master of Science in Society, Science and Technology (Innovation and Research Policy Studies). Lund University, Sweden. 2011.
- Graduate programme in Urban Studies and Planning, at the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS): Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. 2007.
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Al-Quds University, East Jerusalem, Palestine. 2000.
Vanessa Smith, E-Learning Advisor
Vanessa is the Arts and Humanities E-Learning Advisor for the following academic departments. Art, ECW, History, IMS, Law and TAP. She provides initial technical and pedagogical advice about learn.gold to staff within these departments.
Vanessa has a BA (Hons) in History and Sociology and an MA in Sociology, both from Goldsmiths. She has worked at Goldsmiths since 2003 in a variety of departments, so has an extensive knowledge of the institution, as a student and member of staff.
Will Goodin, E-Learning Advisor
Will received his PhD at Goldsmiths College in Art and Computational Technology in 2018. He is currently an E-Learning Assistant at Goldsmiths’ Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLIC). Will’s PhD research centred on the blurring of the lines between art and life through the use of collaborative interactive art experiences.
Will received an extensive educational practice background in Electronic Arts, Fine art, Photography and Art History while undertaking his B.F.A at the University of New Mexico. After earning his undergraduate degree, he moved to the United Kingdom for graduate school. While in the U.K Will has obtained a M.A. in Studio Art from the University of East London and an M.F.A in Compactional Studio Art from Goldsmiths. Prior to his time at TaLIC, he worked in graphic design and fine art photography in the United States.