Lecturer is recognised for reaching global communities through learning technology.


University Centre at Blackburn College lecturer Dr Peter Shukie has been nominated for an Association for Learning Technology award which recognises outstanding achievement in education through Learning Technology.

The Association for Learning Technology awards, which were established in 2007, celebrate excellent practice and outstanding achievement in Learning Technology, aiming to promote the intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale.

Alongside 10 other nominees from educational establishments and projects across the UK, Dr Shukie has been nominated for an individual award, recognising the excellent progress he has made within Learning Technology.

Dr Peter Shukie, who lectures on the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme at the University Centre at Blackburn College said: “I am absolutely delighted to have secured a nomination in the Learning Technologist of the Year Community Choice category – paired with the Times Education Supplement nomination Blackburn College received in the spring term, it has been a great year!”

“This nomination recognises the various approaches to technology that I continue to explore, allowing for learning to emerge in different places, and to make real differences to who owns and creates learning.

“My research revolves around the creation of a free, interactive learning platform called COOCs which promotes the belief that ‘anyone can teach, anyone can learn.’ Initially this programme was only designed for Blackburn and Darwen but there are now over 1000+ users worldwide and reach as far as Antarctica, The Indian Ocean and small islands in The Pacific.”

“A great number of student and community projects have developed through this technology, creating many exciting projects including intergenerational learning spaces; community-led ESOL Classes; good-news portals for communities facing problems; an Autism support group for parents and a sign-language for local communities course. 

“A total of over 85 community-facing projects have developed over the last 12 months and I believe, as educators, we have a major role to play in bridging the gap between educational institutions and local and global communities. I am delighted to have been nominated and look forward to what the next academic year at the University Centre at Blackburn College brings.”

You can vote for Dr Shukie by emailing ‘Vote #LTA10 Peter Shukie’ toLTAwards-vote@alt.ac.uk or tweeting ‘Vote #LTA10 Peter Shukie’ with the hashtag #altc

To find out more about the competition and Dr Shukie’s project, visit https://altc.alt.ac.uk/2018/awardsvoting/

To find out more about the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme at the University Centre at Blackburn College visit www.blackburn.ac.uk or speak to our friendly advisors in the Hub on 01254 292929.

21 Aug 2018, 16:32 PM