Intelligent approaches to teaching and learning

Kevin Donovan
Kevin Donovan

About Kevin

I have worked for over four decades in education (and a smaller number in other things). For most of this time I was a teacher, staff trainer, and head of department in further education colleges. For chunks of time I was seconded to the then Council for Educational Technology (the predecessor to Becta). In 1990 I joined the Further Education Unit, which became the Further Education Development Agency, then the Learning and Skills Development Agency - and then, in 2006, was the basis for the formation of QIA and the LSN. Over the years I was a stalwart of the Learning Resources Development Group and the 'audio-visual communications and educational technology' section of NATFHE.

My career has included:
Working as an insurance clerk
Working as a labourer
Teaching apprentices
Teaching unemployed teenagers and adults
Staff development and training trainers
Managing a learning resource service
Regional development
National responsibilities
Research and development and evaluation
Liaison with national and international agencies
Writing and editing reports, newsletters and longer publications
Lots of team and committee meetings
Many conferences and day and residential events
Public speaking

Major achievements over the course of my career include:
  • Guidance on the management and organisation of learning resources and information technology
  • Support for staff development relating to CPVE and GNVQ and flexible and open learning curriculum development
  • Producing learning materials for the travel industry
  • Consultancy to FE, HE and employers
  • Editing a series (including the farewell edition) of the FEU newsletter
  • Instituting the post-16 seminar strand at the BETT show
  • Mapping developments in student tracking and management information systems, in IT core and key skills
  • Joint management of the Esmee Fairbairn Fellowships in FE colleges
  • Designing and managing the QUILT programme of staff development
  • Managing a series of projects on the uses and potential for learning centres
  • Investigating aspects of the Ufi/learndirect development
  • Examining the state of the e-learning materials market
  • Evaluating the impact of e-learning in further education and adult and community learning
  • Evaluating the use of laptops for staff and in the community
  • An audit and review of e-learning initiatives for skills for life staff
  • Linking technical developments in interoperability to the emergence of a credit framework approach to curriculum design
  • Drafting and contributing to LSDA responses on the renewal of the BBC royal charter, the relationship of social exclusion and ICT, the DfES e-learning strategy, ID cards and the unique learner number
  • Preparing the LSDA response on transcripts of achievement for the Tomlinson Committee
  • Collating work on e-portfolios
  • Researching the nature of innovation in teaching and learning
  • Effective team-building, communication, teaching and training

In 1999 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003 I received the NILTA Peter Shuker Award for my 'lifetime contribution to information and learning technology'. In early 2006 I retired from LSDA to spend more time in my garden and on my bike (see 'links') - and to work on a small range of projects with clients who share my view of intelligent teaching and learning.

I can send a full curriculum vitae on request.