I’m Rebecca and welcome to my blog.
This blog will largely be a sounding board for my upcoming MA in Online and Distance Education with the Open University and work in the field of e-learning and training.
A little more about me in terms of work and distance learning. I was a Qualifications Manager for a large, global company for since 7 years before redundancy in 2019. In this role I was been responsible for the facilitation of onboarding independent contractors to work on projects for Web Search Evaluation, Social Media Evaluation, E-Commerce Evaluation and Data Collection. Thanks to my awesome team, this meant many thousands of people from all over the globe, all via the wonderful medium of the internet. I have been responsible for curriculum design, e-learning planning and instructional design and project management working closely with subject matter experts.
After redundancy I have taken the opportunity to focus on my Masters study, my glass art and charity work alongside freelancing in Instructional and Learning Design.
I am familiar with distance learning myself. In 2000 I completed my MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Sports Management with the University of Leicester via distance learning. In those days Distance Learning involved taking delivery of very large files and books via the post and video cassettes! We even hit the heights of tech with telephone conference calls!
Since then I have completed several e-learning and online courses, for both professional and leisure subjects and seen firsthand the many differences in styles, delivery and theme. This has just whetted my appetite further in this subject and the many areas in which it can be utilised.
I am Yorkshire born and bred but was transplanted to the East Midlands 21 year ago. I love comedy and have dabbled in comedy writing with credits on Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra and as a contributor to The Daily Mash amongst others.
Music is also a big passion of my, especially live music and my tastes are eclectic to say the least but indie and rock is a particular favourite. For many years my family have been volunteer fosterers for the Cats Protection. Whilst we gave up fostering a few years ago we have continued to adopt and give ‘furever’ homes to special needs cats. Hence, home is now owned by Peggy (3 legs), Pixie (blind) and Pippin (1 eye) and I am their humble servant!
My spare time (!) and way to wind down is fused glass art, a passion I discovered 5 years ago.
I adore Las Vegas and whilst England may be my country I feel Vegas is my home town. Not that I am a crazy party animal gambling addict (though I never say no to a hand or 50 of Blackjack or a quick spin on the Wheel of Fortune!) there is much more to Vegas and not least proximity to the wonderful desert which is a fascination and love of mine. I cannot visit Vegas without a trip to the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon or the Valley of Fire. Vegas is also home to a vibrant arts community and a great place to see glass art not least Dale Chihuly’s works and shop in the Bellagio.
A few pictures below – the rare me looking presentable and the usual me, a remote worker/learner in a silly cuddle jacket (the joy of home working) plus the kitties and some of my glass art.
Please feel free to contact me via my contact page or via firstname.lastname@example.org