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Specialist in educational development and learning design, specifically online learning and utilisation of learning technologies. Strong pedagogic background with expertise in media content production. Passion for user led design and the enhancement of learning through appropriate use of technology.  

Work experience


Learning Designer

Falmouth University
  • Leading on the application of appropriate pedagogic design at the University.
  • Empowering academics and course teams with pedagogic tools that encourage course development.
  • Enabling academics and course teams to redesign curriculum with a focus on blended delivery.
  • Promoting inclusive accessible learning design at the University.
  • Adopt a learner centred approach to course design to enhance student experience.
  • Evaluate using evidence based methods to feed into future online, blended and distance provision.

Learning Developer

FutureLearn, Open University
  • Educational development role working with FutureLearn and partner institutions to design online courses.
  • Championing best practice in the areas of course design, learning and teaching.   
  • Facilitating high level learning design sessions with partner institutions.                              
  • Primarily based within Learner Experience team.    
  • Focus on learner retention for large scale online courses.   
  • Informed by statistical data and student experience.   

Learning Technologist

Falmouth University
  • Developing effective learning technologies for education. 
  • Educational development role involving thorough course design. 
  • Application of instructional design methods for online learning. 
  • Provide educational consultation at institutional level.
  • Project management experience for education based interventions. 
  • Implementation of collaborative and web based tools to support study. 
  • Disseminating best practice relevant to educational technology.
  • Attendance of national and international educational events and publishing of research. 
  • Design of learning materials for online environments and business networks. 


Visiting Lecturer School of Film and Television

Falmouth University
  • Delivery and planning of seminar sessions.
  • Writing learning resources for use with study on theoretical elements of courses.  
  • Detailed assessment and feedback of student work. 
  • Curriculum development.
  • Pastoral support of students.  

Assistant Learning Technologist 

Falmouth University
  • Instructing and supporting staff in their delivery of online learning. 
  • Creation of materials for online learning environments. 
  • Development of online learning environments for distance courses.
  • Exploration of alternative platforms for online learning. 

Technology Enhanced Learning Intern

Falmouth university
  • Administrative support in online learning environments and business networks. 
  • Development of student and staff support materials for online learning. 

Media Production

  • National and international broadcast; BBC, Channel 4, ITV, E4.
  • TV and feature film.
  • Editing taster materials for commissioners; ability to tell a story in a short space of time. 
  • On location recording; sound, camera and lighting. 
  • Casting and researcher experience. 

Media Trainer

  • Instructional role working across ages.
  • Ability to explain complex processes and technical information. 
  • Working with various abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Media Technician 

Falmouth University
  • Repair of hardware and software. 
  • Strong technical ability. 
  • Teaching film and sound techniques.



MA Creative Education

Falmouth University

Distinction. Educational course specialising in blended teaching and learning. Founded on the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework the course empowers students to explore current research and theories within education. Three years part-time culminating in an individual research project and dissertation. Dissertation title: An exploration of factors that affect academic use of the online learning environment.


Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Falmouth University 

Certificate gained after submission of an evidenced based teaching portfolio and associated assessments. Demonstrated understanding of teaching and learning through use of creative pedagogy. 


BA(Hons) Broadcasting

Falmouth University 

1st class honours. Practical course utilising various approaches to broadcast techniques and production methods. Dissertation focused on social methods of media creation.

  • British Interactive Multimedia Association Awards finalist 2010. 
  • Cornwall Film Festival documentary screening; 2009. 



Certified Member (CMALT)

Association For Learning Technology (ALT)

Specialist learning technology peer-based professional accreditation scheme, membership awarded after submitting an evidence based portfolio. 


Institute Leadership and Management

Level 3 Certification; Formal training to build leadership and management capabilities. Assignment based. 

Fellow (FHEA)

Higher Education Academy

Professional recognition in the development of Higher Education teaching. Currently working towards Senior Fellow. 


Organisational Member 

Association For Learning Technology (ALT)
Institutional member of an organisation committed to advancement of teaching and learning through technology. 

Compliance Masterclass

Media Law Consultancy

Course detailing compliance legislation for broadcast materials. 

Research Papers and Conference Presentations

“Foundation versus innovation: developing creative education practitioner confidence in the complex blended learning landscape.” V. Boyd and A. Sampson. Journal Article. Professional Development in Education, (July, 1, 2016) 42 (3). pp. 502-506.

“Collaborative arts based learning using Canvas.” Paper Presentation. ALT Conference 2015, Manchester, September 2015.

"Educational Technology: Falmouth University" Presentation. Exploiting Digital Conference 2015. Cornwall, July 2015.                                                                                                                                                     

“Empowering the Learning Event: New Roles for Learning and Teaching.” A. Sampson and J.Tolonen. Published Paper. In World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications Vol. 2014, No. 1 (Jun 23, 2014) pp. 1735–1739.

“A trusty tale of technology adoption…because change isn’t always bad.” Paper Presentation. HEA Arts and Humanities Conference, Salford Quays, Manchester, June 2014.

“Closing the loop: Communication and feedback in educational technology.” Presentation. TurboTEL 2014, Jisc RSC SW, UWE Exhibition Conference Centre, June 2014.

“Supporting collaborative arts based learning using Google+ Communities.” Paper Presentation. ALT Conference 2013, Nottingham, September 2013.

“Promoting good pedagogy across the virtual learning environment: empowering the academic, engaging the student.” S. Comley and A. Sampson. Published Paper. In 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Barcelona, Spain. 2-4 July, 2012.

“Cultivating Sustainable Change: Encouraging the sharing of good practice.” PechaKucha Presentation. SOLSTICE & CLTR 2012, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. June 2012.

“Virtual Learning Space.” Presentation. Tampere Art Factory International Week, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland, May 2012.


Top 50 Must Read Higher-Ed IT Blogs 2016 ( , Educational Technology Magazine -   Co-creator/Contributor

Top 50 Must Read Higher-Ed IT Blogs 2015 ( , Educational Technology Magazine -   Co-creator/Contributor

British Interactive Multimedia Association Awards (BIMA), Finalist 2010

Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall Student Television Award,  Winner Best Undergraduate Factual 2009 - Studio Floor Manager