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Project Team

( A long out of date page here for historical purposes )

Jane Magill (B.Sc., Ph.D., GRSC)

is a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering with research and teaching activities in the Robert Clark Centre for Technological Education and the Departmenrt of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. As a user of novel learning and assessment methods, she has recieved several awards under the Enterprise in Higher Education scheme and has been using CAA/CAL techniques in engineering courses for many years. Current research interests in CAA/CAL, the effect of the user interface on learning outcomes, and the use of simulations as online laboratories. She is member of the working party on student retention in the department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Scott Roy (B.Sc. Ph.D.)

is a lecturer in the department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering and manages the Microelectronics Process and Device Simulation Centre, a facilty dedicated to the use of computer simulation software in the teaching of semiconductor device, technology and integration concepts at undergraduate and postgraduate level and provision of distance learning material in these subjects. Relevant research interests include the effect of the user interface on learning outcomes

Jon Trinder (M.Sc., I.Eng.)Current Bio here

is a part-time Ph.D. student in the Robert Clark Centre. Jon has a specific interest in the interface design and has been a PDA software developer since the 1999 authoring shareware and bespoke applications for www.ninelocks.com. His first involvement with learning and PDAs was providing software "PocketCites For Windows" for the Cornell University Mobile Mann PDAs/Library Project in 2002 and the TourDiary application for educational travel company Explorica (Palm Success Stories Explorica) Since then various educational applications have been used in schools such as NinePoll written for Tony Vincent General applications such as NineColors have also been used in science classes as reported in Palm Success Stories Willowdale Elementary School

Jons software has been used for many other diverse purposes such as interfacing magnetic tags to enable PDAs to count Cattle for the Montana Beef Network, interfacing PDAs to magnetic stripe readers to collect USA driving licenses in Santa Clara, catching criminals via remote surveillance using PDAs to automatically send photographs in conjunction with motion sensing equipment(www.pixcontroller.com) and remote image capture for what-happened.com

Recent work has included Red Flipper and Media composer as parts of the RedHalo suite for HandheldLearning that was part of the installed software on the Fujitsu Siemens EDA

He also works for the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering in the computing support team providing network and system support and authoring specialised software.

Jon founded the pda-edu@jiscmail.ac.uk mailing list to provide a meeting place for anyone interested in using PDA's in education to exchange information and advice.