Amber reflects on her journey through educational technology, spanning national and institutional roles. She has worked on several big projects in UK FE and HE over this time and now leads academic technology from within IT Services at the University of Warwick. She shares her observations on how we navigate the complexity of our field, both within our institutions and as a community of practice. Sometimes unexpected but always honest, Amber asks what universities and colleges need from us in 2018 and beyond.
Amber leads the Academic Technology team in IT Services at the University of Warwick. The team supports and develops the use of technologies in teaching and research. Amber has worked in ICT in education for 20 years. At Jisc she was Assistant Coordinator for Information Strategies, and at Becta she worked on National Grid for Learning and then the Ferl FE information service. After a stint as project manager at Worcester University she moved to Jisc as a programme manager focussed on open access and open educational resources. She moved to Warwick in December 2012 and there she has steered Virtual Learning Environment adoption, Lecture Capture Policy, Digital Humanities support, Module Evaluation technology approach, the Extended Classroom services coordination and the growth of an academic technologist network across campus. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a founding fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy and a steering group member of the Heads of eLearning Forum. Amber has managed projects, services and change initiatives at an institutional and national level, and is always interested in the social and political context of the use of learning technologies.