Learner Comments 2011

28 December 2011

Please find below a selection of learners’ comments, feedback from learner reviews, surveys and course evaluations I have carried out and received during 2011.

“David was always available during my sessions and I found him to be very knowledgeable and approachable.”

“Willing to give time to any questions raised by me.”

“David explains everything whenever asked…was very helpful, very polite and very encouraging, nothing was too much bother, he was great. David’s support with additional help was outstanding, I struggled with some modules, but everything was explained whenever asked, excellent tutor.”

“Cheerful and helpful.”

“Great course – teacher very helpful and easy to talk to.”

“Knowledgeable and friendly.”

“Assessor always helped identify any additional help…a well run and supervised course…excellent tuition.”

“Very patient.”

“David was really helpful, friendly and made me feel at ease.”

For further testimonials and references please visit www.dpm.me.uk/cv


Manufacturing: A Skilled Workforce

8 August 2011

I recently received the following testimonial of my work from Pipex Limited, who I have been working with since November 2010:

“David Massey has been working closely with the staff involved from Pipex since November of 2010 in his role as tutor and advisor on the training involved in the E.C.D.L computer literacy courses.  David has made a great impression on all members of staff with his dedication and attention to detail he is always available when help or advice is required and has been invaluable to the students involved, it has been a pleasure to work alongside David and in no small measure his endeavours have resulted in many of the students achieving their targets.  We have found David’s flexibility and problem solving to have been a great help during our time working together and would have no problem recommending him for any future or similar positions.”  Quality Control Inspector, Works Director and Operations Manager

I have been working with this employer on site at their Head Office based in Plymouth to advise about the best solutions for their training and learning needs, deliver, support IT courses and qualifications as well as carry out testing.  Training and learning opportunities delivered include the BCS ECDL Essentials, ECDL Extra, OCR ICT Skills For Life: Entry Level Certificate and Adult Numeracy: Level 1 and 2 Certificates utilising a flexible approach to suit the workload of staff.

Pipex Ltd is a successful award winning innovative company who design, manufacture, supply and install a variety of products from warship piping to wastewater products.  They recently published a news article on their website regarding the first members of staff to complete the qualifications I’ve been delivering and supporting, as shown below.

I still continue to work with staff at Pipex and the positive relationship continues.  I wish them continued success with their course and working towards the qualifications.

To view further testimonials and references please visit www.dpm.me.uk/cv


Teaching Mathematics (Numeracy) in the Lifelong Learning Sector

22 July 2011

Having completed the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Mathematics (Numeracy) in the Lifelong Learning Sector course which I have attended at Cornwall College St Austell, I have now been awarded this qualification as a qualified numeracy subject specialist tutor / teacher.  This is awarded by University of Plymouth.


BBC WebWise Social Media Basics Course

4 June 2011

The Social Media Basics online course has been introduced into the BBC WebWise learning resources.  I have used and recommended the BBC online e-learning resources numerous times throughout the years within my work, including WebWise for IT / computer use, Skillswise for Skills for Life in Literacy and Numeracy as well as the RaW campaign to assist with Reading and Writing.

This latest addition is a welcome update as an advocate for Social Media / Networking and will allow learners to understand the various benefits and uses of the Social Media services available as well as the safety and privacy aspects.  I have delivered tutor-led awareness sessions as an introduction to Social Media and this will be a useful resource to signpost learners to for additional resources as well as to complement existing course material.

The Social Media Basics course covers the following areas:

  • Introduction to social media
  • Get started with social networks
  • Communicating using social networks
  • Stay safe on social networks
  • Protect your privacy on social networks
  • Etiquette and libel on social networks
  • Share photos and videos with friends and family
  • Organise events with social networks
  • Join groups and pages, forums and clubs

The BBC WebWise Social Media Basics course can be accessed by clicking here.


Social Media Networking Learning Session

13 March 2011

This blog post discusses the Social Media / Networking learning session I recently delivered as part of a research project.  The sessions delivered had an aim to increase learner’s IT literacy skills through utilising Social Media as the vehicle to develop IT skills and at the same time introduce Social Media / Networking topics, skills, knowledge and understanding.  Learners were able to become informed about the various Social Media sites available and benefits as well as the meaning of the various jargon and terms associated with Social Media.

The sessions allowed learners to learn the essentials, providing a taster to explore further if desired.  Through participating, learners were able to gain confidence, develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of both general computer use and Social Media.  Activities included communicating via different Social Media / Networking platforms and services, editing profile information, registering own accounts if desired, searching for people or groups of interest, searching for topics of interest, adding people as well as sending tweets and messages.

During the sessions, Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Street View and Skype were used for a variety of reasons, including work and personal interest such as sharing recipes, saving money, keeping up-to-date with the latest news and general communication with family and friends.  Learners were able to become familiar with Social Media terminology and see the relevance for their life.

A summary of the sessions are below:

Session 1: Introduction to Social Media tools and services (discussion), benefits of Social Media, introduction to Facebook and demonstration, introduce and discuss Twitter, Twitter activity (communicating via Twitter, find and add other group members, guess which group member by asking questions via sending messages), Twitter basics (tweets, retweet, hash tags), activity (search using keywords, find people of interest, search for topic(s) of interest / interest groups), upload picture, conclusion (terms / glossary / definitions, discussion point / questions)

Session 2: Introduce session objectives via Skype video conferencing, recap previous session, introduce VOIP services, Skype activity (instant messaging, video call), introduce and demonstrate Google Earth / Street View, activity (find and explore places of interest)

Session 3: Introduce session, recap previous session, saving money using the Internet, activity (find vouchers or sites relevant to needs), saving time using the Internet, activity (route planner, maps), conclusion and recap of sessions

Following the sessions, outcomes and findings included learners found sessions enjoyable, were motivated to move on to further learning or courses, felt confident to use IT and computers, although at first learners thought it may not be of interest and were reluctant about Social Media.  Throughout the sessions, learners could see the benefit and relevance of using Social Media, which encouraged them to register and use Social Media as they had a genuine reason to use it since having it explained, demonstrated and trying it themselves.  Other comments included “these sessions have really given me genuine reasons to use Social Media…”, “I spend enough time on the computer already and now this means I’ll be on it more!”, “this has given me the motivation to go on to further computer courses” and “I will be registering an account as soon as I get home”.

In conclusion, the sessions were successful in effectively using Social Media as a teaching and learning tool to deliver sessions covering Social Media / Networking concepts and activities as well as increasing IT / computer skills through utilising Social Media as the vehicle to develop IT and Internet skills.  The session objectives were made relevant to their needs and life in order to understand how Social Media tools and services could be useful as well as being able to gain, practice and improve computer and Internet skills.

An example of a few of the Tweets sent during the session are included below:


Featured in Plymouth Herald Newspaper – Beginner Computer Courses

8 January 2011

Featured in Plymouth Herald newspaper on 8th January 2011 regarding the latest beginner computer course opportunities offered for the New Year.  The course activities are part of the latest UK Online Centres Go ON – get more out of life online campaign.  To view the article go to: http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Beginner-courses/article-3078265-detail/article.html or click on the screenshot below.


Advances in Digital Camera Features

9 August 2010

There has been many developments in technology over the past few years that have contributed to the advancement of digital cameras, resulting in new features being introduced.  Although, you might have thought that digital cameras already possessed a variety of useful features, tools and didn’t need any additional functions, some of the latest options are useful and explored within this article.  Over time, aspects such as picture quality, memory, speed and battery life have naturally increased, as you would expect due to advances in technology.

The following lists some of the latest developments and features that have been built into digital cameras:

  • Social Networking integration – Social Media upload function (such as the ability to upload pictures to a photo sharing site like Flickr or a video to YouTube, depending on the manufacturer / model, other social media services are supported)
  • High Definition / HD quality (both for picture and video content)
  • 3D photos (leading on from HD, another new feature is 3D technology, useful for recording panoramas, people and objects)
  • Touch screen (greater emphasis on integrating and using touch screen technology instead of buttons to reduce size of camera and remove the need to add certain buttons and dials)
  • Face detection improvements (ability to register, tag and save faces of friends and family)
  • Blog cameras (some manufacturers have introduced cameras in a pocket size format specifically with bloggers in mind for recording video blogs)
  • Panorama sweep mode (instead of previously taking several seperate shots, the camera now has the ability to take one single sweep and automatically stitch the pictures together)
  • Front LCD panel (useful for taking self-portrait shots and on some camera models, ability to display a smiley face to ensure children smile)
  • Built-in GPS (to record location details and automatically geotag photos)
  • Better quality and advanced camera functions incorporated into camera phones and smartphones

There are other features that have recently been added to digital cameras and in the future, there will be more new functions introduced and current features enhanced.  However, the list above represents what I feel to be the most significant and useful developments in recent times in digital camera technologies.

The latest features explored above have been incorporated into my existing course – Using a Digital Camera and Digital Imaging.  This course introduces learners to digital cameras and digital imaging.  For more information, please visit: http://www.dpm.me.uk/learning