Learning technologist & educational researcher · Learning technology manager at Plumpton College
James Michael Maltby is an experienced learning technologist, educational researcher and project manager. James uses cognitive science, pedagogy and digital technology to create innovative learning content and platforms. Current areas of research include the application of blended learning, machine learning and virtual reality in the classroom. Recent speaking engagements include the Association of Colleges, Blended Learning Consortium and JISC.
Before working full-time as a learning technologist, James was a special educational needs teacher supporting students on the autistic spectrum. He is a member of the National Autistic Society.
Entry-level immersive technology has reached a price and complexity point where it is now accessible to the average classroom. But how can teachers effectively integrate these technologies into their lessons? In 2018, a partnership of Sussex training providers explored the effective use of 360°, augmented and virtual reality technologies within the classroom. The partnership published an interactive website in July 2018 to showcase the project's case studies.
Technology has become ubiquitous in the classroom and in the modern workplace, but how can further education colleges integrate technology and digital literacy effectively into their teaching programmes? In 2017, Plumpton College researched and evaluated new blended learning teaching practices as well as trialling the latest learning technologies. The report was presented at JISC Digifest 2018 as well as regional conferences.