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Introducing our new Director of Learning

We’re delighted to announce Epic’s new Director of Learning is Imogen Casebourne! Imogen brings vast experience of designing outstanding learning experiences to the role and she is keen to continue the Thought Leadership tradition at Epic. I caught up with Imogen to learn a bit more about her background, interests and thoughts about the future of learning. Why not follow her on Twitter: @icasebourne.

How did you get into a career in learning technologies?

I got interested by the concept of elearning at a very young age when I saw a feature, I think on ‘Tomorrow’s World,’ about the future of schooling. It said in future all children would learn on computers and I thought that sounded great! But it took a little longer before I came to make it my career. I studied philosophy at Bristol and there I focused on theory of mind and the concepts of learning and knowledge. That led to a Masters in Knowledge Based Systems at Sussex, where I designed a computer programme that composed short stories. By that time, I was really interested in how technology could support learning, and so my first job was in training and development. From there I came to focus more on blended learning and then elearning, and of course, more recently I’ve been excited by the possibilities offered by mobile learning.

How has your experience with learning design prepared you for your new role?

I’ve had the good fortune to work with many talented people on a really diverse number of projects, some of which have been award-winning. I think at some point over the years, I’ve carried out pretty much every task you can do on an elearning project, so my understanding of learning technologies is strongly grounded in practice.

What excites you most about stepping up as Epic’s new Director of Learning?

I’ll be stepping back from day-to-day practice which will give me the opportunity to look strategically at how we can utilise new technologies to help people learn and how we can leverage technologies in different ways. It’s a really exciting time to be working in this area, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

What areas of learning are you particularly interested in?

Mobile learning is offering us great new opportunities to put learning, quite literally, into the learner’s hands. As we’re still at a relatively early stage of deploying mobile technology, it will be really interesting to see where that takes us and how it shapes learning. Of course, I’ve got some hunches, but new technologies often have quite unexpected and unforeseen effects. I’m also very interested in exploring the possibilities that gaming techniques offer to learning – when you analyse what people are doing as they play games, there are very strong parallels to what people are doing when they learn something new.

What do you see as the future of learning technologies?

Well, we are just beginning to see the impact of learning via mobile technology and that is something I think we are going to see more and more of over the next few years. I’m also looking forward to seeing how changes in how people interact with technologies offer new possibilities for learning. We’re starting to see that as learning moves to touch-screen devices, but I think that may well just be the start.

What is your favourite part about working for Epic?

Where to start? Getting to work with some truly inspiring and visionary colleagues and clients is a true pleasure. I also love the fact that pretty much every day is different. And, of course, there are so many opportunities for learning something new!

Learning platforms and record stores (LMS and LRS)

This post first appeared on the Epic blog on 17th April 2012.