The Really Useful #EdTechBook, David Hopkins

David Hopkins

My name is David Hopkins, and I am an experienced leader and manager of learning design and learning technology in the context of online and distance learning for higher education in the UK.

All views expressed here and in the posts are personal are not representative of my employer; past, present, or future.
Last updated: November, 2023.

Who am I?

I am a professional with over 17 years of experience in private and public sector education. My passion for leveraging technology to enhance students’ learning experiences enables me to commit to driving innovation and encouraging colleagues and teams to develop fresh approaches to designing, developing, and managing quality learning opportunities.

My focus is on staying up-to-date with pedagogical and technological developments in the field and applying them to the strategic direction of the business. The creation of engaging digital learning experiences and designing, implementing, and assessing online educational programs across diverse sectors, has enabled my development during the roles I’ve held at leading UK universities and several education-based start-ups. As a leader, I am very aware of the need for an inclusive and thoughtful approach to my work and my teams, ensuring a can-do attitude that prioritises creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit.

About this blog
I started this blog in October 2008 to order and publish my thoughts, and to engage with like-minded educators, facilitators, technicians, designers, etc who are interested in the same kind of things – namely eLearning, mLearning, Blackboard / VLE / LMS / CMS, technology in the classroom, Blended Learning, MOOCs, Online / Distance Learning, etc.

What is a Learning Technologist?
I believe the role of a Learning Technologist is evolving, and I have enjoyed the exploration of ‘what’ we are and ‘how’ we work. In 2009 I started writing about my thoughts on the role, and its evolution, and I have been vocal within the #EdTech community with this knowledge to widen the understanding and adoption throughout the UK HE sector. Here are the posts to date:

Why “Don’t Waste Your Time”?
When I was setting the blog up, one evening when I should have been doing something more domestic and meaningful, I wanted a domain and not just something like I was doing some searches, based on my name, and was coming up blank. I thought I ought to stop wasting my time and get on with some work … hey presto, a name.

Guest Posts & Adverts
I do not accept guest posts, nor do I use ghostwriters or accept payment for adverts or copy in old posts. Please do not ask – I do not reply to these emails.