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About me

In a nutshell…. I grew up in England and moved to the U.S. in 1978. I hold a master’s degree in Advanced Technology, specializing in Systems Science from Binghamton University in upstate New York, for which I received an Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. I hold an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Sheffield College of Art, Sheffield, England (since integrated into Sheffield Hallam University).

Professionally, I have more than 15 years experience teaching computer science courses, both full-time and part-time, with a focus on online courses, and have authored a textbook: A Web-based Introduction to Programming, now in its 3rd edition. I have extensive experience in the use of technology for learning, having worked as a short-course developer for IBM, as an Instructional Coordinator and Coordinator of Academic Computing for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, as the first Executive Director of the UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Collaborative for the University of North Carolina system, and as Interim Director of Online Learning for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. I have also designed and delivered workshops and online resources on various teaching and technology topics including Java, PHP/MySQL, Moodle, and Blackboard. Much of my professional work has involved extensive technical writing, in the form of online content and lookups, reports, guides, handouts, and presentation materials, including a companion Web site for the textbook: Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, on behalf of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.

Before moving into technology, I was involved in the arts in various capacities: as one of the original founders of Yorkshire Art Space, as director of the Oswego Art Guild (now the Art Association of Oswego), and as exhibition designer for the Binghamton University Art Museum.

I now live in Durham, England with my wife, artist and teacher Constance Humphries. My interests include: writing, coding, cooking lovely vegan meals, hiking, birdwatching, painting badly, and volunteering in local nature reserves. I look for ways to make a difference in the struggle to end the horror of factory farming, an obscene stain on our culture that endures only because it is hidden from the eyes of decent people. Learn more about factory farming here, here, here, and here. The facts are awful but we surely all have a responsibility to know where our food comes from.