"Don't ask anyone to do something you can't do yourself."
Dr. Mike Howarth specializes in turning theoretical models that help students learn into new media artifacts that have real practical use. He works in association with Dr. Skip Basiel, learning development tutor at the Institute of Work Based Learning. The Adobe® Connect™ powered "Work Based Wednesdays" webcast is being adapted to online broadcast–style production.
His current PDF forms project creates a structure that students can use to organize core documents needed to complete their studies and track their course credit scores. The Induction CD, distributed to all students, provides a framework for courses, with video from staff and peer group advice.
Howarth has explored his PhD interests through 360-degree visual interfaces (even in the air), but now uses eye search and metaphorical language to develop students' study skills. When not at the computer, Howarth also makes art objects out of rope. Howarth was a senior BBC School Radio and then Open University multimedia producer from 1972 to 1996. A short period as freelance new media producer was followed by six years at the chalk face as a senior lecturer in Digital Production at West Herts College, Watford. Since 2006, he has enjoyed being useful at the IWBL.