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Current development

In anticipation of an exit from university teaching[1], and also to be more effective at what I do[2], I do a lot of personal and professional development work. You can read about some of this work in my Development diary. Recently, I have been developing and piloting a Moodle VLE[3] for Physics Initial Teacher Education students, and refreshing my Artificial Intelligence skills by studying the 12-week ColumbiaX course on the subject.

Technical Development Plan

Since ditching my PhD in education in May 2017, I have been working to develop and certify my technical skills. Whilst I have been coding for a long time[4] and providing internet services for a number of years[5], my intention is to bring my certifications[6] up to date, either to return to professional software engineering or contribute to open source development when I conclude my education career. Here's a timeline of recent and planned study. I have been pursuing the CompTIA Linux+ certification by completing Cisco, edX and Lynda courses in Linux. This will qualify me for the LPIC-1 Linux System Administrator certification.

Summer of Code

In the table below, there is a programme task in which I intend to pick up some of the current programming tools, languages and techniques. These might include:

  • C certification (not sure about C++)
  • Python - note that this is the language of the ColumbiaX AI programme
  • RST and other documentation formats (I use markup and LaTeX a lot already)
  • React Native
  • Angular JS
2017 2018 2019
Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Cisco NDG Linux
edX Linux LFS101x
Lynda CompTIA Linux+
Linux+ exam LX0-103
Linux+ exam LX0-104
LPIC-1 certification
edX ColumbiaX AI
edX Machine Learning
edX Robotics
edX Animation & CGI Motion
Summer of Code
C/C++ Associate
Moray House Contract

About this site

This wiki space was set up to allow me to keep a searchable record of things, useful resources, and to help me to be organised as I studied for a PhD[7]. I now keep my development diary here, which serves as a record of CPD, reading or other study I engage with. This is useful for professional purposes (GTCS Professional Update and the registration requirements of the Science Council) and may be of use to others. There is no facility for readers of this site to interact with it beyond navigating, but if you really want to comment or ask me anything, please do so using the contact form over at my personal blog. If you find anything here useful, you might consider buying me a coffee.

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Nick (talk) 08:41, 18 March 2018 (UTC)


  1. Long story, short: my contract runs until August 2019, when one of the major programmes I teach will be revised and re-accredited with, I believe, a significant reduction in teaching time. At the same time, another local university will be starting its own version of that programme, the both of us now dipping into the same shallow pool of applicants. I see no rationale for two universities in the same town running this programme, so I see a rationale for one of us not to.
  2. I help people become outstanding modern teachers of physics and science.
  3. Virtual Learning Environment, a kind of online classroom and study resource.
  4. I wrote my first code in 1977.
  5. Since 1997.
  6. I have MCSD in VB and SQL Server.
  7. If you're looking for the old Workspace front page, it's here.