As you’re here, you’re perhaps interested in me and what I do. I’m a Learning Technologist (or Digital Education Developer as we like to call it) at the University of Lincoln and I look after the College of Arts. Day-to-day, I support academics with the adoption of digital technologies for teaching and pedagogic practice. My research interests include the application of digital within pedagogy and the history and culture of the southern United States, with a particular focus on country music and Americana. To that end, I’ve been a member of the Country Music Association of America since 2014 and presented a syndicated UK radio programme, Ben’s Country Music Show, since 2008. I’m a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I’m currently studying for my PGCHE with Falmouth University, Cornwall.
Prior to working at the University of Lincoln, I was self-employed running my own design and development agency, Tall Lime Ltd which specialised in web design, mobile app development and graphic design for clients in the UK and internationally. In 2016 the company was nominated in the ‘Best Digital Startup’ category at the Lincolnshire Digital Business Awards and in the same year, I attended the Times Higher Education awards as a guest of the University of Lincoln and an example of graduate entrepreneurship.
Long before I moved to Lincoln, I developed a love of books and found a passion for writing. In 2008, at the tender age of seventeen, I wrote my first novel, The Kraken’s Curse. It was published by my then school, King Edward VII, in Melton Mowbray. A second novel, Walking on Cinders, followed in 2010. I continue to work on creative writing projects and I’m currently juggling writing a new novel with my other commitments.
If you’re interested, you can find out more about me on this page of the site.
In 2018 my radio programme, Ben’s Country Music Show, celebrated its 10th anniversary. Throughout the year we marked the milestone with interviews, live music and more, culminating in September with a six-week series of special shows. For these special programmes I had the chance to present with my wife, Kiera, musician friends I’ve made over the years and my original co-presenter, Neil Castledine. The last show we recorded was a special interview where Leicester musician John Montague took the reins and presented the show, interviewing me about my ten years in broadcasting and the history of the show. You catch up on all the shows on the website or find out about the programme here.
I’m a keen designer and have many years of experience in web and graphic design. For four years I ran my own design agency, Tall Lime Ltd. and in 2018 I illustrated 40 individual images which formed the centrepieces at my wedding.
I’ve always had an interest in being creative with design, and have worked with clients across the UK and internationally. I am particularly proud of my work with not for profits, charities and community arts groups, for whom I’ve designed websites, posters and brochures over the years, many of which have gone on to win awards in their particular field.
For the past two years, I have worked at the University of Lincoln as the Digital Education Developer for the College of Arts. In this role, I support the adoption of digital tools for pedagogy and advise academic colleagues on how digital approaches can best be used to support teaching and learning. The role is similar to that of a Learning Technologist at other institutions.
I have also been lucky since starting in this role, to achieve fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and I’m working towards my PGCHE with the University of Falmouth. Each of these, have provided me with an opportunity to learn more about the theory behind teaching with higher education and to actively practice my teaching, assessment and feedback strategies. I hope to do much more of this in the future.
2018 was also a big year for me, as my first novel “The Kraken’s Curse” turned ten years old. The book was first published a decade ago and this was only possible at the time thanks to the support of my then school, King Edward VII, in Melton Mowbray. To mark the milestone a new edition of the book, plus several other surprises related to the novel, will be announced in 2019!
Back in 2013, during the final year of my undergraduate degree in Media Production, I worked with colleagues in the Lincoln School of Film and Media to produce the interactive radio drama Charlie and the Moon. I am still very proud of what we achieved with Charlie and it shows a new approach to radio which still hasn’t been widely explored in the years since.