I am Phil Barker, a research fellow working for ICBL at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University. My main interest is in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning at Universities, particularly through supporting the discovery and selection of appropriate resources. My main areas of work are semantic technology approaches to the description and management of educational resources and courses, technology for open education and OERs, and the evaluation of computer based resources for engineering and physical science education.
Much of my work has been with Cetis, the UK Centre for Educational Technology Interoperability and Standards, particularly on metadata standards such as LRMI (the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative), schema.org and, in the past, IEEE Learning Object Metadata. Also with Cetis I helped support the dissemination and discovery strategy for resources released by the UKOER programme.
I chair the W3C Schema Course Extension community group, am a member of the DCMI LRMI task group and am on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Credential Transparency Initiative. In the past, I have contributed to the effort to create a Application Profile of Dublin Core for Education, and in the even dimmer past edited and co-authored the IMS Meta-data Best Practice Guide for IEEE 1484.12.1-2002 Standard for Learning Object Metadata.
I teach “Design for Online Learning” and “Critical Thinking” Information Systems students at Heriot-Watt, and contribute to supporting the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching at departmental, school and institutional levels.