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Greg Benfield

Greg worked as an Educational Developer in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development for 14 years, and in that time worked with many colleagues across the university. During his time in OCSLD, Greg taught on the Postgraduate Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education, he pioneered the development of Course Design Intensives and e-Pioneers and was the link educational developer for TDE.  Greg was one of the online course design experts for Moodle Online Open Course’s assisting OBBS and TDE. Greg worked on the learner experiences of e-learning projects with Jisc, ran consultancy sessions at other institutions, and ran the Teaching Online Open Course among many other contributions around the university and externally.

Those who knew him are invited to contribute to this book of condolence.

 

Book Owner: Fiona Smith and Elizabeth Lovegrove
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Paul Ashwin

I taught Greg when we was a student on the Lancaster Doctoral Programme in Educational Research. He was a delightful student to work with. He was thoughtful,  critically engaged, with a rye smile and incredibly kind.  …

Jan McArthur

I studied with Greg on the Doctoral Programme in Educational Reserach at Lancaster University.  We were fellow Australians on the programme.  I remember Greg as being hugely insightful and questioning – able to have his own take on things we researched and discussed.  He was also immensely collegial and as part of our cohort …

Elizabeth Lovegrove

Greg had a huge influence on my professional life. His support and encouragement, his willingness to push me when I needed it, to give me opportunities to try new things, his asking difficult questions, and giving both criticism and praise which always felt honest, are responsible for big chunks of my career progress since …

Berry O'Donovan

Such a lovely colleague, Greg was always kind, thoughtful and generous with his time. It was always a pleasure to talk to him about all things learning, e-learning in particular. Many years ago I was the Business School’s PL e-Learning Development and I remember how much I enjoyed working with Greg (and also Richard …

Emma Coles

It was an absolute pleasure to work with you Greg. From our time at both Wheatley and Headington, you were always an inspiration, and I am grateful to have know you. …

Marion Waite

I have very fond memories of Greg as a valued Brooke’s colleague. He is sorely missed. My first encounter with Greg was when he came to load NVivo software on my office computer and subsequently, Greg ran the course design intensives for the School of Health and Social Care to support the teaching staff …

Margaret Price

Greg was one of the nicest people I came across at my time at Brookes. He was professional, funny, political and understanding (especially when sometimes, in haste, I would send him text messages intended for my son Greg!). We delivered internal and external workshops in tandem and worked together on many projects focused on …

Liz Drewett

I worked with Greg in OCSLD and remember it well with very happy memories.  Lunchtime discussions were very animated and lots of fun!  …

Ian Whiting

it was a sad day when the news came, just a few days before I had sent around a montage of pictures to mark the last day of OCSLD and so Greg was freshly in my thoughts. A member of the OCSLD family around the legendary lunchtime table. I remember when he would hear about some …

Steve Burholt

I worked with Greg whilst a Learning Technologist at Oxford Brookes University. He introduced me to the concept of Learning Design through his CDI workshops, all the time emphasising the importance of picking the right tools for effective teaching and learning. He enjoyed a robust debate about the pros and cons of learning technology, …
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