Paul Lowe awarded Inspirational Educator Award 2016 for Creative Technologies

We are delighted to announce that UAL Teaching Scholar Paul Lowe, LCC Course director for MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography has won the Inspirational Educator Award 2016 for Creative Technologies, which is awarded by the Worshipful Company of Educators. He was nominated by UAL and assisted in his application by the Teaching and Learning Exchange.

Paul won against some very tough competition, and the award is fantastic recognition of the work he does, developing new pedagogies to respond to the opportunities offered by creative digital technologies.

Susan Fey, Chair of Trustees of the Worshipful Company of Educators said:

I am delighted to congratulate Paul Lowe on his achievement in winning our Creative Technologies Award. Especially so because he was up against stiff competition; our judges did not have an easy task in making their decision, not least because the nominations represented the wide scope of creative technologies and the creative industries.

The judges commented:

Paul Lowe integrates creative technologies at multiple levels in the curriculum he has developed, drawing on considerable experience: photojournalism as its creative core, taught through a cohesively structured international online network with a remarkable retention rate, weaving diverse professional organisations into a ‘living curriculum’ from the outset.

Paul Lowe has combined his technical skills with pedagogical philosophy derived from ‘communities of practitioners’ approach. He has applied this to his teaching practice in problem-based, collaborative action-learning.        

An example of innovation which evidenced the real power of new technologies to transform learning into a peer-driven experience with global potential.

We caught up with Paul to ask how he felt about the award. He said:

It’s a great honour to receive this award in recognition of the work I’ve been doing at LCC and UAL. I have to thank the Teaching and Learning Exchange and colleagues at LCC who deserve this award as much as I do for their continuing commitment to developing a culture of digital technologies in learning and teaching in the creative industries.

Paul will be presented with his award on 22 April at the Educators’ Trust Annual Awards Dinner which takes place at the Vintner’s Hall in the City of London. The presentations will be made by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa OBE, FRSA, FBCS.

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