Title: Founder of Relevant Department
Bio: Miles Metcalfe is a founder of the Relevant Department, an IT consultancy with the refreshingly novel approach of helping you get the most out of technology instead of selling back to you what you already know dressed up with buzzwords, hype-cycles, and strategic grids.
With 20 years experience in further and higher education, Miles was an early pioneer of extra-institutional technologies for learning and teaching. He has been involved in a range of successful projects in elearning, online collaboration, BYOD, cloud documents and email, learning space design, green IT, IT service professionalisation, and institution-wide service desk design and deployment.
Miles remains a passionate, though not a wide-eyed and uncritical, advocate of the power of digital technologies to transform learning and teaching. He believes that the potential for new technology to disrupt academic institutions has never been greater, and that smart institutions can harness technology in creative ways to bring about better outcomes for a wider audience. He finds that believing two contradictory things before breakfast is an aid to digestion.