Tony Ratcliffe

My involvement with training and education, and participating in non-traditional education, goes back many years. In elementary school, grades 5 and 6 were in an open concept school where there were no walled classrooms. My high school was as the semester system was being introduced, giving new opportunities for course completions. I obtained my private pilot licence by independent study of the ground school material by using text books, film strips, and audiocassettes. In my early career years, I taught first aid and CPR, and trained CPR instructors, some at work but mostly through other organizations. In my latter years, I have taught in a college (police studies and security management studies) and online for a university (security management).

My graduate degree is a Master of Education in Distance Education (originally called Master of Distance Education). To develop from this area of specialization, I commenced a PhD in Education Research (eLearning and Learning Technologies) through the University of Leicester in the UK. As a part of the Institute of Learning Innovation, under the School of Education, my research interests are informal and self-directed learning, continuing professional development, personal learning environments, communities of practice, and digital literacies. Now in the third year of my program, part-time, my research study is investigating security management professionals and their use of online learning environments for work-related learning and professional development.