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Colin Milligan

Research Fellow in the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University

Expert in the field of learning and development focusing primarily on professional learning undertaken by knowledge workers and the personal learning networks they construct to support this informal learning

Dr Colin Milligan is a Research Fellow in the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has worked in the field of learning and development for over twenty years, undertaking a variety of roles in Further and Higher Education, in the commercial sector and as a Partner in a small consultancy, before becoming fully focused on research in 2011. His primary research interest is the professional learning undertaken by knowledge workers and the personal learning networks they construct to support this informal learning. These individuals must adopt responsibility for their learning, so it is important to understand their motivations, how their learning skills (for example to identify learning needs, evaluate learning opportunities and recognise learning that has occurred) emerge and develop, and how they can be supported. At the Caledonian Academy, Colin has conducted studies exploring knowledge workers learning practices in the petrochemical and financial services industries, examined learning of professionals in mainstream and Connectivist MOOCs, supervised a PhD student exploring research student learning by examining their employability development, and specified tools to support knowledge worker learning through a process called 'Charting'. His work has been published in a range of high quality journals. Colin’s work has been supported by funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Joint Information Systems Committee, and Shell International.


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