Professor Steve Molyneux is one of the leading experts in the use of Information and Communication technology to support Education and Training in the UK. He is an outspoken advocate of technology in the support of learning, but also challenges some current Government and Industry thinking on how such technologies should be deployed in Education and Training.
Whilst an early pioneer in the development of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE/LMS), he now believes that the changes in how society interacts with technology should lead us to review transforming education and training systems from late 20th century 'pull' models of e-learning to newer 'push' model based on communication, collaboration and personalisation. He also believes that a radical change is needing in the development and publishing of electronic content and as such is working with publishers such as Cambridge University Press on exploring new forms of media interaction.
His expertise scans a wide range of sectors from compulsory Education to Industry and Military Training and is frequently asked to participate in ‘Blue Skies’ consultation at a National and International level.
He is currently an Independent Consultant for a number of National and International Organisations including Corporations, Publishers, Universities, Colleges and Government Departments. A former Microsoft Professor of Advanced Learning Technologies he is now Apple Distinguished Educator, an Apple Education Mentor and the only non-employee to be appointed an ICL Fellow.
He is currently working on a number of innovative iPhone/iPad in Education including a collaborative project together with Abilene Christian University in Texas, Bell labs and Cambridge University Press and the development of a 360 degree panoramic immersive classroom.
career spans a wide rage of Industry and Academic sectors. He started
his career in the Royal Air Force, and after moving to Germany in the
early 1980's held a number of posts including Head of Software
Development at ATARI International in Hamburg and Director of New
Technologies at ARIOLASOFT in Munich. Before returning to the UK, he
held advisory posts with the German Ministry of Education & Science
and the European Commission in the use of Technology-Based Training, and
from 1987-1992 held a Visiting Professorship in Multimedia at the
Technical University in Munich.
Since his return to the UK in 1992, he has been seen as one of the key players in e-Learning and a pragmatist in the use of technology to support the Knowledge-Economy. He has held a number of Professorial Chairs including; Microsoft Chair of Advanced Learning Technologies, IBM Chair of Information & Communication Technologies and Asymetrix Chair of Multimedia at the University of Wolverhampton. In 1995 he developed one of the first Virtual Learning Environment (VLE/LMS) in the UK which was licensed by Granada Learning under the brand ‘learnwise’. This learning platform was developed as part of 'Broadnet', a £2.4 Million project funded by the Government Office of the West Midlands to deliver modular training packages to small businesses using the Internet. The 'Broadnet' project was successfully used as a case study in 1996 by the UK Institute for Public Policy Research in the formulation of their 'University for Industry' proposal to Government later re-branded as learndirect.
In 1996 he assisted one of his students in founding MediaLab UK subsequently renamed Netmedia Education and sold in 2006 to Espresso Education Ltd.
Between June and September 1996, as a Media Fellow of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, he worked on the Tomorrow’s World Programme for the BBC. It was during this time that he created, together with the then Editor Ed Briffa, one of the first on-line ‘live’ Internet science magazines from the Festival of Science at the University of Birmingham.
Between 1997 and 1999 he worked with the UK Government and Industry in evangelising the concept of a National Grid for Learning through initiatives such as UK NetYear and in 1998 developed an infrastructure strategy for Telford and Wrekin Council which, when implemented, linked 87 Schools via a high-speed ATM network allowing for shared resources and support to be offered to all schools irrespective of size.
In 1999 he founded, together with Microsoft and ICL, the Learning Lab, a not-for profit membership-led organisation, supporting all those involved in the development, delivery and implementation of Learning Technologies across the UK and was the Lab’s Director until he left to found Molyneux & Partners Ltd in 2007.
In the late 1999’s he worked closely with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Executive in developing a Scottish Digital Economy strategy and assisted Telford & Wrekin in a successful bid to fund the creation of two Classrooms of the Future at a cost of £750,000.
In 2000, as part of the UK Government ‘Modernising the Civil Courts’ initiative, he worked alongside the Head of Information Technology of HM Court Service in designing and implementing a multi-media kiosk which provided the general public with a range of court service and procedural information in addition to a video-link between the user and a local Citizens Advice Bureau. He also worked successfully with the United States Department of Defense in founding the ADL Partnership Lab (UK). The aim of which was to assist in promoting the adoption of SCORM as a learning technology standard across the UK.
Between 2003 and 2003 he was Director of the UK Department for Education and Skills Research Centre into ICT in Education. With an annual budget of £3 Million, the Centre managed internal and outsourced empirical research projects to investigate the true impact of ICT on Learning.
In 2004, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education, as a member of a Government Task-force commissioned to review the strategic use of e-Learning in Post-16 Vocational Education and Training.
Between 2005 and 2006, as part of the Defence Training Review, he was Special Adviser to the Ministry of Defence on Training & Education where he was responsible to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel) in assisting in evaluating private sector bids to run a large Defence Training Transformation initiative.
In 2006, he acted as consultant to the Victoria & Albert Museum on the use of Learning Technologies within their new Education Facility in London.
In 2007 he successfully bid for and was awarded £11 Million to build a new e-Innovation Centre at the Telford Campus at the University of Wolverhampton.
In 2008, he was appointed as an advisor to the new directions group of Cambridge University Press to helping them develop a 21st Century Digital Publishing strategies and is engaged with Colleges of Further Education to review their e-Learning strategies.
Since 2008 he has been engaged on a number of highly innovative projects both in the UK and Internationally helping Governments, Local Authorities and individuals educational establishments with their Learning Technology Strategies.
Appointments and outside interests
the years, Steve has contributed to UK National and International
strategic policy papers as a member of the UK Distributed Electronic
Learning Group (DELG) of the Learning and Skills Council, been a member
of the Digital Content group of the UK Department for Trade and Industry
and a member of the UK Department for Education and Skills Post-16
e-Learning Strategy Task-force. He has also assisted a number of other
UK Government Departments including the Cabinet Office, the Department
of Health and Her Majesties Revenue and Customs in developing their
e-Learning strategies. He was a member of the Institute of IT Training
e-Learning Standards Committee and continues to play an important role
in shaping the future of e-Learning on a global scale. As a founding
member of the Broadband Stakeholder Group Executive with responsibility
for the Education and Training sector he advised the UK Government on
Broadband deployment strategies across England, Wales, and Northern
Internationally, Steve has contributed to the use of technology to support education and training in a number of Countries including the United States, Germany and Singapore. He has worked closely with the United States Department of Labor and the Department of Defense on training technology strategies and was an International member of the US National Science Foundation e-Learning Research Group.
He is often asked to provide advice on the strategic use of ICT and Broadband Infrastructure to National, European and International Clients from both the Public and Private sector and performs numerous speaking engagements. He acts as a consultant to a number of UK Local Authorities, City Academies and Companies on their education and technology strategies as well as providing 'blue-sky' consultancy to Technology providers. On August 28th 2007, to celebrate it's 800th Birthday as a City, Steve was formally listed as one of 800 people who had put Liverpool on the Map. As well as many speaking and media engagements he also broadcasts occasionally on Technology issues on BBC Radio Shropshire Morning Show.
In 2010, after 16 years contributing to the community as a serving Magistrate and Justice of the Peace, he resigned over the UK Governments objection to his use of Twitter as a means of reporting the proceedings of open court cases and their reluctant to adopts Web 2.0 technologies to ensure that the Judicial system in the UK be more transparent.