Learning Technology

Five minutes with… Shakeel Ahmed

January 14th, 2016 at 08:01

Shakeel Ahmed is responsible for the testing of all systems developed and used by LRLR Learning Technology. These include systems like Moodle, Rogo and Mahara. He checks that all changes made to these systems work and that we don’t have any problems with them before they are made available for staff and students to use.

What 3 words describe you?

Considered, Pragmatic, Relaxed

Tell us something ‘unusual’ about yourself

I’ve played every single Grand Theft Auto game, even the old ones with the top down views, including the little known GTA London.

What excites you about learning technology?

Some people say we are living in times where the speed at which technology evolves is amazing. I think what’s really amazing is the speed at which we are incorporating this new technology in all aspects of our lives. Teaching and Learning should be no different. Young people today adapt to new technology and new uses of technology almost instantly, it’s completely normal for them to see new ways of using technology regularly. These same young people are our clients, we should be as technologically adaptable as they are. The challenge in doing that really excites me.

Your top tip(s)?

If you are reporting a problem, provide details.

  • What were you doing?
  • What went wrong?
  • What did you expect to happen?
  • What data was used (what page were you on, what module were you in, which assignment, which user account was used when the problem happened?)

Also include screenshots, a picture paints a thousand words.

What do you think will be the most important thing in learning technology at the University of  Nottingham in 2015/16?

2015/16 will be dominated by the Transform project. The most important thing to happen this year will be the impact that will have on systems and process in Learning Technology at UoN.

What have you learned recently?

I recently learnt how to use a tool called Jmeter. It was used to mimic user activity on the Rogo system as part of the load testing carried out to improve the performance of Rogo.

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