Welcome to my research area

 This area is password protected. It contains copyright material, started when Covid began in March 2020. The research demonstrates the feasibility and background for future online presentation coaching. The paper:

45˚ Learning: a guide to organising teaching online in the Covid pandemic

written in December 2020 is a summary of the thinking behind the resource materials in this website section, finally published in June 2021 Now available in Work Based Learning e-Journal International

Work Based Learning e-Journal, Vol. 10 No. 1, (2021) Look for ‘Current Issue.

Please read it before exploring the contents of the Research area.

The videos text and images contained in these pages demonstrate BBC education principles of distance learning  – teaching ideas developed with teachers and producers in the 1970s- and earlier, to 2008 when BBC School Radio was officially disbanded.  The period of education broadcast history was distinctive in that the responsibility of all aspects of audio, visual and print resources were conceived for children by the producer responsible for the series; of course, with the extensive advice, feedback and experience from senior producers, advisors, writers actors studio staff, classroom teachers and children in the classroom. A process so thorough, so public to be noted and remembered, because the result was excellence. The system was not a subcontracted commissioning process as today. Personal training for each individual to achieve this level of excellence was in-house, in a collegiate setting. These pages are an attempt at capture and share with you the quality we, as teacher/producers, all experienced.

It is only since Covid started in March 2020 that I have thought to look back to 1974 -1996 to my daily 24/7 commitment to learning by radio for children. In my case  geography, environment and nature broadcasts as producer of over 600 programmes as well as publications, photography, books and software.

By the time I finished all the work in this section in January 2021 I firmly believe everything I learnt in BBC Education radio is relevant today, as experienced personally in my digital online teaching from home as a tutor at Middlesex University. The methods are directly  relevant to the HE Lecturer, to the online teacher, especially the student teacher. Indeed, any student wishing to research and write spoken and written English. Because at the heart of effective online teaching is  to supercharge the natural skills of spoken English in the classroom, seriously upgrade writing skills and become constantly creative.  We were just a dozen or so specialists, but now the technology gives everyone the framework to be the same. One slight problem – those methods of spoken English needed in a radio studio or an small laptop screen might appear to be the same,  as a classroom or a lecture theatre,  but they are not. These pages demonstrations why and how to upgrade yourself. I hope understanding the process and the thinking that leads to excellent online presentation will be a pleasure for teaching staff and a benefit to students.


Dr Mike Howarth    January 2021