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It is not possible to list or describe all my interests, whether those which I have just now, or those which I had in the past, or those which are lying dormant and may reappear in the future. I have listed below the main interests which I have at this moment in my life.
It is not easy for me to distinguish my hobbies from interests. A hobby is something which you do in your free time and which you enjoy. I indulge in my interests in my free time and I enjoy them. British Sign Language would not really be described as a hobby, but I do it for fun. Many people would call Esperanto a hobby, but I never would. I am an Esperantist; what you are is not a hobby. So with that caveat I have included the following as my hobbies:
I have only one friend (who has a web page):
I am lecturer in Bell College of Technology, Hamilton Scotland, in the School of Science and Technology. Bell college is unique in Scotland's education system in that although it is a collegeof further education it has always taught higher level work, such as HNDand HNC courses. Over the past 7 or 8 years it has been teaching more and more degree level work in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, and now the majority of the courses taught in the college are at degree level.
My work involves teaching Electrical and Electronic engineering and Optoelectronics to degree and HND students.
I specialise in teaching skills and knowledge in fibre optics technology. I have taught a SCOTVEC Unit "Fibre Optic Technology" to students on the HND in Computer Technology and Instrumentation and the same Unit to members of the public as a night class.
I have a particular interest in developing computer aided learning (CAL) packages for use within the college and without. The course in fibre optic technology is now available as a software package complete with diagrams, tutorial questions, and numerical exercises. Where appropriate I have developed computer based assessments for other courses, where the students are presented with questions on the screen and must select the correct answer, or calculate the answer and insert it in an appropriate box on the computer screen.When the student finishes the assessment the results are calculated immediately and recorded in a database in the department.
I was involved in developing a CAL template for further education colleges in Scotland, in collaboration with Carol Murphy at what was MEDC in Paisley. Carol is now working for Students with special needs at Strathclyde University.
You can download my Fibre Optic CAL package to try out.
I'm Hugh Reid and I was born in 1954 in Glasgow, Scotland. My early life was spent in Greenock ("The tail o' the Bank"), Weymouth in Dorset, and Rosyth in Fife. When I grew up I initially studied Medicine at the University of Dundee, then I decided to study Physics at the University of Edinburgh, from where I graduated in 1978.
My first job was with Ferranti in Dundee, where I worked for six years in the Laser Development Group, designing and building military and commercial lasers and laser systems.
I then took up my current job where I have been for twelve years as a lecturer in Applied Physics, at Bell College of Technology in Hamilton,Scotland. My special interests in my field of work are FibreOptics and Computer Aided Learning.
You can e-mail me at:- email@example.com
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