David Robinson




I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems and a Project Leader in eSTEeM. I am also an OU Associate Lecturer.

I read Zoology at Newcastle and did research for my Ph.D at Nottingham in the Zoology department. While at Nottingham I startd working for the OU as a summer school demonstator and a tutor on the Science Foundation Course. I moved to the Zoology department in Edinburgh University where I was firstly a Demonstrator in Zoology and then a Lecturer in Parasitology. I joined the OU full time in 1981. Between 1992 and 1996 I was a Co-Director of the Biodiversity Consortium, a grouping of over 40 Universities producing multimedia teaching materials for Biology. I was a Sub-Dean in the Science Faculty for 6 years and held a secondment as Head of the Open Broadcast Unit for 3 years. In 2001 I spent 6 months in Japan as a visiting professor in higher education at Nagoya University.

I have a long interest in the use of broadcasting and the visual media generally in encouraging both formal and informal learning and have been an academic advisor on many BBC/OU co-productions, as well as taking part in broacasts. I have contributed videos to iTunes-U, a learning pathway on ecosystems for iTunes-U and a Galapagos ebook.

More info: http://science-people.open.ac.uk/d.j.robinson

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Gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world. If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans.

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