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Contact-new.svg Jane
Website:Crystal Clear Writing
Occupation:author/editor/consultant for learning design
Languages:English (basic French)
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My Profile

Professional Background

I'm a freelance author and editor with a special interest in elearning.


Studied European Studies at university (many moons ago); qualified as a dramatherapist, then became a journalist and freelance writer. I have continued to learn and train myself ever since. I have qualified as a European Net Trainer and I have followed a path of professional development to develop my online facilitating and course design skills.

My Interests

The thread that runs through my professional career is that I enjoy contributing to projects that are inclusive, that are about sharing and giving strength to the disenfranchised. This is what draws me to wikieducator. My work and interests are quite connected - I have never been a great hobbyist. But outside of work, my interests revolve around bringing up my children and having time with friends, cinema, reading and - when I need to get away from everything - meditation.


I have 20 years' experience as a writer. I have written modules of distance learning for undergraduate and postgraduate nurses. These are now delivered through the Open University (OU) open university site. Currently I am investing time in upgrading my skills to be better prepared for assisting my clients for their online learning requirements. I am a European Net Trainer (online tutor) net trainer site.

Organisations I work with

I work with many different organisations. They include:

  • trade unions
  • professional bodies (especially health and social care)
  • social research organisations
  • commercial training or educational institutions
  • not-for-profit organisations.

What I can offer

I advise on:

  • preparing learning materials
  • designing learning and development pathways for lifelong learning (ie adults)
  • how to write (or rewrite) research studies for a lay audience
  • transforming content for elearning.

Hands-on work includes:

  • preparing learning resources
  • transformative editing: preparing text for different audiences or for online use
  • writing proposals for course design, matched to competences and standards.

Online tutoring

  • I co-facilitate an international course entitled 'Taking charge of your elearning'.

Sharing skills


  • I offer one-to-one online mentoring for professionals who want to improve their writing skills, or who need help preparing a research report.

Voluntary work

  • Through this wikitraining I have contacted the Peoples Open Access Education Initiative - peoples-uni site and I hope to find the time to help out with this project.

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Web Resources

These are some sites I've visited recently which have helped me think differently about elearning


I have three beautiful children who have taught me more than anyone else I know.


My Projects

Ideas for content

I would like to try out some authoring tools such as

  • Articulate
  • Captivate
  • eXe

Plan to explore Xerte as well

I hope to join in with Nellie's Moodle course

Try facilitating some synchronous learning Wiziq, Dimdim or similar

Experiment with Openoffice - can it match Word?

Also want to get to grips with: voicethread

My Sandbox

My sandbox

My Reflection

Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours

(Comment.gif: Hi Jane, Thanks for stopping by my user page. I saw that you are also in Nellie's webquest workshop on the IT4ALL Moodle. How is your quest coming along? I've just got to do the evaluation forms & the ppt presentation. Your page is looking great. I look forward to seeing some of your photos when you get time to add them :) I read (above) some of the things yu still want to learn / try out. I co-facilitate the IT4ALL Moodle for Teachers workshops and look forward to learning with you when you get time to do this. I would be happy to join you on a WiZiQ practise session so you can have a "student". I am reasonably familiar with WiZiQ as I have been using it weekly since January. However they upgraded to a new version yesterday...which caused a few problems for us as we had an online meeting last night :) but we bumbled through it. I look forward to chatting with you online and learning with you. Cheers) --jennip 03:40, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

Very nice to meet you here. WikiEducator is a very warm and comfortable community. () . If there is any way I can help you, please let me know (coloured backgrounds, margins, user pages in multiple languages). Come visit my user page. Also, just to remind you, I put up a new page on which you can practice collaborating, by using your editorial skills included in the tutorial. See: Alternative Teaching methods and add your comments, criticisms, more methods, or reflections. Just try it. Cheers, Phil. --Phil Bartle 10:44, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: You are making excellent progress, Jane. BTW, I share your words on learning from children. I always say that my 3 children have taught (and are still teaching) me more than anyone else. --Nellie Deutsch 05:10, 27 September 2009 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Thank you for visiting my page Nellie, it's nice to know you are there keeping an eye on us all. I'm just worried I will forget what I am learning here unless I practise it. --Jane Brotchie) (Comment.gif: No need to worry, Jane, since you can always go into edit mode and copy whatever is on your or others' pages. --Nellie Deutsch 16:12, 27 September 2009 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Well done, Jane. You have made good progress. Keep adding content using the editing skills you have learned so far. Good work. Warm wishes,--Patricia 00:50, 26 August 2009 (UTC)) (Comment.gif: Thanks Patricia. I like the bite sized chunks of learning - not too overwhelming.) (Comment.gif: Hi Jane great start if you need any help just ask me warm wishes Rima 09:43, 27 August 2009 (UTC))


Hello and welcome to eL4C30, a free online Learning4Content wiki skills workshop.

Enjoy the workshop.
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You may wish to check the schedule and layout of the workshop and introduce yourself.

  1. Click on the link EL4C30.
  2. The page that will open is the workshop page with all the links you will be using during the workshop.
  3. See your name in the list of participants.
  4. Whenever you have time click on each of the boxes.
  5. You may even start with Day 1 activities.
Enjoy the workshop.