About Me

Shaiffadzillah Omarali
Educationist. Technologist. Realist

Before my current PhD candidature, I worked for the Honourable Minister of Education as his Executive Personal Officer for several years, engaging primarily with the administrative aspects of the education industry including logistics, diplomatic and international relations, policies and finance working alongside and learning from talented and creative individuals. Handling official documents, proposals and white papers analytically as well as visiting schools and institutions all over the world have inspired me to become a researcher and contribute new knowledge.

Photo from http://bsunion.org/2017/05/brunei-postgraduate-society-holds-4th-brunei-students-research-symposium/Photo from http://bsunion.org/2017/05/brunei-postgraduate-society-holds-4th-brunei-students-research-symposium/

As a PhD candidate, I currently teach two postgraduate Masters modules and supervise several postgraduate Masters students. In my previous teaching career, I have worked with secondary (K7-K11) students for 6 years, mature students for 1 year, elementary students (K6) for 1 year and have worked with vulnerable and justice-involved youths. I am also an online private tutor under Superprof.

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My research interests are in online learning, emerging technologies, gamification, robotics, artificial intelligences and law (communications and intellectual property). I prescribe to the works of Pierre Bourdieu, Etienne Wenger and Louis Wacquant. I am available for consultations pertaining to educational technology.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Present
Researcher, University of Manchester

2011-2013 (on study leave)
Personal Officer to the Honourable Minister of Education, Ministry of Education

2005-2011
Education Officer, Ministry of Education

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

2016-2016
Leadership (University of Leicester)

2015-2016
Masters Business Administration

2014-Present
PhD Education (University of Manchester)

2007-2008
MA Educational Technology and TESOL (University of Manchester)

2001-2005
BA Education (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)

OTHER ACADEMIC TRAINING

2013-2014

MSc Educational Research modules (PhD prerequisite)
University of Manchester

2007-2008
MA Online Education (2 semesters)
University of Southern Queensland

PROGRAMMING

HTML, DHTML, PHP, PHTML, JScript, ActionScript, Slurl, Ruby, Python, R, VRML, SQL, Perl

AFFILIATIONS

British Computer Society, Professional Member #990291676 (MBCS)

Institute for Learning, Affiliate Member #AD020022 (AMIfL)

eLearning Guild, Associate Member