Annie Lambís Page

I can best tell about myself if I begin with where I am today, and then account for how I got here.
I live in Scotland, but I was born in the United States and have lived in diverse parts of the UK.
I have three jobs: a part-time one with Moray College and UHI, a full-time one running my bookshop, and occasional duties arising from an honorary research fellowship in the Zoology Department, University of Aberdeen.
Some of my other interests are more or less relevant to my work. During the past few years I have written some fiction, including murder mysteries published under the pen name of Liz Laighton. I collect data on local bumblebees and maintain an interest in the behavioural ecology of social insects.
I came to Britain in 1967. I worked in (amongst others) theatre, the book trade, and pig husbandry, and in 1981 I obtained a qualification in agriculture. Later I studied zoology at the University of Aberdeen and, after completing my BSc, stayed to work for a PhD by research into the behaviour of wood ants.
As an honorary research fellow I have carried out studies relating to the status of Scottish wildcats; adapted a first-year biology course as a package for distance learners; prepared a volume of conference papers for press; assisted on ecological field courses; and taken part (currently and for many years past) in a module in tropical ecology.
I opened my bookshop in 2001 in the belief that I should have a visible occupation. Subsequently, I have found it impossible to close it down, due to the enthusiasm of customers and the enigma of where else to put the books. The shop has proved to be a fair-to-middling environment for study, marking, writing, and editorial work; and students can reach me there by phone.
In 2005 I began work at Moray College where I teach some ecology-related modules in the UHI programme. All are delivered by VC, backed up by the virtual learning environment, Blackboard. The work presents challenges which stimulate my interest in the online dimension of blended learning.

I would like to use the VLE not only for the dissemination of data, but also to foster individual thought and insight.