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{{Person|Forename=Paul|Surname=Bacsich|Type=Staff|Country=United Kingdom|WPs=WP1 Management, WP2 Cross-sector analysis and comparison, WP3 The role of Community in OER, WP4 The role of National and International Policies and strategy, WP5 Dissemination, WP6 Exploitation, WP7 Quality and evaluation, |URL=http://www.sero.co.uk|email=paul.bacsich@sero.co.uk}}''Dr Paul Bacsich'' is Senior Consultant at Sero. He is currently Project Manager for the VISCED project (funded under EU LLP KA3) on "Virtual Schools and Colleges" (2011became a full-12) which continues and extends the analytic approach of Re.ViCa into secondary and pre-tertiary education for the 14-21 age group and time consultant in particular is analysing national ICT initiatives for schools and collegesApril 2004. He worked on the CAPITAL project now works partly for Becta, including as lead author of the report on "International issues" Sero Consulting Ltd and partly for ICT in educationhis own company Matic Media Ltd. He was Director is also Coordinator of Research for the EU Erasmus Re.ViCa project Open Education Working Group on virtual campuses and wrote many reports for it. Formerly he was Professor of Telematics at Sheffield Hallam University a pro bono basis and an Assistant Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at the UK Open University - he is currently Visiting Professor at Middlesex Universityactive mentor. He is or has recently been advisor on His current interests are in leadership in e-learning to several universities in England, Wales via the D-TRANSFORM project, a collaboration of French, UK, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian universities and Swedenresearch entities.
He In his earlier career he was at the Open University for 24 years, finally as co-founder and Assistant Director of the Knowledge Media Institute. In 1996 he left to take up a professorship in 2009 the School of Computing and Management Sciences of Sheffield Hallam University. He set up and ran for three years the Virtual Campus Programme, and the Telematics in BrazilEducation Research Group (TERG) from which he bid for and won many contracts in the general area of e-learning from JISC (costing and change management), 2010 Becta, DfES and Sun Microsystems. In 2005 he became a consultant to the HE Academy, first through the three phases of the benchmarking e-learning Programme, then for Pathfinder Phase 1 and more recently for the Gwella benchmarking and enhancement project in MexicoWales, Canada with recent responsibility for Glamorgan and Sweden Aberystwyth Universities. He has personally benchmarked over 20 universities and his team have benchmarked over 40. Benchmarking is due to spend time now one of the core activities of Matic Media Ltd, with activities in England, Wales, Sweden and New Zealand in 2011 working on ICT in educationCanada.
He is also an expert on Critical Success Factors and During 2007-2009 he played a key role in the developer EU project Re.ViCa - Review of the Pick&Mix system for benchmarking e-learning, widely used since 2005, most recently Virtual Campuses (in institutions in UK, Sweden Higher Education and Canada in the Distance Learning Benchmarking Clubcolleges).
In August 2007 he took up a part-time Senior Consultant role with Sero Consulting Ltd, working on a range of research and development contracts mostly for government agencies: Becta (CAPITAL project and others) but also with involvement in JISC (Libraries 2.0 and costs)and DCELLs (Wales). In 2010 he created, bid for, won and led the EU project VISCED (Virtual Schools and Colleges) which started in January 2011 and reported in February 2013 with a comprehensive range of documentation and policy proposals. As a follow-on he created (with Bieke Schreurs), bid for, won and now leads the EU project POERUP which started in November 2011 and reported in June 2014. He had specific responsibility for the HE policy aspects of this. Since POERUP he has worked on several other Open Education projects including SharedOER and ADOERUP (a study on OER in Adult Education). Overall, he is currently working on a range of topics including benchmarking, quality, retention, cost-benefits, time, OER, 21st century skills, competences and other topics relevant to the new ICT-enabled broad-spectrum providers of education in the future. In addition to his public work he consults for a number of international, government, commercial and university clients (including open universities) in topics including market/competitor/pricing research, policy, HE funding models and retention strategies. In August 2013 he co-led a workshop in Brazil for the leaders of private providers of HE. '''Selected publications:'''
* Bacsich, P. (2010), "Benchmarking e-learning in UK universities", Open Praxis, vol. 4, issue 2, 2010, http://www.openpraxis.com/files/Bacsich%20et%20al..pdf - first presented to ICDE/EADTU M-2009 conference, 2009.
See also "Quality in E-Learning: A view for ENQA" presented at the ENQA workshop on quality in e-learning, October 2009, Sigtuna, Sweden - http://www.slideshare.net/pbacsich/enqa-paul-bacsich-final
He is to be Project Manager for the POERUP project.
== Other biographies of Paul Bacsich ==
 
* Mendeley - http://www.mendeley.com/profiles/paul-bacsich/
* VISCED - http://visced.referata.com/wiki/Paul_Bacsich
* Re.ViCa - http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Paul_Bacsich
* Higher Education Academy - http://elearning.heacademy.ac.uk/wiki/index.php/Professor_Paul_Bacsich
* Matic Media (out of date) - http://www.matic-media.co.uk/paul.htm
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