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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 became a full-time consultant in April 2004. He now works partly for SeroConsulting Ltd and partly for his own company Matic Media Ltd. He is Project Manager for also Coordinator of the Open Education Working Group on a pro bono basis and an active mentor. His current interests are in leadership in e-learning, via the POERUP D-TRANSFORM project, a collaboration of French, UK, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian universities and research entities.
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 the School of Computing and Management Sciences of Sheffield Hallam University. He is also Project Manager set up and ran for three years the VISCED project (funded under EU LLP KA3) on "Virtual Schools Campus Programme, and Colleges" the Telematics in Education Research Group (2011-12TERG) from which continues he bid for and extends won many contracts in the analytic approach general area of Re.ViCa into secondary and pree-tertiary education for the 14-21 age group learning from JISC (costing and in particular is analysing national ICT initiatives for schools change management), Becta, DfES and collegesSun Microsystems. He worked on In 2005 he became a consultant to the CAPITAL project for BectaHE Academy, including as lead author first through the three phases of the report on "International issues" benchmarking e-learning Programme, then for ICT in education. He was Director of Research Pathfinder Phase 1 and more recently for the EU Erasmus Re.ViCa Gwella benchmarking and enhancement project on virtual campuses and wrote many reports in Wales, with recent responsibility for it. Formerly he was Professor of Telematics at Sheffield Hallam University Glamorgan and an Assistant Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at the UK Open University - he is currently Visiting Professor at Middlesex UniversityAberystwyth Universities. He is or has recently been advisor on e-learning to several personally benchmarked over 20 universities and his team have benchmarked over 40. Benchmarking is now one of the core activities of Matic Media Ltd, with activities in England, Wales and , Swedenand Canada.
He was in During 2007-2009 he played a key role in Brazil, 2010 the EU project Re.ViCa - Review of Virtual Campuses (in Mexico, Canada Higher Education and Sweden and is due to spend time in Sweden and New Zealand in 2011 working on ICT in educationcolleges).
He is also an expert In August 2007 he took up a part-time Senior Consultant role with Sero Consulting Ltd, working on Critical Success Factors and the developer a range of the Pick&Mix system research and development contracts mostly for benchmarking e-learninggovernment agencies: Becta (CAPITAL project and others) but also with involvement in JISC (Libraries 2.0 and costs)and DCELLs (Wales). In 2010 he created, widely used since 2005bid for, most recently won and led the EU project VISCED (Virtual Schools and Colleges) which started in institutions January 2011 and reported in UKFebruary 2013 with a comprehensive range of documentation and policy proposals. As a follow-on he created (with Bieke Schreurs), bid for, Sweden won and Canada now leads the EU project POERUP which started in November 2011 and reported in June 2014. He had specific responsibility for the Distance Learning Benchmarking ClubHE 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
== Biography from Mendeley (last updated 24 March 2012) ==
 
Paul Bacsich became a full-time consultant in April 2004. 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 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 Education Research Group (TERG) from which bid for and won many contracts in the general area of e-learning from JISC (costing and change management), 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 Wales, with recent responsibility for Glamorgan and Aberystwyth Universities. He has personally benchmarked over 20 universities and his team have benchmarked over 40. Benchmarking is now one of the core activities of Matic Media Ltd.
 
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 Becta (CAPITAL project and others) but also with involvement in JISC (Libraries 2.0 and costs), Becta and DCELLs (Wales). More recently he created, bid for, won and now leads the EU project VISCED (Virtual Schools and Colleges) which started in January 2011 and (with Bieke Schreurs) created, bid for, won and now leads the EU project POERUP which started in November 2011.
 
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.
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