Centre for Distance Education

Dr Marco Gillies

Marco Gillies is a Reader in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was one of the founders of the BSc Creative Computing programme which pioneered a new view of computing as a creative discipline aligned with the arts. Marco was one of the instructors for Creative Programming, one of the first batch of MOOCs created by the University of London.

Dr Marco Gillies

Marco Gillies is a Reader in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was one of the founders of the BSc Creative Computing programme which pioneered a new view of computing as a creative discipline aligned with the arts. Marco was one of the instructors for Creative Programming, one of the first batch of MOOCs created by the University of London.

Marco has contributed to their Responsive Web Development and Design and is currently developing a second specialisation in Virtual Reality. The experience of developing MOOCs has led to the use of innovative online learning methods in on-campus teaching. Since September 2016, Marco has been Academic Director for Distance Learning at Goldsmiths. This role involves him leading new distance learning initiatives at Goldsmiths, including new degree programmes with University of London as well as MOOCs with FutureLearn and Coursera. In this role he has worked on the launch of the new BSc Computer Science and MSc Data Science.

Marco’s interest in learning with technology overlaps with his research interests in human-centred approaches to computing. He has a long history of work on virtual reality, including educational applications, with a particular focus on characters in VR. He has also worked on other educational projects including PRAISE, a platform for online peer feedback for music and other learners.