Nicola Fern

I am an experienced professional, and have been working in the digital education and teaching space for over ten years.

What I Do

Moodle, Totara and Blackboard

I have worked extensively with Moodle from versions 2.8 to 3.7, including system administration and configuration and user support management. I acted as technical lead for an organisational transition from Moodle to Totara. I also work with Blackboard as an e-learning specialist for courses run jointly with the University of Manchester and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and now with Blackboard Learn Ultra at Durham University.

Digital learning transition

I work with subject matter experts and professionals to transition their teaching and materials to online delivery methods. My MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education from the University of Manchester has provided me with a thorough grounding in the integration of technology with learning design. In 2021, I achieved FHEA status with Advance HE.

Interactive learning design

I use tools such as Articulate Storyline and Rise to create interactive learning - including presentation elements, interactions, quizzing, activities and experiences. Combined with LMS elements, these can provide accessible and trackable chunks of learning.

Creative media and technical skills

My educational experienced is balanced with both creative and technical abilities. Combining graphic design, illustration, video editing, audio and motion graphics using industry-standard tools allows me to produce a wide variety of content. I am also experienced in HTML and CSS editing to ensure web content and LMS look and feel can be well-presented and customised.

Digital Storytelling for Learning

Story is at the heart of human experience, and is one of the most important ways we share and learn. Incorporating storytelling into learning can result in memorable, effective and delightful experiences for learners, and really bring scenarios, case studies and practice examples to life.


Who I have worked with

Fun Facts

Coffee preference

Moka pot




Rebel 500


Hair metal