Central Executive Committee
The Central Executive Committee is responsible for the overall governance of ALT. It consists of 9 elected Trustees and up to 4 coopted Trustees. Below are brief biographies of each member of the committee, and there is a an overview of the election timetable on roles available within ALT.
Alastair Clark was elected as a Trustee of ALT in September 2011 to serve a three year term.
From an early career in teaching and youth work, Alastair moved into community education in Derbyshire where he worked for twelve years developing informal and formal learning opportunities in different parts of the county. He worked at Becta for 3 years helping to establish the UK online centre network and then moved to the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education where he led NIACE's digital work. He has been a Certified Member of ALT since 2009 and he undertakes consultancy continues and teaches teach part time - navigation and French.
Claire Donlan was elected vice-chair of ALT in September 2011. She will serve a three year term, becoming chair of ALT in September 2012 and president in September 2013.
Claire is Student Information Points Manager at University of Edinburgh. Her role involves setting up and managing Student information Points at physical locations across the University and online. She is particularly interested in enhancing the student experience through the use of learning technologies and access to high quality learning resources. Other interests and expertise include e-books, mobile apps and the use of social networking for education. Claire has previously worked in the FE sector managing e-learning and library services and served on the ALT FE Committee for 3 years.
Diana Laurillard was elected vice-chair of ALT in September 2012. She will serve a three year term, becoming chair of ALT in September 2013 and president in September 2014.
Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, where she is leading research projects on developing a learning design support environment for teachers and trainers, and on software interventions for adult learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia. She is also Assistant Director for Open Mode learning at the Institute of Education. Other positions include Boards of the E-Learning Foundation, the Supervisory Council for Fern Universität in Germany, and the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education in Moscow. Her most recent book is Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology, Routledge, 2012.
Dick Moore is Chair of the Publications Committee, having been elected as a trustee for a second three year term in 2010. Dick now runs his own company Moore Answers, an IT interim/consultancy and change management house that is particularly keen on charities and education systems and infrastructure. Dick was until May 2010 Director of Technology at learndirect one of the largest e-learning organisations in the world with some 3 million learners on the system and delivering 500,000 enrolments annually. Previously Dick was Vice-President for Systems and Information at a Los Angeles-based dot.com company 'thedock.com ' an industrial auction site and before that was Director of ICT at both Sheffield College and Doncaster College, two of Europe's largest Further Education institutions. During the 80s he was Director of a new media company 'Interactive Media Resources', working with Interactive Video and Educational Software and wrote educational software and simulations for the Stock Exchange, Shell and Tandy Corporation amongst others. Dick has a BSc in Botany specialising in Taxonomy.
Doug Gowan is Honorary Secretary and was co-opted as a Trustee in September 2012.
Doug was born in a mining and mill town in the West Riding. Survived 11+ and Grammar School miseducation. Graduated from Edinburgh University in spite of 1968 and all that. Founded the TUC's Course Development Unit in the 1970s and helped create a new style of active, learner-centred learning. Developed new styles of campaigning in trade unions and in 1997 set up the Open Learning Partnership.
Haydn Blackey is Honorary Treasurer and was co-opted as an ALT Trustee in 2009. In his day job Haydn is Head of the University of Glamorgan's Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) which delivers the University's Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy, academic staff development, learning through employment and technology enhanced learning.
James was elected as a Trustee of ALT in September 2012 to serve a three year term and took on the role of Chair of the Further Education Committee at the same time.
James Clay is and has been passionate about the use of learning technologies to enhance and enrich the learning experience since 1991. James Clay has been ILT & Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College since November 2006. He is responsible for the VLE, the use of learning technologies, e-learning, mobile learning, the libraries, digital and online resources and the strategic direction of the college in relation to the use of learning technologies. James was ALT Learning Technologist of the Year in 2009.
Martin is a Reader in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy at the Institute of Education. He was elected vice-chair of ALT in September 2010, and became Chair of ALT in September 2011. He will serve as President from September 2012. Martin's research interests include the impact of new technology on roles and practices within Higher Education (including how this changes what students learn and do), evaluating ICT use and the development of theory and methodologies in the field of e-learning. Martin edited ALT-J: research in learning technology from 2001-2008, is currently an editor for Learning, Media and Technology and serves on the editorial boards of Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovations in Education & Teaching International.
Matt Lingard was elected as a Trustee of ALT in September 2011 to serve a three year term.
Matt is an E-Learning Manager at City University London. He manages the support & development of learning technologies across two schools: the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics. Matt has worked in the education sector since 1993 and in learning technology roles since 2001, at London Business School, London Metropolitan University & the LSE. He has a Masters ICT in Education (Institute of Education) and is the Vice Chair of the ALT Publications Committee. He is particularly interested in the use of social media in education and occasionally remembers to blog as the Reluctant Technologist (http://mattlingard.wordpress.com) while more frequently tweeting as @mattlingard.
Norbert Pachler became Chair of the Research Committee and was co-opted as a Trustee of ALT in September 2012.
Norbert’s research interests revolve around technology-enhanced teaching and learning with a particular focus on mobile learning and e-learning. He also specializes in teacher education and development and foreign language education. He has published widely and supervises in these fields. Since 2007 he has been the convenor of the London Mobile Learning Group which brings together an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers from the fields of cultural and media studies, sociology, (social) semiotics, pedagogy, educational technology, work-based learning and learning design. The group has developed a theoretical and conceptual framework for mobile learning around the notion of a socio-cultural ecology.
Shirley was elected as a Trustee of ALT in September 2012 to serve a three year term and took on the role of Chair of the Membership Services Committee at the same time.
Shirley has worked in the fields of education, inclusion, and technology for the last 12 years on a regional, national and international basis and as a student, practitioner, manager and policy shaper. This work has cut across HE, FE, the Third Sector and schools and a range of national organisations such as Becta, JISC, The OU and LSIS. Shirley is a member of the CMALT Development Group and works with the team and others to take this important initiative forward.
Vanessa leads on policy for raising standards in core subjects and technology at the Department for Education. This includes responsibility for the STEM agenda and the Department's educational technology policy. Until 2011 Vanessa was Director of e-Strategy at Becta, leading Becta's work in the areas of strategic co-ordination, innovation and impact of technology. Originally appointed to Becta as Director of Evidence and Evaluation, Vanessa led many areas of Becta's work, including the BETT Awards partnership, technology-supported efficiencies under the Gershon Review and the annual Harnessing Technology Review. Prior to her role at Becta, Vanessa led the ICT Research and Evaluation team at the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Before joining the DfES, Vanessa had a career in the University sector, leading the Department of Communication Studies at Sheffield Hallam University before her move to the Department.
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