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.

Sheila MacNeill

Chair

Start Date: 02/09/14
End Date: 11/09/19

Sheila MacNeill is a Senior Lecturer in Blended Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University where she works as part of a team who work collaboratively to offer strategic direction, pedagogic guidance and practical support to staff in embedding blended and online learning across the curriculum. Sheila also works with colleagues across the university to support the development of approaches to open education practice. Open-ness is at the heart of Sheila’s professional practice and she regularly blogs about her adventures and musings in and around the use of technology in education @ howsheilaseesit.wordpress.com/. Before working at GCU, Sheila was one of the Assistant Directors at Jisc Cetis, a national innovation support centre for the UK HE Sector. She was the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2013.

Peter Bryant
Start Date: 06/09/17
End Date: 09/09/20

Peter Bryant is the Head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He leads the team that won the Overall Gold Award for innovative pedagogy at the 2016 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education awards, and the ALT Learning Technology Team of the Year in 2016. In his current role, he engages with academics to develop innovative approaches to education and curriculum and assessment design through technology. He was co-leader of the innovative open education project Constitution UK. His research interests include digital identity and social media, the emergence of digital pedagogies, and strategic approaches to pedagogical change. He co-leads the Future Happens project which uses innovative approaches to problem-solving and change management to engage the wider sector in debates around technology, pedagogy and the future of the University sector.

Neil Morris

Chair of the Committee for Communication and Publications

Start Date: 09/09/15
End Date: 12/09/18

Professor Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Education. He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of national awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and current research interests in educational technology, online learning and blended learning. He has conducted a number of published research studies on the impact of mobile technologies on student learning and engagement and he is the co-author of Study Skills Connected, a successful textbook on using technology effectively to enhance learning (Palgrave MacMillan). Neil has led a number of strategic technology projects at Leeds, including MOOCs for FutureLearn, lecture capture, Open Educational Resources, Virtual Learning Environment and student response handsets. In his current role, Neil has strategic and operational responsibility for the Digital Learning Team which is responsible for the University's iTunesU site and delivering MOOCs for the FutureLearn platform. Neil has authored a number of strategies and policies for the University, including the Digital Strategy for Taught Student Education, the Blended Learning Strategy, the Audio and Video Recording policy, the MOOC vision and strategy and the Open Educational Resources policy. Neil has given keynote talks at UK and international events, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Martin Weller

President

Start Date: 09/09/15
End Date: 12/09/18

Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University in the UK. He chaired the OU’s first elearning course in 1999 with 15,000 students, and has been the VLE Director at the OU. He was part of the team that initiated the OpenLearn project and is currently Director of the OER Research Hub project. He is author of the books The Digital Scholar and The Battle for Open. He holds the ICDE Chair in OER. He blogs at edtechie.net

Daniel Clark

Honorary Treasurer

Start Date: 09/09/15
End Date: 12/09/18

Daniel Clark is a Subject Matter Expert and Faculty Manager at BPP Learning Media, designing content for finance education and managing a team of SMEs. His past roles include Head of Online Programmes at BPP Business School and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance at Chester Business School. He has a strong focus on online education and supporting the use of technology enhancements to programmes. Before moving into education in 2007, Daniel spent fifteen years in a range of finance, HR and general management roles for employers including Ernst & Young and Goldman Sachs, and brings this practitioner experience into teaching and education management. He is a Chartered Accountant and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Bella Abrams
Start Date: 01/02/16
End Date: 11/09/19

Bella Abrams is Chief Information Office at Sheffield College responsible for IT Services, System Development. Student Records and Analysis. She is responsible for the delivery of services to nearly 20,000 students. She is passionate about the use of technology across all levels of learning but particularly for vocational and part-time learners. Bella has a background of over 17 years in software development, project and programme management and more recently specialising in the the delivery of strategic and transformational change using technology at its core.

Lorna Campbell
Start Date: 07/09/16
End Date: 11/09/19

Lorna currently works as OER Liaison - Open Scotland within the Learning, Teaching and Web division at the University of Edinburgh having previously worked as Assistant Director of CETIS for many years. Her areas of expertise include digital infrastructure for OER, technologies for supporting the management and distribution of educational content, metadata, vocabularies, and digital repositories. Lorna has a long standing commitment to supporting open education technology, policy and practice; she was co-chair of the OER16 Open Culture conference and is a Trustee of Wikimedia UK. She maintains a number of blogs including Open World at lornamcampbell.org and openscot.net and often provides social media coverage for academic conferences and events. Lorna is also an independent naval history scholar and chairs the Publications Committee of the Society for Nautical Research.

Elizabeth Charles
Start Date: 06/09/17
End Date: 09/09/20

Elizabeth has worked in the higher education sector and in Library and information for more than 15 years. Her areas of interest are technology enhanced learning, digital/information literacy and widening access; where these are employed in her current post as Assistant Director of Library Services at Birkbeck, University of London. One of her remits is to ensure that the Library adapts and adopts relevant systems and technologies to provide flexible access to the Library services and resources: from face to face teaching to running a webinar drop-in session for users be they academic/professional services staff or students. She has been involved with the Association of Learning Technology since 2013, first participating in the MOOC Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning, then later, as a support tutor adviser, culminating in becoming CMALT in 2015 and thereafter CMALT Lead Assessor. Elizabeth promotes ALT to other learning technologists and those who use technology in their work; as well as to librarians and academics alike at CPD events. She is actively involved in TEL developments in her institution, working with academics and the Bloomsbury Learning Environment consortium.

Nicola Whitton

Vice-Chair

Start Date: 06/09/17
End Date: 09/09/20

Dr Nicola Whitton is Professor of Professional Learning at the Education and Social Research Institute. Her research focuses on digital innovation and play in adulthood, in particular games and learning in the context of Higher Education, and the potential of play in teaching, research, and academic practice. She is chair of the Association for Learning Technology Special Interest Group on Playful Learning, and co-chair of the Playful Learning conference.

James Clay
Start Date: 12/09/12
End Date: 12/09/18

James Clay is currently on a 12 month contract with Jisc as their project manager for the building digital capability R&D project.

James has worked in the further education (FE) sector since 1993 (as wells a short time in the museum sector) and has extensive experience in the use of technology to enhance and enrich learning.

He has been a teacher, a project director, an ILT manager, Learning Resources manager and an IT director.

He has managed a range of projects over the years in various roles, including mobile learning, e-books, IT infrastructure, learner analytics, copyright, institutional resources, VLEs and student records.

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