The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance of ALT. Below are brief biographies of each member of the committee. In ALT's Constitution the Board of Trustees is also referred to as Central Executive Committee.
Sheila MacNeill is independent consultant, open educator, writer and artist specialising in all aspects of supporting digital learning and teaching primarily within the UK HE sector. Sheila has over 20 years experience within education working in a range of national and institutional roles covering curriculum design, assessment and feedback, learning analytics, developing digital capabilities, learning spaces and almost everything else in between. She is active on a range of social media and regularly blogs about her adventures and musing in and around the use of technology in education @ howsheilaseesit.net/
Peter Bryant is Associate Dean (Education) and Associate Professor of Business at the University of Sydney Business School (Australia). In his current role, he leads the educational strategy of the Business School across the entire suite of programmes. 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.
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 is Head of Accountancy & Tax Programme Development at BPP Professional Education. He manages a team which designs, manages and develops content for all BPP's finance courses, as well as writing training material under contract for professional accountancy institutes all over the world.
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 currently works as a Learning Technology Team Manager 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 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.
Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he works with colleagues on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects, and supporting staff to engage in educational scholarship and research. Keith has particular interests in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education and scholarship, and digital educational strategy and policy. Keith developed the openly licensed 3E Framework for technology-enhanced learning which has been used extensively across FE and HE, and has been actively involved in several third sector education projects and organisations. This included a number of years as Vice Chair of LEAD (Linking Education and Disability) Scotland and as a Trustee of the social innovation charity People Know How. Keith blogs at www.3eeducation.org.
Sharon Flynn is Project Manager of the Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning project at the Irish Universities Association. She is leading the project across the seven Irish universities aimed at increasing the digital skills of Irish university graduates, through the professional development of staff who teach and support learning. Sharon is on secondment to the IUA from her role as Assistant Director at the Centre for Excellent in Learning and Teaching at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she led a team of learning technologists. She is a member of the professional development expert advisory group at the Irish National Forum for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and is also a member of the Wikimedia Ireland Community working group.
Natalie Lafferty is Head of the Centre for Technology and Innovation in Learning at the University of Dundee. She leads a team that designs and delivers digital educational services across the University supporting the academic community in their use of the VLE, educational video, online assessment, WordPress and with the development of courses including MOOCs. Together with the team she provides guidance on learning design, content development and pedagogic approaches. She also works on strategy and policy developments at the University. Natalie has particular interests in open education, in working with students as partners and as co-creators of learning and interdisciplinary approaches to learning. She is the co-organiser of PressED an annual Twitter conference on WordPress in education, research and pedagogy. Natalie blogs at natalie-lafferty.net