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 a Senior Lecturer, Digital Learning (Academic Development) 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 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 Subject Matter Experts at BPP Professional Education. He manages a team which develops content for all BPP's finance courses, as well as writing training material under contract for professional accountancy institutes all over the world. His past roles include Head of Online Programmes at BPP Business School and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance at Chester Business School, as well teaching and course design roles. 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. He is a Chartered Accountant and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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.
Nicola Whitton is Director of the Centre for Academic Development and Professor of Education at Durham University. 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.
BLE Service Manager
Sarah Sherman began her career working as a primary school teacher and educational researcher. She has worked in Learning Technology for over 10 years and currently manages the Bloomsbury Learning Environment – a shared e-learning service for five London-based HE institutions. Sarah is responsible for overseeing the coordination, implementation and development of the VLE and associated tools and technologies such as lecture capture and web conferencing software and a shared digital media repository. Sarah coordinates regional and national e-learning users groups and has been involved in a number of JISC and ALT projects and activities over the years.