To oversee all of ALT’s services to individual members and to organisational members.
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.
Professor of Mobile Learning at the University of Wolverhampton
John Traxler is Professor of Mobile Learning, probably the world’s first and a full UK professor, and Director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton. He is a Founding Director of the International Association for Mobile Learning, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and of Interactive Learning Environments. He is on the Editorial Board of Research in Learning Technology and IT in International Development. He was Conference Chair of mLearn2008, the world’s biggest and oldest mobile learning research conference.
Solution Engineer, EMEA, Echo360
John Couperthwaite is an education specialist at Echo360 with a focus on enhancing the educational implementation and growth of active learning in the EMEA region, covering promotions, pre-sales and training. The role involves collaboration with a global team on product development, strategy and support, offering valuable insights into wider educational trends and business relationships with HEIs. Previously, John worked as a learning consultant with PebblePad, and as an Educational Technology Manager for a large health-focused academic college at the University of Birmingham, providing a strategic lead for technology enhanced learning. John achieved his CMALT in 2014, and co-leads the West Midlands ALT Members Group.
Principal Teaching Fellow and Programme Director (Project Management), School of Management, UCL
Over many years in UCL, Jane has championed e-learning technologies and trained colleagues in their use. Jane gained her CMALT in 2013 and is now a CMALT mentor and assessor on UCL’s CMALT accreditation programme. Jane is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and also an assessor on UCL’s HEA fellowship accreditation programme. In the project management world, as well as her teaching, Jane is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) and, amongst other activities for the APM, an active member of the APM’s Membership Panel, responsible for awarding membership levels. Jane is particularly keen to promote recognition and accreditation of skills and experience through levels of professional membership.
Dean Online Education, University College of Estate Management
Lynne Downey has been working for University College of Estate Management (UCEM) since January 2014 and is currently Dean Online Education. Lynne originally trained in IT and started her career as a computer games programmer. She moved into a Project Management role and has worked in various media sectors including telecoms and on-demand TV. After starting an OU Psychology degree in 2003 Lynne joined the OU as a Media Project Manager and has since worked exclusively in the online education sector both in HE and commercial organisations. Additionally Lynne has been an Associate Lecturer with the OU teaching Psychology. In her current role Lynne is responsible for the strategic approach and implementation of online education at UCEM. This includes the development and delivery of the learning material and the learning technology that is used within UCEM to deliver learning and teaching.
Daniel Scott is a digital learning specialist who began his learning technology career at a further education (FE) college. He proactively developed the effective use of information learning technology (ILT) and eLearning design in learning, teaching and assessment and he specialises in evaluating and developing learning technology tools and designing eLearning resources. Daniel has been a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) since 2013 and won the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year award 2016. He holds a Technology Enhanced Learning MSc and is a qualified teacher, assessor and lead internal verifier. He is the author of 'Learning Technology: A Handbook for FE Teachers and Assessors'.
Victoria Baxter is a Skills for Life teacher at City of Oxford College and is part of their Pass-it-on team, developing and improving teaching, learning and assessment in a creative and collaborative way, with technology at the heart of it. The scheme won an Association of Colleges National Beacon Award in 2015.
She was part of the team that started the Teaching Skills Academy at Abingdon and Witney College with a similar portfolio.
Before becoming a teacher in 2003, she worked in fundraising and marketing for Sainsbury’s, Oxfam and The Art Fund, initiating and implementing cost effective methods to recruit and retain members/customers.
Learning Technology Advisor, The University of Edinburgh
Susan is a Learning Technology Advisor in the Educational Design and Engagement team at the University of Edinburgh - which was Awarded Highly Commended Team in the 2016 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year awards. She is a current CMALT holder and Lead Assessor and runs the University of Edinburgh CMALT cohort scheme.
Susan believes that the best way to support technology is to support the people who use it. She has PG Certs in Professional Education and Digital Education and is a Fellow of the HEA. She initially trained as a painter before doing a Masters in Multimedia and Interactive Systems and believes this early creative design training still influences her approaches to education and technology.
Matt is the Online CPD Coordinator managing the design, development and delivery of the National STEM Learning Centre's MOOCs on FutureLearn, collaborating with professional development leaders to create effective online CPD for teachers of STEM subjects. He was formerly an E-learning Advisor and Lecture Capture Coordinator at the University of York. Matt has worked in both departmental and institutional roles in higher education, supporting academic staff and students in their use of learning technology. He has presented on staff and student engagement with lecture capture, digital literacy and TEL adoption, and has specialist interests in accessibility and evaluation. Matt is a Lead CMALT Assessor and enjoys discovering about portfolio candidates' work and supporting their reflective development.
Academic Developer Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit
Simon Kear is an Academic Developer specialising in Technology-Enhanced Learning at Goldsmiths. Previously, he was Senior Learning Technologist (Keeper of the Media Zoo) in the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester, UK. He worked across numerous projects within the department, and was responsible for ensuring capacity building in the use of learning technologies within the university as part of the department’s research-to-practice remit. Simon's main interests are in learning design, openness and professional development.