To lead the development of ALT's communication strategy and publications.
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.
Freelance Consultant Specilising in Educational Multimedia
Sandra is currently working on variety projects including managing the social media for the ECSM Conference 2014 (http://go.alt.ac.uk/1fltU5D). Building on previous experience working within a clinical and business setting for a range of institutions and businesses, she has provided consultancy, training and support in the following areas: multimedia design, usability, intellectual property, use of animation, video, lecture capture and utlising different types of multimedia to enhance teaching and learning. Sandra is also working as a student mentor for the University of Nottingham, volunteered as a Gamesmaker (Technology Team) on Olympic Park for London 2012 and worked on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Press Team).
Dr Amanda Jefferies is Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, where she leads the Technology Supported Learning Research group. She has directed, evaluated and disseminated several Jisc-supported UK projects for managing institutional change and introducing technology into HE institutions. In 2011 she was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship, in recognition of her long standing commitment to promote an excellent student learning environment and for her associated research into using technology to support blended student learning in universities. She regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.
She is currently leading the University of Hertfordshire’s work for the 3 year Erasmus+ funded project, Online Proctoring for Remote Examinations https://www.onlineproctoring.eu/en/home/ (OP4RE).
Learning Technologist, University of Sussex
Anne is a Learning Technologist at the University of Sussex, where she works most closely with colleagues in the Arts and Humanities schools, supporting their use of technology to enhance students’ learning. Anne’s passion for teaching began during her doctoral studies and leading to a PGCertHE and nine years as an Education Developer before a move to Technology Enhanced Learning. Anne’s particular interest in the use of social media and mobile devices for personal and professional learning. She contributes to the Sussex TEL blog and is active on Twitter @annehole and Google+
Anne is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), having completed her portfolio in 2013.
James has been involved at the intersection of education and technology for over 17 years. He enjoys the creative combination of pedagogical, theoretical and technical understanding. He has been involved in running distance-learning Masters for 10 years as well as working to enable staff and student digital literacy. He has worked in the commercial world previously, currently works at the University of Sheffield within a department, and prior to that worked at the University of Leeds. He has led staff networks, running bespoke staff training, contributing to institutional policy and practice around lecture capture, eassessment, and new technologies, promoting Adobe Connect and Articulate solutions as well as contributing to digital literacy modules and building web platforms on WordPress. He has also worked at the University of Sheffield previously for 5 years, developing a range of initiatives around online learning, creating resources, staff development, websites and marketing. Throughout all of this time he has presented at many conferences, and is an active member of many digital and education communities. James is a fellow of the HEA and holds a M.Ed in Teaching and Learning Higher Education.
Santanu Vasant is currently managing a Learning Technology Team within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of East London. Prior to this, he was an Educational Technologist at the Department for Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) at City, University of London and before this Learning Technology Coordinator for Organisational and Staff Development at Imperial College and a Learning Technology Adviser in the Learning and Teaching Development Unit at Brunel University. Santanu has over 13 years’ experience in Education, including as an ICT Teacher in north-west London. He has also been a governor of the Northwood School, Hillingdon, north-west London for the past six years. He has a degree in Multimedia Technology and Design, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in ICT Secondary Education from Brunel University and a Masters (MA) in ICT in Education from UCL’s Institute of Education. Santanu has worked on a number of projects around the use of social media in education at Brunel and Imperial with academics and professional services department and helped departments where he has worked with communications and publications. He also has a keen interest in Learning Spaces in Higher Education. An avid user of many communications channels in both his personal and professional life, Santanu's platform of choice is Twitter (@santanuvasant). Outside of work, Santanu enjoys photography, gardening and, most importantly, Doctor Who!
Professor Lesley Diack is responsible for the development of Technology Enhanced Learning and Collaborative Practice at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences of the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. For the last 12 years she has been actively working on and researching both. She was the principal investigator on the Scottish Government funded IPE project and author of the 2008 report. She has worked on a number of other funded IPE and education projects totalling over £1m including projects with Police Scotland, Cancer Link Aberdeen and the North (Clan), Janssen, and with collaborators in Japan and Qatar. She is one of only a few Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy in Scotland. She has presented widely on education and technology topics at a number of national and international conferences as well as publishing many articles on both including a chapter on ‘Interaction with other healthcare professionals and patients’ in Jason Hall ed. Pharmacy Practice (OUP 2013). Details of her publications can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lesley_Diack. Lesley is also a CMALT holder and CMALT Lead Assessor.
Katharine is the Digital Learning Fellow at Prospects College of Advanced Technology, leading a transformational project to develop and implement a digital learning strategy, for delivery of vocational education of the future. The focus is to maximise the use of digital technology, incorporating technology into the curriculum, enabling greater access to learners, enriching and enlivening their learning experience. Katharine works as a Management and Education Consultant. She is a writer for The Open University International Development Office and Lecturer in The Department of Engineering, Technology & Design and The Centre of Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Director and Editor-in-Chief for a number of leading magazine publications in print and digital format, sold across the world. She is working as a Special Editor Assistant for Taylor and Francis. Highly qualified for doctoral research, Katharine has seven degrees: BA Hons History and Politics, MA Politics, MBA, MSc Human Resource Management, MA Online and Distance Education, MEd in Education with lifelong learning and an MSc in Research Methods in Educational Technology. Katharine has much experience in real world research in a range of contexts and is a regular speaker at education events. She was awarded The University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences PGR Scholarship and is currently completing a thesis on the role of 3D technologies in the development of virtual learning and training for apprentices in SMEs. Katharine is Chair of ELESIG, an international e-learning special interest group. She also runs a monthly Digital Learning Community of Practice, open to all. See the events page at http://procatdigital.co.uk
Colin is a learning technologist at the University of Surrey, where his responsibilities include developing sustainable strategies for producing online and blended learning courses. He has a background in computer programming and web development, moving into higher education in 2007. He has worked at The Open University and Kingston University; while at Kingston he completed a Master’s in Education and a PGCE. Colin’s current areas of interest are active learning spaces, classroom technologies and related pedagogies. He is an active member of the learning technologies community, regularly contributing to conferences and articles. He obtained his CMALT in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.