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The #ALTC Blog

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Research in Learning Technology. The Open Access journal of the Association for Learning Technology

ALT's main publication, Research in Learning Technology is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to research and good practice in the use of learning technologies. The journal is jointly published with Co-Action Publishing. If you'd like to find out more about the journal and its aims, please refer to the journal's strategy

Meet the Editorial Team


Professor Lesley Diack
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

Professor Amanda Jefferies
Dr Amanda Jefferies is a Professor in Technology Enhanced Learning in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, where she leads the Technology Supported Learning Research group. Her research interests relate to students’ experiences of using technology to support their learning and the development of supportive pedagogies and interfaces. She has led two JISC funded projects in the UK in this area. In recognition of her extensive national and international engagement to promote an excellent student experience in her teaching and research, she was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2011.

Dr Carlo Perrotta
Bio to follow.

Peter Reed
Bio to follow.

Dr Fiona Smart
Dr Fiona Smart is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University where she works in the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement. Fiona is a Higher Education Academy Associate and a Senior Fellow of the HEA. Fiona is an Executive Member of the Scottish Higher Education Developers group. At the University, Fiona is the Deputy Programme Leader for the MSC Blended and Online Education; she is also leads the University’s UKPSF scheme and is currently managing a University-wide Programme Focused to Assessment and Feedback project. Her scholarly development centres on learning and its enhancement, through the use of agile curricula and the thoughtful, evidenced-based employment of technology. Her own research is concerned with using poetic transcription to facilitate reflective practice in a group context.

Associate Professor Gail Wilson

Gail is Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Southern Cross University, Australia. Gail is a member of a number of Australian and overseas journal review panels, and currently serves on editorial boards for two journals - the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) and Research in Learning Technology. From 2012 – 2014 she was a member of a publications team who edited the ALT annual research conference papers and she has served also on the ALT conference program committee. She is also a member of HERDSA and ASCILITE in Australia and held a position on the HERDSA Executive for six years.
Gail was one of three members of the Steering Committee of a large teaching and learning grant funded by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) Preparing Academics to Teach in Higher Education (2010). An extension to this grant funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) focused on the development of online modules for staff who teach in higher education teacher preparation programs (TPPs) was completed in 2012. In 2013 she received another OLT Extension Grant on Peer Review of Teaching in Online and Blended Learning Environments, working with the University of Queensland. 
Gail’s current research is focused on online professional learning for teachers in higher education, resource-based learning and user-centred approaches to resource design, and peer review in the context of online and blended learning environments using a conversational approach to giving and receiving feedback. In her current role at Southern Cross University she is engaged in researching options for using teaching criteria and standards frameworks to support a continuing professional learning scheme for academic staff. Aligned to this is her interest in credentialing for both formal and informal learning in higher education. Visit her website at:

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is chaired by Professor Neil Morris, University of Leeds. See the full Editorial Board.

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