Sheila MacNeill, Open Practitioner & Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University & Vice Chair of Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
Sheila MacNeill is the Vice Chair of ALT, and a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University. She works as part of the Academic Development team providing strategic direction, pedagogic guidance and practical support to staff embedding digital, blended online learning across the curriculum. Open-ness is at the heart of Sheila’s professional practice and she regularly blogs about her adventures and musing in and around the use of technology in education at www.howsheilaseesit.wordpress.com and can be found on twitter @sheilmcn. Before working at GCU, Sheila was one of the Assistant Director’s at Jisc Cetis, a national innovation support centre for the UK HE Sector. Sheila is also a previous winner of the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year (2013).
Eric Stoller, Higher Education Strategic Communications Consultant & Blogger at InsideHigherEd.com
Eric Stoller is an education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker with an expertise in how educators can use social media and technology for learning and engagement.
As the Student Affairs and Technology blogger for Inside Higher Ed, Eric generates conversations, answers questions, and provides insight about a variety of “tech topics,” drawing on his background in student services, academic advising, wellness, technology, and communications.
Through his blog, website, prolific social media presence and keynote speeches, he challenges conventional thinking on the future of education and is a keen proponent for teaching students about digital identity development.
Eric’s passionate contribution to our collective understanding of and vision for an education sector that fully embraces the opportunities that technology and social media offer is inspiring. His holistic, student-centric appreciation of education is particularly significant within the context of debates around teaching, learning, and the student experience.
Adam Cooper, Data Scientist, Tribal and Former Partner, The Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE, EU funded project) & Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards (Cetis)
Adam Cooper is currently a Data Scientist within Tribal, specialising in learning analytics. He has worked in Educational Technology for most of his career, in both Further and Higher Education and in the private sector. Prior to joining Tribal worked for 10 years as a member of Cetis (Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards), during which time he, and Cetis colleagues, were responsible for producing the Cetis Analytics Series of white papers. During this time he also instigated the Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) project, a EC-funded international collaboration to promote knowledge exchange between research, practice, and industry. He is both an optimist about the potential for learning analytics and a cautionary voice about the potential for harm or failure if technologists, practitioners, and managers fail to be careful and humble.
Ruby Gatehouse, Higher Education Policy Adviser, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Ruby Gatehouse joined HEFCE in September 2014 as a Higher Education Policy Adviser working in the Institution Directorate and subsequently the Learning and Teaching Team. Her work encompasses a range of activities including supporting the development of HEFCE’s learning and teaching policy and, in particular, contributing to the management of the 3 year Learning gain programme which comprises a range of collaborative projects exploring different approaches to expressing and measuring learning gain. Her background is in housing policy and community organising previously working for a Member of Parliament, a charity and a social enterprise. She is also undertaking a MSc in Public Policy at the University of Bristol.
Professor Denise Whitelock, Professor Technology Enhanced Assessment & Learning, The Open University
Denise has over twenty years experience in designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education. She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning in the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology.
She is currently leading the UK’s contribution to the Adaptive Trust e-Assessment System for Learning (TeSLA) project, which started in January 2016 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/six-million-pound-european-union-eu-project-aims-to-stamp-out-cheating-in-online-assessment. The overall objective of the TeSLA project is to define and develop an e-assessment system, which ensures learners authentication and authorship in online and blended learning environments while avoiding the time and physical space limitations imposed by face-to-face examination. The TeSLA software will support any e-assessment model (formative, summative and continuous) covering teaching and learning processes as well as ethical, legal and technological aspects. TeSLA will offer to educational institutions, accrediting agencies and to society, an unambiguous proof of learners’ academic progression, authorship and authentication during the whole learning process.
She is also co PI for the HEFCE funded Learning Gains Project with Surrey and Oxford Brookes Universities. It is a three year longitudinal study assessing the suitability and scalability of the Affective-Behaviour-Cognition (ABC) Learning Gains model across the HE sector in England.
She has just completed directing the SAFeSEA project. http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/safesea/ The aim of this research was to provide an effective automated interactive feedback system that yields an acceptable level of support for university students writing essays in a distance or e-learning context. She has edited four special journal issues on e-Assessment for BJET, LMTECI, IJCELL and IJEA. She chaired the International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference from 2010 until 2013. Her work has received international recognition as she holds visiting chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai. She is also a serving member of the governing council for the Society for Research into Higher Education.
Sofie Emmertsen is an executive consultant working with the Norwegian assessment solution provider Inspera. Sofie Emmertsen specialises in digital assessment and has worked extensively with HE institutions in Northern Europe on the transformation to digital assessment and exams. Using her own experience as a previous academic researcher and teacher, she works with all levels of the institution, from management to academics and IT-services, to digitize assessment processes securely and efficiently.
Jacqueline Cawston, Deputy Director, Disruptive Media Learning Lab (UK)
Jacqueline is the Deputy Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University. She leads a multi disciplinary team of staff and students experimenting in teaching and learning in a co-creation space. She also manages a multi-million pound portfolio of digital media projects in disruptive media learning, serious games, virtual worlds, augmented reality and related technologies. She has developed a wide range of education projects including health games for autism and dating violence, cultural projects with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and BT. She led the Mandela27 Project with Robben Island Museum in South Africa and directed the Tempus SWING project with partners in Morocco, Egypt and Europe. She is currently directing the Lanchester Interactive Archive Heritage Lottery Project and leading on the MUSE project with partners in Argentina, Chile and Mexico.
Jacqueline began her career in digital media with BBC Television in London as a graphic artist, during the development of digital graphics, 3D and animation design. She ran her own Broadcast Media company and before joining the DMLL she was the Programmes Director of the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University. She specialises in disruptive media research and education innovation.
Louise Bennett, Instructional Technology Manager, King’s Online, King’s College London
A technologist with a strong information management background, Louise commenced her career as a librarian before moving into the world of e-learning. During a six-year stint working for the Australian Federal Police’s leadership training college, she launched e-learning for the college, before moving on to do the same for a private training company. Since moving to the UK in 2016, she has worked for King’s College London, first as a web developer and now as Instructional Technology Manager, where she leads a team of technologists, web designers and web developers in embracing innovation as they deliver fully-online programmes to postgraduate students around the world. Louise holds a BA in Library and Information Science, a Masters of Applied Science (Library and Information Management), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Internet Communications.
Zac Woolfitt, MEd, Research Group: Teaching, Learning & Technology, Faculty of Creative Business, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Zac Woolfitt conducts research into technology and education at Inholland University near Amsterdam. Since 2003, he has been an active practitioner of using various technologies to support blended and flipped teaching (with a focus on video).
He graduated Cum Laude, MEd: ‘Teaching and Innovation’ with research into support needs of faculty to transition into using ‘video teaching’.
In a recent Key Note to an educational software conference, he addressed the ‘Shifting landscapes of the various futures of higher education’, examining how social and technological trends are impacting and reinventing the various futures of higher education.
Research papers have been presented at conferences in the Benelux, Germany Spain and the U.K. This includes webinars to international groups (University of South Australia and Sonic Foundry world users forum).
John Trasler, President of the European Association of Distance Learning (EADL).
John Trasler is the founder of Elearn (2003) a blended learning provider and is currently President of the European Association of Distance Learning (EADL). EADL is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting the quality of distance education across Europe.
John has worked in the education and training field for over twenty years both as a practitioner and consultant with MD roles for both Pearson and News Corporation and shares a passion for learning and oragnisation development.
The recent EADL conference in Copenhagen demonstrated the increasing use of a range new technologies in learning across Europe. As with all new technologies the challenge is to ensure it maximises opportunities for learning rather than becoming an end in itself……
Kevin Van-Cauter, Senior Higher Education Adviser Internationalisation, The British Council
Kevin is Senior Higher Education Adviser for Internationalisation at the British Council, where he leads the British Council’s work in higher education internationalisation, both in the UK and internationally. He advises on Higher Education Policy, specialising in the areas of Transnational Education (TNE) and partnerships.
For over a decade Kevin has been regularly asked to author articles on UK TNE and student mobility and has presented at conferences on the subject all over the world. His recent research includes the Impact of Transnational Education on Host countries (2014), Transnational Education Data collection systems: Awareness, Analysis and Action (2015) and TNE: A classification framework and data collection guidelines (2017).
Brian Gibson, Google Cloud Higher Education Lead (EMEA), Google for Education
Brian is responsible for Google Cloud in Higher Education across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Brian has vast experience in both the ICT industry and the education sector, working in many countries across the globe with Ministries of Education, education districts and universities. With hands-on experience designing, architecting and deploying large scale enterprise solutions for millions of education users; Brian brings insight and knowledge of the requirements, challenges and considerations for Higher Education customers. Brian has personally led many of the most innovative and ambitious education technology deployments globally and is now bringing Google’s incredible capabilities in big data, compute, analytics and machine learning to Higher Education in EMEA.