Conference Chairs and themes

Conference Chairs and themes

The 2015 conference will be chaired by Amanda Jefferies, University of Hertfordshire and Liz Masterman, University of Oxford, under the theme ‘Shaping the Future of Learning Together #altc’. The programme will reflect the theme of shaping and sharing learning through breaking down the traditional divisions between stakeholders and between their roles, with a focus on:

  • Harnessing the power of the crowd – collaboration and connectivist learning;
  • Social media in learning and teaching;
  • Open educational practice;
  • Learners as agents of change;
  • Participatory approaches to the development of learning technologies.

Meet the Conference Chairs

Amanda JefferiesProfessor Amanda Jefferies, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire @aljefferies

Amanda Jefferies has been teaching and researching in HE for over 20 years and designing online learning since 1997. Her particular interest lies in understanding and promoting the changing digital experience for students whether they are studying on campus or online. She is currently Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Hertfordshire and has researched and published extensively, with personal invitations to speak at learning technology conferences in Canada, China and the UK. In 2011 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. After many years of attendance at ALT-C and support for the programme and executive committees, she is delighted to be co-chairing the conference in 2015 with Liz Masterman. In her spare time she enjoys walking and gardening.

Liz MastermanDr Liz Masterman, Senior Research Officer, Academic IT (Learning & Teaching), IT Services, University of Oxford @dotEliza

Liz’s interest in learning technology was sparked while she was working on her Master’s dissertation at Sussex University in the 1990s, and she subsequently moved to the University of Birmingham to carry out doctoral research in the Educational Technology Research Group under Mike Sharples. She juggled her research with motherhood, eventually graduating in 2004. Liz has been working as a researcher at the University of Oxford since 2003, and at present is acting manager of the Education Enhancement team in the IT Services department. Liz’s work has spanned a number of key areas of learning technology: learning design, the student digital experience, OER and open educational practice, and open access publishing. Her research has involved students at all levels of education – primary, secondary, undergraduate and taught postgraduate – and she has also worked with teaching staff in both HE and FE. For relaxation, Liz enjoys cycling around the Oxfordshire countryside.

Welcoming you to the University of Manchester

Drew Whitworth

Andrew Whitworth

Andrew Whitworth is Senior Lecturer in the Manchester Institute of Education, where he has worked since 2005. He is Programme Director of the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education which has won a Blackboard Catalyst Award for its innovative work with distance learning communities. He is the author of two books on the relationship between information, learning and technology: Radical Information Literacy (2014) and Information Obesity (2009).