Meet the keynotes #altc

Meet our 4 keynote speakers at this year’s Annual Conference! Steve Wheeler, Laura Czerniewicz, Jonathan Worth, and Phillip D. Long.

For more information on the Conference programme, see here.

Associate Professor Steve Wheeler @timbuckteeth

Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education (1976-1981 and 1995-present). He is now in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Steve is a global educator, teaching online, and on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education programmes in the UK and overseas. He researches into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and he also has research interests in mobile learning and cyber-cultures. Steve is regularlyinvited to speak about his work and has given keynotes and invited lectures to audiences in more than 30 countries across 5 continents. He is currently involved in several research programmes related to technology supported learning, digital praxis, social media and handheld technologies. More.

Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz @czernie

Laura Czerniewicz is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. Previously the leader of UCT’s OpenUCT Initiative engaging with open scholarship from a southern perspective, she was also the founding Director of the university’ Centre for Educational Technology. She has worked in education for several decades as an educator, academic and strategist. A rated researcher, Laura ‘s interests include academics’ and students’ digitally-mediated practices, issues of inequality, and the changing nature of higher education. Find out more and .

Jonathan Worth NTF FRSA @Jonathan_Worth

Jonathan Worth is Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University Open Lab. He has worked out of New York and London as a professional photographer since 1998. His work features in a wide range of international editorial publications and is on permanent collection at the UK’s National Portrait Gallery. His work developing new business models for photographers was described in the European Parliament as “Breaking new ground for photographers” and in recognition he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce. In 2009 Jonathan authored and delivered the world’s first open undergraduate photography class at Coventry University which saw over 35,000 people visit in just one term and was described by WIRED as “shaking up photo-­education. In the same year he worked with Peter Woodbridge to deliver he world’s first “Undergraduate Photography Class in an App”.

His work leveraging the social web for photographers was featured in Creative Commons’ The Power Of Open in 2011 and as case study for the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee in 2012, when he was invited to speak at the Houses of Parliament. Most recently Jonathan was invited out to MIT’s Media Lab to hack Post­MOOC models for Open Education and then to speak at the British Academy with the UK Minister for Universities David Willetts who describes his work as “thought leading”. In 2013 Jonathan was made an HEA National Teaching Fellow and his work designing Open and Connected courses was awarded UC Irvine and MIT’s prestigious Reclaim Open Learning Prize. In 2014 he designed and delivered the largest Open Photography class in history for over 250,000 at risk youth in seven US cites, In the same year he worked with the Word Press Photo Award to open their academy from an annual intake of 8 to an open global networked class of 11,000,000. Find out more .

Professor Phillip D. Long

Phil is the Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences and Deputy Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Clinical Professor in Educational Psychology and in the School of Information, at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Long provides leadership to the university’s strategy for technology enhanced learning. Phil contributes leadership to UTx, the local implementation of the edX MOOCs, the UT learning analytics initiative & design of learning environments

Phil’s current research interests focus on active & blended learning pedagogies, remote laboratories, emerging technologies and the analytics that can be captured by instrumenting interactions in both virtual and environments with the goal of informing learner decision-making.

Prof. Long’s professional collaborations are eclectic and international, including leadership roles in the acronym soup of SoLAR, edX, the NMC, and AAEEBL.

He is a lapsed biologist now learning scientist focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them, & the spaces, physical. and virtual wherein they occur.