We want you to get the most out of your ALT Annual Conference 2016 registration so we’ve managed to secure not one but two keynote speakers. Donna Lanclos and David White have been working together since the early days of the Visitors and Residents research project in 2011. They have been arguing with each other in public since about 2013 about education technology, the nature of the digital, and the role of the internet in the structure and content of academia. We are delighted that Donna and Dave are happy to share the stage for the final keynote at this year’s conference so skipping out early is not an option. We’ll be publishing a full draft of the conference programme so that you can start planning your travel arrangements. Early bird registration is open until the 30th June and you can find out more information about registration.
Donna is an anthropologist working with ethnographic methods and analysis to inform and change policy in higher education, in particular in and around libraries, learning spaces, and teaching and learning practices. She is Associate Professor for Anthropological Research at the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte. Donna has conducted anthropological research in libraries at University College London as well as at UNC Charlotte, and regularly presents workshops and talks in the US and the UK. She has worked with various institutions, including Carnegie Mellon, Parsons the New School, the Wellcome Trust, Imperial College (London), Kingston University (London), and the University of South Carolina (Upstate), on issues of digital practices and institutional change. She blogs about these and other projects at www.donnalanclos.com, and you can also find her on Twitter @DonnaLanclos.
David works at the intersection of teaching, learning and digital. He is interested in why we chose to engage in particular ways online and suspicious of ‘newness’ being linked to technology. David has developed a number of ways of visualising our motivations to engage in digital environments, most notably the Visitors & Residents continuum which has inspired various mapping activities and workshops worldwide. He is Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts, London. David has worked extensively with Jisc and other groups in the UK and the US to better understand teaching and learning in digital spaces. He blogs erratically and with mixed results at www.daveowhite.com and secretes undercooked ideas via @daveowhite
In the meantime don’t forget there is a host of ALT related activities you can get involved with listed below:
- ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards are now open – closing date: Sunday, 12 June 2016
- Call for nominations for ALT Honorary Life Membership – closing date: Friday, 10 June 2016
- Nominations for ALT Trustees and Vice-Chair of ALT, and AGM Calling Notice – closing date Friday, 10 June 2016