You can find out more about each individual talk and access the live stream via the links below:
- Josie Fraser – In the Valley of the Trolls
- Ian Livingstone CBE – Code Create Collaborate
- Lia Commissar
- Jane Secker – Copyright and e-learning: understanding our privileges and freedoms
- Donna Lanclos and David White – Being Human is Your Problem
Josie Fraser is a UK-based Social and Educational Technologist. She has worked with government, schools, further education providers and universities, promoting and developing the effective and innovative use of ICT and e-learning policy and practice in the UK and internationally. Working across the broad field of educational technology, she is primarily interested in digital literacy and open education, and in the ways in which social technologies can be used to support learning, organisational change and community development.
Since 2010, she has lead on technology for Leicester City Council’s £340million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme. She is responsible for setting, promoting and delivering an agenda for educational transformation in relation to the use of technology within schools. She is a Trustee of Wikimedia UK, and is currently also producing the new Government Equalities Office funded national cyberbullying guidance, on behalf of Childnet International. You can find her on Twitter as @josiefraser and blogging at josiefraser.com.
Ian Livingstone CBE
Ian co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe, and also co-authored the multi-million selling Fighting Fantasy gamebook series. When serving as Executive Chairman at Eidos, he launched global video games franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He co-authored the influential Livingstone-Hope Next Gen review published by NESTA in 2011, working with government to introduce the new Computing curriculum in schools in 2014. His current roles include Chairman of Playdemic, Chairman of Midoki and Chairman of Sumo-Digital. He has been awarded a BAFTA Special Award and a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list. He is Founder and Chairman of the Livingstone Foundation. You can find Ian on Twitter as @ian_livingstone.
Lia joined the Wellcome Trust in 2014 to lead the innovative £6 million ‘Education and Neuroscience Initiative’ following a long-standing interest in this area.
After studying neuroscience at the University of Nottingham, Lia became a secondary school biology teacher and head of department for six years. During her time teaching she noticed that the lack of connection between the education community and the neuroscience/psychology research had left a gulf which was being filled by ‘brain-based’ teaching practices which were often unsubstantiated. This led her to complete an M.Ed at the University of Cambridge looking at how neuroscience could be used to develop the understanding of learning to improve practice.
The ‘Education and Neuroscience Initiative’ a collaborative scheme with the Education Endowment Foundation, aims to both build the evidence by funding research, but also to help support teachers with the research already available. You can find Lia on Twitter as .
Dr Jane Secker is the Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE where she provides advice and support for staff and students. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a guide for Practitioners, the second edition which is due for publication in June 2016, co-authored with Chris Morrison. Her research interests include digital and information literacy, copyright education and the role of technologies in supporting learning. She is a Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and co-founder of the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC). She devised A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL) with Emma Coonan which is framework for supporting learning in higher education and has written and spoken widely on her research. You can find Jane on Twitter as .
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