Conference Co-Chairs

Pete AlstonPeter Alston

Pete is a Lecturer in Learning Technology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool. In addition to serving as Co-Chair of the University’s TEL Research Group, he provides strategic direction on the use of TEL and leads on projects that embed innovative e-learning approaches into the teaching programmes in the School. With a background in information systems and programming, he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Web design & development for a number of years before taking up his current post at Liverpool in 2013.

He has research interests in policy and practice within Higher Education, specifically around technology enhanced learning initiatives; MOOC pedagogy and practice; the student transition to Higher Education; and the notion of threshold concepts. He is currently writing up his PhD thesis, as part of the eResearch and Technology Enhanced Learning programme at Lancaster University, where he is focusing on the use of electronic assessment in Higher Education and the implications for policy and practice.

Helen O'SullivanHelen O’Sullivan

Helen O’Sullivan is Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Online Learning at University of Liverpool. She is responsible for Liverpool Online; a partnership between University of Liverpool and Laureate Online Education to deliver wholly online post-graduate programmes to working professionals across the globe. She acts as champion for technology enhanced learning within the University and leads on a range of projects that support the use of technology to enhance the student experience.

Helen is also Professor of Medical Education and her research focuses on emotional competence in medicine; particularly the role that emotional intelligence plays in developing good doctors and good medical leaders.


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