Picture by Chris Bull www.chrisbullphotographer.com ALT Conference 2016 day two
Picture by Chris Bull www.chrisbullphotographer.com ALT Conference 2016 day two

Welcome from the Co-Chairs

We are delighted that you are joining us, whether you’re joining us in person at the University of Liverpool, or following the programme online.

This conference has been more than 18 months in the making for us, as we prepare for the event to be hosted at University of Liverpool for the first time. We are really pleased to be chairing the conference this year, not least because of the record number of submissions for the conference, but we are seeing a variety of domains and subjects covered across the three days. Delegates are drawn from a wide range of educational sectors, including ourselves, and represent a variety of roles, from practitioner to researcher.

We believe the theme this year reflects the challenges that many of us are facing in our roles today; how can we move from outstanding individual innovation to institutional integration at scale? This is a challenge we have certainly seen first-hand at University of Liverpool, with lots of fantastic projects going on in individual departments, particularly with regards to staff/student partnerships and the rethinking of learning spaces, but we need to think more about how we can scale these so that everyone reaps the benefits. We hope that the next three days will provide the opportunity and space for you to think about how you can take back to your own institution the fantastic ideas and projects on display, and how they can work for you.

We are excited to welcome our keynote speakers to this year’s conference, all eminent professionals in their respective fields. Dr Bonnie Stewart (University of Prince Edward Island) opens our conference with her keynote on day one, followed by Professor Siân Bayne (University of Edinburgh) on day two, and finishing with Professor Peter Goodyear (University of Sydney) on day three. As any previous ALT conference chair will tell you, choosing the keynote speakers is one of the highlights of the role! We would like to take this opportunity in advance to thank our keynote speakers for attending, with some having made a longer journey than others to get here!

If this is your first time in Liverpool, then there are plenty of things for you to experience alongside the conference, with plenty of opportunities to meet with other delegates throughout the conference. For those new to #altc, there’s always a friendly smile waiting to greet you wherever you go.

However you choose to engage with the conference, whether in person or from afar, we wish you a very happy, rewarding, and fun conference, and look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool in person.

Pete Alston and Helen O’Sullivan

Pete Alston

Pete AlstonPete joined Laureate Online Education as a Director for Learning Solutions, where he is responsible for cultivating relationships with partner institutions, and providing strategic vision and oversight for the design and development of academic programs. Serving as the primary relationship manager between partner universities and the Educational Product, Technology and Innovation (EPTI) Group within Laureate, he advises on trends and best practice in online education and oversees programme and course budgets.


Helen O’Sullivan

Helen O'SullivanHelen 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.