#altc blog editors

Anne Hole, University of Sussex – Editor in Chief

Anne is a Learning Technologist at the University of Sussex, where she works most closely with colleagues in the Arts and Humanities schools, supporting their use of technology to enhance students’ learning. Anne’s passion for teaching began during her doctoral studies and led to a PGCertHE and nine years as an Education Developer before a move to Technology Enhanced Learning. Anne’s particular interest is in the use of social media and mobile devices for personal and professional learning. She contributes to the Sussex TEL blog and is active on Twitter, Googleplus and Flipboard. Anne is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), having completed her portfolio in 2013.

Chris Rowell, Regent’s University

Chris RowellChris Rowell is a Deputy Learning Technology Manager at Regent’s University London. Previously a Lecturer in Economics (1990- 2005) and a Lecturer in Education (2005-2010) at the University Centre Croydon. His first degree (BA Hons) is in Economics. Chris also has a PGCE and two MA’s in Development Studies and Education (eLearning). More recently Chris completed Prince2 training for project management. Chris’s research interests are all things to do with Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). More specifically the evaluation of TEL by both staff and students in Higher Education. He writes and publishes his own research on his blog, http://totallyrewired.wordpress.com/ He is a member of SEDA’s Conference Committee and SEDA’s Special Interest Group on Technology-Enhanced Practice and is a Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT). Chris lives in Camberwell and he is interested in things to do with cycling, photography, travel, politics and London. You can follow Chris on twitter @chri5rowell

Stella Ekebuisi, Queen Mary University of London

Stella_1 (1)Stella is Head of E-Learning at Queen Mary University of London where she is also convenor for the Teaching with Learning Technologies module on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.  She makes use of a wide range of technologies in her teaching on both blended and distance programmes advising academic staff at all levels on their use of e-learning.  Much of Stella’s time is dedicated to planning and implementing e-learning strategy at an institutional level; developing policies that both support individuals and encourage innovation; and leading on projects to introduce new and exciting learning technologies into the university.

Stella completed her Master’s in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the Institute of Education in 2010 to complement her Mathematics and Computer Science background.

Howard Scott, University of Hull

HowardScottHoward is currently a PhD doctorate student researching the use of social networks to augment blended learning and improve engagement, through the Faculty of Education at the University of Hull. He has an MA in Media and education from the Institute of Education and work as an English lecturer in the FE college sector. Howard previously worked as a journalist and editor, before entering the more creatively stimulating world of the classroom.

A member of the Mobile Learning Scenarios network, a pan-European academic research community, which aims to collect best practice examples of mobile learning in different educational contexts. Howards’ interests are in student motivation, ownership, personalisation and independent learning. He is also widely interested in social-constructivism, project and problem-based learning, new literacies and their practice, and in curriculum reform, transforming educational provision and modifying conventional contexts.

When not reading research reports, Howard is usually either asleep or walking in the enchanting landscapes of the north. He aspires to write creative fiction and to be able to read novels again without a sense of guilt about neglecting his doctorate.

Teresa MacKinnon, University of Warwick

Teresa MacKinnonTeresa is Principal Teaching Fellow (e-learning) at the School of Modern Languages at the University of Warwick.  She’s an award winning language teacher with a wealth of expertise in online delivery and a good understanding of assessment issues in language learning. Experienced in education management and course design in secondary and higher education, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology, Teresa has extensive experience of the integration of computer-mediated communication in learning design. Active online as @WarwickLanguage she enjoys connecting educators internationally across sectors. She advocates open educational practice and is co-chair for ALT’s Open Education SIG.

Peter Reed, University of Liverpool

peterReedPeter is a Lecturer with a particular focus on Technology Enhanced Learning within the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool. This involves acting as the Faculty Academic Lead for TEL on various projects within the Faculty and across the wider University. His role also involves teaching on various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

He recently commenced PhD studies related to the use of social networking sites amongst undergraduate medical education students at the University of Liverpool, although his research interests also include pedagogy, open education and eAssessment.

Peter has held various positions across four Universities in the North West of England since 2003, including learning technologist, project coordinator and lecturer positions, involving work on the HEA Pathfinder project and the JISC-funded ReProduce Project. He is active in the ALT community and is a deputy editor (research representative) for the #altc Blog.

Santanu Vasant, City University

Santanu VasantSantanu Vasant is currently Educational Technologist in the Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) Centre at City University. Prior to this, he was Learning Technology Coordinator for Organisational and Staff Development at Imperial College and a Learning Technology Adviser in the Learning and Teaching Development Unit at Brunel University. Santanu has over ten years experience in Education, including as an ICT Teacher in North West London. He has also been a governor of the Northwood School, Hillingdon, North West London for the past 4 years. He has a degree in Multimedia Technology and Design, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in ICT Secondary Education from Brunel University and a Masters (MA) in ICT in Education from UCL’s Institute of Education. Santanu has worked on a number of projects around the use of social media in education at Brunel and Imperial with academics and professional services department and helped departments where he has worked with communications and publications. An avid user of many communications channels in both his personal and professional life, Santanu’s platform of choice is Twitter (@santanuvasant). Outside of work, Santanu enjoys photography, gardening and most importantly Doctor Who!

Rachel Challen, Loughborough College

Rachel ChallenRachel is the eLearning Manager at Loughborough College; passionate about education technology and the positive impact it can have, directly and indirectly, on the student experience. Current work streams include strategic and operational responsibility for embedding the recommendations of FELTAG within the College and exploring the opportunities provided by technology for widening and enhancing participation in education.