#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 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.

Rachel Challen, Nottingham Trent University

Rachel is the Head of the Learning and Teaching Support Unit in the School of Arts and Humanities: passionate about education technology and the positive impact it can have, directly and indirectly, on the student experience. Experience in supporting academic teams and professional staff in developing digital capabilities and enhancing their existing practice within private, FE and HE educational sectors.  A certified member and lead assessor for CMALT.

Teresa MacKinnon, University of Warwick

Teresa 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.

Hannah Mathias, Cardiff and Vale College

Hannah has an MSc in E-Learning and has been working within E-learning since 2004 and also has experience with managing an FE library and eResources, though her background is in Music Technology. Hannah is currently the E-learning Manager at Cardiff and Vale College, but has also worked in HE and the Voluntary Sector. Hannah was a member of the Welsh Government Task and Finish group which produced the “Find it, use it, make it, share it: learning in digital Wales” report and was also a member of the first NDLC membership, and has re-joined the NDLC for another term. Hannah was also a member of the Welsh Government’s Steering Group for ICT and the National Assembly for Wales Digital News and Information Taskforce. @hmathiasedtech

Chris Rowell, Regent’s University

Chris Rowell

Chris Rowell is a Academic Developer in Digital Enhanced Learning at London South Bank University. Previously he was Deputy Learning Technology Manager at Regent’s University London and before that 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’ research interests are all things to do with Digital Enhanced Learning (DEL). More specifically the use and evaluation of social media by both staff and students in Higher Education. He writes and publishes his own research on his blog, http://totallyrewired.wordpress.com/ He was a member of SEDA’s executive (2007-10) and SEDA’s Conference Committee (2010-14) 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

Jonathan Tulloch, University of East London

Jonathan is Learning Technology Advisor at the University of East London.  Before that, he spent 13 years working in Higher Education as a lecturer and Quality Assurance consultant for Newham College and Havering College in London.  His teaching focused on Language, Literature and Culture, but branched into areas of TEL-supported research.  He has a degree in English and Theatre, an MA in Literature and a PGCert in teaching and learning in Higher Education.  He is particularly passionate about how technology can be used to enable social mobility and broaden participation.  He Tweets from @jonbtulloch and @UEL_CELT, and his random thoughts are inflicted on the world through his blog at jonbtulloch.blogspot.co.uk.

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!

Ann-Kathrin Watolla, Centre for Higher Education, Germany

Ann-Kathrin works at the Centre for Higher Education as part of the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age, where she co-facilitates a programme to support universities in developing strategies for teaching and learning in a digital age. Prior to this, she worked at the Digital School of Leuphana University in Germany, both in leadership and project management roles, designing and implementing interdisciplinary open online courses for learners across the world. She is fascinated by the effect the digital has on universities as institutions and, having an MA in cultural studies, she has a special interest in the cultural implications of the intersection of education and technology. Follow her on Twitter: @ak_watolla

Gabi Witthaus

Gabi started her career in South Africa in the 80s working in adult literacy projects in the NGO sector. Since coming to the UK in 2009, she has worked as a research associate at the University of Leicester, a teaching fellow on Leicester’s Online MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, the distance learning manager for Bradford University’s MBA, and a learning and teaching facilitator at Loughborough University. Gabi is currently doing her PhD in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement through Lancaster University, and is working as a freelance researcher and learning designer via her non-profit consultancy, Art of E-learning. Recent consultancy work has included leading a study for the eLearn Center of the Open University of Catalonia into next-generation pedagogy in distance education, and co-authoring a report for the EU on recognition of MOOC-based learning. In 2015 she co-designed and led an OOC (Open Online Course) on Storyboarding for Learning Design. She volunteers with Kiron Higher Education Organisation as a ‘study buddy’ for refugee learners in higher education. Gabi has a Masters in Training & Development, an MA in English Teaching, a PGC in Mediation, and an Honours in Applied Linguistics. She blogs at www.artofelearning.org.