#altc blog editors


Cat Hallam, Keele University

Cat HallamCat Hallam is a Faculty Learning Technology Officer at Keele University. She is a strong advocate of using educational technologies to enhance learning and teaching. She works with academic staff, professional services staff and students to inform their practice exploring the innovative use of technology in programme consultancy, curriculum design and implementation. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion play an instrumental role in her day-to-day life and she is committed to advancing representation and success of underrepresented groups both in STEM subjects and other areas such as Race Equality and Athena SWAN groups regularly providing talks on digital inclusion and transforming organisational cultures through inclusivity. She is also the co-founder of Staffordshire Women in Tech. She can be found on Twitter @cathallam1.

David Hopkins, Coventry University Online

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David is a Senior Learning Designer at Coventry University. A holder of both FHEA and CMALT, David has been vocal in the support and development of learning design and learning technology, and the people who hold these roles; he writes and tweets (@hopkinsdavid) regularly on this (and more). David is passionate about the appropriate and considered use of technology with staff and students, both online and in the classroom. David has written, edited and self-published four books on aspects of learning technology. David has been an active member of ALT since 2009, is an assessor for CMALT and a former ALT Learning Technologist of the Year.

Karen S Barden, Freelance Editor

Karen BardenKaren is a freelance editor with over 25 years’ working in the university sector, awarding organisations and professional bodies, most recently with The Open University and Cambridge University Press; Assessment. She has wide-ranging experience in online learning and assessment, a meticulous eye for detail, and enjoys sharing best practice with others. Karen is passionate about technology-enhanced learning, digital transformation and pedagogical thought and is advancing this via her postgraduate studies with The Institute of Educational Technology. An advocate of equality, inclusion and diversity, she is currently researching STEM-based initiatives, OER and social curation in the context of women in motor sport, and plans to present her findings as part of her STEM Ambassador role. You can connect with Karen on LinkedIn.

Rachel Heyes, University of Manchester

Rachel HayesRachel is a Learning Technologist for the University of Manchester’s MBChB Medicine programme and is responsible for developing their engaging and interactive VLE, integrating the best software applications for aspiring medical students. This includes actively supporting the development of medical educators and faculty staff. 

Rachel taught creative media production within an FE college, focusing on vocational training, including the BBC apprenticeship programme. She also works as a Principal Examiner for Cambridge Assessment International Education. 

Rachel holds QTLS and AFHEA status and is always looking for further opportunities to learn. You can connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.

Teresa MacKinnon, University of Warwick

Teresa is an open educator, an award winning language teacher with a wealth of expertise in online delivery. 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. She retired in January 2021 from her post as Associate Professor at the University of Warwick but remains active online as @WarwickLanguage where she enjoys connecting educators internationally across sectors. She advocates open educational practice, leads ALT’s Open Education SIG and is active in the areas of virtual exchange and open badges. 

Tom Pieroni, London Business School

TPieroniTom is the Academic Development Lead (Teaching and Learning) at London Business School, working with faculty to support developing practice and working on innovation projects across the School. Holding SFHEA, Tom is passionate about learning, and evolving practice in education and more specifically in the use of technology to enhance learning. In addition to his role at LBS, Tom also holds teaching responsibilities at UCL School of Management across several modules focusing on Product Design, Prototyping and Development, and Digital Strategy. Tom can be found occasionally tweeting, but mostly lurking @tompieroni.