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Conference Committee

Co-chairs

Jane Seale
University of Southampton

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Jane is currently a lecturer in Educational Innovation in Higher Education at Southampton University. Jane's interests are "disability and technology" in their broadest sense and her research activities in this field include online identity practices of adults with a learning disability; accessibility issues in Higher Education and the design and evaluation of assistive technologies. Jane has published widely in all three fields and presented at both international and national conferences. In her work for the Association for Learning Technology, Jane is currently Vice Chair of the Association and an editor of the Association journal, ALT-J. For more details please see: http://www.clt.soton.ac.uk/JaneSeale/index.htm

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Jim Petch
University of Manchester

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Jim is head of the Distributed Learning Department (http://distlearn.man.ac.uk/) at the University of Manchester. He provides specialist advice on educational design, on quality assurance and on the management of distributed learning and related projects. Jim is co-director of the eLearning Research Centre (http://www.elrc.ac.uk), a joint venture with the University of Southampton, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He has long-standing scholarly interests in the philosophy of science and in research and management methodologies.

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Research proceedings co-editors

John Cook
London Metropolitan University

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Dr. John Cook (C.Eng) is Principal Research Fellow & Research Manager at the Learning Technology Research Institute. He has published over 70 refereed articles in the area of educational technology, having a specific interest in five related areas: the role that dialogue can play in blended learning, the design of adaptive pedagogical agents, learning object reuse, Adult and Community Learning (ACL) and evaluation. He is Chair of the Association for Learning Technology and is a member of the Joint Information Systems (JISC) e-Learning and Pedagogy Experts Group. Cook carries out evaluation consultancy and project review work for the EC and the UK Department for Education and Skills (DFES) Cybrarian project for digital inclusion. His research project experience includes the JISC 'Case Studies in eLearning Practice', various projects evaluating e-learning in Higher Education, a completed DFES funded study of Adult and Community Learning in UK online centres (with Becta), and the role of leading the evaluation work package on the European Commission's Framework 5 Learning-In-Process project. Cook sits on the Editorial Board for the 'Journal of Educational Multimedia' and 'Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development.

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Denise Whitelock
Institute of Educational Technology, the Open University

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Denise Whitelock is a senior lecturer in Information Technology working in the field of new technologies and distance learning at The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology. Denise has worked in the field of Science Education for the last 19 years and her research interests include virtual reality and computer-supported collaborative learning environments in the teaching of formal knowledge systems such as in Science and Computer Science. She has been recently working on developing a Tutor Mentoring Tool eMentor which provides feedback to tutors about their marking of student assignments which forms an integral part of her computer assisted formative assessment research. She has authored over 100 technical papers.

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Abstracts and other publications editor

Steve Ryan
London School of Economics

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Steve Ryan is Director of the Centre for Learning Technology, London School of Economics. He is lead author of the book "The Virtual University, the Internet and Resource based Learning", has published and presented widely on topics relating to the use of ICT in HE. He is co-Director of the JISC/NSF project DART and is on the Management boards of 2 other JISC projects. He has contributed to or led a range of national and international projects and has undertaken consultancies for a range of organisations including the Home Office and the Community and Criminal Justice NTO on "E-enabled learning".

Stylianos Hatzipanagos
King's College London

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Stylianos Hatzipanagos is leader of the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice Programme in King's Institute of Learning and Teaching (King's College London). He has a first degree in Physics, MScs in Physics Education and in Information Technology (Artificial Intelligence) and his doctoral research was on design and evaluation of interactive learning environments. His research interests are in innovation in learning and teaching, usability of educational interfaces, computer mediated communication and computer supported collaborative work.

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Committee members

Paul Bailey
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

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Paul Bailey is the Programme Director for the Distributed eLearningstrand of the eLearning Programme (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elearning) at the Joint Information Systems Committee. Paul's responsibilities within the e-learning programme include e-Portfolios to support learner progression, tools and models for effective e-learning and joining up learning environments to support regional learning. He is also working in partnership with the Higher Education Academy tosupport the embedding of e-learning into institutions.

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Bob Banks
Tribal Technology plc

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Bob is an e-learning consultant with Tribal Technology, working on the borders of research and development. Development projects have included the learndirect MLE and Tribal's "LE" product. Research has encompassed various European collaborative projects, and writing a number of papers. Bob has contributed to e-learning "standards" initiatives such as IMS, but with a focus on pedagogy and on using technology to empower learners. Before joining Tribal Bob has worked in academic research, gaining a Ph.D. for research on neural networks, and as a teacher in India and the UK, promoting ICT across the curriculum.

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Frances Bell
University of Salford

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Frances Bell is a Senior Lecturer in the Information Systems Institute at the University of Salford. Her research interests include virtual organising and the use of information and communications technologies in teaching and learning. Frances is particularly interested in the bridge between information systems (IS) and educational research, specifically the use of IS (online communities) theories in educational research, and the use of educational research in organisation-based IS research She has published over 20 articles in conferences and journals, including International Journal of Web-based Communities, Education Media International, IFIP 8.2, UKAIS, ALT-C and EUNIS.

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Tom Boyle
London Metropolitan University

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Professor Tom Boyle is the Director of the LTRI at the LondonMetropolitan University. Tom holds degrees from three British universities, with higher degrees in Psychology and Computing, and he has written a book and over one hundred journal and conference papers onlearning technology. For the past two years he has been leading a major project on the development, use and evaluation of learning objects that won an EASA 2004 award. He is also Assistant Director (with responsibility for Pedagogy) for the Higher Education Academy National Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences.

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Stephen Brown
De Montfort University

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Stephen Brown is Professor of Learning Technologies and Director of Knowledge Media Design at De Montfort University, UK, and President of the Association for Learning Technology. His career includes course design, research and tutoring for the Open University, Head of Distance Learning for BT Training, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design, Director of the International Institute for Electronic Library Research at De Montfort University, Director of Knowledge Media Design at De Montfort University and Senior Technology Adviser to the JISC funded Technologies Centre. At the Open University he worked on the design of the UK's first educational interactive video disc. At BT he pioneered and established the use of CD based training. At De Montfort University he directed a number of successful JISC and EU funded research projects, led the development of the Electronic Campus and successfully led a major bid for JISC funds to develop one of the first Managed Learning Environments in the UK. He has directed 10 major R&D projects with total funding of over £3m from a variety of public and private sources. These include IBM, BT, Hulton Getty, RTE, the Home Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Department for Education and Employment, the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hunt Museum, JISC, HEFCE and the European Commission.

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Gayle Calverley
University of Manchester

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Gayle is the Resources and Technology Advisor for the Distributed Learning Team. Her role involves considering those national and international developments in technology and infrastructure that may affect the way the Institution delivers its course provision, and the impact of these developments on resource provision and embedding within courses. Gayle also manages the Distributed Learning Fund, continuously developing its processes and support procedures to provide maximum benefit both to those who bid to the fund, as well as those projects selected for support through this route. Gayle works with a range of high profile national projects and international groups, and has particular interest in the delivery of image and streaming video material for use within learning. She contributes to national and European strategy and legal consultations in related areas, often in association with the BUFVC and ALT. She is a member of the CETIS Special Interest Groups for Educational Content, Metadata & Digital Repositories, and Accessibility. Gayle holds secondment as the Occasional Publications Editor for the Association for Learning Technology. She also acts as reviewer and editorial support for a small number of unrelated education & educational technology journals. Her background is in Applied Optics research, followed by working on National Co-ordination Team subject-based projects in Physics and Psychology, streaming video projects funded by the JISC and UKERNA, in Institutional Support for Science & Engineering Learning Technology, and for the CTI Biology and LTSN Bioscience centres.

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Donald Clark
Epic Group plc

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Donald Clark is one of Epic Group plc's original founders. He has established Epic Group plc as the leading company in the UK e-learning market. It is an e-learning business which delivers consultancy, content development, products and services across the whole e-learning spectrum. Donald has worked with clients in the UK, US, Europe, Japan, and Australia. His background encompasses all aspects of e-learning management and production on most major hardware platforms, including the Internet, intranets, interactive kiosks, interactive TV and mobile devices.Donald won the first 'Outstanding Achievement in e-learning Award' at the World Open Learning Conference in 2001 and is a regular speaker and writer on e-learning.

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Rod Cullen
University of Manchester

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Rod Cullen taught ecology and biogeography at Manchester Metropolitan University before taking time out to study for a Masters in Computing Science at the University of Newcastle. This led to an interest in eLearning and he took up a post with the JISC service Netskills where he developed and ran training workshops, tutored (face-to-face and online) and developed learning materials in effective course design for Virtual Learning Environments. He currently works as a Distributed Learning Advisor at the University of Manchester where he provides specialist training and advice in monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and assessment of distributed learning courses.

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Wendy David
University of Manchester

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Wendy is an advisor at Manchester University providing advice and consultancy on all matters concerning Open, Flexible and Distance Learning to staff within the university. As well as tutoring in various face-to-face workshops in this area, she coordinates and delivers several staff development courses via blended learning, such as the SEDA accredited e-Learning for Academics (eLfA) course. She has a wealth of experience in developing, supporting and facilitating online and distance learning courses, which includes the virtual learning environment WebCT.

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Hugh Davis
University of Southampton

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Hugh Davis leads the Learning Technology Research Group (LTG) within Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He has been involved in researching technology for the support of learning since the mid 1980s. He is a senior member of the Hypertext and WWW communities and was instrumental in spinning-off a company. His current research interests include adaptive hypertext, on-line adaptive assessment and interoperability and architectural issues within eLearning systems. He can demonstrate the application of this research in real learning, having run an MSc in distance mode and having completed 3 years as Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching.

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David Dickinson
Fujitsu Services

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David served twelve years as a teacher and adviser, followed by four years in curriculum research and development, and then with the DfES as Technology Colleges Director. In '96 following freelancing in the UK, Germany and the States, he joined ICL/Fujitsu as Senior Consultant: Lifelong Learning and is now Education Manager responsible for Fujitsu's education services road-map. David's applied-research specialisms are personalisation and learning technology futures, a theme on which he writes and presents regularly. He serves on a range of advisory committees and boards including: Manchester New Technology Institute; FISTERA (EU) and the DfES ICT in Schools Stakeholders' Group.

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Tom Franklin
Franklin Consulting

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Tom Franklin has been active in learning technology for over 10 years in which time he has been responsible for much of the early work on VLEs and MLEs. His current areas of interest include standards, portals, evaluation and ubiquitous computing. He believes that ubiquitous computing will have the most profound impact on education and schools, colleges and universities need to start grappling with it now. Franklin has served on several international conference committees in both the UK and the US.

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Ian Harford
Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

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Ian Harford has been director of an action research community project on Tyneside and Northwest Regional Manager of the Workers' Educational Association - a national voluntary provider of adult community learning (ACL). He has since the early 1990s actively promoted the use of information and learning technologies in the WEA's work. He is now consultant director of the Greater Manchester Community Grid for Learning (http://www.learners.org.uk) and provides consultancy services to the ACL sector. He is completing a comparative research study, Digital Nations in the Making, on the use of newtechnologies in ACL in North America and the UK

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Bob Harrison
Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd

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Bob Harrison is a teacher and consultant. He teaches for the National College for School Leadership and is currently acting as a Consultant to The DfES Standards Unit and is working on the Post 16 e-Learning Project. He is particularly interested in Communities of Practice and recently presented at MLEARN 2004 on the Toshiba Ambassador Programme, a network of schools and colleges at the forefront of wireless and portable technology. He is a member of the BECTA ICT research network and a member of NAACE. Bob is a former College Principal and advises Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd.

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Gwyneth Hughes
University of East London

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As e-Learning Co-ordinator at the University of East London, I lead a team of learning technology advisors who work with academic staff on e-learning projects. I am the course leader for the SEDA and ILTHE accredited Application of Learning Technologies online course: http://www.uel.ac.uk/lds/alt/index.htm. I have a background in Science and Technology Studies but my doctorate was in education and I am currently researching the impact of e-learning on student retention. I have reviewed articles for ALT-J and I worked on the JISC and the Association for Learning Technology project: "The development of an accreditation framework for learning technologists" (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/epd/alt-accreditation). The aim was to develop an accreditation scheme to provide e-learning staff with professional development and better recognition.

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Patrick James
University of South Australia

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As a senior academic (earth) scientist with more than 30 years of continuous experience in Australian and UK Universities, Patrick has developed a significant interest in implementing and evaluating learning technology for more than half of that time. This has included being a long term member of ALT and ASCILITE (including conference volume editor), a presenter at CAL (UK), ASCILITE (Aut.) and AACE/Ed Media (US) conferences, a developer and implementer of CAL, IMM, e Learning and other IST technologies in teaching and learning and being a passionate advocate of integrating appropriate pedagogic principles alongside technological innovations. Patricks' current role lies in leading a major School involved in Environmentally Sustainable Development issues in the natural and built environments, which includes significant national, international and transnational programs in which an e Learning strategy is fundamental. As part of this strategy, the wider disbursement of learning technologies to less developed nations and continents is an important goal for improving global equity in education and growth.

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Dr Zlatko Kovacic
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

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Dr Zlatko Kovacic is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information and Social Sciences at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. He has successful academic and research career in both contact and distance tertiary institutions. Zlatko has a varied academic background and research interests, ranging from learning and teaching IT, to eCommerce, eLearning, and time series and multivariate analysis. His research output covers variety of topics of E-Commerce, Distance Education, Time Series Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Econometrics, Economics, Cross-Cultural themes, and Political Science. His current research is focused on cognitive processes in distance education using computers and communications technologies.

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Oleg Liber
Bolton Institute

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Oleg Liber is professor of eLearning at Bolton Institute, and is also a director of the Centre for Educational Interoperability Standards (CETIS) and project manager for the RELOAD project, developing standards-based tools for eLearning content and courses. He has been involved with learning technology for over twenty years, and has managed the development of a number of systems including the Colloquia VLE. His research interests are primarily concerned with the use of organisational cybernetics in the education domain, as exemplified in the report "A Framework for the Pedagogical Evaluation of eLearning Tools", co-authored with Sandy Britain.

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Bernard Lisewski
University of Salford

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Bernard Lisewski works as an Education Development Co-ordinator in Learning Technology within the Education Development Unit at the University of Salford. He is also Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education Practice and Research. His recent publications have focused on the development of learning technology practice and the implementation of learning technology strategies. He is currently in the second year of a four part-time Phd in Educational Research at Lancaster University, the title of which is: Problematizing the concept of 'communities of practice': how can critical theory revitalize 'relations of power' within situated learning theory - a conceptual reconstruction?

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Carmel McNaught
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Carmel McNaught is Professor of Learning Enhancement at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Carmel has had three decades of experience in teaching and research in higher education in Australasia, southern Africa and Britain. She has worked in chemistry, science education, second language learning, eLearning, and higher education curriculum and policy matters. Current research interests include evaluation of innovation in higher education and understanding the broader implementation of the use of technology in higher education. She also works in several international projects, especially in New Zealand and in Taiwan. She has over 200 academic publications.

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Sean Mehan
Sabhal Mor Ostaig

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Sean Mehan is a lecturer based at Sabhal Mor Ostaig where he also coordinates the R&D activities of the UHI Millennium Institute Elearning Research Group [ELG]; he participates in research and development efforts on a diverse array of projects connected with learning and teaching in the new educational model. He is particularly interested in combining web based technologies and AI to facilitate and enhance the e-learning process. Other current research interests include [machine] learning, distributed computing, non-linear systems and agents. He is currently an external examiner in computing for the University of Limerick and has served as an expert evaluator for the EC in various programmes related to e-learning, Knowledge Society and AI. He has participated in a number of small and large scale EC RTD projects as well as R&D efforts at UK and national level. He has also been a scientific fellow at the North Carolina Supercomputer Center, RTP, NC, USA. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAI.

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Som Naidu
The University of Melbourne

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Associate Professor Som Naidu is Head of "Research and Evaluation Services" in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Research Services (Information Division) at The University of Melbourne. As head of the section, Dr. Naidu coordinates the work of a small group of staff who provide a range of research and evaluation support services to academic staff and students of the University. Staff in the Section also engages in research and evaluation activities to do with technology enhanced teaching and learning.

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John O'Donoghue
University of Wolverhampton

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John's background covers a wide range of educational experiences, initially teaching in a social priority area school, moving later to post graduate lecturing, advising and consultancy for both initial teaching training and education departments and more recently a within a National ICT Research Unit. He has held the position of Chair and president of ALT and hosted a previous conference. John has held honorary research fellowships at universities both here and abroad. He now holds a visiting research fellowship at the University of Wollongong, Australia. John is currently a senior teaching and learning fellow at the Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of Wolverhampton.

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Dianne Phillips
Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dianne Phillips is a founding member of ALT, served on the executive committee for five years and is a member of the editorial board of ALT-C. She is director of research for MITER (Manchester Institute for Telematics and Employment Research), at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Dianne's interest in learning technology stemmed originally from her mainstream teaching of social statistics and research methods in the Department of Social Science. This led to being asked to take responsibility for encouraging the development of IT within courses across all departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science when 'IT' first became a requisite element for all course developments. A second initiative was to develop and run the university's first cross Faculty basic IT courses for all new entrants. The main focus of MITER's portfolio of research and projects is on understanding and supporting the digital industries in the North West. This has included several EU funded projects on the development of short courses on management, marketing and learning technology for the SME sector. Currently Dianne is project manager of two ERDF projects- Digital Media Watch, an industry monitoring resource and Digital Media-U- which gives SMEs access to a continuous professional development portal.

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Lawrie Phipps
TechDis

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Lawrie Phipps is the Senior Advisor for Higher Education with the JISC funded TechDis Service. As well as working for TechDis, Lawrie is a Visiting Fellow at the Special Needs Computing Research Unit at the University of Teesside. The research group is looking at a range of issues including disability and mobile learning, the use of multimedia to support disabilities, computer assisted assessment and the development of Virtual Learning Environments to support students with learning difficulties. Within TechDis Lawrie is currently working on issues of accessibility and pedagogy, e-learning as a tool for empowerment of disabled students and e-learning policy, strategy and guidelines.

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Fred Pickering
Barnsley College

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Fred Pickering is an original member of the award-winning LeTTOL development team and an experienced online tutor. A biologist by background, he is currently Acting Director of the Eastgate 6th Form College, one of four colleges forming Barnsley Tertiary College where he also sits on the ICLT Policy Committee. His Masters in Networked Collaborative Learning at Sheffield University was conducted almost entirely online providing insight into the issues facing the online learner. In 1999 he was joint winner of the National Information and Learning Technology Association (NILTA) Multimedia Award. An associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University he is also a member of the Board of the European Net-Trainers Association.

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Andrew Quarmby
Tameside College, Greater Manchester

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Andrew is e-Learning and Professional Development Manager at Tameside College, a General Further Education College in Greater Manchester. He was previously Vice Principal of a Sixth Form College, having been a Head of English earlier in his career. He is an elected member of the RSC-NW Steering Group and a member of the JISC-funded project team developing Union Education on-line. He has been a member of the conference-committee for the WebCT UK/Europe conference, and was project-manager for a first-round JISC MLE Interoperability Pilot.

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Paul Ricketts
City College Manchester

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Paul Ricketts is the Vice Principal of City College Manchester, one of the largest FE colleges in the country. After studying Computing at Liverpool in the late 60's he worked in various parts of the education sector starting in secondary schools teaching Maths and Computing. He then spent 9 years training secondary school teachers in West Africa during which time he led many expeditions into and across the Sahara desert. He returned to the UK in 1982 to manage training in a government funded IteC before moving into the FE sector to manage IT staff development across Manchester in 1985. In 1999 he contributed to the development of the sector's ILT strategy as a member of the FEFC's FE Information and Learning Technology Committee (FEILTC), was a member of the National Learning Network Transformation Board (NLN) and is chair of the NLN Staff Development Working Group that is advising on a programme of support for teachers, support staff and managers to enable institutions to embed Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) in their corporate strategy. Paul is a member of the JISC and was very much involved in JISC's contribution to the adoption of Learning Technology standards as deputy chair of the FE MLE Steering Group. He is now a member of the Steering Committee for the Centre for Educational Technology Interoperability Standards (CETIS).

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George Roberts
Oxford Brookes University

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George Roberts is Development Director, Off-Campus E-Learning at Oxford Brookes University. He has taught and supported learning since 1986, first in community adult education and then from 1989 to 2000 in a commercial management college as Director of Training Consultancy. At Brookes George encourages development of off-campus programmes. He is Chair of ALT Events Committee. His research explores to what extent ideologies are embedded in artifacts of learning technology. He teaches on the Open University MA course, "Language and Literacy in a Changing World" and is managing a JISC eLearning Tools project in the field of ePortfolios.

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Timothy Rudd
British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta)

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Tim is currently Head of Evidence and Research at BECTA, the Government's key partner in the strategic development and delivery of its information and communications technology (ICT) and e-learning strategy for the schools and the learning and skills sectors. His team is currently working on the development of a strategic research agenda for ICT in education that reflects key areas of Government policy and identifies where there is a paucity of research evidence. Tim regularly reviews independent research projects and proposals, not just in his role at Becta, but also for other bodies and organisations such as the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Tim's doctoral thesis was on ICT and the reproduction of social inequalities, where he took a theoretical perspective to the study of the qualitative and internalised dimensions of inequality and the symbolic meanings given to both ICT and education as they relate to varying cultural backgrounds and experiences. At Becta he worked to produce reports and offer policy advice in relation to the digital divide and home-school-community links.

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Malcolm Ryan
University of Greenwich

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Malcolm Ryan is a principal lecturer in Education in the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich. He is a qualified and experienced educational technologist and brings these skills to his role as Flexible Learning Co-ordinator. He is tutor to a wide range of adult students undertaking continuing professional development (CPD) programmes. He specialises in working with students at a distance and has developed considerable expertise in exploiting information and communication technology (ICT) in support of learning and teaching and is programme co-leader of the innovative Certificate of Professional Development in eLearning, Teaching and Training (CeLTT). He is known for working collaboratively with colleagues across Europe and regularly acts as a consultant within/out the university. Recent projects include an analysis of innovative practice in the training of trainers Europe-wide and the identification of new competencies in the design, development and delivery of eLearning. A member of the Editorial Committee of IJEL, on the Programme Committee of AACE's Ed-Media conference and a reviewer for ALT-J

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Michelle Selinger
Cisco Sytems

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Dr Michelle Selinger a Manager for 21st Century Education, working in Corporate Responsibility across Europe, the Middle East and Africa Her work involves research and dissemination of effective solutions for e-learning in all aspects of education and training. She works at the interface of academia and industry drawing on successful experiences from both sectors to help organisations develop their e-learning strategies and competences and to make informed purchasing decisions for infrastructure and services. Her expertise in the field of e-learning is wide ranging from professional development of teachers in all sectors of education, to the development of skill sets for teachers and trainers in vocational education using e-learning materials in a blended learning environment as well as evaluation of the use of such learning environments across EMEA. Michelle has a strong education background and has worked at the Open University and latterly the University of Warwick where she was the Director of the Centre for New Technologies Research in Education. She has recently been appointed to the Advisory Group of the European Commission's e-Europe 2005 Action Plan. She is co-editor of Teacher Development and a member of the editorial board for Technology, Pedagogy and Education.

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Rhona Sharpe
Oxford Brookes University

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The aim of Rhona's current post is to promote the effective use of e-learning within teaching, learning and assessing in order to meet the university's strategic aims. As well as providing responsive and targeted staff development internally, Rhona provides external courses and consultancy on e-learning topics both face to face and online. She has served on SEDA's accreditation committees and was a member of ALT/JISC funded group to develop an accreditation scheme for learning technologists. She is currently working with the JISC on their e-learning and pedagogy programme and is associate editor of the International Journal for Academic Development.

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Simon Surville
University of Sussex

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Simon is project director of managed and virtual learning at the University of Sussex. He is on the editorial board of Campus-Wide Information Systems and the organising committee for ICICTE. He holds a BA and a PhD in artificial intelligence and is completing an MA in change management. Simon has taught, researched and developed products at The University of Brighton, City University, the University of Essex, the Open University, The University of Oxford, and The University of Sussex. He has also worked in project management and knowledge engineering in the e-learning and risk management industries.

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Peter Sloep
Open University of the Netherlands

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Peter B. Sloep is a senior educational technologist at the Open Unversity of the Netherlands, Educational Technology Expertise Centre and associate professor in Educational Functions of ICT at Fontys University of Professional Education, School of Education. He studied biology at the Free University of Amsterdam (MSc 1978) and received his PhD from the University of Groningen (1983). Since then he has worked at the OUNL, first as a course developer, later to turn his attention to educational technology. His research interest include distributed learning systems - including specifications for interoperability, and learning networks - including the social networks that are conducive to the emergence of a viable learning object economy.

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David Sugden
Dewsbury College

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David Sugden was a food preparation lecturer for fifteen years before becoming ILT Development Manager at Dewsbury College. He spends half his time touring the North of England as one of the NLN's ILT Subject Mentors, evangelising the use of ILT. He holds advanced catering qualifications, a Certificate in Education and an MSc in Education and Learning Technologies. In May 2002 he was awarded the LSDA Practitioner Award for 'The use of New and emerging technologies'.

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Amber Thomas
University College Worcester

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Amber has worked on projects for JISC, NGfL, Becta and the NLN. Amber managed the Ferl website from 2002-2005. She is currently Project Leader for "promoting use of shared digital content in the West Midlands", based at University College Worcester and funded by JISC. Much of her work has involved supporting communities of practice, and she has a particular interest in portals, repositories and online services. She is keen to promote the e-learning innovations taking place in FE colleges.

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John Traxler
University of Wolverhampton

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John Traxler is Research Fellow in the Centre for Learning and Teaching and e-Innovations Centre at the University of Wolverhampton. He is responsible for projects that explore the potential of technology in education and his current focus is externally funded work with mobile devices and interactive digital TV. He is working with DfID on mobile learning in sub Saharan Africa, and was responsible for the evaluation of the LSC interactive digital TV pilot and the EU m-learning Project. John has co-written a guide to mobile learning for the Commonwealth of Learning (with Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, 2004) and co-edited: Kukulska-Hulme, A. and Traxler, J. (Eds) (2005) 'Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers', RoutledgeFalmer. He has organised a number of workshops on mobile learning including the two National Workshops on Handheld Computers.

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Janice Whatley
University of Salford

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Janice is a lecturer in information systems development, e-learning and multimedia, at the University of Salford, and author of several papers concerning online collaboration as a part of student learning. For a number of years she been researching educational technology applications in Higher Education, in particular online collaboration and team working. I am currently coordinating a European funded project to develop an environment for students to experience online collaboration with peers elsewhere in Europe.

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Christine Whitehouse
University of Derby

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Christine Whitehouse is Head of the Centre for Educational Development and Materials (CEDM) at the University of Derby, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and has an MSc in Technology for Learning. She was Director of Staffordshire ICT for Teachers (SIfT) at Staffordshire University delivering under the Government New Opportunities Fund 'ICT for Teachers' initiative and was a designer of the SIfT model. As a research partner on the European Commission MINERVA - NODE project, she defined models for international e-learning and regionally, through a UK Teaching Company Scheme, has developed e-learning materials for the business community.

 
   
 

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