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Jill JamesonJill Jameson is Director of Research and Enterprise, Director of the JISC eLIDA CAMEL, JISC eLISA and National Co-Convenor of the Society for Research in Higher Education HE-FE Network at the University of Greenwich School of Education and Training. Jill has an international reputation in e-learning, lifelong learning and leadership in education. Series Editor of Continuum International’s 24-book The Essential FE Toolkit, Invited Special Editor for Alt-J’s (2000) Edition on ILT in FE, for BJET’s (2006) Special Edition and Lifelong Learning Strand Coordinator for the 2007 JISC’s Innovating e-Learning Online Conference, Jill is an AACE Editorial Board Member, ED-MEDIA, E-LEARN, BERA, BELMAS and International Knowledge, Culture and Change conference presenter and an invited biographee for Who’s Who International of Professionals and Marquis Who’s Who in the World.

John SandarsJohn Sandars is senior lecturer in the Medical Education Unit and academic lead for e-learning in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. He has a major research and development interest in the innovative use of social software and mobile technology to enhance undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, including digital storytelling, blogs and podcasts. Online collaborative learning was the topic of his doctorate and this interest is applied to the delivery of several online postgraduate courses.

Research proceedings co-editors

Dr Maggie McPhersonDr Maggie McPherson is Senior Lecturer for ICT in Education within the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Her previous role was lecturer in Department of Information Studies (DIS). In terms of research, Maggie has been involved in numerous research studies, participated in a number of EU and UK funded projects over the last 12 years, and not only has publications in the fields of e-Learning, but also in the field of IT and Project Management. Maggie is a member of the Council for the Institute of Management of Information Systems (IMIS), a professional body representing the interests of the IS profession.

Nicola WhittonNicola Whitton is a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked in a range of learning technology roles including educational design, multimedia development, research and teaching. Her research interests include online collaborative environments, multimedia interaction, and games-based learning.

Abstracts and other publications editors

Isobel FalconerIsobel Falconer is a Lecturer in Learning Technology in the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research focuses on learning design across the post-compulsory sector, and representation of effective practice. She co-directs the JISC ‘Models of Practice’ project and recently completed ‘Learning Activity Design in Education’ project for JISC. Previously Isobel was Associate Director of the International Centre for Research on Learning at the University of Dundee, an Associate Lecturer with the Open University and an academic historian of science.

Liz MastermanLiz Masterman has been researching and evaluating e-learning for over ten years, having previously worked in the commercial IT sector. She holds a PhD in Educational Technology from Birmingham University. Liz is currently a researcher with the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services. Since August 2004 she has worked on a number of in the JISC Design for Learning and Learner Experiences of E-learning programmes. Liz also has a strong interest in the integration of cognitive and sociocultural approaches in the design and evaluation of learning technologies.

Committee members

Colin AddyColin Addy is Head of User Services at the University of Leeds, where he is responsible for central student desktop support, C&IT training and Help Desk services. Colin also leads on L&T across the University for ISS (Information Systems Services) and is a member of a number of the University's L&T working groups, including the L&T Forum and the Blended Learning Group. Before joining Leeds, Colin was responsible for corporate information systems at the University of Birmingham and at Royal Holloway. Colin has also served on a number of UCISA conference committees and, as a director of the UK Oracle User Group, was closely involved in the planning of the annual UKOUG 2500 delegate conference.

Dr Labib ArafehDr. Labib Arafeh is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Al-Quds University, Palestine. His research interests lie in all aspects of computing applications for people, including Essay-Type Auto Grading Systems, development of e-learning systems for practical / experimental courses, Quality Assurance and evaluation of e-learning systems and websites, applications of soft computing techniques in forecasting & predictions, promoting the use of technology in teaching, and the production of educational and cultural multimedia. He has a Ph.D. in Instrumentation / Pattern Recognition & Intelligent Systems, from UMIST.

Dr Alejandro ArmelliniDr Alejandro Armellini has been working in Higher Education in the UK and overseas for over 12 years. He has focused on the reflective adoption of new technologies in learning, teaching, assessment and research. He is now a Research Fellow at the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester, where he leads the ADELIE Pathfinder Project and is the PI for the ADDER Project, both funded by the HE Academy.

Bob BanksBob Banks is an e-learning consultant with Tribal Group, working in both research and development. Development projects have included the learndirect learning platform and Science and Maths teachers’ professional development portals. Bob has written several papers and book chapters, and undertaken consultancy for Becta, DCSF, and others. He has contributed to e-learning “standards” initiatives such as IMS, and to the “personalisation” debate, with a focus on pedagogy and on using technology to empower learners. He was previously a secondary school teacher.

Dr Trevor BarkerDr Trevor Barker is a Computer Scientist, Head of Systems & Software Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire. Trevor is also a Blended Learning Teacher and University Fellow in Learning and Teaching. His teaching relates to the programming, design and evaluation of complex multimedia systems. His research relates to using technology to individualise learning and teaching, adaptive assessment and 'intelligent' adaptive student models. He currently supervises six research students in this area.

Hans-Peter BaumeisterHans-Peter Baumeister is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies at Reutlingen University, European School of Business. Director of the ESB Research Institute, dealing with themes like Knowledge Economy and Innovation. Long standing experience in distance education and eLearning. Coordinator of several European eLearning projects as well as having evaluated them. Reviewer within the 5th, 6th and 7th FP. Main research interest is the culturally embedded innovation approach in the Western societies and – relying on this theme – new ways of knowledge production.

Dr Kanishka BediDr Kanishka Bedi is Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Management Programme for Entrepreneurs and Family Businesses, with Universitas 21 Global. He is the author of two books, Production & Operations Management and Quality Management (Oxford University Press). His research interests include Quality Function Deployment and Service Quality Management, particularly in Education and Healthcare. Dr. Bedi is currently researching the impact of faculty facilitation in online education, the utility of digital storytelling in online classes and innovations in improving collegiality amongst faculty.

Frances BellFrances Bell's research interests are in the social and technical configuration of e-learning and collaboration spaces (formal and informal) and the interaction within and between these spaces. Frances has recently been appointed as co-editor of ALT-J and hopes to encourage links between ALT-C and ALT-J. She has published over 40 articles in conferences and journals, including International Journal of Web-based Communities, Education Media International, IFIP 8.2, UKAIS, ALT-C and EUNIS.

Sue BennettSue Bennett is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Education and Deputy Coordinator of the Centre for Research in Interactive Learning Environments. Sue has over 15 years experience as a university teacher and designer of technology-supported learning. Sue's research is concerned with understanding the role of information and communications technologies in education. Her body of work encompasses a wide range of research questions relevant to school and university education. Sue’s latest project in higher education, involving the University of Wollongong, the Open University of the Netherlands and Janison Solutions, is developing The Learning Design Framework which integrates learning objects and learning designs to support effective design of online learning.

Andy BlackAndy Black has worked in the FE for 20 years, Andy joined British Educational Communication Technology Agency (Becta) July 2003. His current work involves informing decision in relation to new build and incorporating technology rich learning spaces. He is well known commentator on emerging technology and learner mobility specifically. Andy lives online via his personal blog: His raison d’être is “don’t forget the learners” and “flexibility is the key to the future”. He wants to write a book titled what do when the kit doesn’t work apart from tell jokes.

Haydn BlackeyHaydn Blackey is Head of the University of Glamorgan's Blended Learning Team and Deputy Head of the University’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Haydn coordinates the work of the Blended Learning team to ensure that the technology enhanced learning agenda at the University is not limited to areas of innovation alone, but embedded in the way that learning, teaching and assessment is managed across the institution. Haydn's background in Marketing and Management and his current engagement with Blended Learning has led his research focus to be on Knowledge Management, Management of Organisational Change, Personal Learning Environments, Social Software and the wider Scholarship of Learning and Teaching.

Tom BoyleProfessor Tom Boyle is Director of the Learning Technology Research Institute (LTRI) at London Metropolitan University. He has a long history of developing and evaluating innovative multimedia learning technology. Tom led a major project in the development, use and evaluation of learning objects that won an EASA (European Academic Software Award) in 2004. He is the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Reusable Learning Objects. This CETL involves collaboration between three universities - London Metropolitan University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Nottingham - to develop and evaluate high quality learning objects across a range of subject areas.

Ruth CalowRuth Catlow is an artist and educator who works with others to develop platforms that facilitate grass-roots artistic collaboration across networked media in social, physical spaces and on the Internet. She is co-founder of an online platform and community for networked art and of HTTP Gallery in North London. Ruth works as Associate Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication where she is developing resources for blended learning in the context of practice-based education.

John ClaytonJohn Clayton has been involved in the use, deployment and development of learning technologies throughout his career as an educator, learner, materials designer and learning environment developer. He is an active researcher and publisher in the field of learning technologies and his current research interests revolve around the evaluation, design and development of quality digital learning materials and interactive online environments.

Sarah CorneliusSarah Cornelius is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, teaching on the Teaching Qualification (Further Education) and BA Professional Development programmes. She has worked as an independent consultant designing and authoring e-learning and as a Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sarah is also a tutor for the Open University's MA in Distance and Online Education. Her recent publications consider flexible learning, learning with learning objects and a Virtual Placement for the geosciences.

Adele CushingAdele Cushing commenced her career in education through working as a University secretary and studying IT via distance learning. Having moved institutions to perform a learning support/teaching role, her interest in teaching led her to enrol on a B-ED in Secondary IT. After two years using e-learning in her teaching to further engage less able students she applied for the E-Learning Co-ordinator role at South Nottingham College. Adele was LSN e-learning and technology regional representative for the East Midlands 2006-2007 and she teaches ICT and E-learning to PGCE students. In 2006 she studied E-Learning in the USA as a Walter Hines Page Scholar and is continuing her study with a Masters Degree at Nottingham University.

Laura CzerniewiczAssociate Professor Laura Czerniewicz is the Director of the Centre for Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town. She is currently leading a national project on access and use of ICTs in higher education and has a particular interest in the nature of the emergent field of educational technology globally.

Martin DaltryMartin Daltry has worked with the British Council since 1998. As the new Programme Development Manager in Pakistan he is building UK-Pakistan partnerships in school, further and higher education. He has previously managed education programmes in Egypt, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories where he connected eLearning practitioners with the ALT and developed a regional ICT in schools programme for the Near East.

Eta De CiccoEta De Cicco, Development Officer for NIACE, works within the ICT and Learning team to assist with the roll-out of the Learning and Skills Council’s Post-16 e-Strategy work to the Adult and Community Learning sector. She is currently overseeing Niace’s activities with regard to Senior Managers’ E-Learning Training and Support and Institutional ILT/e-learning Strategy Development. She started her working life in training and guidance work as part of Education-Business Partnerships, then moving to Becta where she worked for over a decade, covering a variety of different roles, all involving the use of new technologies to support and enhance teaching and learning across the various education sectors, in particular schools and further education (FE).

Kevin DonovanKevin Donovan retired in 2006 as an e-learning development adviser with the former Learning and Skills Development Agency. Kevin has wide and varied experience of teaching, management and research in post-16 education and training. In recent years this has included responsibility for a number of major evaluation exercises and research into innovation in teaching and learning. He managed the first national e-learning staff development programme. Kevin now works as a self-employed consultant and undertakes projects for disparate organisations.

Vivienne DrakeVivienne Drake's background is in teaching Modern Languages in Secondary and FE, tutoring online, developing online learning materials, developing strategies for supporting online learners, and the practicalities of using e-learning technologies with disadvantaged social groups. Her posts have included various secondary schools, Sheffield College, Ufi/learndirect and her current position is Manager of the Sheffield Family e-Learning Project. This project is aimed at families in two disadvantaged areas in Sheffield and has provided computers, Internet access, learning and support to 240 families.

Marc DupuisMarc Dupuis is currently employed in the central staff of Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is both the university’s e-learning programme manager and e-learning counsellor to the Board. Formerly, Marc was director of the combined IT Department and Language Centre at the Faculty of Arts. Originally, Marc is a linguist. At Leiden University he studied English language and literature and Slavic languages and literature. Marc has a PhD in experimental phonetics.

Janet FinlayJanet Finlay is Professor of Interactive Systems at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is site coordinator for the CETL Active Learning in Computing (a collaborative CETL with Durham, Newcastle and Leeds Universities) which is exploring technologies, pedagogies and environments to encourage active engagement in learning. She also leads the JISC Users and Innovation project Streamline, looking at workflows associated with repository use. Her interests include learning objects and repositories; reuse and transfer of practice; and understanding and enhancing student (and staff) experience of learning technology.

Tom FranklinTom 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 learning environments, standards, portals, evaluation and ubiquitous computing. He believes that ubiquitous computing will have the most profound impact on education and schools, and will move the locus of control towards students. Colleges and universities need to start grappling with it now. He undertakes consultancy for universities, colleges and a wide variety of national bodies.

Doug GowanDoug Gowan is co-founder and Chief Executive of the Open Learning Partnership, a charity dedicated to widening access to learning through the intelligent use of technology. Previously Doug was National Director of the TUC Education Service.


John GrayFor 25 years, until John Gray’s retirement from his job as college principal end-2006, he was involved in the introduction, implementation and development of FE college practice and systems building substantially on the emerging information technology of the day. During most of this period he was involved in national initiatives and organisations that sponsored and supported ILT-led change. Now combining doctorate research of ILT themes at the London University Institute of Education with consultancy work for colleges and companies. More at

Laurence HabibLaurence Habib was awarded her PhD at the Department of Information Systems at the London School of Economics in 2000. She is now an Associate Professor at the Centre for Educational Research and Development at Oslo University College. She is currently the head of the GOLEM project (Generating learning using an Online Learning Environment as a Medium), which explores the consequences of the use of online learning environments on teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Bob HarrisonBob Harrison is a learner and teacher who taught in schools and colleges in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottingham before forming Support for Education and Training following a period as Principal of South Nottingham College just after incorporation. Bob also advises the DfES Standards Unit on e/m learning in the Post 16 sector and is a governor of Northern College, Barnsley and Lostock School in Trafford.. He is a consultant and online tutor and assessor for the National College for School Leadership and works on the NPQH programme at the Manchester University.

Stylianos HatzipanagosStylianos Hatzipanagos is an academic working at King's College London. He contributes to the development and delivery of KILT's (King's Institute of Learning and Teaching) post- and undergraduate programmes and also to the design and development of learning and teaching activities that focus on e-learning and the pedagogy of ICT. He has a first degree in Physics and MScs in Physics Education and in Information Technology (Artificial Intelligence) and his doctoral research was on the design and evaluation of interactive learning environments. His research portfolio includes: innovation in learning and teaching, assessment in higher education, usability and evaluation of educational interfaces, computer mediated communication and computer supported collaborative work.

Amanda JefferiesAmanda Jefferies is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. Since 2005 she has also been seconded to their Blended Learning Unit (CETL), where she is the Evaluation Coordinator. She is currently project leader and joint director for the JISC-funded STROLL project under Phase 2 of the Learners’ Experiences programme. She has presented her research into supporting students and academics in the use of learning technologies widely both in the UK and overseas.

Linzi KempLinzi Kemp is Faculty Associate/Academic Area Coordinator with Empire State College, State University of New York. She teaches and mentors students in the Centers for Distance Learning and International Programs. Originally from the UK, Linzi has worked there in private and public organizations within education, retail and the NHS. Previous educational experience has been international. In the UAE she was professional development coordinator. In Saudi Arabia, she coordinated the information technology curriculum at a Junior High School. In the PRC, she was involved with training teachers.

Gill KirkupGill Kirkup is Deputy Director of the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. She has responsibility for the production and delivery of the Institute’s taught course provision. She has been a course designer, author of materials, online tutor and institutional researcher. At present she is researching and working with eportfolios for lifelong learners . She researches gender and technology issues, and in particular the technologies of learning. She has published widely in this area.

Terry MayesTerry Mayes is Emeritus Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and an ALT Ambassador. He has a long experience as both researcher and practitioner in learning technology. He was Director of Research in the Institute for Computer-Based Learning at Heriot-Watt University from its formation in 1990. His early work with teaching machines was followed by 18 years in psychology and latterly, computer science, at the University of Strathclyde. Since the late 1980s he has worked extensively on what we would now call e-pedagogy, in various policy, research and practitioner roles. Currently he leads the Evaluation and Dissemination Support Team for the HE Academy/JISC Benchmarking and Pathfinder Programmes.

John McLaughlinA civil servant for 34 years, John McLaughlin is currently responsible in the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills for policy on ICT and on Reducing Bureaucracy in HE and also a Union Rep. An Economics graduate from Essex University he learnt to use Fortran in the 1960s. Since then he has been resting on his technology laurels and only gave up his Word 5.1 four years ago. He therefore represents the Other Side of the Digital Divide.

Marion MillerMarion Miller joined the University of Leeds in 2002 to manage the JISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire and Humber. The centre provides e-learning strategy and implementation support to 6th Form, further education, specialist and higher education colleges; work-based learning providers; and local authorities in the region. The centre is well known for its innovative approaches and their challenging summer conferences which make full use of new and emerging technologies. Originally a mathematics teacher in a comprehensive school, Marion studied for an MSc in Computing at University of Bradford part time after moving into Further Education to lecture in computing at Dewsbury College. In 2002 Marion received a Becta National ICT in Practice award for ‘Management of ICT in FE’ and has presented at a number of National and Regional Conferences. Marion is a member of the National Delivery Group for the DfES Harnessing Technology e-strategy.

Sandra PartingtonSandra Partington recently joined the University of East London, as Project Manager for the "Pathfinder" Project. This HEA funded project aims to embed e-learning across the university. Previously, with 5 years experience in further education, as the E-Learning Manager at City and Islington College, Sandra was responsible for increasing the use of the college virtual learning environment and use of online resources for teaching and learning and providing a professional development programme for staff.

Elaine PearsonElaine Pearson is Director of the Accessibility Research Centre in the School of Computing, University of Teesside, UK, and is also a Principal Lecturer with responsibility for supporting the development of accessible practices. Elaine has published and presented extensively in journals and conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia on the subject of accessibility and online learning, was an invited Program Co- Chair for EDMEDIA 2006, is on the editorial board of a number of journals and has been a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of New South Wales, Australia since 2000. She coordinates and contributes to a number of research projects funded by HEFCE, ESF, ERDF, JISC and HEIF. Her personal research interests focus on supporting academics in achieving inclusive practice; and creating flexible, and adaptable learning objects to improve the educational experience for all students.

Ismael Peña-LópezIsmael Peña-López is lecturer of Public Policies for Development and ICT4D at the Open University of Catalonia. His main research fields are the Digital Divide, Information and Communication Technologies for Development and the Knowledge Society; being also personal/professional interests Open Science and e-Learning. His background is in Economics but has also training in Knowledge Management and Ecoaudit and Environmental Planning. He was founder and Director of the University's cooperation for development programme, mostly about e-learning for development. He is editor of ICTlogy.

John PhelpsJohn Phelps is Chair of the ALT Membership Services Committee. John has worked in the field of Higher Education for sixteen years, and specialised in learning technology since 1998. He has been involved with the Association since 2003, initially as a member of the Events Executive, before being elected a trustee in September 2004. John's interests in Learning Technology include Assessment, Evaluation, and Facilitating Change in Practice. John was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2006.

Andy PowellAndy Powell is currently Head of Development at the Eduserv Foundation, a UK not-for-profit charity that works to support the effective application of ICT in education. At the moment his primary areas of interest are repositories, access and identity management, service architectures and elearning. Andy has had a long involvement with the Dublin Core MetadataInitiative and he is currently involved in work to align the use of DC metadata with IEEE LOM. He was the principle architect of the JISC Information Environment and he continues to advise JISC and the wider community about the use of digital library and elearning interoperability standards. He is a member of the JISC/DEST eFramework for Education and Research Integrity Group.

Simon RaeSimon Rae is a Lecturer in Programmes & Curriculum in the Open University Centre for Professional Learning and Development (CPLD) - part of the OU Business School. He has been working on the OU's Broadcast Strategy Review and on various projects looking at Student Learning from Media. He recently took part in the evaluation of iCOLL, a 2 year European-funded project that linked an exploration of the subject of innovation in an international business studies curriculum with innovative forms of teaching/training for future international managers. Simon has been engaged in the uses of ICT for the support of learning, especially in the humanities, since the mid 1970s.

Steve RyanSteve Ryan is Vice-Chair of ALT. Steve is the Director of the Centre for Learning Technology at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he leads a team of learning technologists supporting E-learning developments across the School. Steve has worked widely in education and has led or contributed to a number of national and international projects in the field of learning technology. He is currently co-director of DART, a major project jointly funded by JISC and the NSF in the USA. Steve has also undertaken consultancies in the health sector, the community and criminal Justice sector, on behalf of the Home Office and for major corporations on a range of topics relating to online and distance learning. His research interests currently focus around the impact of ICT on campus-based teaching and issues relating to reuse, repurposing, and learning design.

George SiemensGeorge Siemens is Founder and President of Complexive Systems Inc., a learning lab focused on assisting organizations to develop integrated learning structures to meet the needs of global strategy execution. George recently authored a book - Knowing Knowledge - an exploration of how the context and characteristics of knowledge have changed, and what it means to organizations today. He is actively involved in research as the Associate Director, Research and Development of the Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba.

Ian SmithIan Smith, a lecturer & teaching fellow at Napier University, is actively researching the use of digital media and the concept of literacy in the delivery and submission of assessment. He is currently the project director of the development of a new suite of postgraduate programmes in eLearning. His published work has covered both his subject specialism digital media and his principal research interest pedagogy. A member of both the university’s MLE Steering group and the ePedaogy Steering Group he is actively involved in the strategic implementation of technology-assisted learning. His other work extends to enhancing the experience for students with specific learning difficulties and the student retention project.

John TraxlerJohn Traxler is Reader in Mobile Technology for e-Learning and Director of the Learning Lab. He is keen to look at innovative technologies to support diverse communities of students in the UK and explore ways of using appropriate innovative technologies to deliver education in developing countries especially sub Saharan Africa. He is jointly responsible for workshops on mobile learning for UK universities and similar workshops in Africa, Canada and India. He was invited to the Microsoft Mobile Learning Summit in Seattle and is advising a project for Kenya farmers that uses blended web-based and phone-based technology and works with South Africa’s Meraka Institute.

Michael VallanceMichael Vallance is an Associate Professor at Future University, Japan. He has a Doctorate in Education from Durham University. He is the co-author of Using IT in the Language Classroom (ISBN 0-13-127536-4) and co-editor of Teaching English to ESL Chinese students (ISBN 981-244-975-2). He is currently researching task design and associated cognitive outcomes enabled by synchronous technologies. Visit Michael's website.

Steve WalkerSteve Walker is a Senior Lecturer in Leeds Metropolitan University's Innovation North, and a researcher in the newly established Centre for Social Innovation. Steve's teaching and research interests centre on social informatics, the study of ICT design and use in their social and organisational settings, and has used this perspective in the study of e-learning. Over the last decade Steve has been lead evaluator on a series of large-scale European projects developing e-learning in transnational trade union education.

Sharon WallerSharon Waller is currently seconded from her post as Deputy Director for learning and teaching development at Anglia Ruskin University for a period of two years to the Higher Education Academy as part of the Academy/JISC collaboration initiative to support the implementation of HEFCE's e-learning strategy. She has worked in the field of learning technologies for over 10 years as a software developer, lecturer, researcher and consultant. Sharon co-chaired ALT-C 2007 and is an external examiner with the OU's Institute of Educational Technology. Sharon's research interests include: communities of practice theory and the development of online learning communities and the impact of technological developments on approaches to learning and teaching and the organisational context of learning.

Hannah WhaleyHannah Whaley is a Learning Technologist at the University of Dundee. Hannah specialises in designing and programming innovative software solutions to enhance learning, including the Self and Peer Assessment system released by Blackboard following a partnership with the University of Dundee. Enhancements to elearning systems in the areas of student retention, personal development planning and groupwork assessment have been furthered by her developments and information dissemination at conferences. Hannah won the inaugural ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award in 2007.

Janice WhatleyJanice Whatley is a lecturer in computing and information systems at the University of Salford, UK. She is keen to exploit various forms of CMC to support learners. Research interests include tools to support collaboration in online learning and student peer review, and developing transferable skills in students, including the design of software systems to support skill acquisition through student team working. She has published in various journals and conferences and was Co-Chair of InSITE’06.

Steve WheelerSteve Wheeler is Senior Lecturer in Education and ICT in the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth. He has worked with educational media and technology since 1976, and has worked as a consultant on several groundbreaking e-learning projects, including the RATIO project (UK) and South Dakota’s state wide broadband network (USA). He is a visiting lecturer/professor at several universities in the US and Czech Republic and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences worldwide. His research interests include learner perception and e-learning, and he serves on the editorial boards of five international academic journals, including Interactive Learning Environments and IRRODL.

Christine WhitehouseChristine Whitehouse undertakes consultancy for universities, colleges, and national bodies and was until recently Head of the Centre for Educational Development and Materials at the University of Derby. Her focus is the delivery of blended learning solutions and associated pedagogy; recent projects have included JISC E-Assessment Case Studies and HEFCE Flexible Learning Pathfinder project. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, has an MSc in Technology for Learning and has worked in the area of technology supported learning for 15 years; prior to that she was an IT project manager. She directed 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. On the European Commission MINERVA - NODE project, she defined models for international e-learning and developed e-learning materials for the business community under a UK Knowledge Transfer Programme. Christine worked previously as a Project Manager/Systems Analyst within the IT industry for 10 years.

Dr Denise WhitelockDr. Denise Whitelock is a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology working in the field of new technologies in distance learning at the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology. She has expertise in electronic assessment and monitoring systems; virtual reality systems for conceptual learning; interactive multimedia for science teaching and computer supported collaborative learning. Denise has recently directed two JISC funded e-assessment projects. These included a RoadMap study, together with a collection of 17 case studies which illustrated innovative and effective practice in e-Assessment. This latter project was in conjunction with the University of Derby.

Diana ZilbermanDiana currently works at Baltimore City Community College. She creates, implements and provides training for over 100 faculty and staff in the areas of teaching and learning with technology, and administrative and student support in online and other distance learning courses. Diana represents BCCC as a board member of Maryland Online and presents workshops at numerous national conferences. Diana also provides consulting services for various distance-learning organisations.