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The ALT Central Executive Committee


President: Carol Higgison

Chair: Gilly Salmon

Vice-chair: Martin Oliver

Honorary Treasurer: Fred Pickering

Honorary Secretary: Liz Bennett


Liz Bennett

2009 - re-elected for a second three year term

Liz BennettLiz Bennett was appointed Honorary Secretary of ALT in 2009. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield where she is the course leader of an MSc in Multimedia and Elearning. Previously she worked at the Open University where she was involved in developing online courses (Computing with Confidence: Learning Online and You, Your Computer and the Net). She is committed to making elearning a successful and fulfilling way of delivering learning. Her research interests are in applying Wenger's ideas of Communities of Practice to elearning. When not working, Liz can be found engaging in stimulating, rewarding, developmental activities with her 3 children - well some of the time anyway.

Haydn Blackey

2009 - coopted

Haydn Blackey Haydn Blackey is a senior member of the University of Glamorgan's Blended Learning Team . As a Principal Lecturer in Blended Learning Curriculum and Assessment Development, Haydn's role within the team is 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 curriculum 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.

John Cook

2009 - coopted

John has previously served as Vice-chair, Chair, and President of ALT

John CookJohn Cook (PhD MSc BSc CEng MBCS CITP FHEA) is Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) at the Learning Technology Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. He has a cross-university role of E-Learning Project Leader and sits on the Universitys small core planning group for Teaching, assessment, learning and TEL. John has over 14 years previous experience as a full-time lecturer at various HEIs and in 2007 was made a University Teaching Fellow. He has over 8 years project management experience, which includes AHRB, BECTA, HEFCE (CETL Manager 2005-2008) and EC work. Furthermore, John has been part of research and development grant proposals that have attract £4 million in competitive external funding. In addition, he has published/presented around 200 refereed articles and invited talks in the area of TEL, having a specific interest in four related areas: informal learning, mobile learning, appropriation and work-based learning. He was Chair/President of the Association for Learning Technology (2004-06), he is currently the Chair of ALTs Research Committee and is a member of the Joint Information Systems Committee Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group. John sits on various journal editorial boards and conducts Assessor and review work for the ESRC, EPSRC, EU, DfES and Science Foundation of Ireland. For more information: Link to John Cook's staff webpage Link to TEL Blog webpage Link to John Cook's Twitter webpage Link to John Cook's Slideshare webpage

Linda Creanor

2008 - re-elected for a three year term after serving previously as Vice-Chair, Chair, and President

Lidna CreanorLinda Creanor is the Development Director (Professional Practice) in the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University where she teaches and develops technology enhanced learning, as well as contributing to GCU's professional development programme. She has been involved in a range of national and international learning technology projects as a researcher, designer, evaluator and consultant, and has presented and published widely. Current research interests include the learner's experience of e-learning and the impact of online communities in a social action context. She is a registered practitioner of the Higher Education Academy, and a past President of ALT.

David Dyet

2009 - coopted

David DyetDavid Dyet is the ICT Systems Manager at Reid Kerr College, Paisley where he has responsibility for the development and management of integrated learning and business systems. He has a particular interest in using ICT to enhance the student experience from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond. Since joining the College sector in 1994 he has also held the positions of ICLT Manager, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer.As a Senior lecturer he led the development of HND and HNC qualification in eCommerce. He has also participated in a wide range of funded learning technology projects as a team member, consultant, project manager and project director. Between 2005 and 2007 he was project director for the £1,000,000 BlendEd project which was funded by the Scottish Funding Council under its eLearning Transformation Programme. He has also served on a wide range of sectoral committees including the ALT Further Education Committee which he joined in 2005.

Carol Higgison

Elected as Vice-Chair in 2008

Carol HiggisonCarol Higgison is President of ALT. Carol has been involved in ALT since 1996 when she attended her first conference and has previously served on the Membership services committee. Carol is Senior Adviser on e-Learning at the University of Bradford where she advises on strategy, policy and practice in relation to e-Learning and is currently the institutional lead on e-Portfolio implementation. Carol also teaches and advises staff on e-learning developments and contributes to the University's professional development programme. She has also managed a number of national projects and programmes and her current research interests include the learners' experiences of e-learning and the role of e-portfolios in developing learner autonomy. Carol is currently leading her Learning Technology Team of seven through the CMALT application process.

Dr Liz Masterman

2009 - elected for a three year term

Liz MastermanLiz is a senior researcher with the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services. Her main field of research is Learning Design, and she is currently involved in the ESRC/EPSRC-funded Learning Design Support Environment project, part of the TLRP TEL programme. She also recently led an investigation into the experiences of Master's students at Oxford University, as part of the JISC Learner Experiences of E-learning programme. Liz also has an interest in the integration of cognitive and sociocultural approaches in the design and evaluation of learning technologies.

Dick Moore

2010 - re-elected for a second three year term

Dick Moore Dick Moore is Chair of the Publications Committee and now runs his own company Moore Answers an IT interim/consultancy and change management house that is particularly keen on charities and education systems and infrastructure. Dick was until May 2010 Director of Technology at learndirect one of the largest e-learning organisations in the world with some 3 million learners on the system and delivering 500,000 enrolments annually. Previously Dick was Vice-President for Systems and Information at a Los Angeles-based company ' ' an industrial auction site and before that was Director of ICT at both Sheffield College and Doncaster College, two of Europe's largest Further Education institutions. During the 80s he was Director of a new media company 'Interactive Media Resources', working with Interactive Video and Educational Software and wrote educational software and simulations for the Stock Exchange, Shell and Tandy Corporation amongst others. Dick has a BSc in Botany specialising in Taxonomy.

Martin Oliver

Elected as vice-chair in 2010

Photo and biog to follow.

Fred Pickering

2006 - coopted

Fred PickeringFred Pickering is Honorary Treasure of ALT and Chair of the Further Education Advisory Committee. Until December 2007 Fred was Director of Sixth Form at Barnsley College and a member of the SMT in which capacity he chaired the ICLT Committee. Fred was an early adopter of e-learning technology in FE and a founding member of the award winning LeTTOL team, completing an online Masters Degree on the subject from the University of Sheffield in 1998. More recently he has been involved in a trans-European Leonardo project resulting in the Net-Trainers qualification being available in nine language versions. As a result of the experience he is currently involved in a project investigating pan-European accreditation for vocational training.

Vanessa Pittard

2010 - elected for a three year term

Photo and biog to follow.

Gilly Salmon

Elected as vice-chair in 2009

Gilly SalmonGilly Salmon is chair of ALT, Professor of E-learning and Learning Technologies at the University of Leicester, UK, and head of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance and the Media Zoo (on campus, online and in Second Life). Gilly's research interests span strategies for enhancing learning with and through new technologies, the future for learning in Higher Education and innovation through learning design. She is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Academy's Council and Board. Gilly's role at the University of Leicester includes: development and implementation of e-learning and pedagogical innovation strategy across the University; student centred pedagogical development and support processes for distance and campus based learning across the institution; and establishment of high level dissemination and research to practice, innovation to mainstream processes at Leicester and throughout the sector through the Media Zoo concept.
Gilly has two research degrees in Change Management and ICT and pedagogy.

Dr Nicola Whitton

2008 - elected for a three year term

Nicola WhittonNicola Whitton is a Research Fellow in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University. Nicola has worked in a variety of roles within Higher Education over the past ten years, including learning technologist, multimedia developer, lecturer, and researcher. Her current research interests focus on the use of games and related activities to enhance learning, student engagement and autonomy, and the development of collaborative learning communities.

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