Keynote speakers and panel members

Keynote speakers

Catherine Ngugi, Project Director, OER Africa, a Saide Initiative
http://www.oerafrica.org/catherine.ngugi@gmail.com@cnngugi

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©UNESCO cc-by

Since its inception in 2008 she has been responsible for diversifying both its product offering and its funding base. She holds an MA from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). OER Africa was established to support faculty in African universities to deploy OER as tool towards improved teaching and learning.

Catherine began her career in the private sector, working for a multinational manufacturer in Nairobi, Kenya. She relocated to Dakar Senegal, where she designed and initiated an Endowment Fund Plan for CODESRIA (the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa). Later, whilst with the Oxfam GB West Africa Regional Office, she facilitated the funding by SIDA (Swedish International Donor Agency) of the West Africa Regional Girls Education Program and subsequently trained Oxfam partners and staff in sustainability issues.

A Rockefeller Associate of the African Gender Institute, Catherine has co-edited various publications including the eight country report on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Higher Education in Africa. Her work has been published in the journals Kwani, Journal of African Cultural Studies and Distance Education amongst others. Most recently she contributed to Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources and Change in Higher Education: Reflections from Practice, COL, UNESCO (June 2012).


Wendy Carr, National Union of Students, Newcastle University
wendy.carr@ncl.ac.uk 

Wendy is a fourth year Engineering Doctorate student in Biopharmaceutical Process Development at the Biopharmaceutical Bio-processing Technology Centre at Newcastle University. Her research focuses on understanding the fundamental science behind pharmaceutical plant cleaning.  Having worked in the Bio-pharmaceutical sector for many years at companies including Cobra Biologicals, Millipore and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Wendy feels that this research could instigate a step change in how we approach plant cleaning and help improve manufacturing processes.

 In addition to her current studies, Wendy is school representative for research within Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. She is engineering editor for the online magazine Experimentation and is the recipient of the Ashok Kumar Commemorative Fellowship 2014.

Wendy is passionate about communication of complex science and strives to make it accessible for all. She is actively engaged in promotion and explanation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the North East which is something she is exceptionally enthusiastic about. 


Tim Slatford, Faculty Officer, Leeds Metropolitan University
t.slatford@leedsmet.ac.uk

Tim Slatford serves as a part time Faculty Officer at within the Students’ Union Leeds Metropolitan University. Working with the Vice President of Education and course representatives, he ensures that the education students receive around his faculty is to a first class standard by chairing regular forums and tackling issues when they arise.

As a mature student, Tim revisited further education almost seven years ago and started a journey that has spanned GCSE’s and journalism within college, and now a final year undergraduate at Leeds Metropolitan University studying Retail Marketing and Management. He has been involved with the students union from day one. Serving as a course representative in his first year and working as a Faculty Representative in his second year. His time involved with the union has enabled him to push for many changes around his faculty including increased study rooms, more computers, extended library services and a not for profit café run by students. Recently he has served as an NUS Delegate at National Conference to represent the students of the university and is currently considering a post graduate degree for Leadership and Management within Education. 


Professor Clive Mulholland, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Student Experience, University of South Wales
clive.mulholland@southwales.ac.uk

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©University of South Wales (used with permission)

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Clive Mulholland is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Student Experience at the University of South Wales, and has strategic responsibility for research, and the enhancement of teaching and learning.  Before joining South Wales, Clive held positions at the University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast and Swansea University. He began his career in the scientific civil service before moving to the NHS and eventually to the university sector. Originally  a biomedical scientist by training, over the last 15 years he has developed a particular expertise in how new technologies can be exploited to enhance the student experience, both in and out of the classroom.


Panel chair

Professor Allison Littlejohn, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University
http://www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/people/littlejohn.html | littlebylittlejohn.com | @allisonl

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©Elsevier (used with permission)

Professor Allison Littlejohn is Director of the Caledonian Academy, a research centre exploring technology enhanced professional learning in the public and private sectors, and is Chair of Learning Technology at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. Her area of specialism is technology enhanced professional learning. Allison is leading industry-academic research partnerships with multinational companies, most notably Royal Dutch Shell, for whom she was Senior Researcher 2008-2010.

She was Principal Investigator for the Synthesis & Evaluation of the Jisc UKOER Programme (2009-12 http://www.gcu.ac.uk/academy/oer/), the HEFCE OER Review (2012-13 http://tinyurl.com/blvwak9), the EC-funded OER4Adults (2012-13 http://www.gcu.ac.uk/academy/oer4adults/) and Professional Learning in MOOCs (2012-13, http://www.gcu.ac.uk/academy/pl-mooc/) funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation MOOC Research Initiative. Allison has also led research funded by the European Commission (EC), Jisc, Higher Education Academy (HEA), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), and has been a senior scientist on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Council, Australian Research Council (ARC) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). She edited Reusing Online Resources in 2003 and recently co-edited Reusing Open Resources, which will be published by Routledge in May 2014 (Littlejohn A and Pegler C (Eds) (2014). Reusing Open Resources: learning in open networks for work, life and education. Routledge: New York). 


Panel members

Jonathan Worth NTF FRSA, Course Director MA and BA Photography, Coventry University
http://jonathanworth.com | http://www.phonar.org | @jonathan_worth

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©Jonathan Worth (used with permission)

Jonathan has worked out of New York and London as a professional photographer since 1998. His work features in a wide range of international editorial publications and is on permanent collection at the UK’s National Portrait Gallery. His work developing new business models for photographers was described in the European Parliament as “Breaking new ground for photographers” and in recognition he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce.

In 2009 Jonathan authored and delivered the world’s first open undergraduate photography class for Coventry University which saw over 35,000 people visit in just one term and was described by WIRED as “shaking up photo-education. In the same year he designed with Peter Woodbridge the world’s first “Undergraduate Photography Class in an App”. His work leveraging the social web for photographers was featured in Creative Commons’ The Power Of Open in 2011 and as case study for the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee in 2012, when he was invited to speak at the Houses of Parliament. Most recently Jonathan was invited out to MIT’s Media Lab to hack Post-MOOC models for Open Education and then to speak at the British Academy with the UK Minister for Universities David Willetts who describes his work as “thought leading”. In 2013 Jonathan was made a National Teaching Fellow and his work redesigning the BA Hons course was awarded UC Irvine and MIT’s Reclaim Open Learning Prize.


Professor Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology, Institute for Educational Technology, The Open University
https://www.futurelearn.com/ | http://www.open.ac.uk/personalpages/mike.sharples/ | @sharplm

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Mike Sharples is Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. He also has a post as Academic Lead for the FutureLearn company. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning. He inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning.  He is Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. His projects include the nQuire: Young Citizen Inquiry, funded by Nominet Trust, to engage young people in online science investigations, the JUXTALEARN project on science learning through creative media, and OpenScience Laboratory to offer practical science online.  He is lead author of the Innovating Pedagogy series of reports and author of over 300 papers in the areas of educational technology, science education, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.


Victoria (Torie) Eva, Policy Manager, Pearson Plc
http://www.pearson.com | victoria.eva@pearson.com

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©Pearson Plc (used with permission)

Victoria Eva is a Policy Manager at Pearson Plc. Prior to joining Pearson, Victoria served as the Head of Communications at The Publishers Association, the leading UK trade association representing book, journal and electronic publishers. The Publishers Association engages with the UK Government on issues such as copyright and Intellectual Property rights. Victoria joined The Publishers Association following three years at Spada Ltd, a communications and PR consultancy specialising in legal, financial and real estate sectors. As an Account Manager, Victoria’s main accounts included leading national and international media law firms. In her current role at Pearson, Victoria consults on a broad range of policy issues, including data protection and privacy, copyright and IP, accessibility and cybersecurity.


Alan Levine, CogDog.it
http://cogdogblog.com/ | @cogdog 

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©Alan Levine (pinched off his website)

Recognised for expertise in the application of new technologies to education Alan was a pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, he shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. Among his recent interests are new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox), as well as leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106.

Most recently he was instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges. Currently he is exploring new options under the banner of his own creation CogDog.it.

When possible, he enjoys the peace of a little cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. His interests include digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the infinite river of the internet.