Surviving and Thriving - Effective Innovation and Collaboration in the New Higher Education

03 November 2016 - 04 November 2016

Location: Hilton Hotel Metropole, Brighton

Alejandro (Ale) Armellini, Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in HE, University of Northampton @alejandroa

Ale provides institutional leadership in learning and teaching across all faculties and services at the University of Northampton. Central to Ale’s role are (1) Northampton's Learning and Teaching Strategic Plan, (2) leading course redesign and delivery towards student-centered, team- and evidence-based, innovative practices in blended and online learning and teaching, with a particular focus on deploying those practices at the new Waterside Campus, opening in September 2018, and (3) the development, implementation and evaluation of Northampton’s professional development scheme for academic staff, in alignment to the UK Professional Standards Framework. Ale’s research focuses on learning innovation, online pedagogy, course design in blended and online environments, institutional capacity building and open practices. Teams under his leadership have researched the application of learning technologies in diverse academic settings. His PhD tutees research specific areas in the field of educational technology, pedagogy, openness and pedagogic innovation. He is active in consultancy work globally. Ale can be found online at Twitter @alejandroa and on his blog https://alejandroarmellini.wordpress.com/

Publications and further details are available from http://www.northampton.ac.uk/directories/people/ale-armellini

Rhona Sharpe, Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University @rjsharpe

Professor Rhona Sharpe has worked as an educational developer in higher education for 20 years. She is a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She and her team in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development run workshops, online courses, and offer consultancy for higher education institutions across the UK and internationally.

Rhona has led a number of projects investigating learners’ experiences of technology in both further and higher education. These projects are interesting for their innovative research methods and techniques for eliciting students’ expectations and experiences of using technology in their learning. For many year she chaired ELESIG; a special interest group for those interested in evaluations of learners' experiences of e-learning.

Rhona’s interests in designing for learning and learner experience are well represented in two books co-edited with Helen Beetham: Rethinking pedagogy for the digital age (2007, 2nd Ed 2013) and Rethinking learning for the digital age (2010). She is interested in the processes by which we design online learning spaces and the digital literacies and attributes that learners need in order to learn well in them. Her latest book 53 Interesting ways to support learning online will be out in 2016.

Sheila MacNeill,Senior Lecturer (Digital Learning),Academic Quality and Development, Glasgow Caledonian University @sheilmcn

Sheila MacNeill is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning, within Academic Quality and Development at Glasgow Caledonian University. Workingas part of a central unitprovidingCPD for staff, Sheila's main roles are around the development of staff confidence andcapacityto maximisetheuse oflearningand teachinginnovation with a focus on digital capabilities and the development of strategic pedagogicdirectionforlearning technology.

Sheila also works with colleagues across the university to support the development of approaches open education practice. Open-ness is at the heart of Sheila’s professional practice and she regularly blogs about her adventures and musing in and around the use of technology in education @ howsheilaseesit.wordpress.com/.

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