Webinar Hosted by SEDA

Educational development and learning technology: challenges and opportunities

03 July 2020

Sue Beckingham is a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Lecturer in Digital Analytics and Technologies in the Department of Computing at Sheffield Hallam University with a lead role in Learning Teaching and Assessment. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Certified Member of ALT and a Certified Management and Business Educator. Her research interests include social media for learning and digital identity, and the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching; and she has published and presented this work nationally and internationally as an invited keynote speaker. She writes a blog called Social Media for Learning and can be found on Twitter as @suebecks. In 2015 she was shortlisted by Jisc as one of the Top 50 most influential higher education (HE) professionals using social media.An advocate of informal learning, she is a co-founder of the international #LTHEchat 'Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Twitter Chat'.

Dr David Walker is University Lead for Online Education and Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Sussex with responsibility for leading the provision of specialist academic development advice and support to Schools to enhance teaching practice and enrich student learning. Dr Walker also provides strategic oversight of the University's online distance learning course provision including management of the relationship with the University's online distance learning partner, Pearson. David is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a founding Editor of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP), a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and Co-Chair of the SEDA Conference and Events Committee.Dr Walker holds a number of external positions including Honorary Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Dundee, External Examiner for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at Nottingham Trent University, External Reviewer for the Nottingham Trent University Advance HE accredited Fellowship Scheme and External Reviewer for the University of the Highlands and Islands Advance HE accredited ALPINE Framework.

Sheila MacNeil is an independent consultant, open educator and writer, specialising in all aspects of supporting digital learning and teaching primarily within the UK HE sector. Sheila has over 20 years experience within education working in a range of national and institutional roles covering curriculum design, assessment and feedback, learning analytics, developing digital capabilities, learning spaces and almost everything else in between. Sheila is an active blogger, and commentator on educational developments. For the past 3 years has been the Chair of ALT (Association of Learning Technology).

Lawrie Phipps is the Senior Research Lead at Jisc (an organisation providing technology services, advice and guidance to the UK education sector). His current portfolio includes research into institutional digital practices, digital leadership and a range of emerging issues impacting on digital experiences in education and management. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and former co-chair of SEDA. 

Teresa MacKinnon is an award winning language teacher, experienced in both Secondary and Higher Education and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. She is based at Warwick University, UK. She researches and designs to find solutions supporting student-centred pedagogy, innovates through produsage and is a certified Creative Commons educator. She curates professional development resources for language tutors and is resident on twitter as @warwicklanguage. She is a regular participant in #LTHEchat. An active advocate of open educational practice, her international profile sees her currently involved in the EVOLVE project and the Erasmus Plus Virtual Exchange initiative supporting the mainstreaming of virtual exchange.


Peter Hartley (Visiting Professor at Edge Hill and National Teaching Fellow) will introduce and chair the webinar and concluding comments will be provided by Dr. Carole Davis, Co-Chair of SEDA and Head of Academic Development at Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering Solent University.

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