Programme Committee Members
Chris Boon | City College Norwich | Senior TEL Support Analyst
As the Senior TEL Support Analyst at City College Norwich, a large further and higher education college, Chris is employed by Norfolk Education Services to manage, support and advocate learning technology across campuses in Norwich and North Walsham. He has worked at City College for 12 years, and as well as managing the Blackboard Learn system, he supports academic staff in the use of the VLE and other learning technology systems including Planet eStream video platform, Office 365 and various cloud tools. He is leader of the Further Education Blackboard User Group, and is one of three UK-based Blackboard MVPs.
Chris previously worked for Easy i, and later SAI Global, a company which develops online training courses for compliance subjects such as data protection and information security for large blue-chip clients. He had roles as a Systems Developer which included the technical development of courseware, as well as positions in project management and QA, and systems administration where he assisted the maintenance of the IT infrastructure. Chris graduated from the University of York with a Master degree in Electronic Engineering in 2000.
Farzana Latif | University of Sheffield |Digital Learning Manager
Farzana joined the University of Sheffield in 2013 and has accumulated several years of experience working in Higher Educational institutions (University of Manchester, City University London) and the private sector in learning technology-focused roles. Her current role involves shaping the strategic direction of digital learning and managing a central team that supports a wide range of enabling technologies, the remit of which includes expanding our distance learning environment and identifying the potential of emerging technologies and their pedagogic value.
Farzana has a personal interest in the adoption of learning technologies and the different strategies that we as facilitators can put in place to enhance adoption across our institutions. As well as this, she takes an active interest in emerging technologies.
Graham Hall | Northumbria University | Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics/TESOL
Graham Hall is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at Northumbria University, UK, where he teaches on the university’s M.A. Applied Linguistics for TESOL and M.A. TESOL programmes, and the B.A. English Language Studies. Having previously been the Department of Humanities Learning and Teaching lead, he is currently TEL-lead for Northumbria’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, bringing a ‘late-adopter’ perspective to discussions surrounding learning technologies. Beyond this, he is a lecturer and researcher in (English) language teaching and learning, authoring Exploring English Language Teaching: language in action (Routledge, 2011; 2nd edition, 2017), which was the winner of the 2012 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) book prize. He also edited the Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching (2016), and was editor of ELT Journal from 2013-17.
Hilary Griffiths | University of Bristol | Head of Digital Education
Hilary leads the Digital Education Office (DEO) at the University of Bristol, a team with responsibility for a range of digital tools and practices, as well as the development of the digital capabilities of staff. Hilary has worked in further and higher education for over 22 years, focusing on the use of technology to support learning and teaching for the last 20. Hilary’s current areas of interest are the strategic development of the digital learning environment; curriculum development and online learning and teaching. The DEO won a University of Bristol Merit award in 2018 for its outstanding contribution to the University. Hilary sits on the Head of e-Learning Forum Steering group.
Katie Stripe | Imperial College London | Senior Learning Technologist
Twitter: @ktstripe / @implemntproject
As senior learning technologist within the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial Katie works on the design and delivery of blended MSc programmes in the National Heart and Lung Institute and she holds a role on the curriculum review team which aims to bring pedagogy transformation to all the departments in the faculty.
In 2017 she was part of a team that received a grant from to develop the IMPLEMnT project which aims to design and build a tool that helps people in higher education deliver technology enhanced education and in 2018 she was part of the team awarded a grant to developing IMPACTS: An Inclusive Module for Professional And Critical Thinking Skills a blended programme for post-graduate medical students.
Katie is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologists.
Prof. Linda Price | University of Bedfordshire| Director of Academic and Organisational Development
Professor Linda Price is the Director of Academic and Organisational Development in the University of Bedfordshire. She is also a visiting Professor in Lund University in Sweden and in Kingston University, London. She previously worked at the Open University in various strategic leadership roles developing higher education agendas. Linda has over 28 years of experience in higher education in a range of national and international contexts. Her research investigates how organisations can holistically advance strategic university agendas through sustainable and appropriate uses of educational technology. Her research is distinguished by its strong synergistic and strategic approach to research and practice, traversing the fields of education and educational technology, research and scholarship. She has advised the Danish government on the future of higher education and has given numerous international keynotes on how to improve the quality of learning and teaching, supported by technology.
Matt Street | Keele University | Learning Technology Manager
Matt currently leads Learning Technology from the Keele Institute of Innovation and Teaching Excellence (KIITE) fundamental to my role and approach is a strong educational foundation, institutional perspective and a commitment to continually learning and developing. He has 13 years’ experience collaborating with and influencing people to develop their practice, 8 year’s experience designing, developing and delivering professional development opportunities and 5 year’s experience co-leading a PGCert in Teaching and Learning with Technology. During his career he has led a range of institutional projects encouraging changes in practice achieved by taking an open and collaborative approach.
Mary-Ann Letnes | NTNU, Norway | Associate Professor in Pedagogy
Mari Ann Letnes Ph.D is Associate Professor in pedagogy at NTNU. She has conducted several research projects related to children’s use of digital technology in creative projects. She is currently a project manager for DigGiLU, a development project that intends to facilitate professional digital literacy in teacher education and teacher training. She has also conducted a development project entitled “Blackboard for collaboration and innovative teaching in teacher education at NTNU”. This project aimed to facilitate the development of teacher education, enhancing the educational use of Blackboard, to strengthen innovative forms of education and to facilitate varied forms of assessment. She has extensive teaching experience from elementary, secondary and high school in arts and crafts, and she has published several articles, books and speaking as a keynote at conferences.
Dr Megan Kime | University of Leeds | Head of Digital Student Education
Megan is responsible for the academic experience of students and learners on online courses developed by the Digital Education Service. She is currently managing the delivery and evaluation of the Goldman Sachs Foundation 10,000 Women program on Coursera. Amongst other activities, Megan leads a Teaching Enhancement Project funded by the Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence to develop flexible online induction resources for PGT students, and is involved in a cross-institutional digital project to develop a digital literacy framework for staff and students.
In a previous role Megan developed and lead online distance learning programmes in applied ethics delivered via Blackboard Learn. She was awarded a University Student Education Fellowship in 2013 in recognition of her innovative approach to the delivery of online learning and student support. Megan completed her PhD in Political Philosophy at the University of Sheffield in 2010.
Sandra Stevenson-Revill | University of Derby | Business Systems Manager
Sandra is currently joint chair of the midlands user group, and is one of the more technical members of the Blackboard community.
Spending her career working in the field of eLearning, Sandra has been at the University of Derby for more than 20 years. Specialising in the development and management of the learning environment she has worked with her team and the wider university to expand Blackboard to meet all of the University’s requirements. This has involved gaining extensive knowledge not only in the platform and how to expand it, but also in the wider pedagogical implications of technology. Along the way Sandra found time to gain a Masters in the field.
Stuart Hepplestone | Sheffield Hallam University | Senior Lecturer Digital Capability
Stuart has worked in technology-enhanced learning in UK higher education for 20 years, providing professional development to academics using Blackboard and other technologies to enhance their learning and teaching practice.
Stuart’s main area of work and research interest is the use of technology to improve assessment and feedback. Stuart has worked with Blackboard Consulting to develop bespoke assessment solutions for Sheffield Hallam. He was awarded the commended prize in the individual category of the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award 2008 for leading the development and implementation of an Assignment Handler tool that improved processing of student assignments and enhanced how feedback can be provided and acted upon by students.
Stuart will be teaching on the University’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Digital Learning and Teaching.
Programme Committee Secretary
Hervé Didiot-Cook | Blackboard | Client Success Advocate
As a Client Success Advocate Europe Hervé has the opportunity to work directly with current clients especially in the UK, France, Belgium, Norway and Sweden help them to have the best Blackboard experience possible.
Prior joining Blackboard in November 2016, Hervé has worked in UK Higher Education for more than 25 years. He held various roles and responsibilities: lecturer in French, head of department, external examiner, community of practice lead… At LSE for 17 years he worked closely with the learning technology team. He initiated and successfully implemented a broad programme bringing pedagogical and technological innovation to the heart of the student learning experience: Diagnostic testing, assessment and feedback, Digital Storytelling, immersive environment, widening participation, repository…