Speakers

Announcing our EdTech 2019 keynote speakers

Keith Smyth

Professor of Pedagogy, University of the Highlands and Islands

Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy at the University of the Highlands and Islands. With a particular interest in digital education, Keith is known for developing the openly licensed 3E Framework for technology-enhanced learning and has been involved in a range of projects and initiatives focused on technology and inclusive educational practice, co-creative pedagogies and open education. Keith’s recent research with Sheila MacNeill and Bill Johnston explores the place of the digital in relation to the co-location of higher education and the curriculum beyond the physical and virtual confines of universities, and for extending Higher Education as a public good. These topics are explored in the newly published book Conceptualising the Digital University: The intersection of policy, pedagogy and practice. Keith blogs in ‘fits and starts’ at www.3eeducation.org.

Sheila McNeil

Senior Lecturer (Digital Learning), Glasgow Caledonian University

Sheila MacNeill is the Chair of ALT (Association of Learning Technology), independent HE consultant, open educator and artist. With over 20 years experience, Sheila’s interests and skills centre around curriculum design, developing digital capabilities with staff and students and developing effective digital and physical learning spaces. Working with Keith Smyth and Bill Johnston her recent research activity has centred on conceptualising the development of digitally enabled universities. This has culminated in the recent publication of the book, Conceptualising the Digital University: the intersection of policy, pedagogy and practice. Sheila is active on social media, and shares her thoughts and work regularly via her blog (www.howsheilaseesit.net).

Dr. Ruaidhri Neavyn

Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority of Ireland

Ruaidhri is currently employed as an Adviser on Higher Education Policy Development with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in Ireland. His activities in HE policy development have included enterprise engagement activities, industry linked HE programmes, HE system performance frameworks, international collaborative networks and digital strategies. Prior to his appointment as an adviser to the HEA and DES Ruaidhri served as president of two institutes of technology in Ireland; namely the Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Carlow. Prior to these appointments he served in several senior management positions in the Limerick Institute of Technology, including Registrar, Head of Development and Head of the Science Faculty. During his career he has also served on numerous national and regional boards and committees. He has also been an expert advisor for the OECD and EU on several international HE reviews and is currently a member of the Portuguese Higher Education Advisory Council and the OECD advisory group on higher education.

Mary Lyons

Director of National Innovation at SOLAS

Mary Lyons is Director of National Innovation at SOLAS. She has worked as a researcher, lecturer and a skills development specialist with a wide range of learner profiles and sec-tors. Her current role involves developmental work with the FET sector in the areas of workforce development, continuing professional development in the FET sector and technology enhanced learning.

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