Keynotes for EdTech 2012 include:

The EdTech Plenary Panel discussion will feature education, government and industry representation to discuss the future of the Irish and international technology-enhanced landscape. We are delighted that the panel will include Dr. Muiris O’Connor from the Higher Education Authority Policy and Planning Unit, and look forward to discussing the establishment of the National Academy for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, amongst other key teaching and learning topical issues, with our panel members.

Martin Oliver

Martin Oliver researches uses of technology in higher education , with particular interests in how people make sense of the technologies they encounter and use them to support their educational aims. He also studies learning in the context of virtual worlds and digital games. Martin is a Reader in ICT in Education based in the London Knowledge Lab, a research centre at the Institute of Education, University of London; he is Chair of the Association of Learning Technology (; and serves on the editorial boards of Research in Learning Technology; Learning, Media and Technology; Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning; and Innovations in Education & Teaching International.

Lesley Gourlay

Lesley Gourlay is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literacies in t he Department of Culture, Communication & Media, and Director of the Academic Writing Centre at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her background is in Applied Linguistics, and her current research interests include academic literacies, multimodality and digital mediation in higher education, focusing on meaning-making, textual practices, digital literacies and multimodality. She also works in the area of boundaries, transitions and trajectories in HE, looking at issues such as internationalisation, support staff, practitioner-lecturers and ‘non-traditional’ students. She is currently leading a JISC-funded project on Digital Literacies at the IOE.


Martha Rotter

Martha Rotter is the developer and co-founder of Woopie, a platform to create beautiful digital publications. In December 2011, she recently launched her own online publication for the Irish technology community, Idea Magazine. Martha is a web developer living in Dublin, Ireland, and splits her time between her startup projects, freelance web development work, and lecturing at the National College of Ireland and the Digital Skills Academy. Outside of development, Martha works with technology-focused community organizations including OpenCoffee Dublin and Age Action.

Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw is a Researcher/Analyst at JISC infoNet researching Digital Literacies, Mobile Learning and Open Educational Resources. He is part of the JI SC Programme Support team for Digital Literacies and recently completed and successfully defended his doctoral thesis in this area. As an open educator, his thesis was available online as he wrote it and can now be found at In order to make his academic work even more accessible he is writing an e-book called The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies. This can be found via his website at Prior to working at JISC infoNet, Doug was Director of e-Learning at large Academy for ages 3-19 in the north of England, and before that taught History and ICT. As such, he has a great interest in education at all stages and believes we need to question why we do what we do. Doug is co-kickstarter of Purpos/ed, an organisation that exists to provoke and sustain debate around the question, “What is the purpose of education?” (