2013 Programme Committee

The 2013 programme committee consists of leading Moodlers drawn from Universities, Institutes of Technology, Further Education Colleges and other institutions in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

BeckyBarringtonRebecca Barrington @bbarrington
Learning Technologies and Resources Manager – South Devon College

Rebecca has been using Moodle for over seven years while working at South Devon College. She provides a range of support, training, and information guides for teaching staff. She uses Moodle in her own teaching, including a qualification about virtual learning environments.Rebecca has a keen interest in using technologies to support learning and is continually developing new ways of using Moodle and applying these to online courses for use with students.South Devon College has a reputation for its use of technology, and Rebecca also travelled around the country to deliver training and advice on using Moodle to other organizations as well as at regional and national events. She is also a regular contributor to online VLE forums to share ideas and advice.

jamesclayJames Clay@jamesclay
ILT & Learning Resources Manager – Gloucestershire College

James Clay has been ILT & Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College since November 2006. He is responsible for the VLE, the use of learning technologies, e-learning, mobile learning, the libraries, digital and online resources and the strategic direction of the college in relation to the use of learning technologies.

lynn scarlet clarkLynn Scarlet Clark @scarletclark
Training Design Consultant – PRIMIS, The University of Nottingham

Although Lynn has held the position of Training Design Consultant at PRIMIS (part of The University of Nottingham) for four years now, Lynn had steadily been integrating elearning more and more into a previous role for about four years too. Couple that with the fact that Lynn dabbled in online learning (including early incarnations of Moodle) even before this, then it means I’ve been involved in this area in some description for about ten years.
When you put it into basics, Lynn is really a multimedia designer and copywriter – Lynn just happen to have always had jobs in or around education and training and a very geeky level of interest in technology.

Looking backwards, it might seem that it’s all been part of a grand plan to get to this point, here and now. However, it was definitely more luck than design. Lynn absolutely loves the job she does and she can’t promote Moodle highly enough!Lynn has picked up a lot of skills, experience and information along the way. In amongst all of that, her favourite interests are the intelligent use of graphics and interactivity to enhance learning and also customising the user interface and experience so learning is enjoyable, easy to navigate and just works for the learner.

marycoochMary Cooch@moodlefairy
Teacher and VLE/ICT trainer – Our Learning based at Our Lady’s High Preston

A teacher of languages and latterly geography for 27 years, Mary Cooch is now know widely known as an author, consultant and passionate evangelist of all things Moodle.She wrote Moodle for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds and Moodle 2 First Look, enjoys making screencasts of Moodle features, blogs regularly and helps out on Moodle.org where she works as Documentation Fairy. She “lives” in the OurLearning training centre in the grounds of Our Lady’s Catholic High School Preston where she still enjoys using Moodle in her teaching.

helenfosterHelen Foster @moodlehelen
Moodle Community Manager – Moodle.com

As well as helping (and playing!) with moodle.org admin, Helen keeps an eye on the other Moodle community sites, such as Moodle Docs, the Moodle Tracker, the School Demo site and MOOCH, and works closely with Moodle HQ developers. Helen is joint author of the second edition of the O’Reilly book Using Moodle, which is rather old now (written for Moodle 1.8) but which is still available for download for free from Moodle Docs.

markglynnMark Glynn @glynnmark
Flexible Learning – Institutes of Technology Ireland

Following a PhD in Organic Chemistry Mark spent just under five years working in Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) building relationships between the education sector and the pharmaceutical industry. Mark then worked as a lecturer for both ITT Dublin and Hibernia College to lecture chemistry at all levels from first year to masters’ students, both face to face and on-line.Recently Mark has completed a certificate in teaching and learning and a MSc in E-learning. Mark now works for the Institutes of Technology of Ireland. The main role of his present job is to increase the capacity of each institute to deliver their modules and courses in a flexible manner.

gavinhenrick Gavin Henrick @ghenrick
ELearning Consultant – Learning Technology Services

Gavin Henrick is a solutions consultant based in Dublin, Ireland who works with assisting organisations to implement a range of open source learning technologies including Moodle and Mahara.Gavin has worked with technology in business, learning and development for over 10 years and has been working with Moodle, Mahara, DSpace and other open-source applications for the last 4 years. Through experience of a wide suite of tools Gavin is able to advise on a wide range of consultancy solutions.Gavin currently focuses on supporting organisations with e-learning projects including Moodle 2 rollouts and upgrade strategies through project consultancy and training workshops.

janehollandJane Holland @drjaneholland
Lecturer of Anatomy – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Jane Holland is a graduate in Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin. She originally practised as a surgeon for 8 years and then took up a full-time post at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, who this year nominated her for a NAIRTL National Award for Excellence in Teaching.  In addition to her involvement with undergraduate education, she also participates in postgraduate programs within RCSI, such as Operative Surgical Skills Courses, and is an Examiner for the Surgical Membership Exams.Dr Holland is involved in providing a number of in-house workshops regarding multiple aspects of assessment within the College, and has ongoing research projects examining best practise in Medical Education.

mattjennerMatt Jenner @mattjenner
Distance Learning Facilitator – University College London

Matt has dabbled in e-learning for 8 years for children and adults and some inbetween. After being a Learning Technologist for 4 years at UCL he is now their distance learning person, a whole new area to explore (and it also covers our CPD and any open/free/mooc style movements we encouter too). A very exciting role and Matt is looking forward to getting his teeth into it.Moodle powers most of our online courses, so gotta love it.

rossmackenzieRoss MacKenzie @rossmackenzie
Learning Systems Manager – The Open University

Ross joined the Open University in 1995 as a Software Designer, and over the last 17 years been involved with more online learning initiatives than he can remember.He currently leads the Learning and Teaching Systems team which develops and supports the OU’s Moodle-based Virtual Learning Environment and Elluminate installation.  He’s been known to claim that he leads the biggest Moodle development team anywhere!

clairemcaviniaClaire McAvinia @clairemca
Learning Technologist – NUI Maynooth, Ireland

Claire joined NUI Maynooth in 2004, taking up the post of Learning Technologist in 2005. Her role is to work with colleagues across the university using e-learning in their disciplines, in particular the Moodle virtual learning environment. She worked in the UK from 1998-2004, gaining wide-ranging experience in the evaluation and use of new technologies for learning and teaching. She has also taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.Claire holds a BA and PhD from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA from the University of Kent. She has postgraduate certificates in learning and teaching from University College London and the Open University. Her doctoral research drew on Activity Theory to examine the adoption of Moodle in a university, from the point of strategic decision through to teaching and learning in specific subjects.

BrianMoellerBrian Moeller
E-learning consultant – Aalborg University, Denmark

Brian has been working at Aalborg University since 2003. First at e-Learning Lab – Center for User Driven Innovation, Learning and Design (http://www.ell.aau.dk) and for the last year and a half at the e-learning unit (ELSA) at Aalborg University (http://www.elsa.aau.dk). ELSA is responsible for providing technical, organizational and pedagogical support in use and maintenance of e-learning systems for educational activities at the University of Aalborg.In addition, Brian has MA in Human Centered Informatics, from Aalborg University as well.

nitin parmarNitin Parmar @nrparmar
Learning Technologist – University of Bath

Nitin is a Learning Technologist in the e-Learning team which is based within the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office at the University of Bath.As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he provides advice, support and training to academic and professional departments for a range of applications to support technology enhanced learning. His work is focused around ideas for providing experiential learning for students to reduce the gap between current and desired performance.He is particularly passionate about the use of technology in lecture theatres to enhance the student learning experience, and have lead on several related initiatives across the university.

howardramsayHoward Ramsay
Learning Technology Adviser – University of Strathclyde
laurawidgerLaura Widger @lwidger
eLearning Support Unit Manager – Waterford Institute of Technology

Laura holds the position of Manger of the eLearning Support Unit and is responsible for coordinating all the eLearning related systems and activities within WIT. Laura has extensive experience within the area of eLearning and and is actively involved in a number of funded eLearning related research projects in WIT.She has led the integration of the VLE into core information systems within WIT and the successful migration of the Virtual Learning Environment from a proprietary to an open source solution.Laura is a graduate of WIT holding a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Software Development and a Masters in Science. Her MSc focused on creating creating reusable computer based assessments and she has published in the area of eLearning.