Dr Malcolm Read

Executive Secretary, Joint Information Systems Committee

Malcolm Read

Dr Malcolm Read graduated in 1973 with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and went on to do a PhD at the University of Manchester on the hydrometeorology of a glacial catchment. He then worked in the Overseas Development Administration before moving to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in 1979. He ran the computer department at the Institute of Hydrology before moving into administrative computing to head the Joint Administrative Computing Service of NERC and the, then, Science and Engineering Research Council in 1988.

Since July 1993 Dr Read has worked for the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils as the Executive Secretary to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Apart from his overall responsibility for the Executive he has been particularly involved in ICT policy and strategy development in post 16 education and research. He is also heavily involved in international ICT infrastructure activities particularly in Europe and the United States. He is a keen advocate of the benefits of OER and Open Access for the sector.

Professor Allison Littlejohn

Director, Caledonian Academy and Chair of Learning Technology, Glasgow Caledonian University

Allison Littlejohn

Allison Littlejohn is Director of the Caledonian Academy (a Centre for Expertise in Learning Innovation) and Chair of Learning Technology at Glasgow Caledonian University. As  Shell Senior Researcher she leads a major industry-academia research partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University and Shell Learning, exploring self-regulated learning. Allison has directed a range of Technology Enhanced Learning projects, many related to the creation and use of OERs including Community Dimensions of Learning Object Repositories (CD-LOR, JISC, 2005-07), Learning Literacies for a Digital Age (LLiDA, JISC, 2009), Models for Learning (Mod4L, JISC ePedagogy Programme, 2006-07), Learning from Digital Natives (LDN, HEA, 2006) and has played a leading role in projects including Learning Activity Design in Education (LADIE, JISC, 2005-06), DIDET (JISC, 2002-07). In 2003 she published the first international text on Reusing Online Resources (Routledge, London) and in 2006 established the ‘Connecting with eLearning’ book series  (Routledge) and co-authored ‘Blended eLearning’.

Allison was previously Chair of Learning Technology and Director of the International Centre for Research on Learning at the University of Dundee, Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice at the University of Strathclyde and has held academic positions at the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Thurso College (UK) and the University of Northern Colorado (USA).


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