We are excited to reveal our fabulous guest speakers for the upcoming event in May: Tom Farrelly, Sharon Flynn and Bryan Mathers, read all about them and their work below. As a community one of the important elements is sharing our practice with others and the call for abstracts is also now OPEN.
Registration is OPEN for the 2020 event on 4th May, at Ulster University, Jordanstown campus. Full details of how to get there are on the Eventbrite page.
Call for abstracts
This year we are using the gasta format, created by Tom and Eamon Costello, which means you have 5 minutes to tell your story. Read all about it on the Can you Gasta? blog.
Abstract submission form – deadline for submissions is Thursday 9th April 2020
Themes this year include: Student data and learning analytics; Creativity across the curriculum; Critical frames of reference; Learning Technology for wider impact or if you don’t think these are suitable for your topic choose Wildcard.
Dr Tom Farrelly
Tom has been a lecturer on Social Care and Nursing programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 2012. Since 2005 he become more and more involved in Technology Enhanced Learning in support of teaching and learning strategy and currently divides his time between research, teaching and academic developer. He also has extensive experience in the development of blended delivery courses and modules and supporting teaching staff in developing digital literacy skills in support of their teaching and learning.
Dr Sharon Flynn
Sharon is Project Manager for Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities, a 3 year project funded through the Higher Education Authority Innovation and Transformation Programme. She works closely with senior academic leaders across the university sector to develop, pilot, review and roll out an ambitious staff development programme to enhance the digital confidence, skills and competences of those who teach in Irish universities.
Sharon is a successful hybrid academic with more than 23 years of experience working in higher education in Ireland. Before joining the IUA she was the Assistant Director at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at NUI Galway, where she focused on academic staff development and lead a team of learning technologists. She has been an Associate of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a member of the Professional Development Expert Group. She started her academic career as a lecturer in the Discipline of Information Technology at NUI Galway. She has a PhD in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow.
The visual genius behind VisualThinkery.com.
“But it’s not really drawing itself that butters my parsnips, it’s the thinking – or more precisely – visually articulating a thought. So I’ve made it my job to help others catch thoughts and articulate them visually. As such, I’ve created thinkery for a whole bunch of Organisations. The Open University, Hack Education, City & Guilds, Reclaim Hosting, Creative Commons, Mindshift… I’ve created thinkery for a whole bunch of people too, and often because I’ve tripped over a turn of phrase in a conversation, or a sentence in a blog post, and a picture has appeared in my head.”
The banner image in this post is just one of his amazing creations.