Guest experts

Each of the regional workshops for Taking forward change in technology-enhanced education featured a nationally renowned expert giving their perspective, and sharing their experiences, on the key challenges, drivers and factors in this area.

The guest experts for the three regional workshops were Andrew Comrie (Kerson Associates), David White (University of Oxford), and Richard Hall (De Montfort University).

You can read about each of the invited guest experts below, and see copies of their presentations on the Workshop Documents page.

Guest expert biographies

Andrew Comrie (Kerson Associates)
Edinburgh Napier University, Tuesday 23rd March

Andrew Comrie has worked in the College and Higher Education sectors for over 20 years holding academic, management and senior management posts. Andrew was Vice-Principal at Lauder College (now Carnegie College) in Fife from 1999 until 2006. Between 2005 and 2007, Andrew was Project Director for the SFC funded e-learning transformation project TESEP project. In 2007, Andrew joined Kerson Associates Ltd as a Director and co-owner. Recent work has included Critical Friend to the HE Academy’s Pathfinder programme, Critical Friend to the JISC Transforming Curriculum Delivery Programme, consultant for the technical theatre skills Academy in Scotland and Programme Director for the Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub (ELRAH). Andrew is Programme Leader for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’s PG CERT in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education.


David White (University of Oxford)
Coleg Landrillo Cymru, Friday 26th March

David has worked in the overlapping space between education, technology and media for nearly fifteen years. He co-manages Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), an elearning research and development group at the University of Oxford.

At TALL he is responsible for the production and delivery of a wide range of online distance courses. The courses include philosophy, art, literature, economics, history and even nanotechnology. Students aged from 18 to 72 (so far) have enrolled on the courses, from all over the world, so David needs good insights into the variation in individuals’ approaches to the web.

David released some of the first data on web 2.0, which contained the type of diagrams that have ‘social’, ‘studying’ and ‘professional’ nestling alongside each other, to point out how these boundaries are blurring. He then became interested by massively multiplayer online (MMO) games such as World of Warcraft. What followed his initial explorations of MMOs was hands-on research into how virtual worlds could be used for teaching and learning at higher education level.

David is an engaging speaker who has presented at numerous conferences and workshops. He is keen to see beyond the technology to the larger underlying trends that are emerging as society moves online. Visit the TALL blog for some of his recent thoughts, or follow his thinking as ideas occur to him: @daveowhite.

David is currently heavily involved in the work of the HEFCE Online Learning Task Force, which has been set-up with the aims of maintaining and developing the position of UK higher education (HE) as a world leader in online learning.


Richard Hall (De Montfort University)
University of Bolton, Wednesday 31st March

Richard Hall is the University e-Learning Co-ordinator, based in the Directorate of Library Services at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He is also a National Teaching Fellow (2009). He is responsible for the academic implementation of Technology-Enhanced Learning [TEL] with the aim of enhancing the student learning experience. Richard is currently developing a programme plan to implement the recommendations of DMU’s 2010 TEL Review.

Richard was the Project Manager for DMU’s e-Learning Pathfinder Project, which investigated mainstreaming Web 2.0 technologies across the institution in academic and academic-related departments. He was also project manager on the HEA-funded CoTIL [Connecting Transitions and Independent Learning] project, which is a partnership with NIACE. He is the project lead at DMU for the JISC-funded MoRSE [Mobilising Remote Student Engagement], curriculum delivery project, and a project team member on the JISC-funded DUALL [Deliberative User Approach in a Living Lab], Green ICT project. Richard has PRINCE2 and Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner status.

Richard’s research interests include: resilient education; the place of social media in the idea of the twenty-first century University; the impact of new media on pedagogic practice and institutional structures, and more importantly upon learner-empowerment, agency and participation; issues tied to the post-digital; and Green ICT, and the impact of technology on climate change and energy sufficiency.

Richard can be found on SKYPE/TWITTER/YouTube as hallymk1

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