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Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speakers as part of this year’s TEALfest programme, including:

Maha Bali

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.orgLink opens in a new window (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences) and co-facilitator of Equity UnboundLink opens in a new window (an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum, which has also branched into academic community activities Continuity with Care and Socially Just Academia and a collaboration with OneHE: Community-building Resources.Link opens in a new window She writes and speaks frequently about social justice, critical pedagogy, and open and online education. She blogs regularly at http://blog.mahabali.meLink opens in a new window and tweets @bali_maha

Mark Childs

Mark is a Senior Learning Designer at Durham University, one half of the podcast team behind Pedagodzilla (the pedagogy podcast with the pop culture core) and was recently awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for his research in learning in online platforms.

The focus of Mark's work is on the learner experience, particuarly how to make distance learning more engageing and participative. His research has explored ow students percieve learning in different virtual spaces, to develop an understanding of the role of identity, embodiment and presence in learning online.

Louise Robson

Dr Louise Robson is a senior university teacher with over twenty years of experience in learning and teaching in Physiology. She is recognised throughout the sector as a lead in the use of lecture capture and active learning to enhance the student experience and promote an inclusive approach to teaching and learning.

Louise uses a mixture of traditional approaches such as lectures and project work, together with and alternative approaches such as online quizzes, problem solving sessions and lecture capture to deliver modules and sessions. She was recently awarded a National Teaching Fellow.

Find out more about Louise's work here.