Dr Katie Piatt
Dr Piatt has been working in the field of Learning Technologies for 10 years, with experience in development, implementation and evaluation. Her research focuses on methods of student engagement. Current projects include investigating the integration of social media with traditional environments and the introduction of game-based learning principles as part of the ALT special interest group.
You can follow Katie on Twitter: @katiepiatt
Dr Nicola Whitton
Nicola Whitton is a Senior Research Fellow at the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research specialises in pedagogic innovation and, in particular, the use of participatory and collaborative research designs. He research interests include the use of games, play and storytelling for learning, and the role of technology in education. She is currently leading projects on the use of mobile technologies in teacher education, collaborative game-making in schools, and reasons for learner disengagement in Higher Education.
You can follow Nicola on Twitter: @NicWhitton
Alex is a National Teaching Fellow, and an Educational Designer and University Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester, where he has had long experience as both practitioner and researcher of course design and development for higher education. He has particular interests in online and distance education, student engagement, and provision of effective research skills and student induction. His principle research area is in games based learning; he recently co-authored Using Games to Enhance Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2012) and New Traditional Games for Learning: A Case Book (Routledge, 2013) and has suggested key features of online immersive games which can be transferred to higher education to ensure high engagement and community development. He was part of the team behind the first charity Alternative Reality Game, Operation: Sleeper Cell, co-chairs the Association for Learning Technology special interest group on Games and Learning, and co-organises the Let’s Change the Game cross-sector conference.
You can follow Alex on Twitter: @AlexM11