Week 2 Biographies
Alistair McNaught spent 20 years as a mainstream teacher committed to developing student independent learning. This led to early adoption of e-learning which in turn paved the way for an abiding interest in making teaching and learning more accessible to more students. Alistair spent 10 years as a senior advisor for TechDis – a national advisory service for technology and disability – followed by 4 years as an accessibility specialist for Jisc before setting up McNaught Consultancy. He also works in partnership with AbilityNet, textBox Digital and the Education and Training Foundation on advising on inclusive elearning.
Fil McIntyre is passionate about the advantages the right technology can give to enhance life, learning and communication. He has provided training in assistive technology hardware and software to a wide range of professionals from schools, colleges, universities, charities and healthcare. Fil moved to managing TechAbility full time in February 2021 after three years in a split role between TechAbility and Beaumont College in Lancaster. At Beaumont College, Fil was the Lead Assistive Technologist where he managed a team which assessed and supported students to gain maximum advantage from technology. Prior to Beaumont College, as part of The BRITE Initiative, Fil delivered Assistive Technology training and support to every college in Scotland. He has also been part of the training team at Inclusive Technology and developed the first assistive technology post at Seashell Trust specialist school and college.
Craig Mill is the Assistive Technology Adviser at CALL Scotland. Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) helps children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning by using assistive technology. Craig has worked in the field of Assistive Technology for over 25 years, including AbilityNet, Jisc, Scotland Colleges as well as running his own successful consultancy, Assist-IT.
Maisa Obeid is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Enhanced Learning Technology at Lancaster University, UK. She is a certified International Accessibility Specialist and Assistive Technology Professional with eight years of experience in accessibility and inclusivity. Maisa is the UAE Representative for the “Smart Cities for All” Initiative (G3ICT) whereas Universal Design for Learning is their a major focus and work as an Accessibility Technology Specialist at Zayed University.
Lilian Soon is an educational adviser at the University of York, who is passionate about staff development and the ‘learning’ in technology-enhanced learning. She has over 28 years’ experience as a teacher, trainer, e-learning manager and consultant in vocational education, higher education and the private sector. She has worked on several UK and European teaching and learning projects, staff development programmes and inclusive learning projects and continues to support colleagues across the UK through the Future Teacher 3.0 project. Lilian has delivered numerous workshops and presentations at regional, national and online conferences and offers an active and entertaining insight into the simple uses of technology to stimulate active learning. Her current research interests include building capacities for active learning, the experience of disabled staff and students and appreciative inquiry as a model for staff development.
Ros Walker is a Learning Technologies and Design Specialist at the University of Stirling and a Senior Fellow HEA. She has a background of 25 years of educational technology across all sectors of education and five years ago she began to specialise in assistive technology and digital accessibility. She has researched lecture capture and closed captioning and most recently worked on applying accessibility principles to a template for online learning (an area in which the Learning Technologies team was recognised with 2nd place in Learning Technologies Team of the Year – 2020). She regularly runs workshops and awareness-raising sessions on digital accessibility.
Trevor Boland is the Digital and eLearning Officer in AHEAD, Ireland and has worked for almost 20 years in Education. He joined the AHEAD family a year ago and, in that time, he has been part of the National UDL Badge rollout in 2020. He has brought knowledge from his previous role of Assistive Technology Officer that has informed the AT recourse in AHEAD called ‘AT Hive‘ that advocates more AT awareness in Education and Employment. In AHEAD he delivers Assistive Tech workshops, supports the positive message of UDL and how it addresses issues of inclusion as well as promotes accessibility awareness. UDL, Assistive Tech and Accessibility all overlap and are key to removing barriers and enabling all to participate to their fullest extent.