Martha Burtis (@mburtis) is Director of the Digital Knowledge Center at the University of Mary Washington. In this role, she oversees a peer tutoring program that offers support to students at UMW who are engaged in digital projects and assignments. She works closely with colleagues in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT), coming in behind their work with UMW faculty to offer one-on-one student support.
Prior to working as the DKC Director, she served as Special Projects Coordinator in DTLT, helping administer various faculty and student development projects, including the Online Learning Initiative and Domain of One’s Own. She has also taught classes in the departments of Computer Science and the Digital Studies American Studies program on digital storytelling, digital identity, and digital design. She helped co-found Domain of One’s Own at UMW in 2013, and she has worked closely with WordPress in higher education since 2004, in particular facilitating the use of WordPress as a space for imagining online learning environments and exploring digital fluency.
She has worked in higher education for 15 years, previously serving as director of DTLT at UMW and as director of Web development at the University of Montana.
Lorna-Jane Richardson (@lornarichardson) is Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and specialises in digital heritage, digital ethics, and social media research methods. She is an archaeologist by training, with a particular interest in digital forms of archaeology and digital public engagement with heritage. She has held a number of public archaeology Twitter conferences since 2017 – most of which seem to work well!
Kevin Gannon () is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. He writes and talks about critical and inclusive pedagogies, race and racisms (in both US History and higher ed), and digital and online teaching and learning. Kevin is a regular contributor to the Vitae (part of the Chronicle of Higher Education), and is finishing the manuscript for Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, to be published by West Virginia University Press. In 2016, he appeared in the documentary 13th.
Claire Smith ( is a second year student studying on Dundee University’s four-year Education Programme. With a passion for making a difference (like all her peers) she embarked on a journey of personal development to become her best ‘teacher-self’, which she provided an insight into at PressED18. Now almost at the half-way point, it is fair to say that the lanyard clip is longing for a badge! However, there is much more to be learnt – and many more reflections to be had. Out with the teaching circles and Glow Blogs, sports and music fill the slots in her leisure timetable. And… just when the sun is out (of course) … a trip home to see the furry friend never fails to leave her smiling.
Dr Jennifer M. Jones is from Glasgow and deputy editor of the Glasgow Sloth, a new online publication focusing on slow journalism for a fast city. She is the co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers Scotland, a technology meetup looking at the future of news and an independent researcher. She is interested in citizen journalism. social technology, and peering behind the curtain of digital subcultures. Her PhD examined the rise of alternative media and citizen journalism at the Olympic Games. (Photo credit: John Devlin, The Scotsman)