Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Plymouth, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education and training (1976-1981 and 1995-present).
A trained educator, he now teaches on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education programmes. He specialises in research on e-learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on social media and Web 2.0 tools. He is regularly invited to speak at education conferences around the world, and is involved in several research programmes related to e-learning.
Steve is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and is an active edublogger. His blog Learning with es is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and digital media in education and training.
Steve was chair of the Professional Enhanced Learning Conference (Pelecon) from 2003-2013, and between 2008-2011 served as co-editor of the journal Interactive Learning Environments. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of other learning technology related journals including the European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning (EURODL), Research in Learning Technology (formerly ALT-J), the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning and Digital Culture and Education.
Steve was also chair of IFIP Technical Committee Working Group 3.6 on distance education from 2008-2013 and is author of several books including The Digital Classroom (Routledge: 2008) and Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures (Information Age: 2009). He lives in Plymouth, on the South West coast of England.