He is an Associate Fellow, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick and a Gastwissenschaftler at the Insititut Technik und Bildung, University of Bremen.
Born in 1953 he has a BA (Hons) degree in History from the University of Wales: Swansea College.
He was previously Director of the Centre for Research and Educational Development at Gwent Tertiary College (1993-1996) and a Senior Researcher at the University of Bremen (1996-9)
His experience includes: Technology-enhanced teaching and learning and web-based learning environment development: Specialised in research and development into pedagogies for Technology Enhanced Learning, Pontydysgu has organised a series of face to face and on-line workshops for teachers in producing Open Education resources. Consultant to OECD and UNESCO on open content development and consultant to the European Centre for Vocational Education and Training (CEDEFOP) on virtual communities and knowledge harvesting. Experience of national project evaluation and national and international programme evaluation in relation to innovations in learning, including use of ICT to support learning: Evaluation of the EU Leonardo da Vincirecognition of informal learning, training of teachers and trainers and development of open source software for education and Open Educational Resources. Recent work has focused on research and development of new applications and approaches to e-Portfolios and Personal Learning Environments and use of social software for learning and knowledge development. Experienced in the use of ICT for e-Learning, developing, delivering and moderating e-learning programmes for teachers and trainers in initial training and for professional development. programme on technology enhanced learning, evaluator for the DG Research IST programme, evaluator of the HEFC JISC e-Learning programme. Currently consultant for the JISC Emerge programme.
Assistant Vice President for Information Technology - NDU & UNESCO Chair on Open Educational Resources (OER), Notre Dame University- Louaize, Lebanon
Over a period spanning 25 years, Dr. Fawzi Baroud has been engaged in promoting technology as a pedagogical tool tied to meeting educational objectives and assessment of learning outcomes in higher education. Specialized in eLearning, systems management, mathematics and electrical engineering, he combines numerous areas of academic expertise for advancing the use of technology in different curricular content areas.
As the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology at Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon, Dr. Baroud leads in the campus-wide planning and implementation of information technologies that support teaching and learning, including training faculty members to integrate educational technology in their teaching.
As champion of open education on campus, Dr. Baroud has made the integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) a key strategic goal of the University. Under his watch, NDU became an institutional affiliate of Creative Commons, and he is currently in the process of formulating policies for the successful use of OER in teaching and learning. He conducts seminars and hands-on workshops on open education and open licensing at leading Lebanese higher education institutions and has become a reference point on the subject.
Dr. Baroud has published several studies on eLearning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use in education, participated in conferences, coauthored the informatics national curriculum for Lebanon, and offered consultancy to academic institutions. His research centers on the use, integration and evaluation of ICT, OER, and eLearning implementation in higher educational contexts.
Professor of Media and Communication, Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem is Professor of Media and Communication at Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. She teaches courses in bachelor’s and master’s programs, both on campus and online, including Digital Business (BSc.) and Media Informatics (MSc.).
As the head of the Communications Lab, Ilona Buchem leads a number of projects on the application of humanoid robots as learning and teaching assistants in higher education context. Ilona Buchem has led a number of national and international R&D projects dedicated to technology-enhanced learning.
Dr. Buchem is one of the Chairs of the EATEL Special Interest Group on Wearable Enhanced Learning, and is actively involved in some of the leading TEL organizations in Europe, including the European Association for Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL), the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), and the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).
LUIS ELIECER CADENAS is a Computer Engineer with postgraduate studies in economics, telematics, networks and computer science, with almost 30 years of experience in the sector of information technology and telecommunications in the private and public sphere.
He has been co-founder, President and member of the Board of Directors of the national academic network of Venezuela, REACCIUN.
He was President of the Latin American Research Network Association (Enredo 1998-1999), member of the board of the National Center of Supercomputing of Venezuela (Cecalcula, 1997-1999), and the directory of the Park Technological of Sartenejas (1997-1999). He worked seventeen years in Cisco Systems Inc.
Live online learning specialist, Lightbulb Moment, United Kingdom
Jo Cook is a speaker, instructional designer and classroom facilitator who specialises in virtual classrooms, webinars and live online learning technology. Jo’s passion is in helping and supporting teams, professionals and organisations embrace the benefits of the virtual classroom. Jo’s background includes: further and higher education; the charity sector; small and large organisations, including CNN News and Bupa International.
Through her company Lightbulb Moment, Jo has specialised in training learning professionals about virtual classroom design and delivery since 2013 and has spoken on various topics at conferences such as Learning Technologies, OEB and keynoted for Colleges Wales and E-learning Fusion.
I am an eminent educator with twenty-five years in higher education: building extensive national and international networks, an encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector and leading on university-wide programmes of portfolio and curriculum development, organizational transformation, strategic planning and global engagement.
As an entrepreneurial leader, I have been an attractor for significant inward and external investment supporting infrastructure development, education improvements impacting ~95,000 students and promoting academic development for over 3,000 academic and professional staff in Australia and the UK. I have led on ten cross-university initiatives, including: three major curriculum and portfolio development programmes, transnational, blended learning and infrastructural education programmes operating with large capital (< $40,000,000) and revenue budgets (< $5,000,000).
I have held responsibility up to Deputy Vice Chancellor level for portfolio areas including education and student support, and as a Director of Research raising over £5,000,000 in applied research, development and innovation funding through 56 projects and programmes, supporting numerous UK businesses, changing policy and delivering regional growth and research advance. Career highlights include: making gains of 8% in student retention and raising $7,300,000 in revenue from targeted learning interventions.
My frameworks, case studies, models and academic work are captured in seven books and over 200 conference papers and journal articles, garnering 8,000 citations (44H index). My most recent book: Education in Computer Generated Environments came into paperback in 2017 and was published in the Routledge Research in Education series, outlining a ‘new learning’ paradigm.
Currently, I am advising internationally-leading educational institutions and agencies as an Executive Consultant, supporting EdTech start-ups as a Board Advisor and continuing to develop internationally-leading research as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of London (Birkbeck).
Chief Executive, Association for Learning Technology, UK
Dr Maren Deepwell has been CEO of ALT, the Association for Learning Technology since 2012, shaping the direction of education technology and driving the field forward internationally.
Dr Deepwell is a seasoned keynote speaker, conference convener and writes regularly for publications in Higher and Further Education as well as policy development.
With a background in Anthropology, Dr Deepwell’s particular focus is on a critical perspective on the development and future of technology in education, professionalisation and skills in Learning Technology including development of the CMALT accreditation framework and leveraging technology to create greater equity in education.
Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education , Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Carlos Delgado Kloos is Full Professor and Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technische Universität München and in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Previously he has lectured at TU München, UP Madrid and Universität Passau. He has also been a Research Scholar at MIT and Harvard.
His main interest lies in the field of Educational Technology. He has participated in multiple national and international research projects, published in numerous conferences and journals, and managed international conferences. He is also the Holder of the UNESCO Chair on Scalable Digital Education for All and coordinator of the eMadrid network on eLearning in the region of Madrid. He is further the Spanish representative at TC3 about Education of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing).
Chairman of EADL, Member of the Board, Director of Studies, European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), Bundesverband der Fernstudienanbieter, Germany
Jens Greefe holds a diploma in Economics and is member of the board of the Forum Distance Learning, the german association for distance learning.
Since 2014 he is also Chairman of the Research & Developing Committee of EADL.
Jens Greefe is the Director of Studies at the ILS in Hamburg, Germanys biggest distance learning provider, educating app. 70.000 students in more than 300 distance courses. He is responsible for the development and the organization of the course programs and for the quality management of the ILS.
Head of Section, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB), Germany
Head of Section 3.2 “Digital Media, Distance Learning, Training Personnel”
Advisory services to the Federal Government and to the corporate sector in the thematical field of ICT-based VET learning and working environments, designing, launching, monitoring & evaluation of national funding programms, joint shaping of implementation strategies for high quality results into the world of work. Ongoing improvement of web based services for trainers in VET (www.foraus.de) to support their daily practice of training in companies. Development of national standards for teacher & trainer qualification (Trainers`s Aptitude – AEVO, www.foraus.de), designing of (web based) training moduls and tools for further training of teachers & trainers (e.g. IT-Literacy). Advisory services within the Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung´s international co-operation activities. Appraising, quality management and certifying of (web based) distance learning courses for continuous training.
Peter Isackson has worked in France for over 30 years as a consultant, trainer, coach and trainer of trainers. A prolific author, producer and publisher of a wide range of multimedia and e-learning products, he has acquired a reputation as a pioneer in the use of new technology in training, collaborating with multiple publishers in Europe and the US. He has authored programs on sales techniques, foreign languages, intercultural skills, team management and sustainable development.
He is the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of SkillScaper, proposing next generation authoring tools, methods and content for learning in a Web 2.0 context.
Since 2015 he has collaborated on educational projects launched by the crowd-sourced online journal, Fair Observer, contributed numerous articles on culture, politics and education and is a member of the Fair Advisory Committee. He is the creator and writer of a daily feature, the Daily Devil's Dictionary.
Peter is currently spearheading the launch of Fair Observer Education, a European NGO which links various initiatives in the field of education with the journalistic innovations of Fair Observer.
In 1995 Peter Isackson was a member of the steering committee that founded Online Educa Berlin. He is an expert with the European Commission in the area of TEL (technology enhanced learning).
Global Head, Digital Learning & Capacity Building, The World Bank, USA
Sheila Jagannathan is a lifelong learner and Head of the Open Learning Campus at the World Bank in Washington DC.
She serves as the organization’s focal point on digital learning and issues at the intersection of technology use and education in emerging countries.
She is an internationally recognized thought leader, advisor, author and a forward-thinking senior education leader with over 35 years of experience in leading capacity building, knowledge management, data, social learning and transformation change across public and private organizations.
Sheila also provides policy advice and technical assistance to World Bank country-level capacity building programs (both government and training centers of excellence seeking to introduce technologies in their educational systems) in, East Asia, China, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa and South Asia.
Oliver Janoschka has served as managing director of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) since its inception in 2014. Before founding HFD, Janoschka worked in the field of higher education in various European Member States for more than seven years. He has a proven track record of facilitating international policy projects, serving for example as director of projects for the European Association on Lifelong Learning in Higher Education (EUCEN) in Barcelona and Brussels and as lecturer and project coordinator for the Bosch Foundation in the Western Balkans. He holds a master’s degree in educational management, sociology and psychology from the University of Hamburg.
In the last 20 years I worked in the intersection of human resources, people development and learning technology - after studying Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
As a Business Development Manager and Digital Ambassador at SAP Training and Adoption I help our customers and partners to get the most out of our services & software. May it be a better innovation adoption, higher productivity, increased knowledge transfer or engagement. A key goal is to improve our customers digital journeys and learning experience. Before this role I was product manager for Education Software, earlier I led the SAP internal learning and development team responsible for strategic learning programs and new media.
I am passionate about learning, collaboration and all facets from people development, talent management, social media, learning technology/ EdTech, coaching, knowledge management up to machine learning in learning & education. I also try to reflect and share my experiences via blogs, articles, books or presentations at conferences. Actually this is a great way for me to learn also.
And since 2018 I co-Host the Podcast "EducationNewscast". You find it on Spotify / Apple Podcasts / Google or on openSAP.
Professor of Technology-Enhanced Learning, Heidelberg University of Education, Germany
Marco Kalz is full professor of technology-enhanced learning at the Heidelberg University of Education. He is also affiliated to the UNESCO chair of open education of the Open University of the Netherlands. His research interest lies on the use of open education, pervasive technologies and formative assessment to support self-directed lifelong learning. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Marco is a fellow of the Interuniversity Center for Educational Sciences (ICO) and the Dutch research school on information and knowledge systems (SIKS). He is elected president of the European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning (EA-TEL) (EATEL), director of the study program on E-Learning and Media Education, co-director of the Education for Sustainable Development Center and board member of the International Alliance to Advance Learning in the Digital Era. Over the last 5 years he could secure approx. 2.45 Mio EUR of research funding for his institution. Besides European projects he was and is regularly involved in educational innovation projects with partners inside and outside of his institutions.
President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
Professor Asha Singh Kanwar, one of the world’s leading advocates of learning for sustainable development, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning. Throughout a career spanning over 35 years, she has made outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, research and international development.
Professor Kanwar received her undergraduate, Master's and MPhil degrees from the Panjab University in India and a DPhil from the University of Sussex, UK. Her areas of expertise include open distance and technology-enabled learning, open educational resources, quality assurance, gender and organizational development. Professor Kanwar has written and edited a dozen books, published over 100 papers and articles, and delivered numerous keynotes at prestigious international conferences.
Prior to joining COL, Professor Kanwar was a senior consultant in open and distance learning at UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA). She has also served as Director, School of Humanities and as Pro-Vice Chancellor at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India. She was a Fulbright Fellow for post-doctoral research at Iowa State University in the US, where she was later invited to teach. Currently, she serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies and Education (IITE).
Professor Kanwar won several international awards, including the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Prize of Excellence, and the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding contributions in open and distance education from the Asian Association of Open Universities. She has been conferred eight honorary doctorates from Universities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
Professor, Innovative Digital Learning, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU / APIIT), Malaysia
Abtar has many years of teaching and leadership experience at various learning institutions. She is an alumnus of the University of Malaya (PhD), Malaysia, Syracuse University (MS Instructional Design) and Indiana University (Post-Doctoral Fulbright), USA. She was attached to the Ministry of Education (Malaysia) before she joined the University of Malaya as a lecturer and Chief Instructional Designer. When you moved on to the Open University Malaysia, she held the following posts: Director, Centre of Instructional Design and Technology; Director, the Open and Distance Learning Pedagogical Centre, and Deputy Dean, Post Graduate Studies. Abtar was in Dubai as the Dean of the School of E-Education at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University from 2014- 2019.
Currently, Abtar is Professor, Innovative Digital Learning at the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, driving innovative digital learning and positioning APU as the influencer in digital learning. Abtar trained educators worldwide under the auspices of various organizations such as the World Bank, UNESCO, the UNDP and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Her most impactful e-learning project was for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where together with a team from Open University Malaysia, the National E-Learning Centre was set-up.
Abtar is on several journals and advisory boards, her recent appointments being the International Advisory Board member of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE) and quality assurance member for the International council of Badges and Micro- credentials (ICoBC).
Abtar has published widely in international journals, books, and book chapters and has won numerous international awards related to e-learning. Her current co-edited book is Cases on Smart Learning Environments (https://www.igi-global.com/book/cases-smart-learning-environments/197081). Her research is focused on amongst others, how to create powerful and impactful learning designs for online, e-learning, hybrid learning and mobile learning. Abtar is currently looking into Next Generation Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE) and AI Technologies related to disruptive learning environments.
Global Head Personnel Certification at TÜV Rheinland Akademie GmbH, Germany
Sue Martin is Global Head of Personnel Certification at TÜV Rheinland and has been a trusted advisor to companies and institutions across Europe in the area of workforce credentialing, learning strategies and certification for many years, including her role as Global Head of Certification at SAP and several regional and global management roles in the testing industry. She has also held several positions within industry institutions, such as the Chair of the European Association of Test Publishers, and is currently a member of the learning & Development Committee at BCS (British Computer Society) and an EU Subject Matter Expert on digital skills initiatives.
Learning Services Coordinator, GÉANT Vereniging (Association), United Kingdom
Almost 20 years experience of being a teacher, trainer, facilitator, coach, learning and development practitioner and ... still enjoying it! Empowering effect of learning technologies, human capital development, organisational development and transforming communities via international development projects have been the focus of career and professionals interests against the backdrop of various organisational settings from big corporate business (American Express) to non-profit - further education and local government (UK) and for the past 4 years fast-paced, supremely diverse world of high speed connectivity at GÉANT.
Head of Online Learning Innovation, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
Brian qualified as an Engineer in 1978 and originally worked in mathematical modelling and simulation, and the application of IT in engineering. He is currently Head of Online Learning Innovation in the Centre for Online Learning at the Institute of Technology Sligo where he has worked as a lecturer and learning technology developer since 1984. He has been a leader in online distance learning in Ireland, initiating it in the country’s largest provider, IT Sligo, in 2002 and has contributed significantly to the growth of e-learning in Ireland since 1999 as a founding member of the Irish Learning Technology Association. His particular interests at the moment are in lean methods of content development, lowering the cost of higher education, work-based and project-based degrees.
Senior Advisor digital transformation atingi learning platform, GIZ, Germany
Dr. Dominic Orr is adjunct professor for educational management at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia and part of the leadership team at GIZ for the BMZ-funded digital learning platform called atingi, which has over 400 thousand registered users. He follows and shapes educational reform through his work. In 2020 a publication he co-authored on the future of higher education in 2030 was published by Springer. He has worked as an external consultant for the EU, the OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank.
Ossiannilsson is Professor in innovation and open online learning. She is an independent expert, quality reviewer, and researcher in the fields of open and distance learning. She is the V President of the Swedish Association for Distance Education, and a board member in Job and Skills Coalition Sweden. She is in ICDE, and EDEN Executive Committee, in addition, she is a quality reviewer at ICDE and EADTU, the chair of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, and ICDE OER Ambassador. Ossiannilsson is a member of ICoBC and Chair the Committee for Taxonomy and Quality Grid. She works for the European Commission, UNESCO; COL, and ITCILO.
Thea Payome has been a freelance journalist and author for 30 years. After studying political science at the Hochschule für Politik in Munich and completing an editorial traineeship, she worked for print media, radio and in documentary film.
Since 1997, she has devoted herself increasingly to the New Economy, among others in the field of eLearning. In 1999 she became head of the department "Startup & Finance" at NET-Investor, NET-Investor-Verlag Munich and later became head of the department "International Markets".
In May 2001, she was awarded the Journalist Prize at the German Startup Days in Berlin. The European eLearning Award "eureleA" followed in February 2004 in Karlsruhe.
Since 2004, Thea Payome has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of the industry information service CHECK.point eLearning, which observes, analyzes and describes eLearning markets in a German and an English edition and contributes significantly to industry development and community building.
Annette Peet (1964) is an experienced project and program manager at SURF. SURF is the collaborative ICT organization for Dutch higher education and research. It offers students, lecturers and scientists in the Netherlands access to the best possible internet and ICT facilities. The last 20 years she has been working in the field of higher education. She has expertise on online & blended learning and digital assessment.
Annette graduated as Master of Science at Utrecht University. Since then she has worked as senior consultant and project manager for several consultancy agencies, the Ministry of Transport, Utrecht University and SURF. Her focus has always been on accelerating adoption of (IT) innovation within institutions and facilitating collaboration between parties involved; she's an experienced community builder and knowledge exchange manager.
Dr Philippe André Royer, born in Dunkirk, France, studied psycho-pedagogic and social psychology at the University of Lille and holds a PhD in Social & Cognitive Sciences from the Technical University Berlin.
He has all-round professional experiences in educational and IT assessment projects, pedagogic media edition, marketing and communication.
In the 1990s he worked as a Managing Director for TVFF — Coordination Center Technology Impact and Assessment Research (Senate of Berlin) and for the venture capital group Bmp AG. He was EU expert and member of the steering committee of Telecities. He pushed through intense networking activities, the development of the information society and the net economy in Europe.
In 2003, Dr Royer established the office of Cabinet K/Shaping Strategic Forecasting and Knowledge Design (Berlin and Lille). He focuses his activities on public and private clients in France and Germany.
His special fields of investigation are the assessment of the knowledge society's public/private strategies, the management of social networks as intelligence tools, and knowledge management for public affairs, the optimization of Creative & Cultural Industries (C.C.I.) for SME and regional development.
In 2008, he founded Zénon 3000 – an operative platform for the re-emergence of cultural projects and the development of C.C.I. into the industrial sector of French Flanders (Dunkirk)
Since 2015 he tries to initiate a network with the focus on development of an open digital learning environment for the integration of refugees in Europe (language rapid learning and transmitting cultural values apps) and also a platform performing against political / Islamist radicalization by young people.
He also lectured at several academic management institutes and business schools in France.
Public Affairs and social networking management, social & intercultural tools apps, corporate knowledge design, evaluation of educational and innovation policies, scouting, think/do tank management.
Members of advisory board of Online Educa Berlin, Aquitaine Europe communication (Bordeaux)
Richard Straub is Founder and President of the Peter Drucker Society Europe and of the Global Peter Drucker Forum.
He is also Associate Director of the EFMD, a leading network of Business Schools and Corporations with the mission to improve the quality and effectiveness of management education and development. In his 32 years with IBM Dr. Richard Straub has held key international executive positions such as Deputy General Manager for PC Europe and Global Chief Learning Officer. After having retired from IBM end of 2005 he stayed connected to the company as Senior Advisor to it's global Education Industry.
Section leader, The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, Norway
Experienced Senior Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. Strong community and social services professional skilled in Intercultural Communication, Politics, Strategy, Change Management, and International Relations.
Deputy Dean: Teaching & Learning, North-West University, South Africa
Prof Herman van der Merwe calls himself a “recycled Geneticist”, but his previous Vice-Chancellor renamed him “e-Man” to capture his fascination for the use and management of technology in education!
Prof Herman is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty Economic and Management Sciences at the North-West University, responsible for Teaching and Learning across all three campuses of the NWU.
He is also the CEO of an expert centre called CUTE (Centre for the Utilisation of Technology in Education).
Besides his recognised international experience on the utilisation and management of technology in education, Prof Herman also serves on various national and international workgroups that are engaged in researching the field. He has a keen interest in the manner in which technology can enhance the teaching and learning experience of both lecturers and students, and has read and published several papers, nationally and internationally, on this topic. As chairman and CEO of CUTE, he organises and presents workshops and conferences to promote the empowerment of academic staff, actively.
Prof Herman’s current research focus is more on mobile and handheld devices, open-source software (Android for the mobile platform), social networks and the effective use of that in specifically higher education and everyday life.
He acted as co-chairperson of the mLearn 2005 and 2015 conferences and is a founder member and one of the directors of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn) and chairperson of the SABS’s SC71N subcommittee in IT, developing SA standards for IT in e-education.
The Technology Enhanced Learning research niche area (TELIT), Serious Games Institute (SGI-SA), AppFactory and a community of practise in innovative teaching and learning with technology (iTLT) support his research initiatives and the empowerment initiatives of staff and students in a creative environment.
As a true Entrepreneur at heart, he stimulates entrepreneurship on Campus in the bhive Enterprise Development Centre as well as locally in a Faculty supported research entity on Local Economic Development. In 2015 the North-West University recognised his contribution to innovation with an “Innovation Evangelist” award.
He is a keen nature lover and to recharge his batteries he will do something in nature to listen to what the wind and the birds want to share with him.
“As a teacher, researcher, policy advocate, manager and leader, he is a visionary leader whose fascination with technology has been informed by his commitment to serving the highest ideals of people and education.” Prof Reggie Ncobo