Founder and Managing Director, Matic Media and Dualversity, UK
Paul Bacsich is the Founder and Managing Director of Matic Media Ltd, a consultancy in the UK active in online learning since 1996. He is also Professor of Practice for the University of West Indies Open Campus, which is headquartered in Barbados.
In addition he consults for the SeroHE division of Sero Consulting Ltd as a Senior Associate: he was a member of the Sero team who recently reviewed Learning Technology Support at the University of Oxford, and currently he is leading a 12-month project at Sero to develop an accredited vocational short online course to teach teachers to teach online for Wey Education (who run Interhigh Virtual School and other similar entities).
He is also Visiting Professor for University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) in the UK.
He has a long-standing interest in Open Education via a large EU project (POERUP) and several EU/European Parliament studies: in particular he is Co-Coordinator of the Open Education Working Group and an Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER and a member of the OER Advocacy Committee of ICDE. He was a co-author for the JRC 2017 report “Policy Approaches to Open Education in 28 Member States”.
His interests in leadership in e-learning were developed during the Erasmus+ D-TRANSFORM project 2014-17, which drew on and continued his work over 20 years on management of open and distance learning.
In addition to his public work he consults for a number of international, government, commercial, venture fund and university clients on market/competitor/pricing research, policy, education funding models and retention strategies. He has recently finalised a report on credit recognition and transfer for online masters' programmes, for a university client in Canada.
In 2015-16 Paul chaired the review panel for the Vision and Strategy Appraisal of the UK Open University Library, where he interviewed over 70 staff and students and carried out substantial comparative and policy research. He also chaired the E-learning review panel for Uppsala University, with three days of intensive meetings and presentations, and spent four months chairing a task force for the National Forum for Learning and Teaching in Ireland to prepare a scoping document on infrastructure issues related to online learning.
Some of his recent thinking can be found in his UNESCO policy brief on "Alternative Models of Education Delivery" and in a paper for the "Open Education 2030" higher education workshop run by the EU. He remains very interested in "Multiversity" models and competence-based provision, based on his earlier studies on "Time and e-learning", developed from a speech given in Austria, a country with which he has increasing links.
He is a co-founder of MultEversity, a start-up in online/blended post-secondary education which aims in due course to be an accredited university and higher vocational provider. He also has had involvement in other early-stage online providers over the last six years and has done several studies of them.
In the university phase of his career he was a researcher at Oxford University, had many roles over 25 years at the UK Open University, and was for seven years Professor of Telematics at Sheffield Hallam University and then a Director at the UK e-University. He was also Visiting Professor at Middlesex University and Advisor to the Rector of the Arab Open University.
He has knowledge of and/or experience in higher education in many developed countries.
Professor, CEO, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Plan B Learning, WildFire Learning, UK
Donald is an entrepreneur, CEO, Professor, speaker and blogger. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he now the CEO of an AI learning company WildFire, investor and Board member of PlanB learning, LearningPool and Cogbooks. He has been involved in consulting and implementing online learning in schools, FE, HE, corporate and government.
Donald has been involved in film, games, web, mobile, MOOCs, Oculus Rift and won many awards for the design and implementation of online learning. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, having delivered talks in the US, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Africa, and won several ‘Best speaker’ awards … also a regular (and controversial) blogger on online learning!
IP & Innovation Lead, Center for Creative Leadership , Belgium
Bert’s professional life is all about competent people. He thinks, publishes, consults, designs and sets up learning and development projects for corporations. His areas of expertise include technology enhanced learning, leadership development and innovation. Bert has been active in the field of corporate learning and e-learning for the last 20 years, first as instructor and course designer, later as project manager, consultant and business development manager. He worked at IBM Learning Development Europe where he was responsible for commercial e-learning development projects across Europe, and the management of the learning innovation initiatives. Nine years ago he joined the Center for Creative Leadership where he is now part of the global innovation team.
Inge de Waard (PhD) is currently leading the learning part of an InnoEnergy project that alleviates skill and competency gaps by combining Artificial Intelligence (AI, specifically Natural Language Processing), Human Resources (HR), learning analytics to provide a personalised learning trajectory (including micro-credits, blockchain in education, informal and formal learning options...). This project combines the expertise of people working at InnoEnergy, The Open University (UK), FutureLearn and many European University partners working on renewable energy.
Since 1999, Inge has set-up, coordinated and developed several innovative online, blended and mobile learning projects, always with a focus on participation and durability. These projects involved partners and individuals from both the Northern (Canada, United States, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, UK) and Southern regions (South-Africa, India, Peru, Morocco). As an avid enthusiast of open science, she is an active international speaker giving keynotes and guest lectures, as well as providing and receiving knowledge input through seminars, SIGs and workshops.
Enlightened by the first connectivist MOOCs, she set up the first MOOC on mobile learning, called MobiMOOC (2011 & 2012). This was a community and project-oriented MOOC, enabling international learners to realize their own project by the end of the MOOC.
Her core sentiment on learning is: “I have come to realize that there is no single solution for all. The diversity which is at the core of nature’s success, is replicated by the diversity in learning preferences and ways to achieve learning success in humans”. She loves to exchange ideas, so feel free to talk to her.
International Communications Consultant , The eLearning Africa Report, Institute for Statecraft, United Kingdom
Dr Harold Elletson is an International Communications Consultant and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Statecraft. He is a founding director of the Africa Forum on Business, Investment and Security, a member of the steering committee of OEB, a member of the Organising Committee of eLearning Africa and a consultant to ICWE GmbH. He is also the editor of The eLearning Africa Report. Dr Elletson was previously Director of the NATO Forum on Business and Security, which he created with support from the NATO Science Programme. A former Member of the United Kingdom Parliament (from 1992-1997), he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the early stages of the peace process and was also a member of the Select Committee on Environmental affairs. He served as a member of the Lancashire Education Authority (the Education Committee of Lancashire County Council) before being elected to Parliament where he represented the interests of schools and colleges in his constituency in discussions with Ministers and on the floor of the House of Commons. He is a Fellow of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and of the Industry and Parliament Trust. As a communications and public affairs specialist, he has advised many leading companies on aspects of their business in challenging markets, including BP in Azerbaijan and Alstom in Siberia. He has written widely on political and historical subjects and his first book, The General Against the Kremlin, that was published by Little Brown. His journalism has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Dr Elletson holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Bradford.
Rosa García Calero works as independent consultant in the field of education and ICTs. Starting as the International Relationship Manager in the Spanish Association of Educational Centres (CECE), she worked on building European and international networks and managing EU projects in the field of education and ICTs. She became Vice-President of EFVET (European Forum of Vocational Education and Training) and was also a member of the council of various other European Associations directly linked with education. She has managed different EU projects and, as an evaluator and reviewer of the European Commission, has focused on projects related to innovation and ICT practices for education and training. Rosa is highly committed to the future of education worldwide and in Africa in particular. In 2010, Rosa started working for the eLearning Africa conference, and in 2017 she became its Programme Director.
Partner, Strategy & Performance, Tulser / 70:20:10 Institute, UK
Charles is a leading expert on building and implementing 70:20:10 learning and performance strategies. He is co-founder of the 70:20:10 Institute. The Institute is the premier centre for 70:20:10 and Value-BasedL&D and works with organisations around the world to help improve performance and business outcomes.
His 40-year career includes roles as a business school professor, as a chief learning officer, and as a senior advisor and member of boards and steering groups for international learning, performance and business bodies. He has deep experience of corporate L&D, Talent and HR, having held senior CLO roles in global companies. Charles is a member of advisory boards and steering groups for international learning, performance and business bodies around the world.
Charles is also a member of the Internet Time Alliance, a small multinational think-tank of leading learning and business performance practitioners helping organisations exploit emerging practice in informal and social learning to ‘work smarter’.
CEO, International Speake, Analyst, Facilitator, Emerging Stronger, United Kingdom
Laura Overton is an author, facilitator and award-winning learning analyst dedicated to uncovering and sharing progressive practices that add strategic business value. She led a 15-year global research programme that explored impactful learning strategies. Her work through #Learningchangemakers and Emerging Stronger continue to support and inform the changing world of workplace learning.
Senior Account Director, Member of the ICoBC Executive Committee, LinkedIn, International Council on Badges and Credentials [ICoBC], Germany
Rolf Reinhardt works for LinkedIn at the intersection of government, education and organizational learning. He is also an active member of the International Council on Badges and Credentials [ICoBC] to ensure a systemic view of badges and credentials for individuals, organizations and societies. Additionally, he serves as a Council Member to the Union of International Associations, as a Council Member to the OEB Global and as a Certified Supporter to the Corporate Social Responsibility community of ZiviZ at Stifterverband (W.I.E.). Prior to joining LinkedIn in 2016, he worked for Pearson, the largest education company in the world, on secondary, post-secondary and corporate training initiatives across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. From 2011 to 2012, Rolf was tinkering on various visionary projects such as eLearning quality (epprobate), streaming (TEDx etc.), ePortfolios, Immersive Worlds, Networks of Change Structures as well as Coworking and Community Spaces. The focus of his work from 2007 till 2009 was on the ROI of eLearning programs for larger corporations. This focus changed with his assignment as Executive Manager of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning where innovation and technology as an enhancer of personal, organisational and societal development became a central topic. By the time he obtained his Engineering degree in Media Technology, Rolf worked on large digital transformation projects, for instance, for the L&D department of L’ORÉAL. Rolf later designed and managed complex eLearning projects mainly for corporate customers.
Professor & Principal consultant, Education Alchemists Ltd, UK
Professor Gilly Salmon, PhD, PFHEA, NTF. is CEO & Principal Consultant. She has 30 years’ experience at senior levels, in universities in the UK and Australia. She has initiated, strategized, implemented & completed significant institutional change. Her experience & background includes the UK Open University as well as Associate Dean (Online) & Pro Vice-Chancellor roles in research-intensive and in vocational institutions.
She recently spent two years as academic director at an Online Programme Management company. Gilly Salmon is now an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, & Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University, close to Liverpool, UK.
Chair, Learning Technologies Conference, United Kingdom
A recognised commentator and thinker in the fields of workplace learning and supporting technologies, Donald is committed to helping develop the learning and development profession. From 2010 to 2021, he chaired the Learning and Performance Institute, where he continues to head the Advisory Board and Learning Professionals Network. A core part of Donald’s commitment to the profession is what he calls ‘creating spaces for meaningful conversations’. To this end, he has chaired the Learning Technologies Conference in London since 2000, hosted its bi-weekly webinar programme since 2007, and contributed to other conferences world-wide. His annual L&D Global Sentiment Survey, now in its ninth year, attracts responses from thousands of respondents in over 80 countries. His work over more than 30 years in L&D ranges from training delivery to director and vice-president positions in software companies. Donald has been a company director and shareholder for three companies through start up, growth and acquisition. He now advises a number of EdTech start-ups, and works with Emerge Education, a European seed fund focused on start-ups in this field. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in recognition of his work developing the L&D profession.
Executive Director (Interim) , Managing Partner, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), North Coast EduVisory LLC, USA
Ellen is an accomplished learning technology professional with career experiences in higher education, in corporations and the not-for-profit sector. She is a former tenured professor and academic affairs administrator, as well as a senior executive, an entrepreneur, a consultant, and a Board Member. She has years of success in ed tech, (including three acquisitions, two as a co-founder), software, public policy, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. Her broad areas of expertise include strategic planning for emerging technologies; change management; leadership; data analytics; e-learning; knowledge management; instructional design; team building, training, and organizational development.
Ellen currently works with higher ed and corporate clients to making better strategic use of emerging technologies using data analytics. She supports the IEEE IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering, and is a member of the Affiliate Faculty, Learning Technology Division, George Mason University. She served as Vice President, Research of Hobsons, an educational software company, from 2016-2018. She co-founded the Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework, and served as chief strategy officer from PAR’s inception in 2010 to its acquisition by Hobsons in 2016. Prior to PAR Framework, she was Vice-President, Technology, of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which included serving as Executive Director of WICHE’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Ellen is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education for Macromedia, Inc. at the time of its acquisition by Adobe. As Chief Learning Officer at both Informania, Inc. and Viviance new Education, AG, she supervised the developments of corporate education, learning content and courses, featuring programs including Novell, Inc. certifications and 12 of the original CBE programs offered by Western Governors University.
Advisor Multi-stakeholder Partnerships and Solutions to Sustainability, , Austria
Dynamic and senior leader committed to innovation and learning in sustainable development. 30 years of experience with progressive responsibilities in international development finance and management consulting, with a focus on topics related to sustainability, private sector development (energy efficiency, renewables, extractives) and knowledge management and learning. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic renewal and business process ( re-)engineering, including the full range of management tools suitable to direct and manage performance. Strong record in implementation and in “getting things done”, within and across boundaries of formal organizations and multi-stakeholder partnerships.