With a background in particle physics and computational neurosciences, I work at the University of Geneva’s Rectorate where I am in charge, among others, of strategic planning and foresight. In this position, I developed the university MOOC program in 2013. I authored "Les MOOCs, cours en lignes et transformation des universités" (PUM).
I am currently Senior advisor to the rector, as well as co-founder of the start-up Ayaru.
Tim Ackermann is a seasoned and passionate HR and Talent Acquisition expert with over 20 years of experience in various industries and regions at companies such as Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Swarovski and Zalando. Recently Tim joined Lidl, one of the world's largest grocery retailers, as Global Head Talent Acquisition & Experience to create a unique and frictionless experience for future and existing employees. Outside of the corporate world, Tim teached HR Management at the International School of Management, Munich. Tim is a founding member of Queb e.V. the (German) Association for Quality Employer Branding and actively engaged in the harmonization of the European higher education with fibaa e.V.
Lillebaelt Academy, University of Applied Science, Denmark
Elisabeth (Lise) Agerbaek is an Associated Professor at Lillebaelt Academy, University of Applied Science in Odense, Denmark. She has published articles and books on the use of e-portfolios as a learning tool and how to design for web and online media. She teaches Philosophy of Science and Digital Design at the BA in Digital Concept Development.
She is educated MA in Philosophy and Design and is CEO of own Graphical Design company. Current area of research is acknowledging informal learning through digital badges. Another field of interest is how to scaffold interdisciplinary teaching in higher education. She enjoys winter bathing and art museums.
Syrian Human Rights Activist | Independent Advocacy and Policy Consultant, Syria
Karam Alhamad is a specialized researcher, analyst, policy advocate, and human rights activist. Native to Syria, Alhamed has extensive knowledge and firsthand experience with development and governance initiatives inside and outside Syria. Since 2015, he has worked in projects with media, research and development supported by entities like USAID/OTI and Harvard University. Because of his previous work in data collection, journalism, and program development, Alhamad provides an in-depth and composite knowledge of Syria, one of the most complicated and heightened crises of our time. His voice provides a sophisticated look into the complicity of Syria, and he has developed a wide-ranging network of activists, community organizations, and local council members on the ground from which he draws information. Alhamad has faced many barriers to education faced by Syrian communities including; inability to document previous education, direct threats of violence and imprisonment.
Dr. Dale Allen is president and co-founder of DXtera Institute, where he sets and leads strategic direction to remove digital integration barriers for postsecondary institutions.
Allen previously served as special assistant to the president for Innovation at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), leading development of education and workforce development components of three National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. He also served as special assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, leading policy development for college and career pathways. Formerly, he served as vice president for Community Engagement at QCC, where he oversaw the Transformation Agenda, a $20 million project funded by U.S. Department of Labor. Allen also founded and was principal director of 1421 Transformation Group.
He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Springfield College (Massachusetts) and master’s and doctorate degrees in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts Boston.
Alejandro (Ale) Armellini is Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and Dean of Learning and Teaching at the University of Northampton.
Ale’s key role is to lead change in the area of learning and teaching across all schools and services at Northampton. Three aspects of Ale’s work are (1) the development, implementation and evaluation of Northampton’s Learning and Teaching Strategic Plan, (2) the development of a robust framework for continuous professional development for academic staff, and (3) fostering evidence-based, innovative practices in both campus-based and online learning and teaching. Ale’s research focuses on learning innovation, online pedagogy, course design in online environments, institutional capacity building and open practices.
Ale has extensive international teaching and programme development experience across different education sectors and modes of study. Over the years, he has used, researched and refined evidence-based design-for-learning interventions to promote positive change in further and higher education. Teams under his leadership have researched the application of learning technologies in diverse academic settings. His PhD tutees research specific areas in the field of educational technology, pedagogy, openness and innovation. Ale is active in consultancy work globally.
Graham Attwell is Director of Pontydysgu, a research and development company based in Wales. Pontydysgu are a partner in the EmployID project and are active in developing online social learning programmes as well as systems for providing and understanding Labour Market Information. Graham Attwell’s main work centres on the use of technology for learning and knowledge sharing in a wide variety of different communities including in work, in communities and in public services. He is author of a wide range of publication and is active ins social media and blogging. His twitter account is @GrahamAttwell.
Paul Bacsich is the Founder and Managing Director of Matic Media Ltd, a consultancy active in online learning since 1996. He has a long-standing interest in Open Education, and is currently Co-Coordinator of the Open Education Working Group on a pro bono basis. He also is involved with a couple of start-up entities in online/blended post-secondary education. In addition he consults for the Sero-HE division of Sero Consulting Ltd as a Senior Associate.
His current main publicly visible activities are in leadership in e-learning, via the Erasmus+ D-TRANSFORM project, and Open Education policy analysis across EU Member States. These draw on and continue his work over 10 years work on EU open and distance education projects.
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. Currently he is finalising a report on credit recognition and transfer for online masters' programmes.
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. He also continued work on reviewing European and Anglophone country activity in ICT in higher education for national agencies in the UK.
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".
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 7 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.
Nicole Baker Rosa is the Head of Human Design at Kedge – a global strategic design, foresight, creativity and innovation firm based in Orlando, Florida. She leads the organization’s daily operations and people development efforts, ensuring a human-centric culture across the Kedge ecosystem. Nicole is an experienced speaker and curriculum developer partnering with a variety of industries and fields. She has previously worked in the Continuing Education sector shaping, executing and analyzing non-credit online and face-to-face program offerings. Nicole holds a Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication and Diversity Certificates from the University of Central Florida as well as a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. She is a published author in journals discussing topics such as generational perceptions in the workplace and organizational communication rules. Nicole is passionate about engaging with the Orlando community through her role as Member at Large for the Greater Orlando Organization Development Network (GOOD) and volunteer for the annual Orlando Space Apps NASA Hackathon.
Ernesto Barrios is Learning Office manager at Repsol. He is an Industrial Engineer with an MBA, and a background of more than 20 years in different business and countries with Repsol. Originally from Peru, Ernesto has lived and worked in USA, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and in Spain since 2005. During this experience, he early understood that people is the main driver of change within organizations, which took him to shift his career into the learning and development areas.
Currently, Ernesto is a member of the corporate university of Repsol. He created the learning strategy, the instructional model and the content factory that they are running. During his participation Ernesto will share with us how they faced this creative and change process, what main decisions were made and how they embedded their instructional model in an on-line tool that not only assures the instructional design, but reduces production costs and times as well.
Dubbed the 'Willy Wonka of Design and Science', award-winning Director and Designer of Experiences Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer and a fearless and passionate provocateur. In 2014 Wired magazine awarded her with a WIRED Innovation Fellowship for her work to date and its 'significant impact on the world' whilst in 2013, Icon Magazine touted Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers 'shaping the future'. Additionally, in 2015, she was nominated for a Women of the Year Achievement Award which rewards, since 1955, women 'who have made a significant achievement' and 'are being recognised for their strides in making the world a better place'. Nelly is Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Chief of Experiences at WeTransfer where she develops experiential content for the digital platform and its 40 millions active users a month, a member of the Space Outreach and Education committee at the International Astronautical Federation, a United Nations Advisor to the UN VR (Virtual Reality) labs, an advisory board member at AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts) in Los Angeles, and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Arts and the Architectural Association. Nelly assembled and directs the International Space Orchestra (ISO) – the world first orchestra of space scientists and astronauts from NASA and through this has collaborated with Grammy award-winning musicians such as Beck, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, The Prodigy, Penguin Café, Ed Banger Records, Savages and most recently Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.
She is a keynote speaker and has spoken worldwide about the value of experiential design practices in the context of outreach, community and education. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of China, MOMA, V&A and other leading design institutions.
Ben Hayoun is the author and director of two feature length movies. She was awarded one of the UK largest artistic awards, The Arts Council England Exceptional Award for her feature-length movie Disaster Playground. Disaster Playground is following the chain of commands in place in the event of hazardous asteroid impacting the earth. It was nominated for a Vision Award at SXSW 2015 and is distributed worldwide on Netflix and other digital platforms. Paola Antonelli, senior curator at MOMA declared about it: 'It's Dr. Strangelove meets This Is Spinal Tap. You straddle a big red phone and go on a wild ride along a chain of command that is complex and exhilarating'. Nelly and her studios have also worked and consulted for the likes of world-class clients including NASA, BBC, Lego, Airbnb HQ, XL Recordings, AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts) and Mattel amongst many others. Her latest project; The Life the Sea and the Space Viking, bringing together space scientists and vikings in a boat to collect form of life for outer space colononisation was selected as one of the Best of The Year series 2016 by the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.
In 2017, Ben Hayoun has launched the University of the Underground, a free postgraduate university based in the underground of the urban spaces, composed of dreamers of the day and supporting unconventional research practices.
Nelly received her MA with distinction from the Royal College of Arts in Design Interactions, and she is finalizing her PhD in Human Geography and political philosophy from Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2016, she was awarded with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London Teaching award.
Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet, Croatia
Gordana Benat has worked as Project Manager in Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet in the Department for Support to Education since 2005. She continuosly supports and educates teachers in the area of implementation of ICT in synergy with contemporary pedagogical approaches in teaching.
Currently CARNet is involved in a national project e-Schools: Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools (pilot project). Within this project, Gordana is coordinating the development of e-School Learning Scenarios for teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary school.
Gordana is also involved in EU project ATS2020 - Assessment of Transversal Skills on validation and evaluation of the impact of the ATS2020 learning model focusing on transversal skills in 30 schools in Croatia using mixed-method evaluation.
Gordana is a Phd student in pedagogy on University of Zagreb.
Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Willi Bernhard, Dipl. El. Ing. FH is a Professor at the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (FFHS). He is head of consulting services, lecturer and researcher. Since 1984, he has been engineer, lecturer and researcher in industrial and academic organisations in the domains of e-Learning, Modelling & Simulation, Computer Aided Engineering, Creativity & Innovationmanagement, E-Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Technology Enhanced Learning and Game & Simulation Based Learning. He is in the steering committee of the Swiss Engineering Association STV section of Basel and also founder and CEO of the Basle Institute of Technology and the Swiss Simulation Engineering GmbH.
Robert Karl Bernhardt is an e-learning consultant, lecturer, and compère at SmartLearning.
Originally from Frankfurt/Germany, Robert Karl has lived and worked in Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen since 2011, and shares a passion for start-ups, video art, and sports. As a representative of generation X and Y, he supports and appreciates any kind of modern-day education. This is why Robert Karl, a self-taught video guy who is educated within the economic sciences, has one mission: make education great again.
Standing six foot three, Robert Karl disagrees with "one size fits all"-education and will share his thoughts on the use of data in his session: "Learning Analytics: Good Cop - Bad Cop".
Dr. Tarek R. Besold is a Lecturer in Data Science at City, University of London, conducting research at the intersection between artificial intelligence, computational creativity, and cognitive systems. He studied mathematics, computer science, and logic in Erlangen, Zaragoza, and Amsterdam, obtained a PhD from the Institute of Cognitive Science in Osnabrück, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the KRDB Research Centre of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and at the Digital Media Lab of the University of Bremen. Among others, Dr. Besold was the General Chair of the HLAI 2016 Joint Multi-Conference on Human-Level Artificial Intelligence, and founder and/or organizer of several international workshop series bridging between AI and cognitive science. He was co-editor of the book “Computational Creativity Research: Towards Creative Machines”, and serves in different editorial functions for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), for Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, and for Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA).
Martin Bregnhøi is a teacher, musician, autodidact web developer and entrepreneur who has been teaching and lecturing for more than 25 years. With a background as Percussionist he has been teaching polyrhythms and improvisation at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark for two decades. In 2001 he cofounded the multimedia production company Bongobeat. Over the years he has been giving hundreds of lectures and classes on subjects like Animation, Music Production, Web development and Latin Percussion. Present he is a fulltime Lecturer in web development and Motion Graphics at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology.
Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany
Ilona Buchem (PhD) is Professor for Media and Communication at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw (Poland), Concordia University (WI, USA) and University Duisburg-Essen (Germany). She studied Educational Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin and obtained her PhD degree in Business Education in 2009. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of digital media and society, with special focus on emerging technologies such as social, mobile, wearable and smart technologies. Her research interests include Digital Collaboration, Digital Diversity, Digital Learning and Digital Leadership. Ilona Buchem has led a number of R&D projects dedicated to emerging digital media for learning and digital strategies in organisations. She is the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Wearable Technology Enhanced Learning at the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL), the founder of the Europortfolio German Chapter and a member of several organisations related to distance education and technology-enhanced learning, including the Association of Media in Science (GMW) and the European Distance Education Network (EDEN). She has initiated and has been actively involved in a number of national and international projects both as a project coordinator and a researcher, including Mediencommunity 2.0, iCollaborate, Networked Identities, Future Social Learning Networks (FSLN), Credit Points (BMBF, BMAS, BA), BeuthBonus (BMBF, BMAS, BA, ESF), fMOOC (BMBF), Digital Future (Stifterverband) and Open Badge Network (Erasmus+).
Richard Cannane is the Global Training & Development Manager at Trafigura (Geneva), a global commodities trading company. He joined Trafigura in 1999 in the Metals & Minerals Operations department. Between 2007 and 2014 he was the global manager for Lead & Zinc Concentrates Operations as well as a project manager for processes and systems integrations He is founding member if the HSEC committee. Richard has lived and worked in Australia, Switzerland and China, as well as working on various projects with the company in over 20 countries.
Brandon is author of Learning in the Age of Immediacy: 5 Factors for How We Connect, Communicate, and Get Work Done. He is an innovative learning strategist with extensive experience leading global corporate learning teams and programs in environments as varied as startups, tech companies, and the retail industry. He is a popular speaker, delivering a wide variety of engaging presentations and workshops at industry events. Brandon has been honored with several learning industry awards, including the ATD BEST Award, the eLearning Guild People’s Choice Award, and three Brandon Hall Awards for Best Custom Learning Design. He has also served on the board of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association and ATD conference committees. Brandon invites you to chat with him on Twitter (@brandonwcarson), where he engages in frank, interactive discussions about learning and business transformation.
Róisín is Digital Learning Manager for the Humanitarian Capacity Building team. They are a dedicated team that designs and runs specialist training programs for Save the Children and the sector as a whole. Róisín’s focus is to develop and manage digital partnerships to deliver on the organization’s vision of scalable, flexible, immersive and sustainable online learning for humanitarians. Her previous roles have been based in Technology Enhanced Learning and Academic Skills Development services. She is interested in the potential for gamification, serious games and scenario-based learning.
Marianne’s work has focused on developing strategies to increase educational opportunities for all. She has developed a multi-disciplinary approach using digital technology in implementing these strategies and contribute to evidence based theory in the field. Combining the drive to develop creative solutions that have a deep impact on social equality with a love of learning Marianne has contributed to research of innovative, technology enhanced learning and teaching initiatives. Most recently her work on the set up and development of iScoil has been recognised as an exemplar of innovation in education as a Nominet Top 100 International Tech-For-Good project and a Google sponsored Social Innovation Fund THINKTECH award.
Darlene Christopher, CPLP, has designed and delivered virtual training programs for global audiences for over twelve years and authored a book, The Successful Virtual Classroom, on the subject. She is a Senior Knowledge & Learning Officer at the World Bank in Washington D.C. where she directs global learning programs and provides technical leadership on distance learning programs. Previously, Darlene held technology development and management positions at Disney Internet Group, 3Com and Nextel. Darlene’s international work experience includes consulting for the United Nations in Germany, teaching in Venezuela, and serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize.
Darlene speaks regularly at national and international conferences, sharing her passion for leveraging virtual classrooms to solve workplace learning needs. Darlene has an MPA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Spanish from the University of California, Davis.
Donald is an entrepreneur. 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 has a foot in two camps, one as an investor and Board member of PlanB learning, WiQi, LearningPool, Cogbooks, the other in the public sector as a Trustee for the University for Industry, City & Guilds and Deputy Chair of Brighton Arts Festival & Dome. 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!
Training Journal magazine and website, and media partner of OEB, UK
Jo Cook is Deputy Editor at www.TrainingJournal.com magazine and website, and focuses her time on ground-breaking discussion webinars and speaking at events.
TJ is the only independent, monthly print magazine in the UK for learning and development professionals and has 50 years experience with the best L&D thought leaters.
Jo works for TJ part time and the rest of the time is Director of her company www.LightbulbMoment.info, which specialises in developing, facilitating and training others to deliver great live online training sessions, virtual classrooms, webinars and blended, digital programmes.
You can contact through @LightbulbJo or @TrainingJournal
Samantha Davis specializes in leadership and management development of humanitarian workers. Samantha provides leadership to a team of global learning and development experts to deliver skills and talent development experts programs for development and emergency response staff across the sector. She has over 15 years of experience in not-for-profit organisations with a focus on building collaborative partnerships and promoting collaborative approaches.
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 and leadership development.
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. Six years ago he joined the Center for Creative Leadership where he is now a faculty and EMEA's IP & Innovation Lead. Bert wrote the book 'Homo Competens – Let’s talk about competent people in the network age', frequently speaks at conferences such as OEB and blogs.
Bert is currently a faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) EMEA office. In his role he designs and develops customized leadership interventions and programs for clients. He is also the IP and Innovation Lead, making knowledge flow and orchestrating innovation initiatives.
Jenny (1972) is an experienced program and project manager. She has fulfilled these roles in both international and national organizations and in both the commercial as non-profit sectors. She enjoys working on the edge of company processes, ICT and people and balancing these elements.
Since 2013, Jenny has been working as a project manager at SURF. SURF is the collaborative ICT organization for Dutch higher education and research. SURF offers students, lecturers and scientists in the Netherlands access to the best possible internet and ICT facilities.
Jenny has been responsible for various projects related to digital assessment. She is fully at home in the digital assessment world in higher education: from the cost and benefits, the organizational influence, the assessment systems, to the potential benefits of collaboration between institutions in this field. Key responsibility within this role is ensuring broad dissemination of knowledge between Dutch higher education institutions.
Specialties: secure and safe assessment (Secure assessment workbook), BYOD, exchangeability between assessment systems & standardization, joint item banking, innovation in education, open badges.
Dr Maren Deepwell (BA, MA, PhD) is the Association for Learning Technology (ALT)’s Chief Executive. ALT is the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. Maren's work is focused on working with the ALT community, researchers, practitioners and policy makers and to provide overall leadership for the Association. She works to develop ALT's understanding of the community and ensures that ALT's work aligns with the demands of the rapidly developing learning landscape.
Prof. Dr. Paloma Díaz is Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. With a Degree and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, she is involved in interdisciplinary research at the Interactive Systems research group (DEI LAB www.dei.inf.uc3m.es), the Institute of Culture and Technology and the Mixed Institute UC3M-BS of Financial Big Data. Since 1996 she leads the DEI LAB research group that is focused on the design and development of interactive systems, data visualizations and collaborative systems applied to different domains, including learning and simulation, crisis informatics and digital cultural heritage.
Dr. Díaz has led national and international research projects about the application of interactive technologies for the design practice, the use of ICT for learning and training, crisis management, civic participation or the operation of electrical smart grids. Her last projects are related with smart spaces for informal learning and civic engagement and the use of affordable virtual and augmented reality in different settings. She has more than 150 publications related with her research interests.
Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.
Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years. He has published hundreds of articles both online and in print through two decades of research and development into learning networks and related technologies.
Prior to joining the NRC, Downes worked for the University of Alberta as an information architect, and prior to that, as a distance education and new media design specialist for Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. This followed a decade of teaching experience both in person and by distance with Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and Grande Prairie regional college.
At the University of Alberta he built a learning and research portal for the municipal sector in that province, Munimall, and another for the Engineering and Geology sector, PEGGAsus. He also pioneered the development of learning objects and was one of the first adopters and developers of RSS content syndication in education. Downes introduced the concept of e-learning 2.0 and with George Siemens developed and defined the concept of Connectivism, using the social network approach to deliver open online courses to three thousand participants over two years.
Downes obtained a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Calgary, specializing in epistemology and the philosophy of science. He also studied at the PhD level at the University of Alberta, completing all but his dissertation. Among numerous volunteer and committee positions while a student, Downes served as editor of the Calgary student newspaper, the Gauntlet, for two terms, and as president of the Graduate Students' Association at the University of Alberta, also for two terms. He served as a member of the Board of Governors, University of Alberta, and with the Athabasca University Governing Council.
After completing high school at Ottawa's School of Continuing Education while working as a concession stand worker and dishwasher, Downes studied computing science for one year at Algonquin College while working as a telephone equipment installer and (later) as a security guard. He worked for a year as a computer operator for Texas Instruments in Calgary, then as a pot washer, 7-Eleven clerk, and development education programmer for the Arusha International Development Centre. Downes has also been a newspaper carrier, waiter at a race track, hot dog vendor, building cleaner and camp counsellor. He was a candidate for mayor in the city of Brandon in 1995.
Downes was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1959 and has four brothers (all younger). He lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, with his wife Andrea (b. Colorado Springs, Colorado; married 1998) and four cats (Bart, Polly, Lexi and Alex).
Stephen reads a lot of science fiction and books in general. He enjoys movies, television and sports, especially hockey. He enjoys playing darts and NTN Trivia (though since Moncton has no NTN locations, it's a lot harder to play). He is an avid Civilization III player and an enthusiastic photographer.
I’m a social scientist, but my experiments take the form of games, participatory performances, and software. So I don’t just do science—I design games and group activities, create performances, and publish code.
I study how social environments shape our agency and our relationships, and how our worldviews and values limit what we can design. I've created a little nonprofit that supports this work.
The fields I work in are the theory of reasons for action, the field of human computer interaction, and real world game design as a kind of experimental sociology. One of my abiding research questions: Why does the market fail to address people's deepest desires? How can we re-orient the economy towards what we really want?
My strongest influences are David Velleman, Ruth Chang, Amartya Sen, Augusto Boal, and Bret Victor. My closest collaborators include Albert Kong, Rob Ochshorn, and Tristan Harris.
My passion is education and my life is teaching and learning, learning and teaching. I spend my days with interesting people who have an interest in people. Scientists, academics, designers, artists, ethicists, algoritmists, inventors, architects...And we talk about the Future of Work.
I'm on the winning human side. Which doesn't mean I don't appreciate the value of technology; but I am confident it will find its way. People, humans, us, we...well that's up for debate. So myself and a global, diverse group of fabulous humans have created a faculty that offers scaffolding from today to tomorrow. Short, online training videos designed to shift mindsets and enhance skill sets for the workplace of the future. Which is here now really.
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.
Mark Endean is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the UK Open University (OU). He is also Chair of the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) an accrediting body for online and distance learning providers in the UK’s private sector.
His background is in materials processing, manufacturing technologies and manufacturing systems. In addition to his OU lectureship, he has previously held posts as Director of Engineering and Associate Dean of his faculty.
Mark has been a member of and has led teams developing learning materials for distance learning students for over thirty years. These have ranged from first year undergraduates to final year postgraduates. His courses have included traditional distance learning approaches, remote team working, and face-to-face residential schools. His latest teaching project was to redesign a taught postgraduate course for entirely online presentation.
Mark is a regular participant in quality assurance activities within the OU and beyond. He has held examining positions at various institutions and has taken part in formal quality reviews at universities in the UK, Germany and the Caribbean. He also supports engineering groups at partner institutions through staff development and advice on teaching and learning issues.
Önder is a committed Learning and Development professional with a strong focus on innovative and engaging digital learning solutions, with experience over 10 years in banking. He is responsible for the design, development, implementation and maintenance of online courses in the largest private bank of Turkey, Isbank.
Önder has been part of IsVille project, Isbank’s award-winning strategy game (Learning Technologies Awards 2016 Best Learning Game – Gold Winner). As a member of Learning Technologies Team, Önder is working on a new gamification project now, which is currently in its development phase. He is highly interested in engaging digital learning solutions and new adult learning methods, focusing on the real practical benefits for learning and development. He also shares his core business experience with employees of Isbank, by giving lectures mainly in commercial loans and financial analysis.
My name is Seynabou Fachinger and I am a Project Manager working at GIZ's divison Digital Learning and Virtual Collaboration at Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) - German Development Cooperation in Bonn. My area of responsibility lies within the field of eLearning for Capacity Development and Learning with New Media mostly in the whole African region. Furthermore, my work comprises different areas, e.g. supporting and enabling educational institutions and/or individuals on how to build own e-Learning capacities, delivering and implementing courses and trainings (eLearning/Blended Learning/mLearning, MOOCs etc.) on different subjects (e.g. health, education, financial literacy), setting up and supporting Communities of Practice and networks for a diverse mix of cultures and communities, in various African countries.
Apart from working in that very interesting and broad field, I have a passion for languages...
Christian is a founding team member of Leuphana Digital School. He works with faculty and staff at Leuphana University to encourage open teaching and learning practices. Besides his involvement at other universities, he was involved in the design and the implementation open and connected learning formats at Leuphana Digital School.
Christian also works as a consultant to enhance and facilitate the use of technology in educational institutions and other larger organizations. He is a proud Virtually Connecting buddy and he records "Feierabendbier Open Education", a German podcast on Open Education.
Dr. Eran Gal is an e-learning expert with over 18 years of experience in applying cross-company technology-based learning solutions. Dr. Gal holds both M.A. and PhD degrees from the Knowledge Technology Lab at the Tel Aviv University, School of Education. Following several years as an e-Learning manager in large enterprises Dr. Gal joined the Holon Institution of Technology (HIT), Faculty of Instructional Technologies as a lecturer and a research team leader. Dr. Gal delivers courses and seminars regarding instructional design and e-learning offering development.
Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), Germany
Isabel García-Wülfing ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung und seit Anfang 2011 zuständig für die fachliche Begleitung des Förderprogramms des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung zur Entwicklung und zum Einsatz digitaler Medien in der beruflichen Bildung.
Pratik (1963) is the Founder & CEO of Add Value Technology Ltd, the developer of Justori, a unique free smartphone audio app to tell, archive and listen to stories. Using narrow bandwidth, Justori couples flexible voice recording, exhaustive archiving and instantaneous disseminating of stories with comprehensive social media features. Justori creates novel opportunities around storytelling to harness informal knowledge networks, revive oral traditions, hone literary and voice talent, preserve cultures, learn new languages and skills, record biography etc.
Pratik holds a MSc. in Operational Research from the London School of Economics. Starting his career in London as an OR Analyst at British Airways and IT Consultant with Financial Systems Software, Pratik had been Adviser at the Ministry of Finance (Mauritius), Partner in-charge of business consulting in Africa for DCDM Consulting and Head of Global Business Banking and member of the management of the Mauritius Commercial Bank.
Atish Gonsalves is a social technologist and the Global Learning Director of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy based in London.
Prior to the Academy, Atish was the Executive Director of DisasterReady.org (in Los Angeles, USA) and has worked for many years with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) where he led the learning technology team.
With a strong background in technology and human-computer interaction (HCI), Atish’s experience includes a combination of private sector and humanitarian assignments, having moved between the two sectors over the last 16 years in Asia, Australia, Europe, US and Africa.
Atish is a global citizen, has lived in six countries (India, Australia, Switzerland, Hungary, US and UK) and has traveled to over 30 countries.
Atish graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2016 Nik Gowing co-authored interim findings of the “Thinking the Unthinkable” study. The work is currently scaling up because of global anxieties about the new pressures on leaderships. It is based on hundreds of top level confidential interviews and conversations with corporate and public service leaders, plus hundreds more conversations with the new generation of millennials. Findings so far reveal candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal” that have emerged since 2014. New vulnerabilioties are confirmed. The findings are scary.
Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
For 18 years he worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy including vice chair (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-2012 ). In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a board member for the Hay Literature Festival.
His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans” predicted and identified the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space. The work builds on his work initiated at Harvard.
In 2014 Nik was appointed a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London in the School of Social Science and Public Policy. Since 2016 he has been a Visiting Professor at Nanyang University (NTU), Singapore focussing on deepening and widening the “Thinking the Unthinkable” research. From 2014 he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.
He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University in 2012 and Bristol University in 2015. They recognise his ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.
Forum DistancE-Learning FDL / European Association for Distance Learning EADL, 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.
Markus Gylling is a solutions architect with IMS Global Learning Consortium. Prior to his work with IMS Global, he worked as CTO of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and as CTO of the DAISY Consortium. Through his work with IDPF & DAISY he has during the past one and a half decades been engaged in the development of global scale standards, tools and educational efforts for the realization of inclusive and accessible e-publishing and e-reading.
Markus lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, from where he also oversees IMS Global’s European operations.
Eric Hamilton is Professor of Education at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. Dr. Hamilton also holds a joint appointment in mathematics. He currently leads a series of research projects supported by the US National Science Foundation and Department of Education in the areas of learning technologies, mathematics education, intergenerational collaboration between teachers and students, teacher creativity, and video media authorship. With Jari Multisilta of Helsinki University, he leads the “Innovation in Learning and Education Science Across Virtual Institutes” (SAVI) connecting sixteen research groups in the US and Finland exploring сonditions of building and sustaining high performance school and home learning environments. He also currently leads a set of educators in east Africa and Nigeria in building a “studentscreate” and “teacherscreate” media authorship network.
In recent years, he led the NSF-funded Distributed Learning and Collaboration (DLAC) symposium series in Shanghai, Singapore, Uganda and Germany.
Dr. Hamilton came to Pepperdine from the US Air Force Academy, where he was a research professor and director of the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Hamilton has given numerous invited and keynote addresses in the areas of learning technologies and future learning environments at conferences in the US and overseas. Prior to his assignment at the Air Force Academy, he was a member of the US government’s senior executive service corps as the director for the education and learning technology research division at NSF.
Originally tenured in computer science, he came to NSF from Loyola University Chicago, where he organized and led a nationally award winning consortium on STEM learning devoted to imcreasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM professions, invented and secured patents on pen-based computing collaboration, and directed the Chicago Systemic Initiative in mathematics and science education. Hamilton earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Northwestern University.
Peter Hamilton has over 30 years’ experience in the IT Industry in Ireland and the USA with Digital Equipment Corporation and Intel. Peter was a Founder of Intel Performance Learning Solutions where he led the business and technology development of skoool.com, a major digital learning initiative which helped Intel build its education technology business in over 40 countries worldwide. Peter is currently the Founder and Principal Consultant with EdTech Ventures, a leadership digital education consultancy group with associates in the US, Europe and Asia.
Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (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 BIBB´s international co-operation activities. Appraising, quality management and certifying of (web based) distance learning courses for continuous training.
Beth Havinga is passionate about supporting a lead in the change, development and growth of positive tools and strategies that enable a stronger, more interoperable education experience. She believes in the need for a more networked education environment and is excited to connect industry leaders in technology, global publishers, startups and governments through her work to build robust and innovative solutions. With over 15 years in the education industry, she is dedicated to improving the education space.
Originally a high school teacher, Beth has managed publishing houses and education software companies in Europe, founded her own startups, and continues to support a wide variety of education organisations through her company, Connect EdTech. Beth works with large tech corporations, education publishers, governments, ministries of education and education startups globally, supporting them in education policy, digital implementation, and development and market strategies. As a specialist in the digitisation and interoperability of education systems, Beth is currently on the expert committee of the Austrian Ministry of Economy, Research and Science, and is also the executive director of the German Alliance for Education. Additionally, Beth is a stakeholder in EDUvation, a business angel company supporting education startups based in Germany, complementing her work with StartEdTech.
Martin Hawksey is Chief Innovation, Community and Technology Officer for the Association for Learning Technology. Martin's career began as a learning technologist in the UK Higher Education sector and has gone on to hold advisory roles within the educational technology sector for a number of UK government funded services. In these roles, he has supported staff in the exploration and adoption of innovative approaches to learning and teaching.
As part of his role Martin is responsible community strategy implementing a number of initiatives including the development of the ALT Members #altc Twitter hashtag. Since 2014 this has been promoted as the primary tag for sharing ALT activities as well as becoming the official ALT Annual Conference hashtag. To provide actionable insight to the development of the hashtag Martin has developed a number of free tools for measuring social media impact on Twitter utilizing Google Sheets as a platform for data capture and analysis. In part this work led to Martin being inducted to the Google Experts programme in 2014, still actively sharing his expertise in G Suite to the developer community.
Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly - Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
Olivier Heidmann is lead developer and designer in serious games projects, responsible for designing and creating virtual experiment demonstrators. He has a Master Degree in Parallel Computing from the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France. He also taught computer science, mathematics and management to students ranging from 14 years old to adults for 7 years. Since 2004, he participated in more than a dozen different EC-funded projects, using ICT and web-based solutions to enhance the teaching and learning methodologies and tools. He has published several papers at international conferences over the past 8 years.
Simon Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Lauren Herckis is an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon University with appointments in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer science. She specializes in faculty culture and the use of technology in higher education, and her field research applies anthropological and archaeological methods and theory to analyze human engagement with the material world. Dr. Herckis is interested in learning science, human diversity (especially in urban contexts), the pedagogical training of future faculty, the politics of praxis in fieldwork, chaîne opératoire, and political economy in urban growth. Her research in Latin America interrogates assumptions about cultural heterogeneity in the context of long-term urban growth, and highlights the ways that social networks dynamically impact technical choices and the development of informal economies. Under the aegis of Carnegie Mellon's Simon Initiative, Dr. Herckis' current projects explore the intersection of campus culture, technological change, and effective teaching at the college level. Her research informs policymaking, shapes the development of learning technologies, and illuminates aspects of organizational culture and policy which affect teaching practice.
Dr. Herckis has spent her career working in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research design and execution, in public, private, and non-profit contexts, and across a variety of disciplinary domains. A former Fulbright fellow, Dr. Herckis worked with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education before joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Niels-Peder Osmundsen Hjøllund, assistant professor at the University College of Copenhagen
In his work, he researches the role of pedagogues and pedagogy in schools. He has taught media & digital culture and pedagogical theory. He holds a PhD in information studies from the University of Copenhagen, where his thesis "Subject position and Information Literacy - a reinstallation of the subject" discussed information literacy and cases of prohibitional versus laissez faire use of social media in Danish high school.
Dr. Hjøllund has done research within digitization of children, youth, and education as well as notions of identity and how the 21st century can and do restructure both the individual and the social sphere.
He is member of the board in the research network BIN - Barnekultur i Norden (Children's culture in the Nordic countries). He is also a member of the Danish Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis.
The World's First Professor of Networking and Author on How to Manage Knowledge, Networks and Time, UK
Julia Hobsbawm founded the 'knowledge networking' business www.editorialintelligence.com and consults, writes, teaches, talks and blogs on a number of topics including entrepreneurship, the role of behavioural networks in politics and society, business productivity and the subject she has defined on modern knowledge networking - Social Health. She is the world's first professor of Networking, having been made Honorary Visiting Professor by London's Cass Business School and at the University of Suffolk. She is the author of several books and articles covering communication, business, the media and the future of the workplace. She has written and presented the 5 part BBC Radio 4 series "Networking Nation".
Hobsbawm's new book, 'Fully Connected' was published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2017 and was made Book of the Week by The Times Higher Education Supplement. It was praised by INSEAD and London Business School's Professor Herminia Ibarra as 'stella...a must-read for individuals and policymakers alike' and by Andrew Keen as 'the most profound book about connectivity published this century".
Professor Hobsbawm was awarded an OBE for Services to Business in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2015.
Rob is a designer through and through who is fascinated by how we learn, what we remember and why. He is a great enthusiast of all that technology can offer to enhance learning and has completed a huge variety of projects in his 15 year career.
In 2005, Rob founded LAS, which has grown to become a multi award-winning digital learning company. He served on the Board of the eLearning Network for four years including two as the elected Chair. A regular conference speaker he is also the editor and co-author of the 'Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual' published by Wiley and featuring contributions from the brightest and best elearning minds on both sides of the Atlantic.
Anca is the EMEA Head of Social Learning & Collaboration at Citi.
In her everyday work, Anca helps Citi employees and teams across the region become more effective at how they learn and perform. She creates value by enabling better conversations and collaboration at all levels of the organization.
Anca has been with Citi for almost 13 years, and together with her team, she is currently leading the workplace learning evolution, with coaching and collaborative social learning at its heart. (If you are curious to find out more follow Anca on Twitter and explore some of her work on #BeMore).
Anca spends a significant part of her time and energy helping our leaders utilizing new learning and collaboration technologies and platforms, as well as advising on large scale culture and change initiatives.
A Romanian-born, global citizen, she brings listening, curiosity and creativity to everything she does, including raising her two boys, learning, communication and collaboration work at Citi.
Annett Irmer started her professional career as learning technology consultant at IMC AG in 2000 after studying European Finance and Accounting and a Master Program in European Human Resource Management.
In this role, she supported global organisations in the design and implementation of learning technology strategies. A key focus was the implementation and rollout of learning management systems. She was also responsible for setting up a subsidiary of IMC in Paris, France.
After seven years as a consultant, Annett changed to E.ON and took over the role as “Program Manager e-Learning” at the E.ON Academy, the corporate university of E.ON. During her time at E.ON, Annett took on different roles and project responsibilities within Learning & Development such as the implementation of a Group-wide learning controlling framework, learning process management as well as the efficiency project for learning in the context of the program E.ON 2.0.
With the implementation of the new HR model, Annett took the role of the client expert for Regional Unit Germany in the Center of Competence Global Learning.
In the beginning of 2016, Annett was promoted to Head of Digital Learning & Global Learning Solutions. In this role, Annett leads a team of learning experts covering the topics of digital learning, learning management and learning products for functional skills and competencies.
Key projects include the implementation of SuccessFactors learning, setting up functional academies and implementing design thinking for learning.
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.
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).
Sheila Jagannathan is Senior Education Specialist, focusing on e-learning at the World Bank Institute based in Washington DC. Her experience is at the blend of technology and learning and has worked for over 25 years in private and public sector organizations designing and managing distance learning programs and knowledge products in the US, India, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa and more recently in Africa. She is passionate about e-learning and its opportunities for development effectiveness and her current interests range from innovative pedagogy and technologies, including serious games, social technologies, open source content and tools, collaborative platforms and future e-learning trends. She regularly presents at International conferences and serves on the Advisory Boards of on several International committees such as E-Learning Guild, eLearning Africa, Ed-Media and Technology (World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications), etc.
She has also been a Guest Lecturer in the "Executive program for educational technology" program at the George Washington University, in Washington DC. Her education includes Masters degrees, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Media and Technology and ABD in Instructional Systems Development ( Specialization in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) principles for the creation of Intelligent Tutoring Systems), all from Boston University, USA.
For fun she loves to cook and is working on a vegetarian cookbook with an international flavor, volunteering and reading.
Thomas Jenewein is the SAP Education Business Development Manager for Middle & Eastern Europe. After studying Organizational Psychology he collected more than 20 years of experience from different positions in the field of Learning & Talent Management, consultancy and program management. Thomas is a frequent content contributor and creates blog entries, articles or holds presentations on innovation in learning.
Charles is a leading expert on building and implementing 70:20:10 learning strategies. He is co-founder of the 70:20:10 Institute. The Institute is the premier centre for 70:20:10 principles and methodology and works with organisations around the world to help improve L&D practices 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.
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’.
He is also a director of Duntroon Consultants, an independent consultancy practice where his work is focused on performance improvement. The practice involves helping organisations deliver maximum business benefit from their workforce using new workplace and social learning approaches and the 70:20:10 Framework.
Dr. Ari Jonsson is the president of Reykjavik University; a private non-profit university in Iceland that focuses on education, research and industry collaboration in the areas of technology, business and law.
Dr. Jonsson completed his doctoral degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1997, with focus on artificial intelligence and autonomous decision- making. He then joined NASA as a research scientist, working on the development of automated technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of spacecraft operations. During his tenure at NASA, he managed a number of research and development projects, contributing to missions such as the Deep Space One experimental spacecraft, the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the operations of the International Space Station.
In 2007, Dr. Jonsson moved to Reykjavik University as the Dean of the School of Computer Science. In January 2010, he became the President of the university and has served in that role since then. Dr. Jonsson is active in policy development and has served for over seven years on the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council.
Dr. Jonsson actively supports the innovation and entrepreneurship environment in Iceland. He is the Chairman of the Board for one startup and a board member for a few other companies.
Sarah Zühlke, Pauline Karstens, Emma Karstens, Chantal Pasternack and Shante Pasternack are students at the Richard-Hallmann-School in Trappenkamp and are visting the socio-scientific and economic profiles in the 12th grade.
Together they decided to join the national school-competition "Young Economic Summit" (shortly YES!). This competition opens doors and sets a stage for new and creative ideas of the next generation. High School students concern themselves with global problems in the realm of economy, policy, society and environment. They aim to find innovative solutions in order to create the world, the youth wants to live in.
In this context the students from the Richard-Hallmann-School dealed with the topic "skills for the new digital age" and developed their idea of a web-based platform under the name "matchED"- Matching Education and Digitalization. MatchED combines a web-based learning module for students with detailed qualification profiles of employers. In that way, the lack of digital competences can be decreased as graduates can gain qualification matching their aspired career.
Author, Entrepreneur and Controversial Commentator on the Digital Revolution, USA
Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution.He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe". He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salonFutureCast and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the "100 Most Connected Men”. His next book, How To Fix The Future, will be published worldwide in January 2018.
Thierry Koscielniak is Vice CIO and Executive Director of the EdTech & Digital Pedagogy Office (ICT for Education) ; Research Engineer at the Paris Descartes University in Paris, France (www.parisdescartes.fr). As a member of the IT Strategic Steering Board of his university, he plays a role in strategic planning and policy development for information system, infrastructure and programs. He is also member of the board of CSIESR (www.csiesr.eu), French association of IT professionals in higher education.
His department is in charge of the eLearning plateform Moodle, the e-portfolio management system Mahara and of the university social network based on Elgg.
Thierry completed his Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry at the Pierre et Marie Curie University.
Erna Kotkamp has a background in educational theory, practice and IT and works as intermediate between(innovative) IT and educational (innovative) practices at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The last 3 years she has been working as senior project manager for selecting, implementing and migrating Brightspace as the new Collaboration and Learning Environment.
Anders Krohn has studied at five universities on three continents. Anders left Oxford University to start Aula, a communication platform for education providing a modern alternative to learning management systems. In addition, Anders is Co-founder of non-profit Project Access, a startup that fights inequality in higher education admissions, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, and advisor to Young Global Pioneers.
Social Psychologist and Broadcaster at the Guardian, UK
Dr Aleks Krotoski is an award-winning international broadcaster, author and academic.
For the BBC and Channel 4, she has topped the ratings, won Emmy, BAFTA, Radio Academy, and Royal Society awards, and written and presented the landmark technology and social-science series for both radio – with BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human – and international television – with BBC World’s The Virtual Revolution.
As host, writer, and producer, Aleks Krotoski’s broadcasting success, has mirrored her academic credentials. Dr Krotoski holds fellowships at University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics. Her PhD broke new ground, studying information flow and the spread of ideas across digital spaces. She enjoys an international speaking career, to both corporate and general audiences. She is based in London and Los Angeles.
Christine Kunzmann is an HR consultant and trainer with special focus on innovative approaches to competence development and human resource development. Since 2008, she has also been researcher in several major European research projects (MATURE, MIRROR, LAYERS) with focus on motivational aspects and knowledge maturing. She has a major role in the EmployID project in the context of Public Employment Services and its consultancy network.
Henrik Køhler Simonsen is PhD, MA, MBA and Senior Consultant at Smartlearning, Denmark. He is also external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and is conducting cross-disciplinary research in corporate information science, data access, learning transfer, learning analytics and business models. Henrik Køhler Simonsen offers consultancy services on digital innovation, digital business development and digital education to the Danish business academy sector. Come visit me at the session "Learning Analytics: Good Cop - Bad Cop" where I will discuss different approaches to learning analytics.
Jon Lacivita is Vice President of Business Development for Proctorio. As an innovative leader in technology, education, and business, Jon has a passion for helping others become more productive and successful. He is adept at finding new paths around old obstacles, and his experience as a public speaker and sales team leader has helped Jon become an empathetic dot connector as well as visionary problem solver.
Jon has helped Proctorio become an integral part of securing exams and improving learning outcomes for secondary and post-secondary institutions worldwide. Most recently, Jon engaged members of the educational technology community in discussions regarding academic integrity, maintaining accreditation, and verifying identities of digital learners.
Tom Lamberty is part of Cisco Systems. He works as a consultant in Cisco's Leadership & Team Digitalization organization. Designing and incubating solutions leveraging the opportunities of digitizing HR. Some of his current areas of focus are: dynamic teams, open talent marketplaces, agile collaboration, blockchain applications. Tom has a professional track-record in strategic HR consulting and a wide range of traditional HR functions incl. recruiting, comp&ben and leadership development.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK
Andy Lancaster Head of Learning and Development Content
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Andy Lancaster has more than 25 years’ experience in learning and organisational development in commercial, technological and not-for-profit organisations and has also worked in a consultancy role.
As Head of Learning and Development Content at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Andy is responsible for professional development and learning products, digital content and qualifications for L&D, coaching and mentoring, management and leadership and business psychology.
Andy also plays a key role in leading the direction and delivery of CIPD’s wider new vision for L&D. He was part of the team that developed CIPD’s new L&D qualifications, oversees the Leaders in Learning Network and is helping pioneer online digital learning at the Institute.
Andy has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and the Learning and Performance Institute (FLPI).
He regularly speaks at conferences, write articles on behalf of CIPD and is the co-author of the “Webinars Pocketbook”. He is also an avid Tweeter being found on Twitter at @AndyLancasterUK!
As a lecturer in Publishing and Media, I enjoy introducing students into the fascinating world of international trade publishing. I have worked in the book publishing industry (crime novels) and I now teach publishing and media concepting at the Media, Information & Communication Programme.
My research focusses on lecturer's ways of curating (digital) learning materials in Higher Education. Also, I am involved in several international projects at our university, and am looking into ways to have students collaborate across borders remotely, using digital platforms.
Michael is head of research, interaction designer and user experience expert at CREATE.21st century.
At CREATE Michael designs and works on new products and services in the area of digital learning technologies and media, Smart City participation tools, approaches, and mobility information services.
Michael got a Ph.D. from Northumbria University, Department of Arts, Design and Social Science, at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He is author for several research publications in the area of interaction design research.
Dr.David Lenihan is one of the leading minds in medical education. He has been tasked with creating the world’s leading health sciences learning environment, one which not only results in unprecedented student outcomes but is, in addition, based on an interprofessional model, and deployed at an international scale.
Dr. Lenihan has done this before, most recently as Dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (NY), where he changed the way medical education is taught: by first “flipping” the classroom (faculty deliver lectures via iTunes and then moderate class discussions), then developing a dynamically adaptive curriculum that changes for each student based on individual knowledge and ability and, finally, by linking the curriculum with real-time, systemic assessment of both students and faculty.
Minute-by-minute monitoring of students’ knowledge enables the school to both improve student outcomes at the same time as reduce “drop out” rates by getting targeted help to students early and often.
Previously, Dr. Lenihan founded a system of outpatient clinics in the UK, which he sold. Dr. Lenihan holds a Ph.D. in Peripheral Neurosurgery/Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, was a peripheral nerve surgical fellow at Edinburgh, a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer University, and Juris Doctor from Touro University. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in spinal cord injury at Washington University (Saint Louis), and has published over 20 scientific papers on the assessment and repair of the nervous system.
Kay is currently the Exectutive Director Growth Intiatives for Online Education Services (OES). Founded in 2010, OES is a public-private partnership between SEEK, who have matched over 150,000 students with their ideal course and Swinburne University of Technology, a pioneer in online education with over 20 years’ experience.
The partnership’s first endeavour, Swinburne Online, was launched in 2011 with 10 undergraduate courses in the fields of Business, Social Science and Communication. By 2017, Swinburne Online had expanded its offerings to include 21 undergraduate and postgraduate university courses, five TAFE courses and offerings for international students, with over 10,000 students currently enrolled.
Kay’s discipline area is Statistics, and she has previously undertaken academic roles at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Swinburne University of Technology. Her most recent academic role in leadership was as Dean of the Faculty of Higher Education, Lilydale, at Swinburne University of Technology, from 2009 to 2011.
Esko Lius is known for inspiring learning projects which put emphasis on learners' own activity, transformative pedagogy, and versatile tools for authentic learning. Mobile learning and BYOx model are most often employed.
He is involved in designing strategies and systems for building up the capacities of the teaching staff, and he facilitates digital strategy processes of the management – both in Finland and in international projects, e.g. in Kosovo and Egypt.
He is curious enough to ask What if… and divergent and diligent enough to find new approaches in challenging situations. He sees that the connection between formal school learning, the world outside, and learner's own interest is paramount to generate deep learning.
Recently he has been pondering (and piloting) how open digital badges may change the paradigm in recognizing competences and learning.
Luciana Locks has worked at Language Institutes for 25 years, and at the moment she works at the CNA Headquarters in Brazil. She holds a BA in Languages and specialization certificates. She is a teacher trainer and manages a group of consultants. Editor of an annual publication of articles in the area of Education, Communication and Management. One of the projects she is most proud of is the one called Speaking Exchange in which students have conversation sessions with elderly people in the United States and Canada.
Ines is Head of the Sartorius College, an institution of Sartorius, one of the world’s leading providers of laboratory and process technologies and equipment. In this role she leads the company’s event and soft skill training activities, overseeing a team of event- and seminar manager. Before joining Sartorius, Ines worked for an international process consultancy and got the chance to work with amazing clients such as Boehringer Ingelheim. TÜV Süd, M+W Group and the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
After her media studies and various stations in the communications and creative industries, Elisabeth Mandl became an "explainer" in a startup for explanatory animations and storytelling. She helped companies explain their often complex products and ideas in a very simple way so that everyone would understand them. In Berlin, she organized pitch workshops and invited founders to communicate the core of their ideas.
Another passion of Elisabeth is video production. It is obvious that these two fields are easy to combine. Since 2016 Elisabeth is a project manager at Wikimedia Deutschland. Here, among other things, she is working on gaining new authors for Wikipedia. Explaining how the free encyclopedia works and that everybody can participate is a perfect case of how simple explanations can be used in video formats.
John Marsh for the DWP from 1968 until 2015, progressing through various roles during his career, starting with basic clerical work and ending as a Learning Design professional with the Operational Excellence Group. As a Designer, he was responsible for designing, mainly, skills learning for DWP. He designed a number of the major learning programmes for Work Coaches. One of his products was delivered to 26,000 staff and, for this, he received praise from the UK Parliament. As a designer he has received numerous awards. Since retiring from DWP I am involved with the EmployID project, as a member of the Advisory Board.
PhD in Education and Society by the Universitat de Barcelona. Specialist and researcher on digital education at the eLearn Center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He has worked as a pedagogical adviser, learning designer and manager of educational innovation in this same university since 1997 and has published several papers and articles related to these areas. He is currently the director of the Outer EDU collection (Editorial UOC) and his interest focus are the phenomenon of learning on the net, the impact of the digital society on education and the emergence of new training modalities.
Jeff Merriman is the Associate Director of MIT's Office of Educational Innovation and Technology where he leads activities to help enhance teaching and learning at the Institute through new and innovative uses of information technology. His group is currently focused on the development of content and software services that can be utilized for educational application across disciplines. Jeff has spent much of his career building and promoting various kind of educational technology infrastructure for higher education. As Director of Residential Computing at Stanford University he brought the notion of “wired campuses” into the forefront by networking all of Stanford’s graduate and undergraduate residence halls, leading an aggressive effort that began in 1987. In 1998 he helped to form Stanford’s Academic Computing program and became Director of Academic Computing Technology. In this role he began to widen his focus to include issues of software infrastructure in support of educational initiatives.
Jeff joined MIT in 2000, where he has led the development of the Institute's learning management platform and has also served as Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Initiative, an Andrew W. Mellon funded project to develop service oriented architecture standards for educational software integration and development.
Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis (PhD, MPhil, BEng) is a Research Associate in the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University. He has more than 10 years of research experience in the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) and specifically in personalised learning, self-regulated learning, inquiry-based learning, open educational resources and rich interactive learning materials with applications in teaching and learning Data Science, Future Internet, and Linked Data. He has authored over 100 articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and books. His research experience spans across a wide range of European-funded projects, notably SlideWiki, EDSA, FORGE, weSPOT, EUCLID, ROLE, OpenScout, CASPAR, and PARMENIDES.
ANDREA MOHORIC WAS BORN 1962 IN WAIBLINGEN (NEAR STUTTGART) IN GERMANY. HER QUALIFICATIONS ARE: VOCATIONAL TRAINING AS TECHNICAL DESIGNER IN MAINZ, DIPLOMA IN POLITICAL SCIENCES AND SECOND STUDY AS FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING MANAGEMENT BOTH IN BERLIN.
SHE FIRST WORKED IN THE FIELD OF POLITICAL EDUCATION AND SINCE 1995 IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING AS COURSE ORGANIZER/ MANAGER. SINCE 1998 SHE WORKED IN THE FIELD OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR TARGET GROUPS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISADVANTAGED TRAINEES.
FROM 2000-2008 SHE WAS HEAD OF A TRAINING CENTER FOR GASTRONOMIC AND HOUSEKEEPING VOCATIONAL TRAINING AT KIEZKÜCHEN BERLIN. DURING THIS PERIOD SHE HAD PROJECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR SEVERAL EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL PILOT PROJECTS.
FROM 2008-2013 SHE WORKED AS SENIOR EXPERT/CONSULTANT WITHIN THE LEONARDO DA VINCI PROGRAM FOR THE NATIONAL AGENCY (BILDUNG FÜR EUROPA) AT BUNDESINSTITUT FÜR BERUFSBILDUNG BIBB. HER WORK FOCUSED ON MOBILITY ESPECIALLY FOR EDUCATIONAL STAFF, CONSULTANT AND NETWORK STRATEGIES AND MULTIPLIERS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS AND TRAINERS, INCLUSION IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING ESPECIALLY FOR MOBILITY PROJECTS WITH DISADVANTAGED TRAINEES FOR VET IN GERMANY AND EUROPE.
FROM 2013-JAN 2016 SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PILOT PROGRAM VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. HER MAIN FOCUS IS THE TRANSFER OF PROJECT RESULTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF FURTHER STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN VET. (AT BIBB)
SINCE FEB.2016 SHE WORKS AS PROJECT-COORDINATOR AT F-BB RESEARCHINSTITUTE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF VET, CURRENT TOPICS: DIGITAL LEARNING AND MODULAR TRAINING CONCEPTS FOR LOW-SKILLED, UNIVERSITY DROP OUT AND TRANSITION INTO VET, EUROPEAN PROJECTS / ERASMUS+ AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, INTEGRATION OF DISADVANTAGED INTO VET AND EMPLOYMENT.
Dr Norbert Morawetz is a creative business academic and digital entrepreneur. Prior to joining Henley Business School, Norbert built up and ran the largest entrepreneurship programme in the UK at the University of Hertfordshire, for which he received the National Enterprise Educator Award from the UK Higher Education Academy.
He is the founder of ed-tech startup potential.ly, where he fuses psychology and technology to enhance personal development, collaborative learning and employability.
Norbert's research focuses on technology entrepreneurship, psychometrics, team analytics, online education and economics of creative industries, especially the film industry.
As a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School, he teaches undergrads and MBAs and looks after the BA Entrepreneurship as UG Programme Director for Entrepreneurship.
Hoda Mostafa is currently as Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Director at the Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo. She teaches freshman within a multi-section course, Scientific Thinking and has also designed and developed a course on Creativity and Creative Problem Solving, exploring design thinking and educational game design with her students. She has also participated in the planning, design and implementation of a new Freshman Program in 2013 and continues to work on foundational teaching and learning at AUC.
As a faculty developer she designs and facilitates professional development workshops for faculty and teaching assistants over a wide range of topics including pedagogy, assessment and integration of educational technology into the classroom. She also works on the dissemination and promotion of innovative teaching practices into the classroom. Her interests include integrating creative thinking, critical thinking and scientific thinking into primary level higher education and helping in the advancement of these habits of mind in Egyptian society.
Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.
Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.
Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Nelson went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony Newman is the Senior Manager of Business Development for the Office of Vice President of Information Technology at Purdue University. In this role, Anthony is responsible for commercializing and scaling cutting edge technologies created by Purdue's IT Organization.
Formerly, Anthony led the Purdue Studio team where he was responsible for leading a creative team of developers and designers and students in the identification, development and delivery of digital applications based on customer needs, strategic vision and market research. The work of his group was featured in the New York Times, Campus Technology, CIO Magazine, CNET, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Anthony offers a diverse perspective compared to many in the education field. After obtaining computer science and business degrees, Newman spent the next 13 years, in consulting and government where he spent 6 years in senior management. His experience in a variety of roles inside and outside of education allows him to look at education transformation in a unique way.
Steven Ney completed his doctorate in the policy sciences at the Department of Comparative Politics in the University of Bergen. Trained as a policy analyst at the University of London, Steven Ney has worked on a wide range of policy issues in a number of research institutes including the LOS Center in Bergen, ICCR in Vienna and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg. After spending four years from 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, Steven Ney took up the Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at Jacobs University, Bremen in August 2009. Starting as a researcher of environmental issues, particularly climate change, Steven Ney has developed an interest in analysing the way societies deal with complex and uncertain policy challenges. Recently, Steven Ney has concentrated on social innovation and social entrepreneurship as a means of bringing about institutional change.
Since November 2014, Steven Ney is a D-Fellow at the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam. Apart from developing the international relations of the HPI School of Design Thinking, he is currently designing and implementing a certification process for D-Thinking Coaches.
Risbo - Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Marit Nieuwenhuys (MSc) has worked as an educational advisor at Risbo - Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2011. As an advisor, she has been involved regularly in the (re)development of courses and curricula, particularly in the introduction of active learning formats, such as problem based learning, but also in the development of blended and online education (including MOOCs). Another area of Marit's expertise is (digital/online) assessment. Marit delivers a variety of training courses and workshops for teachers. Marit studied Educational Science and Technology at the University of Twente. In 2010 she graduated with a dissertation on learning and development of young professionals in organisations.
Kjartan Ólafsson (1958) graduated in 1984 from the Reykjavík College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition. He continued his studiesin Holland at the Institute of Sonology and later at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Kjartan received his Licentia doctorand (PhD) from the Sibelius Academy in 1995.
Since 1988, Kjartan has been developing a composing system based on Artificial Intelligence technique called CALMUS (Calculated Music), which is a computer program especially designed for music composition.
Among works composed by Kjartan are pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, electronic music, orchestral works, concertos and music for various theatre productions. His Viola Concerto received the Icelandic Music Award in 2002 as the composition of the year.
From 2005- 2014 Kjartan was Professor of Composition and Theory at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Now he is the CEO and head of research at ErkiTónlist sf and teacher at the University of Iceland.
Laura is the Managing Director of Towards Maturity a not-for-profit benchmark practice that provides independent expert research and advice in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance. Her work is based on 25+ years of practical experience looking at learning innovation for business advantage, backed by her independent research with over 5,500 organisations and 25,000 learners since 2003. She is author of Author of over 40 major research reports including ´Live Online Learning´, ´Bridging the Gap – Integrating learning and work´ and over 200 articles.
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.
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.
University of Helsinki, Lahti University Campus, Finland
From personal perspective, I’m happily married with five nice children (all adults now). From professional perspective I have a Master’s, a Licentiate’s and a Doctorate degree in Biology, and employment record after PhD includes different academic positions. My current position as a University lecturer in University of Helsinki started on 2003 at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Lahti
My major strengths relates to E-learning. I have done a lot of pioneering work with my courses, and I’m highly trained and participated many projects during my academic career. The three ideals grounding my pedagogical thinking are awareness of the change required at the individual and institutional level in academic education, importance of training of theory and teaching skills, and an importance educational technology or e-learning in the context given above.
Nataša has been working in digital education in medical, nursing and allied health sciences in higher education since 2006. Particular interests: learning design, blended learning, open educational resources, online videos in medical education and digital literacies.
Nataša has a background in science, web development and teaching.
Jen Persson is the Director of defenddigitalme, a civil liberties group founded in 2015 to campaign for safe, fair, and transparent children’s data in education. She is an independent member of the Department for Education National Pupil Database Steering Group in England. She is currently most involved in policy advocacy with government, educational institutions, industry, and child rights organisations, as we prepare for GDPR and the future growth of edTech. She worked previously in Open Knowledge and Digital Services in academia and higher education, after spending 10 years in the commercial sector in global business process transformation projects responsible for identifying people and systems' business needs, for interface design, data mapping, data cleansing, assigning security, as well as change management, communications, and employee training. Jen is an Against Borders for Children supporter and a multi-lingual, passionate Remainer.
Jan Peters is one of leading scientists working on the development of machine learning systems for robotics.
He is a full professor (W3) for Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universität Darmstadt and at the same time a senior research scientist and group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, where he heads the interdepartmental Robot Learning Group. Jan Peters has received the Dick Volz Best 2007 US PhD Thesis Runner-Up Award, the Robotics: Science & Systems - Early Career Spotlight, the Young Investigator Award of the International Neural Networks Society, and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society‘s Early Career Award as well as numerous best paper awards. In 2015, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant. Jan Peters has studied Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Control Engineering at TU Munich and FernUni Hagen in Germany, at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Southern California (USC). He has received four Master‘s degrees in these disciplines as well as a Computer Science PhD from USC.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy
Cristina Petracchi is heading the e-learning Center in the Capacity Development Unit in FAO, she manages and coordinates the design, development, delivery and language adaptations of e-learning courses, blended learning programmes and face-to-face training events, for the benefit of FAO member countries. Within the context of the position she holds, Ms Petracchi also consolidates partnerships with United Nations agencies, academic institutions and universities, regional organizations, CSOs and NGOs. In addition to a university degree in Biological Sciences, Ms Petracchi holds a PhD in Nutrition and Food Science, and has several years of experience of capacity development activities in India, Ethiopia, Nepal, Namibia, Senegal and Mali. Ms Petracchi is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and has a good knowledge of Arabic.
Dr. Tamara Powell is the Director of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Office of Distance Education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA, outside of Atlanta. Her PhD research focused on African American literature. Her current research focuses on retention strategies for at-risk students in online courses. Her faculty development workshops, including "Build a Web Course Workshop," were recognized with the Online Learning Consortium Award for Excellence in Online Faculty Development in 2010 and 2015. She lives in Kennesaw with her husband, Richard Hutchinson, and her two dogs, Molly and Hans Dieter.
Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, USA
Marc Prensky, coiner of the term “Digital Native,” is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, consultant and “practical visionary,” promoting civilization-level change in global education. Marc has spoken in over 40 countries, authored seven books, and published over 100 essays; his writing has been translated into 11 languages. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute. Marc’s latest book, Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids (Columbia TC Press, 2016), is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Education.
Florian Rampelt is Director of Education at Kiron Open Higher Education in Germany. After graduating in political science and education sciences, he was a research assistant in teacher education at the University of Passau. At Kiron, he works with a dedicated team on Kiron's curriculum & tutorial development, quality assurance in digital learning environments, academic partnerships and successful transfers of Kiron students to higher education institutions. He also leads and coordinates several projects with governmental and non-governmental sponsors. As a researcher he contributes to research and policy work on access to higher education, the social dimension of education, lifelong learning, the recognition of prior learning and digital solutions in higher education with a focus on higher education for refugees and the European Higher Education Area. Florian also is involved in the evaluation and accreditation of study programs in the European Higher Education Area.
Clément is Chief Executive Officer at TestWe. TestWe develops digital exam/assessment solutions in a secure and offline environment.
In a past life, Clement was attorney at law in New-York. Knowing both French and American educational system, he realized that even thought digital is widely used by students in their every day life - and in their futur professional life - digital is still not a standard to take an exam.
At TestWe we strongly believe that digital tools can enhance the learning experience and the testing experience. Indeed, digital allows to create exercices and tests as close to reality as possible by using videos, sounds, and pictures. The only limit is then imagination.
Clement focuses on thinking on what will be the exam of tomorrow and how exams will be taken.
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Germany
For over 25 years Martin Riemer has been involved in medical 3D-image processing research. This work resulted in a prototype of the subsequently published VOXEL-MAN 3D-Navigator anatomical interactive medical atlases; which helped to introduce 3D virtual body models, made from tomographic data, to medical teaching. In the development group he was mainly responsible for the prototype, the user interface and the MS-Windows implementation of the 3D-Navigator. Since 2003 he has concentrated on teaching Medical Computer Science and helped groups setting up eLearning at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU). His special interest is the creation and use of Virtual Patients. He has been awarded the “Hamburger Lehrpreis 2017“ for the Medical Faculty. Being involved in teaching medical students in both real and virtual environments and software engineering he is familiar with pedagogical as well as technical aspects of eLearning.
Dr. Lars Rinsdorf is professor for journalism at HdM Stuttgart Media University. He's founder and head of HdM's Digital Journalism/PR programme. His fields of research are newsroom management, innovation management, editorial strategy development, and news media usage. Rinsdorf is coordinator of the strategic partnership "European Media Cloud Campus" consisting of five partners (HdM, HvA Amsterdam, Istanbul Bilgi University, DMJX Copenhagen, and HIOA Oslo). He's well experienced in university bound journalism education and has published several articles on digital learning environments for journalism education. Before joining HdM in 2008, he used to be head of reserarch and development at a huge German newspaper publisher. Rinsdorf got degrees in journalism and spatial planning at TU Dortmund, Germany. Since 2014 he's vice president of the German communication reserach association (DGPuK).
Roger Griset is graduate in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Barcelona; in his time in the UOC he has worked as a project manager at the Audiovisual department, the Digital Library, the Learning Resources Technology department and the eLearnCenter in the same university, where he's working now. He's got experience in the design and maintaining of open institutional repositories, design of metadata profiles and digital content management.
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Martin Romijn – Chief Information Security Officer at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Martin, with over 30 years of Information Technology experience in roles like Project Manager and Test Manager, specialized in Information Security in 2000. Since then he fulfilled the roles of IT Auditor, Security Consultant and Security Officer. His most recent certification specialized him in cloud computing security (ISC/CCSP).
In various roles, he contributed to valued and widely used policy documents on information security in the education sector. Examples are the Baseline information security for Higher Education, the Guideline data classification and the Secure assessment workbook.
Since August 2015, Martin is the Chief Information Security Officer of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands). TU/e is a leading, international, in engineering science & technology specialized university. Within the university Martin coordinates all strategic and tactical activities with respect to information security. His efforts cover the areas Business Services, Education and Research.
Besides his work, Martin favors traveling with and without his motorcycle.
Teresa is Product Manager for Digital Learning at E.ON SE in the Global Learning Centre of Competence, based in Essen, Germany. She has worked for E.ON since 2008, previously in the UK L&D Centre of Expertise as a leadership and management learning designer, then project managing learning initiatives linked to E.ON's UK strategy and people plan. However, her passion for learning stems from working in business development for eLearning and games based education companies. It was where she developed much of her technology enabled learning expertise; partnering Education Authorities and developing teachers to embed technology into their curriculums. When looking at a business problem, Teresa's key strengths are the ability to view situations strategically, using an OD/systems lens to assess the current and future context and identifying opportunities for pragmatic innovation. Her approach is focussed on partnering the business to get to the heart of the underlying issues. And although she'll admit to a love of digital learning, she always puts the business need first and the tech second, stepping away from the learning jargon.
Prof. Dr. Bernd Rüschoff has a special research focus on technology enhanced learning systems and has participated in numerous (inter)national projects dealing with the development and assessment of digital tools and multi-media resources in language learning. In addition, his research addresses a wide range of issues in the field of applied linguistics, such as language & culture, bilingual education, corpus linguistics and data-driven learning, as well as the implementation of CEFR and competency-oriented principles in language learning.
Professor Gilly Salmon has been a learning innovator for more than 30 years and is one of the world’s leading thinkers in digital and blended learning.
She researches and publishes widely on the themes of innovation and change in Higher Education and the exploitation of new technologies of all kinds in the service of learning.
She is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to education futures, including research, innovation, program design, teaching methods and the use of new technologies. From 1st September 2017, Professor Salmon will be at the Management School at the University of Liverpool.
Previously, she was Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education Innovation, at the University of Western Australia. Prior to her appointment at UWA, she was Pro Vice-Chancellor of Learning Transformations at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and before that, Executive Director and Professor (Learning Futures) at the Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Previously she was Professor of E-learning and Learning Technologies, and Head of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance and the Media Zoo, at the University of Leicester in the UK, and prior to that with the UK Open University Business School.
I have a Bachelor degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). I currently work in the eLearn Center, the e-learning research and innovation center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). I am in charge of e-learning laboratory (eLearn Lab) at UOC, providing the infrastructure and the set of instruments needed for experimentation in real classrooms. I am also in charge of the Learning Analytics infrastructure, providing a data analytics service for research and innovation projects at UOC. I run national and international projects in the field of learning technologies, learning resources, learning standards, interoperability and learning analytics. Previously, I was responsible for the design and technical architecture of the UOC's Virtual Campus, and for the interoperability and integration of e-learning solution and educational resources. I have also been a researcher in the e-learning field, author of learning materials and Instructor at UOC.
Dr. Lars Satow is an educational psychologist, professional learning executive and test author. He started his career at SAP Learning Solutions where he was responsible for the SAP certification program for several years. Since 2014, he is responsible for social and digital learning on SAP’s cloud platform SAP Learning Hub with more than 500,000 learners. Lars Satow holds a PhD in educational psychology from the Free University of Berlin and a diploma of advanced studies in educational management and corporate learning from the University of St. Gallen.
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Learning & Innovation in Networks, Germany
Andreas P. Schmidt is professor for enterprise social media and mobile business at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences since early 2012. He has coordinated two major European research projects on workplace learning: MATURE and EmployID. His research has focused on designing technology support informal learning at the workplace and knowledge management. His particular interests include evolutionary perspectives to collaborative knowledge development and modelling (knowledge maturing), agile approaches, and systematic approaches to designing socio-technical solutions.
ETH Zurich Educational Development and Technology (LET), Switzerland
Daniel R. Schneider is currently project leader and lead developer for Safe Exam Browser (SEB) at the Center for Educational Development and Technology at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In this position, Daniel is coordinating technical aspects, public relations and contacts to other institutions using the open source application SEB. As software developer he is also responsible for design, implementation and further development of SEB. Safe Exam Browser is an open source software application used to secure Windows and Mac OS computers in the context of online examinations. The SEB project raised the awareness that e-assessments and online examinations can be conducted without expensive commercial products; download numbers are constantly growing and SEB is used by numerous universities and other institutions all around the world, including the USA, Australia, India, Israel, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands and various other European countries.
Dr Michelle Selinger is a Principal Consultant with the consultancy practice EdTech Ventures. She has extensive experience helping governments and educational institutions around the world in both developed and emerging economies to create and evaluate strategies for technology enhanced education reform. She has an academic background in digital education in both campus-based and distance education. She was responsible for technology across the curriculum in the Open University’s distance taught initial teacher education programme where led pioneering work on teacher collaboration in1994. She later established and led the Centre for New Technology Research in Education at the University of Warwick, and then took the role of lead education consultant for Cisco Systems Corporate Affairs and then Cisco’s Consultancy Services.
Alec W. Serlie is Research Director at GITP, one of the largest HRM-consultancy firms of the Netherlands. He is also assistant professor at the department of Work & Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Educated as a cognitive and medical psychologist, he has extensive experience both in psychological and organizational consultancy. His work is mainly focused on developing new practical tools, for recruitment, selection and training purposes. This is achieved not only by applying traditional psychometric measures, such as questionnaires, but also by using modern methods, such as SJT’s and serious games (see http://youtu.be/mmdi4gYeLzI ).
His recent research focusses on the notion of Corporate Personality and the fit between individuals and the organization which they work in. Furthermore, his line of research is focused on the use of Social Media in selection-setting. Previous research, together with fellow-researchers, has been on a general personality factor, validity of new selection methods, video resumes and the Dark Side of Psychology. (see also https://www.linkedin.com/in/alecwserlie)
Rogier Slaman is lecturer Communication at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, where he is involved in both teaching and course development. Rogier has gained experience in professional practice while working for several communication consultancies. For more than ten years, he was employed as communications consultant with knowledge in the areas of media (relations), public relations and digital trends.With his practical experience, Rogier enjoys tutoring students for projects, internships and graduation assignments.
At HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, education and research are closely related. In cooperation with the research group Cross-Media Business and a group of 4 ‘excellent’ students, Rogier Slaman researched the so-called 'user experience' of the electronic learning environment. Based on the research outcomes, they redesigned the electronic learning environment from a ‘target audience (students) point-of-view’.
Dr. Keyonda Smith earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, performing a quantitative study titled, “The Relationship between Institutional Culture and Faculty Perceptions of Online Learning in Chiropractic Higher Education,” from Trident University's College of Education. Additionally, she completed a professional Doctorate in Natural Health from Trinity University, a Master’s in Higher Education and Bachelors of Science in Health Education, from Trident University School of Education. Dr. Smith is a member of Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) Center for Teaching and Learning senior staff as Director of Online Course Design. At MUIH, she is a leading resource for faculty in developing engaging online courses, demonstrating instructional strategies, implementing the appropriate use of multimedia in online courses, and supporting online learning best practices grounded on evidence-based instructional research.
Today she serves as the Director of Online Course Design at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she specializes in degree-granting and continuing education online course design. At this intersection of technology and healthcare, Dr. Smith’s instructional design methods and management are centered on evidence-based best practices. Strategies implemented to adapt face-to-face content for virtual course delivery are informed by her advanced research knowledge, technical skills, higher education experience, expert skill level in several e-learning multimedia software packages, and healthcare acumen. To ensure faculty members are able to communicate their message appropriately and more efficiently, Dr. Smith often consults with subject matter experts during the process of developing learning objectives, creating valid assessments, and establishing course component alignment. As a Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer, she revises, rewrites, and re-structures online course content and learning activities. Dr. Smith accomplishes these tasks by use of instructional design principles primarily grounded on adult learning theories and conceptual frameworks.
“Why don’t organisations learn and innovate fast enough?”
Jef Staes offers an answer to this question. As a thought leader in the fields of learning and innovation management, he analyses the way in which people resist and even obstruct change processes. And Jef does not shy away from confrontation! With a vast range of new insights and metaphors, he illustrates why managers and policymakers often reach the wrong decisions.
Jef Staes (Belgium, 1956) is one of the leading experts on these topics in Belgium and is quickly gaining international respect for his energizing mindset. He currently assists organizations in their quest to find a comprehensive answer and approach to the changing dynamics of today’s world. Based on his career as a software designer (GTE ATEA in Belgium & USA), training Manager and Corporate Learning Officer (Siemens, Belgium), he gained practical insights in the dynamics of organizational development.
Jef Staes is often the keynote speaker on various topics concerning culture innovation and this for a diverse audience (conferences, education, in-company, ...). He has given hundreds of keynotes, both in English and Dutch. Furthermore, he’s a visiting lecturer at several Management schools (Vlerick, UAMS, EHSAL). His refreshing stories are guaranteed eye-openers and his new look at the role of managers has inspired many.
He is also the author of a number of books on the topics of innovation and change management. One of which, “My Organisation is a Jungle”, was also translated to English. Through the use of rich metaphors and exciting parallels, he truly engages you in the story of the Red Monkey. Other books in the series, “My Manager is a Hero” & "I was a Sheep" continue the story and are often featured in Jef's speeches. All books have been bestselling publications with over 15.000 copies sold.
University of Tampere, Yksityinen kielitoimisto, Finland
Riitta Suominen has worked as anelearning and communications specialist forover 20 years. Since the 1990s, she's focused primarily on the public sector, helpingexperts and instructors use web-based toolstowork more innovatively and efficiently.
Suominen is a popular speaker, writer, and learning designer. She has co-written books like "How to Become an eTeacher in a Week" and "eTeacher". Her latest work, "How Cities Use Twitter," will be published this fall part of an anthology that takes a research-based approach to using Twitter. This article stemmed from her ongoing dissertation project, which deals with public sector online communications.
In addition to training, Suominen runs consultancy specializingin elearning and online communications. She is an active participantin the Association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers. Her OEB2017 presentation is based on her article, "Do Teachers Need Further Education?" which appears next year in the association's New School anthology.
Miho is the co-founder of Enobyte GmbH, a company that helps businesses through the EU General Data Protection Regulation compliance process with their GDPR Toolbox. Prior to this she founded AirMarkr, a mobile app that lets you draw in the air. It was named one of the hottest startups in Germany by LeWeb, and The Next Web. Miho has won multiple awards as a digital concepter and UI/UX person, working for major clients such as Vodafone, MINI, and Sony-Playstation.
Donald H Taylor is a 25 year veteran of the learning, skills and human capital industries, with experience at every level from design and delivery to chairman of the board. He has been chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010.
A recognised commentator and organiser in the fields of workplace learning and learning technologies, Donald is passionately committed to helping develop the learning and development profession.
His background 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 is an influential writer and speaker in the fields of the professional development of L&D and of technology-supported learning. He was the 2007 recipient of the Colin Corder award for services to training and has chaired the Learning Technologies Conference since 2000. He also chairs the Learning and Skills Group, hosting its bi-weekly webinar programme, and edits Inside Learning Technologies Magazine. 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.
André Thomas has spent over 20 years in CGI production and was formerly the Head of Graphics – Football for EA Sports Football games (NCAA, Madden, Head Coach, NFL Tour). The Madden franchise is the longest running and most successful sports franchise in the history of the games industry. After finishing his education and working for a few years in Germany, André was able to turn his passion for Computer Graphics into a career in 1994. André created graphics for such notable feature films as Men in Black, Con Air, Independence Day, and Tomorrow Never Dies. In 1997, he moved to London where he worked for 7 years on live action features and commercials. He worked on the Disney backed, all CG-3D feature film Valiant in 2003. After the completion of Valiant, André joined DNA Productions in Dallas where he worked on the CG feature Ant Bully and oversaw the shading and rendering of the movie. In 2007, André relocated to Orlando, Florida were he joined Electronic Arts – Tiburon and worked on over 15 shipped football games for the majority of platforms. André joined the faculty of the Visualization department in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University in January of 2014, where he is currently teaching Game Design, Game Development and interactive graphics techniques and established the Learning Interactive Visualization Experience lab – LIVE lab.
Author and Leader in the Movement to Fight Ageism, USA
Abigail Trafford, an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, focusses on longevity and the impact of longer—healthier—lives on society and politics. A former columnist and health editor at The Washington Post, she was a journalism fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the International Longevity Center in New York, and a visiting scholar at the Center on Longevity at Stanford University. The author of Crazy Time, My Time and As Time Goes By, she lives in Boston, MA.
European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), UK
John Trasler is the founder of Elearn which provides provides consultancy in distance and blended learning together with training programme for individulas and organisations in management, leadership and coaching.
With over 25 years in the education and training business John has managed multi-national companies for Pearson and News Corporation in both Europe and Asia. John holds a masters degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and an Executive Member of European Association of Distance Learning (EADL).
Franziska Trede is Associate Professor in Higher Education at Charles Sturt University where she leads research, scholarship and practice in professional education and workplace learning. She is a national board member of the Australian Collaborative Education Network. She teaches an open online subject to academics and practitioners on the theory and practice of workplace learning. Her research focuses on professional practice, learner agency and resilience, pedagogy of deliberateness, professional identity development and professionalism. She has developed innovative online capacity building teaching tools using arts-based approaches. Franziska published 7 books and over 80 peer-reviewed papers and has presented her work in Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Her latest book under contract with Springer is titled Education for practice in hybrid spaces: Enhancing professional learning with mobile technology.
Hariklia Tsalapatas is a software engineer at the University of Thessaly, Greece since 2000. She has a Diploma in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece (1990), an MSc Degree in Computer Science from Rice University, Houston, TX (1994), and an MBA from London Business School (2005). She has been working on ICT in education since 2000 focusing on combining technology with emerging learning methodologies including active, experiential, explorative, and collaborative learning. Over the past 6 years she has been active on serious games in education, mobile learning, and community-based learning. She has participated in 20 EU funded projects since 2000 several of which she has coordinated. She has published approximately 40 publications in the same timeframe. Earlier engagements inlcude working as a researcher at the Foundation for Research and Technology in Heraklion Crete (1998-2000) and as a network engineer for Oracle corporation, SF, California (1993-1997).
Vasilis Tsilivis studied Mathematics at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences, at the NTUA and then received a master degree in “Mathematical Modeling in Modern Technologies and Economics".
Since 2011, Vasilis as a Mathematician Instructor at the “ARNOS Online Education”, has provided online support & distance learning to students in higher education, throughout Greece. Vasilis also trains other teachers and conducts research as a consultant in Arnos R&D Department.
Vasilis Tsilivis has presented:
(a) Arnos’ educational online services in municipalities in Greece. (b) Arnos teaching approaches, towards students with dyscalculia. (c) Scientific Publishment in regards with: “Building Numbers with Rods”, AISI Conference held in Beni Suef, Egypt, 2015. (d) “Athena Ecumenical E-School: Α Guide from Survival to Prosperity” to Online Educa Berlin in 2015. (e) “ A Journey to number e & its personality”, International School of Toulouse in 2016.
SDI is a media localization provider, offering dubbing, subtitling and media services. Jamie is a senior HR leadership professional with extensive experience in the Automotive, Oil & Gas and Media industries. She has coordinated global HR Learning department centralizations and installations of learning & performance management systems. Her diverse experiences have built up solid knowledge particularly in International HR Operations, Learning Department Management and Leadership Development. Currently Jamie is responsible for locations across SDI Media’s European region which covers an employee base of approximately 800 employees and 23 locations.
Santisa Viljoen is a Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellow who holds a PhD in Musicology, an MA in English Literature (cum laude) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. She is a senior lecturer at the School of Music of the North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where she teaches Applied Vocal Studies, voice pedagogy and choral conducting. She also supervises postgraduate students and is the director of the NWU Conservatory Choir.
Santisa has taught and presented master classes at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm as part of lecturer exchange programmes. She participates in national and international conferences and has published in accredited journals. Her main interests in research include interdisciplinary studies on text, context and identity construction and choral conducting. Recently, she has a keen interest in the use of technology in teaching.
Work experience has always been a mix of psychology and IT, I like working in the area where these two interact. After graduating I lived and worked in the UK for 5 years. In addition to that I've also worked on long-term projects in Ireland (Dublin), the US, as well as instructional/curriculum design & facilitating workshops and (classroom) training all over Europe, the US, and India.
Projects included: evaluating e-learning on usability, introducing e-learning in an IT software & consultancy firm, introducing e-learning in an industrial area, designing/developing/project management of e-learning courses, and LMS system administration. Most of the time on a low budget, which means coming up with creative solutions.
I currently work for HeidelbergCement Benelux where I've had three different positions since I joined in September 2009. My current position (since March 2017) is Development & Recruitment Manager Benelux. With the team we're now very much focused on implementing more 70 & 20, and less 10.
Masters degree in Cognitive Science (Radboud University Nijmegen) with a Psychology base. Langevin certified instructional designer. Certified PCM Trainer. Certified in OPQ Assessments.
48 years old, married, 2 cats, member of the board at the Dutch Dance Sports Federation, NADB (responsible for Communication) after having competed myself at the highest level until May 2016.
Steve Vosloo is passionate about using technology in education, with a specialisation in mobiles for literacy development. He has been head of mobile in the Innovation Lab, Pearson South Africa, led the mobile learning programme at UNESCO, held the prestigious fellowship for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation, and is currently back at UNESCO to research how technology can better serve low-skilled users. In 2007 he was a research fellow at Stanford University where he studied youth and digital media. He holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town.
TU Berlin & Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Data61, University of New South Wales, Australia
Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was recently named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the one hundred "rock stars" of Australia's digital revolution. He is Guest Professor at TU Berlin, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award as well as the 2016 NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.
He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics. In the last year, he has appeared in TV and the radio on the ABC, BBC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, CCTV, DW, NPR, RT, SBS, and VOA, as well as on numerous local radio stations. He also writes frequently for print and online media. His work has appeared in the New Scientist, American Scientist, Le Scienze, Cosmos and The Best Writing in Mathematics (Princeton University Press). His twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He often gives talks at public and trade events like CeBIT, the World Knowledge Forum, TEDx, The Next Big Thing Summit, and PauseFest. He has played a key role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots").
David is Head of DigitalLearning at the University of the Arts London. He researches individuals’ motivation to engage online for learning using his ‘Visitors and Residents’ paradigm. This work has given him a good understanding of the changing nature of learning and the impact of the Web on the education sector. David has led national and international studies discovering exactly how people go about learning in the Web era and can often be found communicating his findings and thoughts via all means available including keynotes, blog-posts and videos.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Carmen Wolf-Gauß, M.A., is academic staff in the Research Group Engineering Didactics in the Department for Vocational and General Education at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She is a certified Business Coach and CAI®-certified Online-Coach and wrote her PhD on the effect of self-coaching on solution-oriented self-reflection in July 2017. In the EU project EmployID she is responsible for E-Coaching, Peer Coaching Training and further Training of facilitators in the workplace.
Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Zac Woolfitt is a lecturer and researcher at Inholland University in The Netherlands. With a background in tourism where he worked in the US and Canada for ten years, he is now based near Amsterdam. Since 2010 he has been conducting research into the effective use of video in higher education. His master thesis examined the obstacles that teaching staff face when transitioning from face-to-face, to teaching via video (from 3d to 2d). Using a variety of technologies, he has recorded over 100 web lectures that are used when ‘flipping’ the classroom in a blended learning format. He is also experimenting with integrating video as part of a dynamic and interactive learning environment
Vice President Forum DistancE-Learning (FDL) and CEO ibbw-consult
Forum DistancE-Learning is the German Association for DistancE-Learning and Learning Media.
Since 1986 I am engaged in distance education and since 1992 in e-learning projects and e-learning training. Since 2001 Member of the board of Forum DistancE-Learning and chairman of the section for pedagogical and didactical issues in distance learning.
Initiator and organizer of the annual German FDL-FachForum, designed to identify future demands for vocational media-enhanced learning.