November 14-16, 2016

Washington, DC

E-Learn Keynote & Invited Speakers

Marc Prensky

Marc Prensky – Keynote

Richard Mayer

Richard Mayer – Keynote

Donald Clark

Donald Clark – Keynote

Mimi Miyoung Lee – Invited

Ben Werdmuller

Sheila Jagannathan – Invited

Keynote Speakers

Marc Prensky – Global Future Education Foundation & Institute, USA

Monday, November 14 • 8:45 AM: The World Needs a New Curriculum

Marc Prensky

Marc Prensky

It is time to rethink our 19th century education for the future, says Prensky, not in terms of marginal fixes, but from first principles. Global education needs, he argues, a New Goal, a New Pedagogy, and a New sense of What is Important to Teach. The new goal, says Prensky is “becoming” rather than “learning” — becoming a good, capable, world-improving person. Learning is one means to becoming, and there is even a better means, which is real world accomplishment. That is the new pedagogy — education needs to move beyond passing on or creating “content” and beyond even “problem-based learning” to Accomplishment-Based Education, where the students spend the bulk of their time and efforts, starting in the earliest grades, solving real-world problems. In order to do this, Prensky argues, we need a curriculum that offers not that same math, language science and history for all kids (different students need these in varying amounts), but rather Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment, which ALL people need to succeed. This “New Core” curriculum needs to be based on individual student passions, have technology as its underlying foundation, and it must focus teachers, as guides and accelerators to “becoming”, on the human elements of Respect, Empathy, Motivation and supporting the Passion of each student.

Biographical Sketch for Marc Prensky

Coiner of the term “Digital Native” 15 years ago — Marc is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author in the field of education. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting “Plan B” — a new educational paradigm of kids’ Improving the World and Becoming good, effective and world-improving people, through the means of Real-world Accomplishment supported by a curriculum based on Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment. (See global-future-education.org)

Marc has spoken in over 35 countries. He has authored six books and over 100 essays, and his writings have been translated into 11 languages. His latest book is The World Needs a New Curriculum, and he is currently writing “Plan B” : Education to Improve the World, to be published in 2016 by Teachers College Press. Marc’s background includes Masters Degrees from Harvard and Yale, teaching at all levels, six years at the Boston Consulting Group, and software game development.


Richard Mayer – University of California, USA

Tuesday, November 15 • 8:45 AM: Ten Research-Based Principles for Designing Multimedia Instruction

Richard Mayer

Richard Mayer

This presentation examines research-based principles for how to design computer-based multimedia instruction.  The introduction explores how learning works and how instruction works, with a focus on e-learning environments.  The next section on techniques for reducing extraneous processing examines the coherence, signaling, contiguity, and redundancy principles.  The next section of techniques for managing essential processing examines the segmenting, pretraining, and modality principles.  The final section on techniques for fostering generative processing examines the personalization, voice, and embodiment principles.  Concrete examples of how to apply the principles are provided.

Biographical Sketch for Richard Mayer

Richard E. Mayer is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His research interests are in applying the science of learning to education.  He served as President of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) and Vice President of the American Educational Research Association for Division C (Learning and Instruction). He is the winner of the Thorndike Award for career achievement in educational psychology, the Scribner Award for outstanding research in learning and instruction, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award.  He currently serves on the editorial boards of 12 journals mainly in educational psychology.  He is the author of more than 500 publications including 30 books, such as Computer Games for Learning, Learning as a Generative Activity, Applying the Science of Learning, e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Third Edition (with R. Clark), Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning: Second Edition (editor), and Multimedia Learning: Second Edition.


Donald Clark – PlanB Learning, UK

Wednesday, November 16 • 8:45 AM: AI – The Many Ways Artifical Intelligence will Shape Teaching & Learning

Donald Clark

Donald Clark

We live in the age of algorithms. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and almost every other online service use the power of AI to improve delivery and there is reason to believe that it will have a similarly profound effect in learning. Donald will explain how algorithmic power is already shaping learning through adaptive techniques, semantic interpretation, marking and spaced practice.

Biographical Sketch for Donald Clark

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 is an investor and Board member of PlanB learning, WildFire, LearningPool and Cogbooks. He is also a Trustee for 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, interactive TV, gamification, MOOCs, adaptive, semantic web and VR and has 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, Australia, Middle East and Africa, and won several ‘Best speaker’ awards … also a regular (and controversial) blogger on online learning!


Invited Speakers

Mimi Miyoung Lee – University of Houston, USA

Tuesday, November 15: Exploring Research Paradigms for MOOCs and Open Education

Mimi Miyoung Lee

Have you noticed criticism that the research on MOOCs and open education tends to be haphazard and convenience based, rather than thoughtfully designed and strategic? MOOCs and open education have emerged in recent years as highly used yet controversial forms of learning delivery across various educational sectors. As a new phenomenon with the potential to address the escalating costs of education and alleviate the dire need for greater access to education, it is not surprising that there are considerable research efforts currently focused on exploring different ways in which MOOCs and other open forms of education can play a vital role in education. However, questions linger about the investigative approaches used to study these new strategies for learning delivery. In this session, Mimi Lee will examine the current status of topics and methodologies used in MOOCs and open education research. She will also address various challenges in this area while proposing suggestions for more innovative research methodologies for MOOCs and open research. Come to this talk and discover exciting new ways to conduct meaningful research on MOOCs and open education.

Biographical Sketch for Mimi Miyoung

Mimi Miyoung Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston. With a PhD. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University at Bloomington, Mimi’s research interests include critical qualitative research methodologies, sociological examination of online learning communities, MOOCs and Open Education as well as issues related to women in leadership in Asia. She has co-developed an award-winning online master’s program, iSMART, for middle school science and mathematics teachers in the State of Texas. Mimi has an extensive record of publication and has delivered presentations throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Mimi has also served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. Most recently, she co-edited “MOOCs and Open Education Around the World” (Routledge), and special journal issue of the International Journal on
E-Learning (IJEL)
 on MOOCs and Open Education both in 2015.


Ben Werdmuller – USA

Monday, November 14: User Centered Learning Networks

Ben Werdmuller

Traditional learning platforms serve many stakeholders, but all too often, teachers and learners are not a key part of the development or acquisition process. Furthermore, Learning Management Systems are often sold to institutions under predatory terms, and designed in ways that ignore user needs. What does it mean to build an educational platform for learners based on user research and design thinking, which puts learners at the center of their educational journeys? How can institutions use these techniques to develop educational tools based on their own real-world needs? How might educational software be financially sustainable while maintaining institutional freedom? Finally, what opportunities do alternative distribution models like open source software provide?
Biographical Sketch for Ben Werdmuller
Ben Werdmuller is an entrepreneurial developer who has spent his career building social software for education, starting with the University of Edinburgh. He co-founded Elgg, the first social networking platform to be used for learning, including at Harvard, Stanford and the World Bank. He also co-founded Known, a modern community platform for higher education. He is based in Silicon Valley.

Sheila Jagannathan – World Bank Group, USA

Wednesday, November 16: Harnessing the global revolution in learning to advance efforts to lift people out of poverty and boost shared prosperity

Sheila Jagannathan

Whether it is food security or Ebola outbreaks, or the refugee crisis, development progress is often challenged by multiple interdependent factors. Mitigating these factors requires change that can be harnessed through continuous learning. By providing dynamic learning opportunities where diverse audiences can learn at their own pace and access the knowledge they need, the World Bank Group’s, Open Learning Campus, which was launched in Jan 2016, equips individuals with the knowledge and capabilities to tackle the toughest development challenges. In the OLC, development lessons continuously captured throughout the world are available at your fingertips just-in-time, and in versatile formats—from bite-sized lessons to full-length courses to peer-to-peer conversations.  This presentation will talk about the concept, audience, approach and future vision, including partnership opportunities.

Biographical Sketch for Sheila Jagannathan

Sheila Jagannathan is Lead Learning Specialist and Program Manager of the e-Institute, at the World Bank Institute in Washington DC and serves as the organization’s focal point on elearning and issues at the intersection of technology use and education in emerging countries. She is an innovative and strategic educational leader with over 28 years experience in designing and managing distance learning programs/knowledge products and transforming the use of online and classroom pedagogies and technology. Sheila also provides policy advice and technical assistance to World Bank country-level capacity building programs (both government and training institutes seeking to introduce technologies in their educational systems) in, East Asia, China, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa and South Asia. Her current areas of interest and activity include: MOOCs, experiential pedagogy, online/hybrid strategies, development of rich multimodal and social learning environments, big data and learning analytics, LMS and learning ecosystems. She is on the advisory board and planning committees of major professional associations of elearning such as the E-learning Africa, (Annual International Conference for developing E-learning capacities in Africa), International Conference on e-learning (ICEL) etc.