E-Learn Keynote & Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Monday, November 14 • 8:45 AM

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  • Marc Prensky, Global Future Education Foundation & Institute, USA
  • The World Needs a New Curriculum
  • Abstract: 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.
  • Bio: 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. Marc's writings and speaking schedule can be found at www.marcprensky.com. Contact Marc at marcprensky@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 15 • 8:45 AM

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  • Richard Mayer, University of California, USA
  • Ten Research-Based Principles for Designing Multimedia Instruction
  • Abstract: 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.

    Bio: 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.

Wednesday, November 16 • 8:45 AM

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  • Donald Clark, PlanB Learning, UK
  • AI - The Many Ways Artifical Intelligence will Shape Teaching & Learning
  • Abstract: 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.

    Bio: Donald is an entrepeneur. 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, flouted 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

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  • Sheila Jagannathan, Head of E-learning, Leadership, Learning and Innovation, World Bank Group, USA
  • Harnessing the global revolution in learning to advance efforts to lift people out of poverty and boost shared prosperity
  • Abstract: 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.

    Bio: 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.

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  • Mimi Miyoung Lee, Univ. of Houston, USA
  • Exploring Research Paradigms for MOOCs and Open Education
  • Abstract: 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.

    Bio: 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. Dr. Lee may be contacted at mlee7@uh.edu.

Tuesday, November 14

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  • Ben Werdmuller, CEO & co-Founder of Known, USA
  • Title TBA
  • Abstract: Coming Soon

    Bio: Coming Soon

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