June 25-29, 2018


EdMedia Executive & Program Committees and SIG Chairs

Executive Committee

Chair: Theo Bastiaens, Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany & Open University of The Netherlands, The Netherlands


SIG Chairs

Emerging Technologies for Teaching & Learning SIG :









Learning Design SIG:


Emerging Scholars SIG:


Executive Committee Bios

Theo J. Bastiaens, Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany, Open University, Netherlands

Executive Committee Chair

Biography: Theo Bastiaens is Vice President for Digitalisation & International Affairs at the Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany. He is professor of Educational Technology at the Open University in the Netherlands. Bastiaens specific research interest is in Instructional Design and E-Learning. He has published extensively in this area.






Johan Van Braak, Ghent University, Belgium

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Johan van Braak holds a PhD in educational sciences and is associate professor at the Department of Educational Studies at Ghent University (Belgium). His research interests include various questions in educational innovation, curriculum and school effectiveness, e.g. the integration of ICT in compulsory education and the assessment of digital competences of students and teachers.







Mark Brown, National Institute of Design Learning, Ireland

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Ireland’s first Professor of Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University. Prior to taking up this position in 2014, Mark was Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University in New Zealand where he was also President of the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning and Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Learning identified Mark as a world leader in Open, Online and Distance Learning. Mark currently chairs the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Steering Committee for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and is an Executive Committee member and Fellow of the European Distance and E-learning Network.




Lorenzo Cantoni, USI-Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Lorenzo Cantoni graduated in Philosophy and holds a PhD in Education and Linguistics. He is full professor at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), Faculty of Communication Sciences, where he is director of the Institute for Communication Technologies. He is also scientific director of the laboratories webatelier.net, NewMinE Lab: New Media in Education Lab, and eLab: eLearning Lab.
His research interests are where communication, education and new media overlap, ranging from computer mediated communication to usability, from eLearning to eTourism and digital Fashion, from ICT4D to eGovernment.




Manuel Castro, Spanish University for Distance Education, Spain

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Electrical and Computer Engineering educator in the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) has a doctoral industrial engineering degree from the ETSII/UPM. Has been Director of the Department and ViceRector at the UNED. He co-chaired the conferences FIE 2014 and REV 2016. He is Fellow of IEEE and Past President of the IEEE Education Society. Has been awarded at IEEE (EDUNINE 2017, EDUCON 2011 and at the Education Society) and TAEE. Is co-editor of IEEE-RITA.





Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Rhonda Christensen, Ph.D. is Research Professor in Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas. She is co-director of the Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning. She serves as the Chair of the IT Council for the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE). Her research interests are the impact of technology integration in education, STEM education in middle schools and mobile learning in education.





Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers, University of South Alabama, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2013 – 2018

Biography: Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers is a professor in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama. She’s been an Ed Media Executive Committee member since 2013. In her department, Counseling & Instructional Science, she is the Foundations Program Coordinator and developed two certificate programs: Human Performance Improvement and Instructional Design and Development for graduate students. She advises doctoral and master’s students and teaches online and blended courses in instructional design and performance improvement. Her research also focuses on online learning and instructional strategies.



Koen DePryck, Vrije University Brussel

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Prof. Dr. Koen DePryck (1962) teaches at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is actively involved in several international educational capacity building projects, many involving ICT. His focus is on research, fieldwork and consulting on organizing sustainable education focused on learning for sustainability and sustainability of learning towards strong communities. He is vice-chairman of VELOV, the Flemish association of teacher trainers. He publishes and lectures on the use of ICT in education, formal and informal learning, the challenges of megatrends for education, curriculum design and more.





Martin Ebner, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Executive Committee Member: 2008 – 2020

Biography: Martin Ebner is currently head of the Department Educational Technology at Graz University of Technology and therefore responsible for all university wide e-learning activities. He holds an Adjunct Prof. on media informatics and works also at the Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science as senior researcher. His research focuses strongly on e-learning, mobile learning, learning analytics, social media and Open Educational Resources. Martin has given a number of lectures in this area as well as workshops and keynotes at international conferences. For publications as well as further research activities, please visit his website: http://martinebner.at



Mikhail Fominykh, Molde University College, Norway


Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Mikhail Fominykh received his PhD in Computer and Information Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2012. Mikhail works on several EdTech R&D projects, as a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Associate Professor at Molde University College, an adjunct professor at the Volga State University of Technology and a project manager at Europlan-UK ltd. The highlight of his work is an EU Horizon 2020 project WEKIT http:/wekit.eu/.



Catherine Fulford, University of Hawaii, USA

Executive Committee Member and Past Chair: 2009 – 2020

Biography: Catherine P. Fulford, Ph.D. is a full Professor in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the United States. She has served on the EdMedia Executive Committee since 2009 and served as Chair from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Fulford with the help of her students produced six YouTube videos for AACE to improve participation, presentations and posters at EdMedia and their other conferences. Her areas of expertise are instructional design and development, grant writing and management, as well as visual and video design. She has conducted research is in distance learning, cognitive speed, mobile learning, technology integration and flipped classrooms.



Stylianos Hatzipanagos, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Stylianos Hatzipanagos is professor in Educational Technology, Head of the Graduate School and Head of REF (Research Excellence Framework) at the University of West London, UK. He is also fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London. His research portfolio includes: learning design, formative and technology-enhanced assessment, open educational practice and resources, social media and social networking. He has published widely (including books and peer reviewed journals). He has led and participated in research projects at a national (UK) and international context.






Gerald Knezek, University of North Texas, USA

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Dr. Gerald Knezek is Regents Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas and Director of the Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching & Learning ( IITTL) at UNT. He is Past President (2008-2011) of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE). He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist to The Netherlands during 2006-07. Dr. Knezek received his B.A. in Mathematics and the Social Sciences from Dartmouth College , and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii.




Karel Kreijns, Open University, The Netherlands

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Karel Kreijns is associate professor at the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands. His primary research interests are computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) and online networked learning, the application of Self-Determination Theory , the I-Change model, and the Reasoned Action Approach on teachers’ use of technology/Open Educational resources, enrolling in MOOCs, and teachers’ professional development activities (e.g., innovative behavior, action research, 21st century skills).




Erkko Sointu, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Erkko Sointu is a tenure track postdoctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). His interests lie in the future of learning and teaching and, more specifically, in the development and utilization of Flipped Learning and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK). Erkko is the academic lead of Flipped Learning in Higher Education project funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Erkko is also a trained teacher with experience of both comprehensive and higher education.





Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen is Professor in Digital Communication & Learning and head of the AAU research unit, D4Learning under the ILD research laboratory at the Dept. of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University. She is also Deputy Director of the XLab: Design, Learning, Innovation”. Since 2000 she has been involved in a variety of roles with the successful master programme in ICT and Learning (MIL), offered in equal collaboration between four Danish Universities (Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, the Danish, and Roskilde University): Head of programme, steering committee member, teacher, supervisor.



Jarmo Viteli, University of Tempere, Finland

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Jarmo Viteli’s special interest areas are Learning and Instruction in digital environments, Social media and information society. Currently there are several research and development project going on under his supervision about educational living lab, knowledge construction and new network models in co-creation. Viteli has been evaluator of several EU‐programme and he is founder and president of the annual national Educational Technology Conference in Finland since 1990, circa 2000 attendees annually. He was International Fellow at SRI-International 2013 – 2014 working with colleagues from SRI-Education and Stanford University in the area of online learning and learning analytics.



Joke Voogt, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Joke Voogt is professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam and professor at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. She holds a doctoral degree (PhD) in Educational Sciences. Her areas of expertise are curriculum innovation and teacher learning in particularly related to 21st century skills and the integration of technology in teaching and learning. She is co-editor of the international Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary education (Voogt & Knezek, 2008, 2018 2nd Ed.) and (co-) founder/ chair of the international summit on Information Technology in Education, EDUsummIT.



Peter Weber, Fachhochschule Sudwetfalen, Germany

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Peter Weber is Professor at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Soest, Germany, teaching computer science & e-business and serving as the head of the Competence Center E-Commerce (CCEC). He received his doctoral degree and postdoctoral degree for his work on E-Learning Business Models and Educational Service Engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. In his research, he focuses on E-Business and E-Learning, looking at implications of technology-driven change in various industries, including education and retail.




Edgar Weippl, TU Wein, Austria

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Edgar Weippl is Research Director of SBA Research and associate professor at TU Wien. His research interests are information security, awareness training and teaching information security to engineers.
Edgar is member of the editorial board of Computers & Security (COSE), organizes the ARES conference and was General Chair of SACMAT 2015, PC Chair of Esorics 2015, General Chair of ACM CCS 2016 and is PC Chair of SACMAT 2017.




Olaf Zawacki-Richter, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Executive Committee Member: 2017 – 2020

Biography: Olaf Zawacki-Richter is professor of educational technology at the University of Oldenburg (Germany), Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Center for Lifelong Learning. Olaf has published widely in the area of online distance education, open learning and international education. He is a member of the editorial board of the “International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning” (IRRODL), “Distance Education”, and “Open Learning”. Olaf has served as invited keynote speaker, chair and reviewer at many international conferences.




Program Committee

  • Nagla Ali, Emirates College of Advanced Education, United Arab Emirates
  • Yayoi Anzai, Kyushu Univ. Center for Research on Educational Testing, Japan
  • Theo Bastiaens, FernUniv. in Hagen (Germany) and Open University of the Netherlands (The Netherlands), Netherlands
  • Leanne Cameron, Australian Catholic Univ., Australia
  • Denis Coelho, Univ. of Beira Interior, Portugal
  • Betul Czerkawski, Univ. of Arizona, United States
  • Fevzi Inan Dönmez, Anadolu Univ., Turkey
  • Martin Ebner, Department of Social Learning / Graz Univ. of Technology, Austria
  • Yoram Eshet, The Open Univ. of Israel, United States
  • Jan Herrington, Murdoch Univ., Australia
  • Emmanuel Onwuka Ibam, Federal Univ. of Technology Akure, Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Jayne Klenner, King’s College, United States
  • Yu-Chun Kuo, Rowan Univ., United States
  • Sonia Lara, Universidad de Navarra, Spain
  • Eunice Luyegu, Nova Southeastern Univ., United States
  • Vives Margarita, Univ. de les Illes Balears, Spain
  • Nellie Muller Deutsch, Univ. of Phoenix, Canada
  • Asaad AbdulRahman Nayyef Alani, Sultan Qaboos Univ., Oman
  • Valeri Paul, PFM Associates, United States
  • Alexander Pichugin, Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, United States
  • K.S. Ramakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Open Univ., India
  • António Teixeira, Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jarmo Viteli, Univ. of Tampere, Finland
  • Edgar R. Weippl, Secure Business Austria, Austria