June 24-28, 2019


Keynote & Invited Speakers

Johannes Heinlein

Sian Bayne
Edinburgh Futures
Institute & The University
of Edinburgh, Scotland

Linda Castañeda
Universidad de Murcia
Faculty of Education

Keynote, Tuesday, June 25th

Reimagining Education

Abstract: In the past decade digital technologies have transformed countless areas of life, from healthcare to workplace productivity to entertainment and publishing. During the same time, education has not been subject to the same degree of transformation.

EdX, a nonprofit online learning destination and MOOC (massive open online course) provider founded by Harvard and MIT, aspires to reinvent education through technology innovation and partnerships between academic institutions, governments, the private sector and beyond. EdX’s mission is to increase access to high-quality education for anyone, anywhere; to enhance teaching and learning online and on campus; and to advance research into teaching and learning.

In this talk, Johannes Heinlein, VP of Strategic Partnerships at edX, will discuss the future impact of technology and how edX is working with its partner

Johannes Heinlein, Vice President Strategic Partnerships – edX

s to reinvent education on a global scale through collaboration on digital strategies, innovation of educational pathways and implementation of stackable credentials such as MicroMasters programs. He will touch upon edX’s Reimagine Education goals, and outline how educators, researchers and others can work together on articulating a vision of the education of the future.


Biography: Johannes Heinlein is vice president of strategic partnerships for edX, leading university partnership and collaboration initiatives. Prior to joining edX, Johannes served as director in the Office of the President and Provost of Harvard University where he was responsible for the planning and execution of university-wide transformations in strategy and operations. Prior to joining Harvard, Johannes worked in the public sector and for global industry leaders, to develop and implement change management and program strategies. Johannes holds degrees from the University of Hamburg, Germany, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Keynote, Wednesday, June 26th


Sian Bayne, Centre for Research in Digital Education, Edinburgh Futures Institute & The University of Edinburgh

Abstract & Bio Coming Soon!







Invited Speaker, Thursday, June 27th

Why we must continue exploring Personal Learning Environments

Abstract: In order to untangle the learning process in the digital age, it is necessary to develop a deep understanding of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). The recognition of the socio-material nature of PLEs implies radical changes in the current understanding of educational ecology that suggest not only a different perspective about how we see ourselves—as learners and agents of our learning—but how we could learn and how we must teach. Research about PLEs has revealed them to be a central idea of the pedagogy of the abundance, but one that does not limit personalization to the use of data to predict or enable learning

Linda Castañeda, Universidad de Murcia Faculty of Education

trajectories. Also, the research exposes that the development of the PLE concerns not only digital competencies but the empowerment of people to enact the learning competencies critically, to be an engaged learner in the digital era.

In this session, we will explore PLEs in a critical but hopeful and pragmatic way. We will look at PLEs as the thought epicenter of the constellation of relationships that constitute not only the individual learning processes but the social learning processes, the new frontiers for teaching proposals, and the next boundaries in the construction of the citizenship.

Biography: Linda Castañeda holds a Ph.D. in educational technology and is an associate professor in educational technology at the Faculty of Education, and member of the Group of Research in Educational Technology (GITE) of the University of Murcia, in Spain. Thanks to her educational background in pedagogy, she has a strong interest in making EdTech research more pedagogical.

A participant in national and international research projects on the implementation and impact of technology in both formal and non-formal learning contexts, Linda has closely collaborated with different research institutions in Europe and abroad and continues to work with institutional initiatives as an advisor. She is an editorial board member of various international academic journals, has published papers and book chapters in both Spanish and English, and is a member of the Association EDUTEC, NOVADORS, and the PLEConf Community. Linda’s current research portfolio includes critical perspectives on educational technology, competencies for the digital era (definition and development), teachers’ professional development, emergent pedagogies, and Personal Learning Environments.