Keynote Speakers

Gráinne Conole
Gráinne Conole

Pofessor of E-learning at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK

Gráinne is professor of e-learning at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. She was previously at the University of Southampton and before that the University of Bristol. She has research interests in the effective use of elearning, learning theories and methodologies, Open Educational Resources (OER) and new approaches to designing learning interventions. In terms of OER, she is involved in the Hewlett-funded Olnet project and the EU-funded OPAL initiative. She has presented and published extensively in the field, with nearly a 1000 research outputs to date. She had secured funding from a range of sources, including the EU, HEFCE, ESRC, JISC, and HEA.

Charles Jennings Charles Jennings

Former Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters, currently Managing Director of Duntroon Associates

In his role at Reuters, Charles Jennings was responsible for the training and development of over 18,000 employees worldwide. His programmes encouraged managerial effectiveness at staff development, especially through innovative online training, resulting in bottom-line company value. Recent work includes new methodologies and tools for the United Nations System Staff College, and workshops with the Irish Centre for Business Excellence.

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Terry Anderson Terry Anderson

Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University

Terry has published widely in the area of distance education and educational technology and has co-authored or edited five books and numerous papers. Terry is active in provincial, national, and international distance education associations and is the director of CIDER – The Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research, as well as Editor of the International Review of Research on Distance and Open Learning.

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Gardner Campbell Gardner Campbell

Director, Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies, and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Tech

As written in the Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker blog: “… Gardner Campbell… is so electrically inspiring in conversation that he should be tattooed with a warning label.” Gardner Campbell is a leading authority on the use of technology in higher education. He is well known as an advocate for changing the way we teach in university settings. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on Renaissance literature, film, and teaching and learning technologies.

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Ron Oliver Ron Oliver

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Edith Cowan University

Throughout his teaching career, Ron has used emerging technologies to engage and motivate his students, gaining extensive experience in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of technology-facilitated learning materials. His particular interests include authentic learning and task-based learning and the sharing and reuse of technology-facilitated learning activities. Ron has won many awards for his innovative teaching and research with learning technologies, including an Australian Award for University Teaching (1997) and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship (2006). Among his research outputs are the National Flexible Toolbox Project and the Technology-Supported Learning Database.

Gilly Salmon Gilly Salmon

Professor of Learning Futures and Executive Director of the Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland

Until the end of 2010, Gilly was Professor of E-learning and Learning Technologies at the University of Leicester, UK, and head of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance and the Media Zoos (on campus, online and in-world in Second Life). Gilly’s research interests span strategies for enhancing learning with and through new technologies, the future for learning in Higher Education and innovation through learning design. She is a Senior Fellow and a National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Trustee of EDEN, and chair of the UK’s Association of Learning Technologies.

Watch her keynote speech at 2009 Online Educa Berlin.

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