KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jan Elen

KU Leuven, Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology, Belgium

Jan Elen

Jan Elen is a full professor at the KU Leuven, Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology. He was the head of the educational support office of the KU Leuven, coordinator of the expertise network School of Education of the Association KU Leuven, and vice-dean Education of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.

He is currently the academic leading the teacher education program in behavioural sciences. He has been the coordinator of the Special Interest Group on Instructional Design of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction and is the current editor-in-chief of ‘Instructional Science’. His research mainly pertains to instructional design and higher education. He teaches courses on educational technology, the design of learning environments and didactics for behavioral sciences.

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Nell Watson

Engineer · Educator · Tech Philosopher

Nell Watson

Nell Watson is an engineer, educator, and tech philosopher who grew up in Northern Ireland. Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp). This original, patented technology enables fast and simple 3D body measurement from only two planes (front and side), which enables fast and accurate personalization services in telemedicine, mass customization, and retail.

Today, Nell Watson educates others in how to implement such technologies, for example, by creating video coursebooks for O’Reilly. She is also Co-Founder of EthicsNet.  This community acts as role models and guardians to raise kind AI, by providing virtual experiences, and collecting examples of pro-social practices. Nell Watson lectures globally on (humanizing) Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving on the Faculty of AI & Robotics at Singularity University.

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Ilkka Tuomi

University of Helsinki, Finland

Ilkka Tuomi

Ilkka Tuomi is the Founder and Chief Scientist at Meaning Processing Ltd, an independent public research organization located in Helsinki, Finland. He has written books, including Networks of Innovation: Change and Meaning in the Age of the Internet which develops theory of open innovation based on analysis of Internet-related innovations and open source, and Corporate Knowledge: Theory and Practice of Intelligent Organizations, which develops theory of knowledge management.

He has written several articles in First Monday, an important peer reviewed journal on the Internet. The most famous of Tuomi’s articles is probably The Lives and Death of Moore’s Law , in which Tuomi states that Moore’s law is an expression of technological determinism, used sloppily, and to a large extent not properly founded in empirical studies.

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Steve Wheeler

Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education, UK

Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and Science education teams. He continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures.

He has given keynotes to audiences in more than 35 countries and is author of over 150 scholarly articles, with more than 7000 academic citations. An active edublogger, his blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development.

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Yves Punie

Senior scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC IPTS)

Yves Punie

Yves Punie is a senior scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC IPTS) leading its research and policy activities on “ICT for Learning and Skills”. The research area started in 2005 with the aim to provide evidence-based policy support to the European Commission on harnessing the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices, improve access to lifelong learning and to deal with the rise of new (digital) skills and competences needed for employment, personal development and social inclusion. The research covers three interrelated research strands: Open Education and OER, Innovating Learning and Teaching and Key Competences and 21st century skills.

Before joining the IPTS in 2001, he was interim Assistant Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences.

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Tracy Tan

Director of the MicroMasters Program at MIT

Tracy Tan

Tracy Tan, Director of the MicroMasters Program at MIT will give a special keynote speech at the Annual Conference in Bruges introducing delegates to the MicroMasters programs.

MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance learners’ career. They provide deep learning in a specific career field and are recognized by employers for their real job relevance. Learners may apply to the university offering credit for the MicroMasters certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated and less expensive Master’sDegree. She drives the strategy and growth of the MicroMasters programs offered by MIT and help shape and build MITx MicroMasters global ecosystem, including strategic engagement with partner universities, collaborating companies, and MicroMasters learners.

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Angeliki Dedopoulou

Adviser to the European Commission for ESCO and the Digital Labour Market

Angeliki Dedopoulou

Angeliki Dedopoulou is an EU Affairs adviser to DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission for the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) and the Digitally Signed Credentials of the new Europass.

The European Commission initiated the development a framework for digitally-signed credentials. The technical approach designed for this framework allows for identifying, issuing, storing, sharing and verifying digitally-signed credentials. The Europass framework and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion is expected to support the implementation of this framework by developing a European Digital Credentials Infrastructure.

Learn more about her here.