Keynote Speakers





Prof. Marlene Scardamalia
University of Toronto, Canada

Professor Marlene Scardamalia was awarded the inaugural Presidents' Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies at OISE/University of Toronto and is cofounder and director of the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology—a worldwide network of innovators working to advance the frontiers of knowledge building in various sectors. Marlene’s work has led to numerous honours and awards, for example, the World Award of Education from the World Cultural Council and induction into the Royal Society of Canada. The institute she founded with Carl Bereiter received the ORION Learning Award for the development of the world's first collaborative learning environment and for leadership in research-based innovations in theory, pedagogy, and technology, all aimed at making citizens part of a 21st-century knowledge-creating culture. Her extensive research into how knowledge can be built within a community through interconnected, intentional, and collective efforts of participants invites us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic.

   



Prof. Denise Whitelock
The Open University, UK

Professor Denise Whitelock is the Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning and has over twenty-five years’ experience in Artificial Intelligence for designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education. She recently led the UK’s contribution to the Adaptive Trust e-Assessment System for Learning (TeSLA) http://tesla-project.eu/project. The overall objective of the TeSLA project was to define and develop an e-assessment system, which ensures learners authentication and authorship in online and blended learning environments while avoiding the time and physical space limitations imposed by a face-to-face examination. She is currently the Editor of Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance & e-Learning. Her work has received international recognition through holding visiting Chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai.
For complete publication list see: http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/dmw8.html