Dr. Wagdy Sawahel is an expert on higher education, science, technology innovation, and knowledge economy. At present, he is associate research professor at the national research center, Cairo/Egypt, advisor for observatory on higher education at the ministry of higher education, Saudi Arabia, the founder and general coordinator for science development network, the founder of virtual incubator for science-based business, , a member in the board of trustees of Arab organization for quality assurance in education, and a member in Egypt’s council for education and scientific research and technology. He published 25 books and more than 300 reports for a number of international organizations such as London-based science and development network and Australia-based world education network as well as international science & higher education magazines such as US-based the scientist, South Africa-based Africa research, London-based university world news, and Switzerland-based intellectual property watch. These reports focus on developing policies, strategies and action plans as well as designing initiatives for reforming higher education and establishing innovation and knowledge-based economy along with developing higher education and scientific research performance indicators. He acted as a reviewer for several organizations such as United Arab Emirates-based Arab foundation for science and technology, Qatar national research fund, Oman’s science council, Islamic development bank and Poland’s national science center. He acted as consultant for several regional and international organizations including the Islamic development bank, UNESCO, Arab League for education, culture and scientific organization “ALECSO”. He has been recognized for his work at the national, regional and international levels by obtaining the State prize, the Third World academy of science prize, Dr. Ahmed Zahran prize in scientific culture, and the excellent leadership award.
Educated in the UK and having worked internationally for over fifteen years, Mr. Mokhtar expertise and professional experience span areas such as organizational excellence, corporate planning, business process improvement and quality assurance.
In his professional career, he has provided leadership in facilitating policy-making and governance, strategy development and implementation, and quality assurance and accreditation. He has also developed institutional frameworks to initiate and implement various change programs aimed at improving performance in institutions of higher learning.
Dana Ruggiero is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Technology in the School of Education at Bath Spa University and Programme Leader of the MA in Learning Technology. She is involved in research initiatives from various European research institutes including the EU TEMPUS and ERASMUS programs. Dana consults on a variety of projects including building games for change, learning design for games-based classes, and augmented reality modules.
Dana completed her Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University and earned an M.A. in Education from Augsburg College. Her research interest focuses on praxis in design for persuasive technology, multimedia installations, and affective knowledge, including the application of games for social issues such as higher education, homelessness, juvenile offenders, children in care, and healthcare. In addition to speaking at international conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals she has edited a book on persuasive application of games and has two more books in press on game design for social change.
Professor Zairi was until recently the Juran chair in TQM and previously the Sabic chair in Best Practice Management. He is also Emeritus Professor at the University Of Bradford School Of Management in the UK. He is currently The Executive Chairman of the European Centre for Best Practice Management and Founder of Zairi Institute.
Professor Zairi has been involved in guiding, mentoring and advising on the implementation of excellence in both the government and private sector context. He has also acted in the capacity of Jury chairman of various prestigious international awards around the world.
In 2005 Professor Zairi was awarded The Ishikawa/Harrington Medal by the Asian Pacific Quality organisation (APQO) and the Grand Master Six Sigma Medal. In 2007, he received the Lancaster Medal from The American Society for Quality (ASQ). In 2010, he was presented with the 2009 ASQ Grant Medal for the development of exceptionally meritorious, technologically innovative, and intellectually challenging quality management educational programs. He was also presented with the Yoshio Kondo academic prize (2010) for outstanding research that has advanced the global body of quality knowledge.
In April 2013 the Australian Organisation for Quality (AOQ) unanimously approved the presentation to Professor Zairi the medal: “Outstanding Contribution to Global Quality” . His achievements are backed with objective evidence and added value to many organisations worldwide.
In April 2013 Professor Mohamed Zairi received Fellow membership status from the ASQ for dedicated scholarship in Benchmarking and Best Practice Management, international leadership and promotion of total quality management, for pioneering expansion of education in quality throughout the Arab community by founding the first licensed, recognised online university in the United Arab Emirates and for founding the Middle East Quality Association.
Professor Zairi acts as Senior Advisor to several governments particularly in areas related to policy, strategy and governance related issues. He is also involved in mentoring board members of several businesses in the private sector.
He has published over 50 books and 400 refereed papers in various fields of Quality Management and Organizational Excellence.
Prof. Dolina provides education and management consultancy which includes both public and private higher education and tertiary institutions as well as quality assurance agencies in the Middle East – Oman, UAE, Bahrain, and beyond. She has successfully completed projects in strategic planning, quality assurance and accreditation, change management as well as research planning and capacity building. She has also provided consultancy for commercial and not-for-profit organizations, such as ABSA Bank, a member of the Barclays Group, and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Prof. Dolina has extensive knowledge of higher education in the Middle East. She was Executive Director of the Directorate of Higher Education Reviews of the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) in the Kingdom of Bahrain from 2008-2014. In this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of frameworks to evaluate higher education institutions and their programs. Prof. Dolina served on the Steering Committee of the Bahrain National Qualifications Framework Project as well as participating in the pilot work of the General Directorate of Qualifications in the QQA. She has served on numerous audit panels internationally to assess the quality assurance arrangements of higher education institutions and is (or has been) a member of many international audit/review registers of quality assurance agencies, such as the Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Namibia, Australia and Scotland, UK.
During her tenure as Pro Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Bond SA she worked collaboratively with Bond University, Australia to ensure that students received a high quality education experience. She has held executive positions in various other organizations. As the founding Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies of Vista University, she led the identification and development of research niche areas. Prof. Dolina lectured in Philosophy for ten years at the University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University) before being seconded to the Human Sciences Research Council to manage an initiative to increase the research capacity of the historically disadvantaged universities in South Africa.
Prof. Dolina has extensive editorial experience of books and academic journals. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the accredited journal, The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning of which she was the founding editor in 2006. She has published widely and has delivered numerous papers at conferences.
She holds two diplomas in Education, a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree in Philosophy as well as a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Working extensively since 2003 with various commissions of accreditation across the region including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman; Professor Henson has been involved with over 30 universities and colleges and undertaken more than 100 programs and has institutional reviews.
During 2007 and 2008 he worked closely with the Commission for Academic Accreditation in the UAE, leading and facilitating their strategic planning project, and was a member of the team that developed and revised the UAE’s National Standards for Licensure and Accreditation in both 2007 and 2010.
Between 2008-2013 he was leading the International Strategy at the University of Essex – a top-ten research university in the UK in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and included in the Times Higher “Top 20 under 50 in the world” universities
Alan Tait is Professor of Distance Education and Development at the Open University UK,and has a long record of practice, publication and the support of professional development in distance and e-learning. He was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the Open University UK2007-2012, and was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. Hewas Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Distance and E Learning (EURODL) 2005-2013, was from 1989-1998 Editor of Open Learning, was President of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) from 2007-2010, and Co-Director of the Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning. Alan is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Learning for Development, to be produced from the Commonwealth of Learning for the first time at the end of 2013. He is Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, a senior member of St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London. In 2012 Alan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics.
He has worked widely in developing countries, and for international organisations such asUNESCO, the European Commission, the Commonwealth of Learning, and the International Extension College. Recent publications include Distance and E Learning, Social Justice and Development: the relevance of the Capacity Approach to the mission of open universities, in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 2013; Tait A and O’Rourke J (2013) ‘Internationalisation, Social Justice and Open, Distance and e-learning: working with the grain’, in Online Distance Education – Toward a Research Agenda, Anderson T and Zawacki-Richter O, (Eds.), Athabasca University Press, in press;‘What are Open Universities for?’, in Open Learning, 2008, Vol 23:2, pp 85-94, ‘Leadership Development for Distance and E Learning’, 2007, in the International Handbook of Distance Education, Eds. Evans T, Haughey M and Murphy D, pp 499-512, and ‘Planning Student Support for Open and Distance Learning’, in Open Learning, 2000, Vol 15, No 3, pp 287-299.
An experienced educator, Zaynab D’Elia has over 25 years experience in University teaching, program development, and online assessment and curriculum planning in both online and traditional educational settings. In these multiple roles, Dr. D’Elia has led rigorous successful national and regional accreditation reviews, and has established benchmarks and assessment programs for bachelors and graduate level programs.
Whether in program development or assessment, Dr. D’Elia is able to provide a broad scope of support. Coordinating efforts of curriculum and assessment, Dr. D’Elia is prepared to assist universities every step of the way in curriculum development, from establishing university goals and missions, to being sure that these goals are carried out through school program, course and assignment level. She is able to guide curriculum and program development giving appropriate voice to all stakeholders.
Dr. D’Elia has achieved the greatest success in development comprehensive assessment plans through establishing benchmarks, developing assessment schemes, preparing Academic and Departmental reports based on direct and indirect measures of student, faculty, and department success. She has led SWOT analyses which in turn lead to strategic planning and budgetary planning.
Dr. D’Elia has developed synchronous and non-synchronous faculty training and review programs, and has facilitated means for faculty to have more input into curriculum and assessment, as required by accreditors. Students are at the core of a university mission, and Dr. D’Elia’s Student Success paradigm has received accolades in the Middle East region.
Educated in the United States in the psychology of teaching, and holding a certificate in educational development, Dr. D’Elia currently serves virtually as an Assessment Director for a university in the United States. She is a published short story writer and takes joy in being a mother and grandmother to a large group of amazing individuals!
Dr. Narimane has assumed until September, 2012 the role of the Assistant Chancellor for Learning and Academic Development (Provost) at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), in Dubai, UAE where she has established and led the academic and e-learning vision of the first online University to be recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE.
Dr. Hadj Hamou holds a Bachelor and Master in Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering from the USA.
She is Founder and was the first elected President of the Middle East e-Learning Association (MEeA), the first Arab regional association addressing e-Learning in the North African and Middle Eastern area. An association launched in 2010 with the support of international well renowned organizations such as UNESCO, the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), among many others.
Dr. Hadj-Hamou has been the driving force in the promotion of online education and blended learning in the Region by leading many pioneering projects and initiatives including creating awareness and education on e-learning, encouraging and engaging in regional and international research community in the field, developing strategies and frameworks for implementing online education and establishing associations and networking organisations that are dedicated to the promotion of open, innovative and flexible education and promote the principles of partnerships, knowledge transfer and sharing best practice thinking.
During the last ten years, Dr. Narimane has hold different high level administrative positions including acting as a Dean for Learning and Technologies, Acting Dean of Learners Affairs, an Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and finally serving as an Assistant Chancellor for Learning and Academic Development at the HBMeU from 2009 to 2012. Through the various positions she has hold, Dr. Narimane has gained expertise in a number of areas including planning and performance, academic governance, setting up new schools, Quality Assurance and accreditation, curriculum design, initiating and managing international links and developing research related strategies and research venues including chairing and organizing international referee conferences and congresses. During her work at the HBMeU, she has led the accreditation efforts for 17 Programs at the diploma, bachelor and master level in addition to the recent PhD program which has been approved by the Commission of Academic Accreditation.
She has over the years delivered several keynote addresses, seminars and invited speeches and conducted numerous training sessions, workshops, focus groups and roundtables in many countries including the UAE, Germany, Qatar, Hungary, and Switzerland among many others. She has also published several case studies, book chapters and papers in the area of online education.
Today, Dr. Narimane is pursuing her vision of advocating the integration of modern and innovative learning and encouraging the achievement of excellence in higher education for the MENA region by setting up the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) as a partner for learning institutions that support the development of academic excellence, innovative thinking, capacity building and knowledge solutions transfer for the 21st century.
Dr. Narimane is perceived as one of the region’s specialists in online education; she has special research interest focuses around strategies development and deployment for introducing innovative teaching and learning, quality assurance and accreditation for online learning and online student support.
Dr. Hadj-Hamou also has several years of experience in teaching computer science related courses in higher education at a number of prestigious universities in the UAE; these include computer programming, system analysis and design, IT Applications in Business, Management Information System, graduation projects supervisions, etc.
Dr. Jeanine Romano has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of South Florida. She is currently working as the Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis at AACSB International- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She recently worked as a Psychometrician at The American Board of Pathology and was the Project Manager for their CertLink MOC Assessment Initiative. Dr. Romano has worked in the field of Higher Education for over 19 years as a faculty member and in Institutional Research and Assessment both in the United States and the Middle East. She is a founding member of the Middle East North Africa Association of Institutional Research (MENA-AIR).
She has participated in over 65 research conference presentations. Her work has been published in the Journal of Experimental Education, Journal of Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of College Student Development, and Internet and Higher Education. She has been nominated for the Florida Educational Research Association’s distinguished paper award six times and has won this award both in 2004 and 2006. She was also the recipient of the 2007 Florida Association of Institutional Research Best Paper award. Her research interests are in the areas of Statistics, Educational Measurement, and Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment in Higher Education.
Mrs. Gina Cinali is currently the Director Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and is the former President of the MENA Institutional Research Association. Mrs. Cinali brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a number of area including academic planning, accreditation, quality assurance, academic and institution integrity and budgeting among others. She has over the years worked in different parts of the world including North America, Europe, Africa and a number of Arab countries. Formerly she has served as the Executive Director of Institutional Planning, Assessment, Research and Testing at the American University in Cairo and as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Planning, Assessment, Research and Accreditation at the American University of Nigeria in Yola. She has also been involved in 2013-14 within the office of Institutional Effectiveness at the American University in Dubai, UAE and prior to that as the Executive Director of Academic Budget and Planning at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mrs Cinali was further involved as the Institutional Development Director and Instructor in Political Science at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. In addition she has worked with Columbia University and has consulted for a number of Higher Education Institutions in Qatar, Kuwait and other parts of the world.
Gina also serves as a board member to the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and has been over the years involved with the delivery of workshops and capacity building programs in her various areas of expertise.
Dr Muspratt holds an honorary Research Fellow at the Griffith Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University, Brisbane, but he has worked as an independent research consultant for 10 years. He has worked on a range of commissioned research and evaluation projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, and Solomon Islands. He has worked on projects commissioned by a range of organisations including literacy education, digital technologies inside and outside the classroom, special education, social connectedness, disciplinarity, policy implementation in schools, teacher education and teachers’ professional development, and assessment.
Dr Muspratt has co-edited two books; he has published five book chapters and thirteen articles in international peer-reviewed journals; and he has made 15 presentations at national and international conferences. He is also the author or co-author of 23 commissioned reports.
Dr Muspratt has taught research methods to education research students, and delivered workshops and seminars to academics, early career researchers, and post-graduate students on various aspect of educational research. Topics included survey design and analysis of survey data, multilevel modelling and analysis of multivariate data, visualisation of quantitative data, and using the R statistical environment.
Dr Muspratt can use a range of software. He is an advocate for open source software, and in particular, the R software package and associated software; but he has also used and conducted workshops on the use of proprietary software such as SPSS, MLwiN, and Mplus.
Dr Honan has worked as a tenured academic in Australian Universities for more than 15 years. She began her academic career as a project officer and research assistant while studying for her PhD which was awarded in 2001. Her work in the field of education began in primary (elementary) education in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Dr Honan has been involved in research related to the use of digital texts in literacy classrooms, the development of professional learning models for teachers working in remote and isolated areas, and consultancies evaluating curriculum implementation. She has worked in cross-cultural research teams, on both large and small scale research projects, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Dr Honan has supervised more than 15 doctoral students in their research projects, from a number of countries including Indonesia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Nigeria. Her students have won awards for their theses and published books and journal articles drawing on their doctoral research.
Dr Honan has published more than 20 book chapters, 25 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, and 30 presentations at national and international conferences. She has been invited to deliver more than 10 keynote addresses and seminars. Dr Honan has also published in more informal contexts including publications aimed at practising teachers, newsletters and newspaper articles, and blog posts and online news journals.
Dr Honan serves on Editorial Boards of international peer-reviewed journals and journals for teacher practitioners. She has acted as a peer-reviewer for more than 15 journals as well as reviewing abstracts submitted to conferences.
Tina Melcher is the Director and Clinical Associate Professor of the UTeach-Liberal Arts Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Her responsibilities include overseeing the UTeach-Liberal Arts program and instructing pre-service teachers in preparation for certification as a secondary social studies teacher. During her career, she has served as a secondary social studies teacher and curriculum coordinator as well president of the Texas Council for the Social Studies and Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association. She has presented workshops in the areas of teaching and learning and social studies education across Texas and the United States. Her learning portfolio includes curriculum design, inquiry based learning, social studies pedagogy, and educational leadership. Melcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University and Mid-management certification from the University of Houston.
Bastian Baumann is the Managing Director of EQAA, the European Quality Assurance Agency, which is the first international quality assurance agency offering accreditation of institutions and study programmes. He also works as an independent consultant on higher education, drawing on extensive international experience, with a focus on Europe, Central Asia, Northern Africa and the Middle East. His main areas of work are strategic management and development, leadership, governance and higher education reform implementation, including quality assurance, recognition, credit systems, qualifications frameworks and innovative learning and teaching methodologies.
Bastian regularly works as a reviewer for different quality assurance agencies and also provides trainings for reviewers. In addition, he works as a consultant to improve the work of quality assurance agencies in different countries. He is the author of the feasibility study that led to the establishment of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and he was also involved as a researcher on the development of the revised version of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance.
He has been involved in the creation of the European Higher Education Area since 2001. This work included representation in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and active participation and presentation in numerous Bologna seminars. He helped establishing the European Qualifications Framework and the Qualifications Framework for the EHEA as well as the German NQF.
Until 2011 he was the Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights based in Bologna, working on questions of university autonomy and academic freedom. Previously, he has been a member of the executive board of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Carmel McNaught is Emeritus Professor of Learning Enhancement and former Director in the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since the early 1970s, Carmel has worked in higher education in Australasia, southern Africa and the UK in the fields of chemistry, science education, second-language learning, eLearning, and higher-education curriculum and policy matters. Current research and development interests include evaluation of innovation in higher education, strategies for embedding learning support into the curriculum, a+nd understanding the broader implementation of the use of technology in higher education. She is actively involved in several professional organizations and is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education; is a university quality-assurance auditor for both Australia and Hong Kong; has served on the editorial boards of 18 international journals; and is a prolific author with well over 300 academic publications; recent publications and activities can be viewed at Carmel.
Carolyne Creel is the Acting Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Professional Development in the Fort Worth Independent School District. During her tenure in the District, she served as the Director of Social Studies, Coordinator of Assessment, Professional Developer at the Keystone Writing Institute, and as a social studies teacher. In addition to her work in Fort Worth, Creel served as the Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability at the Region XI Service Center. She has worked with over 80 districts and charter schools.
Creel holds a Bachelor’s of Arts (University of Arkansas), a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education (Texas A&M University) and Mid-Management Certification (University of Texas at Arlington). She is certified in Texas to teach Speech Communication and Social Sciences. Her extensive professional learning portfolio offerings include assessment alignment, depth of knowledge, curriculum design, professional learning communities, adult learning theory, coaching, cooperative learning, and social studies pedagogy.
Creel has presented at several major conferences including the Texas Council for Social Studies (The Story of Islam, 2005), the National Social Studies Supervisors Association (Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Islam, 2004), and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (Understanding Islamic History, 2004).
Creel’s many honors include the Texas Social Studies Supervisor of the Year and the National Social Studies Supervisor of the Year.
Dr Clare Morris is Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, UK, where she was Dean of Student Experience and Quality Enhancement until 2009; she is now an independent higher education consultant. An academic statistician, she holds an MA from the University of Oxford, MSc and PhD from the University of Bristol, and is a Chartered Statistician and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Her interests lie in the fields of quality improvement and quantitative research methods, and she has acted as a consultant to major organisations including Hewlett-Packard and a number of UK government departments. She previously held posts in the Business Schools at Warwick and Cardiff universities, and was an Assistant Director at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA); she is also involved with the UK’s Open University. She has authored or co-authored numerous papers and a number of successful texts, including the widely-adopted ‘Quantitative Approaches in Business Studies’, now in its 8th edition.
She has been a member of the Council of the Royal Statistical Society, and chaired its Quality Improvement Committee. She was also vice-chair of the Quality Strategy Network, and has chaired or been a member of many university review panels in the UK and throughout the world, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa as well as in Europe. She has a particular interest in outcomes-based learning and the assessment of students, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. Other areas of expertise include benchmarking in higher education institutions, collaborative arrangements between institutions, and the enhancement of the student experience. Under the auspices of the British Council she has delivered a number of workshops on quality assurance in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Grainne Conole started at Leicester on 1st September 2011. Befor that Prof. Conole was at the Open University in IET as chair of e-learning from April 2006. Previously Prof. Conole was Professor of Educational Innovation in Post-Compulsory Education at the University of Southampton. She has research interests in the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and impact on organisational change. Before joining Southampton, Prof. Conole was Director of the Institute for Learning and Research Technology at the University of Bristol, a centre of excellence on the development and use of information and communication technology in education. She has research, development and project management experience across the educational and technical domains; funding sources have included HEFCE, ESRC, EU and commercial sponsors. Past projects include the JISC-funded learner experience project, PB-LXP with Mary Thorpe and the ESRC TLRP Technology-Enhanced Learning project, PI led by Eileen Scanlon and Mike Sharples. Prof. Conole led the OU Learning Design Initative and the JISC OULDI project. Other past projects include the JISC LXP Learner Experience Proect, the HEFCE-funded E-Learning Research Centre, the JISC/NSF funded DialogPlus digital libraries project and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Currently she has research interests in Open Educational Resources and Practices (though the OPAL initiative and a new EU-funded project POERUP), learning design, and social and participatory media. Prof. Conole has recently submitted a book to Springer – entitled: Designing for learning in an open world.
Prof. Hrastinski is Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where he serves as Co-Director for the Technology-enhanced learning research group and Director for the Math coach project. His research focuses on educational technology and instructional design, with emphasis on online learning and collaboration in educational and organizational settings. Hrastinski’s Ph.D. is from 2007 with a dissertation titled Participating in Synchronous Online Education. He frequently presents his research in international journals and conferences. Hrastinski recently received the Best in track award for K-12 education at the 17th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning. He teaches courses on theory of science and online learning and supervises theses on bachelor, master and Ph.D. level.
Dr. Jaideep Motwani is Chair and Professor of Management at the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University since 2000. He also served as the E. Seidman Chair of Managemen. He received his Ph.D. degree in Operations Management from University of North Texas in 1990. He has co-authored 17 books and published more than 175 articles in prestigious journals such as Operations Research, IEEE Transactions of Engineering Management, European Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, Omega, Business Horizons, among others. In the last 2 years, he has co-authored 3 books in the area of Lean and Six Sigma. Majority of Dr. Motwani’s publications are in the area of total quality management, lean manufacturing, supply chain management, technology management, and service operations. In 2004, Dr. Motwani was ranked among the Top 1% Researcher in the field of Technology Management by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT). He also appears in several Who ’s Who in the World publications annually and is the recipient of the Michigan Outstanding Educator’s Award granted by the Governor of Michigan.
Dr. Motwani serves as an Editor for two international journals and on the Editorial Board of 12 prestigious national and international journals. He has taught and conducted research seminars in major universities in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, France. Germany, Thailand, and United Kingdom. He also serves as a global consultant and trainer for a number of organizations in the Unites States, India, China, Europe, and Middle East.
Laura Ewing serves as the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE). She has served as an adjunct professor at University of Houston Clear Lake in the subject of curricular methodology for kindergarten through grade 12 preservice teachers. Ewing has provided hundreds of workshops on content, teaching strategies, and methodology to teachers, parents, and university professors. Before working with TCEE, Ewing served as a social studies curriculum specialist. As a classroom instructor, she taught for 24 years, with most of her experience involving economics and government curricula.
She recently traveled to London, East Africa, and India to study Islamic history and culture as the guest of His Highness the Aga Khan as part of a program for social studies coordinators supported by the Texas legislature and jointly sponsored by the Aga Khan Developmental Network and The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the area ambassador for Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonpartisan group that advocates for improving public education
Ewing has a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education and a master’s in educational leadership. She has received several awards for her contributions to Texas social studies education and served two terms on the city council of Friendswood, Texas
Dr Lynne Hunt is Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Queensland and Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia. She commenced employment in tertiary teaching in 1970 in an experimental, four-term-year unit in Liverpool (UK). She has taught at all levels from transition to university to doctoral supervision in social science, education and health science departments. Professor Hunt has worked as an Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Professor and Leader of the Teaching and Learning Development Group at Charles Darwin University (CDU), and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Southern Queensland.
She received an Australian Executive Endeavour Award in 2009 and she is the recipient of three, university-level awards for teaching excellence. She won the 2002 Australian Award for University Teaching in the Social Science category and the 2002 Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.
She publishes in the fields of health sociology and tertiary teaching. Her co-edited book The realities of change in higher education: Interventions to promote learning and teaching was published in the UK in 2006. She is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (JTLHE) and a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability.
Professor Hunt was a member of the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and two of its sub-committees from its inception until March 2008. She has also served internationally as a member of an external review panel for the University of Pretoria (2009) and as an examination moderator for the University of Botswana (2003-2005). She was a HERDSA Fellow and mentor, and a member of the Academic Committee of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (2005-2006).
She is invited regularly to be a guest speaker and has presented nationally and internationally on topics including change leadership to promote university learning and teaching, faculty development planning, tertiary teaching, work-based university learning, teaching scholarship, teaching awards, the student learning journey and women’s health organisations.
Dr. Mark H. Rossman is Professor Emeritus at Capella University. He has also served as Senior Faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Vice President for Residencies. While VPAA at Capella University, he led the team that produced the institutional self-study ultimately leading to full accreditiation from the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. He has served as an accreditation evaluator evaluator with two other Regional accreditatikon associations in the United States. He has held administrative and/or faculty positions at Walden University, Nova Southeastern University, Ottawa University, Aizona State University, and the University of Massachusetts. He has authored, co-authored or produced 9 books, 43 chapters or articles, 10 evaluative reports, 1 film, 9 self-contained instructional modules, and 2 audio/visual tape curriculum units and has made 91 presentations in 15 states and 12 foreign countries. He has served on editorial boards of five refereed journals and has submitted 30 proposals to 19 different funding sources of which 20 have been funded. He has served as major advisor for 80+ M.A., 43 Ed.D. and 60 Ph.D. graduates. He has developed 24 different courses and has taught full or part time at 8 universities. His areas of expertise are adult learning, teaching and program development, postsecondary education, and e-learning teaching and learning. These are also areas within which he has served as a consultant and has provided faculty development.
Muhammet Demirbilek is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Suleyman Demirel University. Demirbilek is Vice Dean of School of Education. He also worked as a Post Doctoral Researcher at Games, Learning, and Society (GLS) group in the Educational Communications and Technology division of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he is faculty affiliates of GLS. Demirbilek earned his doctorate and masters degree in Educational Technology program from University of Florida. He also holds B.S. and MS degrees in electronics engineering. He worked on the PT3 project and served as a graduate assistant in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida.
Demirbilek serves in the editorial board of Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research, and International Editorial Review Board member of International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL) and The International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS). He is also Reports & Communications section editor of the Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research and associate editor of Instructional digital games and simulations in Journal of Simulation/Gaming for Education and Development. He is the Vice President of APAMALL (Asia-pacific Association of Multimedia-assisted Language learning). Dr. Demirbilek also worked several European Union and US founded projects as the partner and IT expert. He founded The Games, Learning & Society (GLS) EURASIA game research group and current director of the GLS EURASIA.
His current research interests include the impact of digital media and computer games and simulations on teaching and learning; relationship between second language learning and game play. How new media (e.g web 2.0, online social networks, mobile media) restructure thinking, values, actions, community, and culture. He is also interested in the research on how augmented reality games on handheld computers designed and used for formal and informal education. He is invited regularly to be a guest speaker and has presented nationally and internationally on topics including computer games, cyber security and social networks.
Arnold is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of PK-12 Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to that appointment, she taught elementary school, and served as an administrator at the district and state level. Dr. Arnold also currently serves as consultant throughout the US advising districts in analyzing data for school improvement, cultural mediation and pedagogy, STEM leadership. Noelle’s most recent articles have appeared in the International Journal of Leadership in Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, The Journal of Educational Administration History, Equity and Excellence in Education, The Journal of Negro Education, Teachers College Record, and the Journal of Educational Administration. Dr. Arnold is currently an Executive Committee member for UCEA, Secretary/Treasurer of the AERA Leadership for Social Justice SIG, and Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education. She is currently exploring the role of urban principals in health advocacy and the founding of school clinics. Dr. Arnold currently has 3 books in press: two with Jeffery Brooks on Educational Leadership and Racism, and a book on spirituality and leadership with Melanie Brooks. She is currently writing Personnel Administration textbook for Pearson with Dianne Taylor and a single-authored book on Black female principals for Peter Lang.
Professor Pamela Abott has worked in higher education in the UK and Rwanda for over 30 years and during that period she has gained a good understanding of quality enhancement and standards for both teaching and learning and research. Professor Abbott has been a member of quality review committee for teaching and learning in the UK and Oman and was the foundation Executive Director of the Higher Education Council in Rwanda. Professor Pamela has also been a member of the Sociology Panel for the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. Professor Abott regularly reviews application for research funding for a number of research funders in the UK and Europe and peer review articles for a number of social science journals. She served as an assistant dean of a faculty, the executive director of a school of social sciences and vice principal (equivalent) of three institutions of higher education. In all these post, Professor Pamela had responsibility for performance management and strategic planning. At Glasgow Caledonian University, for example, she was the lead executive member for the development of a new strategic plan. In Rwanda, Professor Pamela was responsible for leading the development and implementation of a performance management system for academic staff in higher education. Professor Pamela provided academic leadership in a number of roles during her career from being a head of department at the University of Plymouth (then Plymouth Polytechnic) in the 1980s to leading the development of a quality enhancement system for higher education in Rwanda in the first decade of the 21st Century. Throughout her career, Professor Pamela Abbott has contributed to teaching and has been an active researcher. She has an international reputation for research in gender and the quality of life. Professor Pamela published research monographs and text books as well as articles in peer review journals. She was responsible for developing training programmes for PhD supervisors and training in research ethics. Professor Pamela was part of the team that developed one of the first Masters in Research Methods degrees at the University of Plymouth in the 1980s and secured funding from the British Council in 2006 to develop and deliver a masters in social research methods in Rwanda.
Prof Pervaiz Ahmed joined Monash University Sunway Campus in 2007. Currently he is discipline Head of Management, the Director of the Strategy Research Group and leader of research strength Competitiveness and Competitive Advantage. Up till January 2010, he was the Director of Postgraduate Studies and spearheaded the development of the PhD programme and Masters level provision at the Sunway Campus. Previously he has help academic position in several UK universities. Prior to joining Monash University Malaysia, he was Professor and Chair of management at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published extensively in international journals. He has been a keynote speaker at international venues and won numerous academic awards for his research. He has served as editor and sat on the editorial boards of number of journals.
He is the founding editor of the European Journal of Innovation Management, the International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, International Journal of Business ethics and Governance and International journal of Management Practice. Professor Pervaiz Ahmed was involved in the European Quality Foundation and advised on the development of the revised model incorporating innovation and learning. He has extensive experience working with and advising blue chip companies and public sector organisations.
Ren is the Director, Higher Degree Research Office at Macquarie University. Previously he was working at the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Victoria University and University of Southern QLD.
Ren has an MBA from Swinburne University of Technology and a PhD from Melbourne University. He investigated Multinational Enterprises from emerging market investing in another emerging marketing, focused on motivation and mechanism. He is currently holding his ARC Linkage grant in the field of International Business, International Communication and Social Attitude Studies. His research areas are International Business, Economic Geography, Management and International communication. He is a reviewer for ARC and the Academy of International Business.
Ren is actively involved with the research management profession. He is currently Immediate President of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS). He is also an active member of the International Network of Research Management Societies. He has also been appointed to different research management committees by the Australia Research Council and by Universities Australia. In 2009, Ren was awarded the Australian Endeavour Executive Award by Prime Minister Hon Julia Gillard. In the same year he also won an Award for Excellence 2009 from the Australasian Research Management Society for embedding research administration in a regional university.
Ren also has extensive industry management experiences. He has participated in several management consulting projects for international companies such as Maytag, Lenovo and the Ingeus Group. Ren was the Vice President and Executive Officer for the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) QLD Branch from 2005-2007.
I am currently Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Anthropology and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where I hold the C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in U. S.—Mexico Relations. I work in the areas of critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical and cultural anthropology. I am a native of San Antonio, Texas, and received my B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. I am the author of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol (University of Texas Press, 2002), Los Pastores: History and Performance in the Mexican Shepherd’s Play of South Texas (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995), editor of Adina De Zavala’s, History and Legends of the Alamo (Arte Público Press, 1996). In addition, I have published essays in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Literary History, Radical History Review, and in the edited volume, Latino Cultural Citizenship, published by Beacon Press.
In addition to my scholarly work, I have extensive experience in the area of curriculum development and international studies, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. I oversee UTeach-Liberal Arts, the college’s secondary teacher preparation program in social studies, English, and foreign languages. Related to this is the Muslim Histories and Cultures Program, an education program for high school social studies teachers.
More recently, I have developed the college’s new effort in international affairs, The Global Initiative for Education and Leadership. The initiative is a consortium of UT and partner units aimed at delivering educational and leadership training abroad.
Stella Porto has more than 12 years of experience in the leadership, management, administration, delivery and development of distance education programs, with extensive experience in e-‐learning systems and methodologies. She is the Program Director of the Master of Distance Education & E-‐Learning (MDE) in The Graduate School at University of Maryland University College, having also had other leadership roles since she joined UMUC in early 2001. Stella received a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, then obtained Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Informatics in 1991 and 1995, respectively, from the same institution. In 2008, she also added the MDE to her academic background. With a solid background in the technical field, Porto has acquired her expertise in the e-‐learning arena through her on-‐going job experience as well as theoretical foundation through formal study in distance education. She has a strong higher-‐education administration background, having worked with traditional and non-‐traditional students. She also holds significant academic scholarship credentials with research experience in both computer science and distance education fields. As part of her profile, Porto has added many consultancy assignments in the areas of assessment and quality assurance in distance learning. The synergy of these experiences and areas of study help profile Dr. Porto as an innovator, highly-‐ driven and committed to quality and growth in her workplace and within the distance education field.
Areas of interest:
emerging technologies in distance learning
open educational resources and open educational practices
analytics in education
cost-effectiveness in distance learning
assessment, evaluation, and quality assurance in distance learning or technology enhanced learning
pedagogy in distance learning
Steven G. Olswang J.D., Ph.D., is the Provost at City University of Seattle. As Provost, Dr. Olswang is responsible for all academic programs of the University, which operates in 31 locations in 10 countries, and focuses on serving adult learners in Education, Management, and Technology. Previously he served in several leadership capacities at the University of Washington, including: Interim Chancellor at UW, Bothell; Interim Chancellor at UW, Tacoma; and Vice Provost (responsible for academic human resources) and Vice Provost for International Education for all UW campuses. He is Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Olswang has published over 50 articles, monographs, and chapters on legal and international issues in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. In 1994, Dr. Olswang was a Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge and the University of Reading (U.K.) as a J. William Fulbright Academic Administrative Fellow, and in 2006 served on the Fulbright Visiting Assessment Group to Germany.
He was educated in Hungary /ELTE, and PÉCS Science University/ in the field of cultural management. His experience spans Capacity building, Team building, Non-formal education, Performance evaluation for cultural institutions. In his professional career he introduced a system for evaluating students’ competency and worked out a system for catching up. He worked out training programs for adults who have difficulties in learning. He is a professional team builder. He is also a professional teacher of Andragogy and Philosophy of learning.
He took part in developing a program for e-learning in Szeged University. /Budapest Media Institute, Hungary/