As e-learning is increasingly being embraced and implemented  in Higher Education, it is important to explore and measure whether it is empowering, engaging and performance driven. Over the last decade, many e-learning projects have been initiated and many impactful research papers have been published. The next step is to make sense of the past, the present and the future e-learning research initiatives to strategize and implement e-learning that is engaging and performance driven. The Ministry of Higher Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Centre for e-Learning and Distance Education are taking leadership roles in transforming e-learning into engaging performance driven learning experiences, by organizing the Third International Conference of e-Learning and Distance Education (eLi3) This conference will bring together educators, trainers, researchers, practitioners, futurists, policy makers, and users to discuss and propose how this transformation can be empowered. More details ..


Professor Mohamed Amin Embi

Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi is a professor of technology-enhanced learning at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is a leading consultant and expert on e-learning in Malaysia. Read more..

Mr. Steve Wozniack

Eng Steve Wozniak is an innovative computer engineer and programmer who, along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.). He is credited with inventing the first generation of Apple computers ("Apple I") and the second generation of its "Apple II" in the 1970s, which contributed significantly to the microcomputer revolution. Read more..

Professor Michael G. Moore

Michael Grahame Moore is Distinguished Professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University. His 1972 theory of transactional distance is widely regarded as a foundation theory for e-learning and other forms of distance education. He is founder (1986) and editor of The American Journal of Distance Education, and Editor of The Handbook of Distance Education (3rd edition 2012). Read more..

Prof. Dongkook Lee

Prof. Lee is the Vice President at Korea National Open University (KNOU). He has taught his online multimedia courses for almost 20 years. He has actively participated in many international conferences on distance education. Recently, he initiated several projects regarding lifelong education in South Korea in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Read more..

Dr. Roger C. Schank

Dr. Schank is the Executive Director and founder of Engines for Education, Inc. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Socratic Arts, Inc. a company that delivers Story Centered Curricula to schools and businesses. In an advisory capacity, he was Chief Learning Officer of Trump University. Read more..

Mr. Salman Khan

Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy (, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to “anyone, anywhere” in the world. Read more..

Mr. Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver is one of the world's foremost thinkers on education. In 2005, he was judged the best head teacher in the UK, after turning a failing school into an innovation success story. Since then, he has helped governments around the world to shape education policy and major organisations to make the most of their talent. Read more..

Eng. Abdulrahman Tarabzouni

Abdulrahman is in charge of shaping Google’s investment to emerging markets in Arabia, streamlining business operations, growing revenues, and solidifying partnerships with Governments and TMT companies. He is responsible for working across Google teams to establish, incubate, and grow Google's core and emerging businesses while fostering the internet ecosystem in the region. Read more..

Dr. Darien Rossiter

Darien has had a diverse career, working in higher education, government and industry as a senior administrator, media producer, learning designer, educational technologist, librarian, researcher and consultant. Read more..

Dr. Clark Quinn

Clark Quinn, Ph.D., has been helping organizations deliver strategic learning technology solutions for over three decades. Clark combines a deep background in the learning sciences with broad experience in technology applications, which he applies to the corporate, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors. Read more..

Dr. Mark Keough

Dr Mark Keough is a pioneer in e-learning. In 1994 he founded TechWorks in Australia, one of the earliest e-learning companies to use the Web to deliver online learning to major corporations. TechWorks created Qantas College Online in 1996 to meet the learning needs of over 30,000 Qantas employees worldwide. Qantas remains a valued customer of TechWorks (now US Owned Collectivity). Read more..

Professor Marcus Specht

Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht is Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies at Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies at the Open University of the Netherlands and director oft the Learning Innovation Labs. He received his Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. Read more..

Professor Zoraini Wati Abas

Professor Zoraini Wati Abas is Director, Center for Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Development Putera Sampoerna Foundation University Project Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more..

Professor Insung Jung

Dr Insung Jung is Professor of Education at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan She is serving as an advisor to the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (ibstpi); a board member of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-sponsored Openness and Quality in DE in Asia project, a regional editor of the International Review of Read more..

Professor Mark Brown

Professor Mark Brown is Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University. He is also the Director of the Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance (DELFA) which aims to build a network of leaders at the forefront of new innovations in teaching and learning in higher education. Read more..

Dr. Michael Crock

Dr Michael Crock, PhD, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation and International) a newly created position with the Senior Management team. He comes to the position after four years as an Executive Director, Academic Products and Services with Open Universities Australia and ten years as Director, Flexible Learning and Access Services. Read more..

Ms. Sandra Feliciano

Ms. Sandra Feliciano graduated in Social Sciences and post-graduated in Evaluation in Education. She works with Quality Management and Standardization since 1997, particularly on its application to complex environments such as Education or Health & Social Care services. Read more..

Dr. Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education and training (1976-1981 and 1995-present). He is now in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society. Read more..

Mr. Marco Tempest

Cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions. He began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation as one of the world¹s most unique performers. Read more..

Professor Bader AL-Saleh

Professor in Educational technologies and Design at college of Education at King Saud University in Riyadh. Dr. Al-Saleh is one of Saudi Arabia's prominent experts in design and development of training and education programs and instructional programs both traditional and electronic. Read more..

Professor Micheal G. Moore

Michael Grahame Moore is Distinguished Professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University. His 1972 theory of transactional distance is widely regarded as a foundation theory for e-learning and other forms of distance education. He is founder (1986) and editor of The American Journal of Distance Education, and Editor of The Handbook of Distance Education (3rd edition 2012). Read more..

Dr. Brandon Hall

Dr. Hall is the Founder of Brandon Hall Group, a publisher of research reports on learning, technology, and best practices. He currently is Partner of Kay Technology in Riyadh. He was previously on the faculty of San Francisco State University’s Multimedia Studies Program and a guest speaker at Harvard Business School. Read more..

Dr. Shirley Waterhouse

The Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida, the world’s leading institution of higher education in aviation and aerospace. In this capacity she directs all instructional innovation efforts and is leading campus change and transformation initiatives. Read more..

Dr. C. Candace Chou

Associate professor of Learning Technology at the University of St. Thomas. She has been designing and implementing online and blended learning for more than 15 years. She is the program director for the E-Learning Graduate Certificate, K-12 Learning Technology Certificate, and Master of Arts in Technology for Learning, Development, and Change programs. Read more..

Mr. Zaid Ali Alsagoff

e-Learning Manager and Fellow of the Centre for Medical Education, IMU (International Medical University) He has more than ten years of hands-on experience with e-learning in higher education, and has done research in several key e-learning areas, including educational gaming, role-play simulation, virtual classrooms, learning (content) management systems, e-learning standards, instructional de Read more..

Professor Mohamed Ally

Professor in Distance Education and Chair of the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Canada. He is also a Researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada. Read more..

Professor Ahmad bin Hashem

The Chief Technology Officer of Open University Malaysia (OUM) and the Chief Executive officer of Meteor Technology and Consultancy Sdn Bhd. He has been with the METEOR Group and Open University Malaysia since 2002. He has wide experience in many areas of e-learning gained through growing with OUM and his hands-on approach with OUM operations since the very beginning. Read more..

Dr Harold Elletson

The Director of The New Security Foundation, which conducts research into the implications of the new security environment for civil society. The New Security Foundation provides an international forum for dialogue between the public and private sectors and offers analytical insight and information about new security conditions. Read more..

Mr. Hatem Nawar

Technical Program Manager at Google, with focus on projects to deploy Google Apps for Education in higher Education and large infrastructure projects in MENA Prior to Google Hatem held various Technical and Marketing positions at Nokia, Intel and Siemens. Hatem holds an MBA from the American University in Cairo and BSc of Computer Science from Cairo University

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