Speakers

Dr. Abdullah Almosa

Educational Qualification -Professor (Since 1428 AH) -PhD in Curricula Planning and Methods of Teaching Computers (with a minor in Management and Planning) from Ohio University (1997). -Master Degree in Computer Science (with concentration on the use of internet in Education), Ohio University. -Master Degree in Statistics, Research Methodologies, and Educational Assessment, Ohio University. -Master Degree in Curricula and Methods of Teaching, Umm Al-Qura University (1411 AH). -Bachelor Degree in History, Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, 1408 AH.

Dr. Perry Samson

Perry Samson is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan in the College of Engineering Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and the School of Information. Prof. Samson is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to teaching, including being named “Distinguished Professor of the Year” by the President’s Council of Universities in the State of Michigan and as inaugural recipient of the University of Michigan Teaching Innovation Award. His coursework has been cites as one of ten “Courses with a Twist” by the New York Times.

M. S. Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar provides leadership for sustainable technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT.

Neil Peter Morris

Professor Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Education. He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of national awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and current research interests in educational technology, online learning and blended learning.

Craig Weiss

Craig Weiss is an e-learning expert, blogger, analyst and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of E-Learning 24/7, which provides analyst, advisory and consulting services for buyers and suppliers, specifically in the e-learning industry. His clients are located all over the world. Recently he was named the most influential person in the world for e-learning by his peers. Craig writes the E-Learning 24/7 blog, which is read weekly in 154 countries, territories and colonial territories.

Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is a British educator, author, speaker and technologist. He has worked in educational technology since 1976 and trained as a psychologist. His current position at Plymouth University in England is Associate Professor of Learning Technology, where he leads two teams of academics, in science and computing. His research has focused on social media and mobile technology in education and he also has interests in creativity, distance education, e-learning and cyberculture.

Ron Owston

Dr. Ron Owston is University Professor of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education at York University. Before taking the position of Dean in 2012 he was founding director of York’s Institute for Research on Learning Technologies. He is a pioneer in the use of technology in teaching, having taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses with and about technology since the early days of the web in the mid-1990s. In his courses, Dr.

Robert Kadel

As well as being the Interim Lead of Pearson’s Center for eLearning, Rob Kadel is a senior research scientist focusing on measuring the effects of eLearning tools, tasks, and practices on student outcomes. He focuses on the use of social media for teaching and learning, one-to-one computing initiatives in schools, and gamification of higher education learning experiences. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Kadel was a manager on the Academic Training and Consulting team at Pearson eCollege.

Stephen Downes

Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001 and is now Program Leader for the Learning and Performance Support Systems program.

Richard L. Edwards

Dr. Richard L. Edwards explores and researches innovation in online education. Dr. Edwards brings the reality of learning analytics, online collaboration, open access, digital storytelling, social networking, MOOCs, virtual worlds, gamification, and active learning into distance, online, and blended learning environments. Dr. Edwards received his PhD in critical studies from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. From 2002-2004, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication's Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML).

Demetrios G Sampson

Demetrios G. Sampson has received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Essex, UK in 1995. He is a Professor of Digital Systems for Learning and Education at the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece, a Research Fellow at the Information Technologies Institute (ITI), Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), and an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Athabasca University, Canada.

Rozhan bin Mohammed Idrus

Rozhan M. Idrus is a Professor of Open and Distance Learning & Technogogy at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in Nilai, Malaysia. Rozhan is the first Professor of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) appointed in a public institution of higher learning in Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Solid State Physics and has been trained in various aspects of ODL in Australia, Canada and the UK. Trained as an instructional designer, he has published more than 170 scholarly works in the form of books, chapter in books as well as refereed journal contributions.

Mohamed Ally

Dr. Ally is Professor in the Centre for Distance Education and Researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University in Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada. He was Director of the Centre of Distance Education and Director of the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. His current areas of research include mobile learning, e-learning, distance education, problem-based learning and use of emerging learning technologies in education and training. Dr.

Professor Margaret Noble

Margaret Noble gained a BA (Hons) degree in Geography and History from the University of Wales and then went on to complete a PhD in Geography at the University of Hull. She was awarded the title of professor in higher education policy in 2009. She joined Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua, New Zealand as Chief Executive in October 2012 having previously been Principal and Chief Executive of University College Plymouth St Mark and St John.

Cheikh Ould Moulaye

Dr Cheikh Ould Moulaye is currently the Associate Director of Distance and Online Education at the University of Manitoba. Cheikh holds a Ph. D. degree in Physical Chemistry, a Bachelor of Education degree, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design. He has extensive experience in teaching at university as well as in designing blended and online courses. Cheikh is interested in helping faculty to build on their experience in teaching face to face to be more engaged and engaging online instructors.

Hind Suliman Al-Kalifah

Dr.Hind is an Information Technology Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences - King Saud University, holds a PHD degree in Computer Science from the Sawthbton University, United Kingdom, accurate specialty Semantic Web Technologies. She participated in several committees membership at the level of department, college and university.

Prof. Mohamed JEMNI

Mohamed JEMNI is a Professor of Computer Science and Educational Technologies at the University of Tunis, Tunisia. He is the Head of the Research Laboratory of Technologies of Information and Communication & Electrical Engineering (LaTICE) at the University of Tunis (www.latice.rnu.tn). He has been the General chair of the Computing Center El Khawarizmi, the Internet services provider for the sector of higher education and scientific research in Tunisia from 2008 to 2013.

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