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The First Unisa International ODL Conference

Keynotes

The following keynote speakers have been confirmed.

George Siemens

George SiemensGeorge Siemens is a writer, theorist, speaker, and researcher on learning, networks, technology, analytics and visualization, and openness in education. He is the author of Knowing Knowledge, an exploration of how the context and characteristics of knowledge have changed and what it means to organizations today, and the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning. Siemens is the associate director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University and leads the learning analytics research team. Previously, he was the Associate Director, Research and Development, with the Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba.

Siemens pioneered open connectivist courses that have included over 12,000 educators and students as participants. He is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences detailing the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society, having presented at conferences in more than 30 countries. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers, radio, and television. Siemens has maintained the elearnspace blog (www.elearnspace.org/blog) for eleven years and www.connectivism.ca for six years [source: http://www.educause.edu/Community/MemDir/Profiles/GeorgeSiemens/57433]

Andreia InamoratoAndreia Inamorato

Andreia is an international consultant in education and technology-enhanced learning, and a researcher in open educational resources and practices. She has worked at the Open University of the United Kingdom as a Research Fellow for OER projects such as OpenLearn and OLnet from 2006-2011. She has research papers and book chapters in education and particularly in OER, to include a national report about Brazil published by UNESCO IITE http://iite.unesco.org/publications/3214695/

Andreia is a research consultant for the European- funded OER project OportUnidad in Brazil, as well as a member of its steering committee. The project aims to raise awareness and disseminate OER and open educational practices (OEP) in Latin America, and involves eight countries in LA and four in Europe as main partners. Her previous professional experience in Brazil includes teaching university-level English and American Literatures in private education institutions and running a language school.

Andreia holds a PhD from the Open University of the United Kingdom. Her thesis in the field of Educational Technology was focused on the discourses of teaching and learning online. She holds a Master's degree in Research Methods for Educational Technology from the same university. Earlier she obtained a Master's degree in Languages at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and a Bachelor's degree in Languages and Literature. (Contact: ainamorato@gmail.com; Blog: Open Content Online, http://aisantos.wordpress.com,   Website: http://infodigilearn.co.uk )

Laura Czerniewicz

Laura CzerniewiczAn educator, researcher and strategist, Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz has worked in the field of educational technology at the University of Cape Town for over a decade, previously working in education and publishing in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The founding Director of the Centre for Educational Technology, she is currently the Director of the OpenUCT Initiative committed to sharing scholarly  knowledge resources to all with internet connectivity and engaging globally with the open education agenda and scholarly communication issues from a Southern perspective.

Her research interests include open education, digital scholarship, students' digitally-mediated practices, digital identities, scholarly communication,  mobile learning and the field of learning technology as a scholarly domain. She blogs at http://www.lauraczerniewicz.uct.ac.za  and tweets as  @czernie

 

Frank de Langen

Frank de LangenFrank de Langen is Associate Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands teaching in the field of innovation and strategy. In this role, he has been responsible for several courses in economics and strategy, for example as Academic director Global Distance MBA and as Program director National program for Managerial and Economic Education. As a business economist he is interested in strategic issues with respect to educational institutions. Since 2010, he is participating in the research  of the UNESCO- chair in Open Educational resources (http://oer.unescochair-ou.nl/). He is autor of different articles on sustainable business models of OER.

Some of these publications can be found at http://ou-nl.academia.edu/FrankDeLangen. He twitters on business models and sustainability as FrankOUNL and can be reached at Frank.deLangen@ou.nl.